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Luxottica Group SpA (NYSE: LUX) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Luxottica Group SpA (NYSE: LUX), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 21893.75. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Luxottica Group SpA is 45.63 (with a change from open of 1.60%), this in conjunction with a target price of 41. Volume today has so far reached 41157, with an average volume of about 55.65. The GAP for this stock, is -0.33%.

The P/E ratio is 25.15, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 23.84. The current EPS for Luxottica Group SpA, is 1.79, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 24.40%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -29.24%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Luxottica Group SpA, EPS is looking like it will grow -0.53% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 6.50%. Quarter over quarter is 61.30% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 92.10%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 15.00%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 8.80%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 76.00% and institutional ownership is 1.20%. Shares outstanding is 485.88, while shares float is at a value of 140.52. Float short for Luxottica Group SpA is 0.08% and the short ratio is 2.14.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.31, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.36. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.4, and the quick ratio is 1. The most recent gross margin is 66.50% and their operating margin is *TBA. The profit margin is *TBA.

Luxottica Group SpA has seen returns on assets of *TBA, and on investment, 12.40%. Return on equity is *TBA. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.87. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.21, with Price/book ratio coming to 3.68 and Price/cash is 24.41, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are -5.25% and -13.44% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -35.94% and the 52 week low is 1.38%.

Luxottica Group SpA has a dividend yield of 2.20%, with a current price of 45.63. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is *TBA. This is in an industry, Apparel Stores, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Services. Luxottica Group SpA is based in Italy.

Performance in the Apparel Stores industry means that Luxottica Group SpA has seen performance for the past week of -3.33%, with performance for the month coming to -6.55%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -10.19%, and for the half year the performance is -35.15%. Volatility for this week is 0.84% and for the month this is 1.12%.

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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