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Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 12749.4. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Waters Corporation is 158.24 (with a change from open of -0.71%), this in conjunction with a target price of 158.62. Volume today has so far reached 560400, with an average volume of about 463.34. The GAP for this stock, is -0.07%.

The P/E ratio is 26.55, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 22.17. The current EPS for Waters Corporation, is 5.96, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 11.40%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 17.58%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Waters Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 8.63% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 9.75%. Quarter over quarter is 24.10% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 8.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 6.80%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 4.40%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 3.10% and institutional ownership is 96.50%. Shares outstanding is 80.57, while shares float is at a value of 76.96. Float short for Waters Corporation is 3.31% and the short ratio is 5.49.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.76, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.82. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 6.5, and the quick ratio is 6. The most recent gross margin is 58.70% and their operating margin is 27.70%. The profit margin is 23.30%.

Waters Corporation has seen returns on assets of 11.40%, and on investment, 13.30%. Return on equity is 23.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.72. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 6.07, with Price/book ratio coming to 5.95 and Price/cash is 4.9, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 25.39.

The simple moving averages are 1.09% and 14.86% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -2.64% and the 52 week low is 41.29%.

Waters Corporation has a dividend yield of *TBA, with a current price of 158.24. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 0.00%. This is in an industry, Medical Instruments & Supplies, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Waters Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry means that Waters Corporation has seen performance for the past week of 0.97%, with performance for the month coming to -0.42%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 17.52%, and for the half year the performance is 35.02%. Volatility for this week is 1.25% and for the month this is 1.56%.

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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