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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR)?

The company in question is, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) currently with a stock price of 57.12 (0.32% today). The market cap for Westar Energy, Inc. is 8090.6, and is in the sector Utilities, and Diversified Utilities industry. The target price for Westar Energy, Inc. is 57.08. Currently Westar Energy, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 25.74, and a forward P/E of 22.61. Average volume for Westar Energy, Inc. is 733.06 and so far today it is 360348.

Performance in the last year for Westar Energy, Inc. has been 48.44%. For EPS growth, Westar Energy, Inc. has seen a growth of -13.00%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 2.99%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 3.00% over the last five years and could be 4.45% for the next five years. Westar Energy, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 5.40%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 9.50%. The 20-day simple moving average is 3.72%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 12.75%.

Since the IPO date for Westar Energy, Inc. on the 8/25/1987, Westar Energy, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 37.31%. With Westar Energy, Inc. trading at 57.12, the dividend yield is 2.67%, and the EPS is 2.21.

So could Westar Energy, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 25.74. The PEG is 5.78, P/S is 3.28 and the P/B is at 2.19. The P/cash is 1555.89, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

Westar Energy, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.9, and the quick ratio is 0.5. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.95, and total debt/equity at 1.04.

In terms of margins, Westar Energy, Inc. has a gross margin of *TBA, an operating margin of 26.70% and a profit margin of 12.70%.Payout ratio for Westar Energy, Inc. is 66.70%. Return on assets come to 2.90% with return on investment coming to 6.50%.

Insider ownership for Westar Energy, Inc., is at 0.10% and institutional ownership comes to 71.00%. Outstanding shares are at 142.09. While shares float is 140.85. The float short is currently 1.34%, and short ratio is 2.58.

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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