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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 38503.89. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Northrop Grumman Corporation is 217.03 (with a change from open of 0.56%), this in conjunction with a target price of 235.62. Volume today has so far reached 365093, with an average volume of about 853.25. The GAP for this stock, is -0.47%.

The P/E ratio is 19.51, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 18.67. The current EPS for Northrop Grumman Corporation, is 11.12, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 6.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 16.31%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Northrop Grumman Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 5.18% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 8.26%. Quarter over quarter is 3.90% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 1.80%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 10.10%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been -3.50%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.30% and institutional ownership is 84.10%. Shares outstanding is 177.56, while shares float is at a value of 177.45. Float short for Northrop Grumman Corporation is 0.91% and the short ratio is 1.88.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.12, while the total debt/equity comes to 0. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.1, and the quick ratio is 0.9. The most recent gross margin is 23.60% and their operating margin is 12.80%. The profit margin is 8.70%.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has seen returns on assets of 8.50%, and on investment, 19.10%. Return on equity is 36.40%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.36. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 1.63, with Price/book ratio coming to 6.88 and Price/cash is 33.8, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 27.35.

The simple moving averages are 1.18% and 6.17% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -2.75% and the 52 week low is 28.03%.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has a dividend yield of 1.66%, with a current price of 217.03. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 29.40%. This is in an industry, Aerospace/Defense – Major Diversified, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Industrial Goods. Northrop Grumman Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Aerospace/Defense – Major Diversified industry means that Northrop Grumman Corporation has seen performance for the past week of 2.06%, with performance for the month coming to 4.07%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -1.52%, and for the half year the performance is 24.60%. Volatility for this week is 1.20% and for the month this is 1.19%.

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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