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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Ecopetrol SA (NYSE:EC)?

The company in question is, Ecopetrol SA (NYSE:EC) currently with a stock price of 9.04 (-0.44% today). The market cap for Ecopetrol SA is 18682.88, and is in the sector Basic Materials, and Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry. The target price for Ecopetrol SA is 8.06. Currently Ecopetrol SA is trading with a P/E of *TBA, and a forward P/E of 7.24. Average volume for Ecopetrol SA is 897.9 and so far today it is 719500.

Performance in the last year for Ecopetrol SA has been -11.72%. For EPS growth, Ecopetrol SA has seen a growth of -169.70%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 215.15%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been -19.90% over the last five years and could be 65.70% for the next five years. Ecopetrol SA has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -16.10%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -47.70%. The 20-day simple moving average is 3.12%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 7.26%.

Since the IPO date for Ecopetrol SA on the 9/18/2008, Ecopetrol SA has seen performance year to date to be 28.96%. With Ecopetrol SA trading at 9.04, the dividend yield is 11.50%, and the EPS is -0.75.

So could Ecopetrol SA, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is *TBA. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 1.13 and the P/B is at 1.23. The P/cash is 5.6, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

Ecopetrol SA ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 1.3. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.09, and total debt/equity at 1.2.

In terms of margins, Ecopetrol SA has a gross margin of 27.50%, an operating margin of -0.80% and a profit margin of -9.30%.Payout ratio for Ecopetrol SA is *TBA. Return on assets come to -3.80% with return on investment coming to 0.90%.

Insider ownership for Ecopetrol SA, is at 1.00% and institutional ownership comes to 2.30%. Outstanding shares are at 2066.69. While shares float is 223.54. The float short is currently 3.66%, and short ratio is 9.11.

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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