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Markel Corp. (NYSE: MKL) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Markel Corp. (NYSE: MKL), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 12955.83. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Markel Corp. is 918.35 (with a change from open of -0.07%), this in conjunction with a target price of 947.5. Volume today has so far reached 31765, with an average volume of about 25.67. The GAP for this stock, is -0.84%.

The P/E ratio is 24.26, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 30.4. The current EPS for Markel Corp., is 38.21, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 87.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 4.91%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Markel Corp., EPS is looking like it will grow -8.69% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 11.00%. Quarter over quarter is -16.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 5.70%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 8.90%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 19.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 2.40% and institutional ownership is 76.90%. Shares outstanding is 13.98, while shares float is at a value of 13.59. Float short for Markel Corp. is 0.83% and the short ratio is 4.39.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.31, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.31. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is *TBA, and the quick ratio is *TBA. The most recent gross margin is *TBA and their operating margin is 15.40%. The profit margin is 9.70%.

Markel Corp. has seen returns on assets of 2.10%, and on investment, 7.00%. Return on equity is 6.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.21. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.33, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.54 and Price/cash is 6.45, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 31.76.

The simple moving averages are -1.00% and 1.03% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -7.16% and the 52 week low is 14.08%.

Markel Corp. has a dividend yield of *TBA, with a current price of 918.35. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 0.00%. This is in an industry, Property & Casualty Insurance, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Financial. Markel Corp. is based in USA.

Performance in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry means that Markel Corp. has seen performance for the past week of -0.04%, with performance for the month coming to -0.09%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -1.81%, and for the half year the performance is 13.30%. Volatility for this week is 0.90% and for the month this is 1.06%.

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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