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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN)?

The company in question is, AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) currently with a stock price of 33.61 (-0.03% today). The market cap for AstraZeneca PLC is 85120.12, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Drug Manufacturers – Major industry. The target price for AstraZeneca PLC is 34.5. Currently AstraZeneca PLC is trading with a P/E of 38.29, and a forward P/E of 14.88. Average volume for AstraZeneca PLC is 6074.37 and so far today it is 2236233.

Performance in the last year for AstraZeneca PLC has been 4.30%. For EPS growth, AstraZeneca PLC has seen a growth of 128.90%, and is looking to grow in the next year to -8.50%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been -16.70% over the last five years and could be -1.00% for the next five years. AstraZeneca PLC has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -11.20%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -100.40%. The 20-day simple moving average is 10.26%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 12.09%.

Since the IPO date for AstraZeneca PLC on the 5/17/1993, AstraZeneca PLC has seen performance year to date to be 3.60%. With AstraZeneca PLC trading at 33.61, the dividend yield is 2.68%, and the EPS is 0.88.

So could AstraZeneca PLC, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 38.29. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 3.54 and the P/B is at 6.28. The P/cash is 18.32, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

AstraZeneca PLC ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.9, and the quick ratio is 0.8. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.22, and total debt/equity at 1.3.

In terms of margins, AstraZeneca PLC has a gross margin of 82.20%, an operating margin of 15.00% and a profit margin of 9.20%.Payout ratio for AstraZeneca PLC is 159.40%. Return on assets come to 3.70% with return on investment coming to 11.50%.

Insider ownership for AstraZeneca PLC, is at 0.50% and institutional ownership comes to 11.20%. Outstanding shares are at 2531.83. While shares float is 2503.33. The float short is currently 1.15%, and short ratio is 4.73.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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