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Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 25155.07. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Ross Stores Inc. is 63.43 (with a change from open of -1.64%), this in conjunction with a target price of 66.36. Volume today has so far reached 2153800, with an average volume of about 2576.42. The GAP for this stock, is 0.16%.

The P/E ratio is 24.11, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 20.71. The current EPS for Ross Stores Inc., is 2.63, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 13.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 18.71%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Ross Stores Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 10.62% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 11.58%. Quarter over quarter is 12.20% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 7.20%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 16.80%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 8.70%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.60% and institutional ownership is 93.60%. Shares outstanding is 396.58, while shares float is at a value of 387.86. Float short for Ross Stores Inc. is 2.11% and the short ratio is 3.17.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.15, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.15. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 0.7. The most recent gross margin is 28.30% and their operating margin is 13.70%. The profit margin is 8.60%.

Ross Stores Inc. has seen returns on assets of 21.00%, and on investment, 36.00%. Return on equity is 42.00%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.08. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.04, with Price/book ratio coming to 9.55 and Price/cash is 27.08, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 25.39.

The simple moving averages are 2.10% and 11.31% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -4.09% and the 52 week low is 47.27%.

Ross Stores Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.85%, with a current price of 63.43. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 19.00%. This is in an industry, Apparel Stores, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Services. Ross Stores Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Apparel Stores industry means that Ross Stores Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 0.13%, with performance for the month coming to 0.73%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 13.98%, and for the half year the performance is 34.61%. Volatility for this week is 1.53% and for the month this is 1.48%.

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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