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Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 13342.09. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Waste Connections, Inc. is 75.26 (with a change from open of 1.40%), this in conjunction with a target price of 85.85. Volume today has so far reached 833000, with an average volume of about 830.15. The GAP for this stock, is -0.13%.

The P/E ratio is 38.38, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 24.91. The current EPS for Waste Connections, Inc., is 1.96, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 1.80%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 34.49%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Waste Connections, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 24.01% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 10.80%. Quarter over quarter is -111.40% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 2.40%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 7.80%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 6.10%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 1.00% and institutional ownership is 70.30%. Shares outstanding is 177.28, while shares float is at a value of 175.3. Float short for Waste Connections, Inc. is 0.95% and the short ratio is 2.01.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.4, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.4. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.9, and the quick ratio is 0.9. The most recent gross margin is 36.20% and their operating margin is 9.90%. The profit margin is 5.40%.

Waste Connections, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 3.20%, and on investment, 7.00%. Return on equity is 9.20%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.55. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 6.89, with Price/book ratio coming to 3.49 and Price/cash is 303.92, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 160.75.

The simple moving averages are -1.27% and 12.27% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -5.59% and the 52 week low is 59.92%.

Waste Connections, Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.77%, with a current price of 75.26. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 52.90%. This is in an industry, Waste Management, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Industrial Goods. Waste Connections, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Waste Management industry means that Waste Connections, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 0.19%, with performance for the month coming to -2.37%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 4.47%, and for the half year the performance is 59.39%. Volatility for this week is 1.21% and for the month this is 1.64%.

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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