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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN)?

The company in question is, Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) currently with a stock price of 36.12 (-0.08% today). The market cap for Franklin Resources, Inc. is 20642.58, and is in the sector Financial, and Asset Management industry. The target price for Franklin Resources, Inc. is 34.25. Currently Franklin Resources, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 13.34, and a forward P/E of 13.21. Average volume for Franklin Resources, Inc. is 3058.23 and so far today it is 2095800.

Performance in the last year for Franklin Resources, Inc. has been -5.59%. For EPS growth, Franklin Resources, Inc. has seen a growth of -13.20%, and is looking to grow in the next year to -1.90%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 9.30% over the last five years and could be -4.52% for the next five years. Franklin Resources, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -18.30%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -6.10%. The 20-day simple moving average is 3.28%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 0.58%.

Since the IPO date for Franklin Resources, Inc. on the 9/7/1984, Franklin Resources, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be -0.86%. With Franklin Resources, Inc. trading at 36.12, the dividend yield is 1.99%, and the EPS is 2.71.

So could Franklin Resources, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 13.34. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 3 and the P/B is at 1.77. The P/cash is 2.5, with P/free cash flow at 18.45.

Franklin Resources, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is *TBA, and the quick ratio is *TBA. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.18, and total debt/equity at 0.18.

In terms of margins, Franklin Resources, Inc. has a gross margin of *TBA, an operating margin of 36.20% and a profit margin of 23.30%.Payout ratio for Franklin Resources, Inc. is 25.50%. Return on assets come to 10.00% with return on investment coming to 15.00%.

Insider ownership for Franklin Resources, Inc., is at 0.30% and institutional ownership comes to 49.80%. Outstanding shares are at 571.5. While shares float is 345.89. The float short is currently 4.44%, and short ratio is 5.02.

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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