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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ)?

The company in question is, Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) currently with a stock price of 34.55 (0.61% today). The market cap for Lazard Ltd. is 4483.77, and is in the sector Financial, and Asset Management industry. The target price for Lazard Ltd. is 43.61. Currently Lazard Ltd. is trading with a P/E of 6.5, and a forward P/E of 10.5. Average volume for Lazard Ltd. is 754.09 and so far today it is 155267.

Performance in the last year for Lazard Ltd. has been -18.74%. For EPS growth, Lazard Ltd. has seen a growth of 131.50%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 12.37%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 40.20% over the last five years and could be -2.46% for the next five years. Lazard Ltd. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -11.90%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -78.40%. The 20-day simple moving average is -4.33%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to -0.14%.

Since the IPO date for Lazard Ltd. on the 05/05/2005, Lazard Ltd. has seen performance year to date to be -18.23%. With Lazard Ltd. trading at 34.55, the dividend yield is 4.43%, and the EPS is 5.29.

So could Lazard Ltd., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 6.5. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 2 and the P/B is at 3.76. The P/cash is 3.33, with P/free cash flow at 13.19.

Lazard Ltd. 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 0.87, and total debt/equity at 0.

In terms of margins, Lazard Ltd. has a gross margin of 93.30%, an operating margin of 41.00% and a profit margin of 31.30%.Payout ratio for Lazard Ltd. is 47.00%. Return on assets come to 16.70% with return on investment coming to 42.90%.

Insider ownership for Lazard Ltd., is at 0.30% and institutional ownership comes to 75.60%. Outstanding shares are at 130.57. While shares float is 127.46. The float short is currently 1.09%, and short ratio is 1.84.

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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