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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK)?

The company in question is, Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK) currently with a stock price of 48.03 (-0.85% today). The market cap for Carnival plc is 34441.81, and is in the sector Services, and General Entertainment industry. The target price for Carnival plc is 44. Currently Carnival plc is trading with a P/E of 16.74, and a forward P/E of 11.9. Average volume for Carnival plc is 456.18 and so far today it is 169104.

Performance in the last year for Carnival plc has been -8.75%. For EPS growth, Carnival plc has seen a growth of 44.30%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 22.96%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been -1.80% over the last five years and could be 13.40% for the next five years. Carnival plc has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 3.20%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 182.30%. The 20-day simple moving average is 0.92%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to -4.80%.

Since the IPO date for Carnival plc on the 10/23/2000, Carnival plc has seen performance year to date to be -13.78%. With Carnival plc trading at 48.03, the dividend yield is 2.89%, and the EPS is 2.89.

So could Carnival plc, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 16.74. The PEG is 1.25, P/S is 2.16 and the P/B is at 1.59. The P/cash is 66.36, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

Carnival plc ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.2, and the quick ratio is 0.2. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.36, and total debt/equity at 0.41.

In terms of margins, Carnival plc has a gross margin of 54.30%, an operating margin of 18.40% and a profit margin of 14.00%.Payout ratio for Carnival plc is 43.00%. Return on assets come to 5.70% with return on investment coming to 7.80%.

Insider ownership for Carnival plc, is at 0.03% and institutional ownership comes to 3.20%. Outstanding shares are at 711.02. While shares float is 185.5. The float short is currently 0.11%, and short ratio is 0.46.

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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