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The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 32131.84. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is 88.2 (with a change from open of 0.05%), this in conjunction with a target price of . Volume today has so far reached 263938, with an average volume of about 1681.7. The GAP for this stock, is 0.50%.

The P/E ratio is 29.65, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 22.52. The current EPS for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., is 2.96, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 4.80%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 0.60%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 11.32% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 10.50%. Quarter over quarter is -37.60% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 4.80%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 11.20%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 5.00%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.30% and institutional ownership is 94.30%. Shares outstanding is 366.3, while shares float is at a value of 213.63. Float short for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is 2.81% and the short ratio is 3.57.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.53, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.63. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.6, and the quick ratio is 1.1. The most recent gross margin is 80.60% and their operating margin is 14.30%. The profit margin is 9.90%.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. has seen returns on assets of 12.70%, and on investment, 20.20%. Return on equity is 30.80%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.82. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.85, with Price/book ratio coming to 9.05 and Price/cash is 23.23, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 38.21.

The simple moving averages are -3.64% and -2.48% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -8.92% and the 52 week low is 16.05%.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.37%, with a current price of 88.2. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 37.90%. This is in an industry, Personal Products, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Consumer Goods. The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Personal Products industry means that The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 0.19%, with performance for the month coming to -5.39%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -4.27%, and for the half year the performance is 12.73%. Volatility for this week is 1.36% and for the month this is 1.50%.

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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