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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 33.52 (-0.89% today). The market cap for AstraZeneca PLC is 82855.41, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Drug Manufacturers – Major industry. The target price for AstraZeneca PLC is 36.79. Currently AstraZeneca PLC is trading with a P/E of 38.18, and a forward P/E of 12.55. Average volume for AstraZeneca PLC is 6194.22 and so far today it is 3323000.

Performance in the last year for AstraZeneca PLC has been 2.03%. 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 3.13%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 11.11%.

Since the IPO date for AstraZeneca PLC on the 5/17/1993, AstraZeneca PLC has seen performance year to date to be 3.29%. With AstraZeneca PLC trading at 33.52, 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 38.18. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 3.44 and the P/B is at 6.27. The P/cash is 17.83, 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 2471.82. While shares float is *TBA. The float short is currently *TBA, and short ratio is 4.29.

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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