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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for South Jersey Industries, Inc. (NYSE:SJI)?

The company in question is, South Jersey Industries, Inc. (NYSE:SJI) currently with a stock price of 28.46 (0.07% today). The market cap for South Jersey Industries, Inc. is 2274.06, and is in the sector Utilities, and Gas Utilities industry. The target price for South Jersey Industries, Inc. is 32.57. Currently South Jersey Industries, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 19.83, and a forward P/E of 21.37. Average volume for South Jersey Industries, Inc. is 361.1 and so far today it is 84549.

Performance in the last year for South Jersey Industries, Inc. has been 14.77%. For EPS growth, South Jersey Industries, Inc. has seen a growth of 4.20%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 2.15%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 6.40% over the last five years and could be 6.00% for the next five years. South Jersey Industries, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -13.10%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -132.80%. The 20-day simple moving average is -3.98%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 2.01%.

Since the IPO date for South Jersey Industries, Inc. on the 12/30/1987, South Jersey Industries, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 24.29%. With South Jersey Industries, Inc. trading at 28.46, the dividend yield is 3.73%, and the EPS is 1.43.

So could South Jersey Industries, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 19.83. The PEG is 3.31, P/S is 2.57 and the P/B is at 1.68. The P/cash is 541.44, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

South Jersey Industries, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.5, and the quick ratio is 0.4. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.65, and total debt/equity at 0.96.

In terms of margins, South Jersey Industries, Inc. has a gross margin of 46.10%, an operating margin of 17.60% and a profit margin of 11.50%.Payout ratio for South Jersey Industries, Inc. is 72.60%. Return on assets come to 2.90% with return on investment coming to 6.20%.

Insider ownership for South Jersey Industries, Inc., is at 0.77% and institutional ownership comes to 69.40%. Outstanding shares are at 79.96. While shares float is 78.92. The float short is currently 5.33%, and short ratio is 11.66.

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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