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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 32.81 (-1.29% today). The market cap for AstraZeneca PLC is 84755.36, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Drug Manufacturers – Major industry. The target price for AstraZeneca PLC is 35.5. Currently AstraZeneca PLC is trading with a P/E of 37.86, and a forward P/E of 12.45. Average volume for AstraZeneca PLC is 6227.32 and so far today it is 1744388.

Performance in the last year for AstraZeneca PLC has been 4.43%. For EPS growth, AstraZeneca PLC has seen a growth of 128.90%, and is looking to grow in the next year to -10.10%. 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 1.83%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 8.80%.

Since the IPO date for AstraZeneca PLC on the 5/17/1993, AstraZeneca PLC has seen performance year to date to be 2.43%. With AstraZeneca PLC trading at 32.81, the dividend yield is 2.71%, and the EPS is 0.88.

So could AstraZeneca PLC, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 37.86. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 3.52 and the P/B is at 6.21. The P/cash is 18.24, 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 108.10%. 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 12.20%. Outstanding shares are at 2549.8. While shares float is *TBA. The float short is currently *TBA, and short ratio is 4.85.

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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