Background: Walgreen, together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of drugstores in the U.S. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Deerfield, Ill. Walgreen trades an average of 8.1 million shares per day with a marketcap of $32 billion.
52-Week Range: $28.53 to $37.35Book Value: $21.24 Price to Book: 1.8 Earnings Payout Percentage: 39% Walgreen pays $1.10 a year in dividends for a respectable yield of 3%. While 3% is great, Walgreen has an average of 50% increases in dividend payments over the last five years. No one considers the incredible growth rate sustainable, but with less than a 40% payout rate, there is plenty of room to grow. TheStreet's Gary Morrow writes about Walgreen on Real Money in
Shares are slowly but steadily climbing in the last 30 days. Shares are now 2.8% higher than last month. The chart is a solid bull trend. In fact, the stock appreciated over 9% in the last year, and the average analyst target price for Walgreen is $38.82. Currently, the short interest based on the float is inconsequential and not a big concern. Short interest is 2.6%, just enough to keep short sellers up at night.