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Market cap is the total market value to buy the whole company. It is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding. Shire PLC's share price for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was $212.54. Shire PLC's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was 200 Mil. Therefore, Shire PLC's market cap for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was $48,982 Mil.
Shire PLC's quarterly market cap increased from Jun. 2014 ($46,255 Mil) to Sep. 2014 ($51,688 Mil) but then declined from Sep. 2014 ($51,688 Mil) to Dec. 2014 ($42,408 Mil).
Shire PLC's annual market cap increased from Dec. 2012 ($17,284 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($28,141 Mil) and increased from Dec. 2013 ($28,141 Mil) to Dec. 2014 ($42,444 Mil).
Enterprise value is the theoretical takeover price. It is more comprehensive than market capitalization (market cap), which only includes common equity. Enterprise Value is calculated as the market cap plus debt and minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. Shire PLC's enterprise value for Today is $140,473 Mil.
Market cap is the short version of market capitalization. It is the total market value to buy the whole company. It is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding.
Shire PLC's Market Cap for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as
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Shire PLC's Market Cap for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as
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Market cap is not the real price you pay for a company. If you buy the company and become its owner, you become the owner of the cash the company has, and you also assume the companys debt. The real price you pay is the Enterprise Value.
Warren Buffett uses the ratio of total market cap of all public traded companies over GDP to measure if the market is expensive. As of April 2012, the US total market cap is about $14.7 trillion, while the US GDP is about $15 trillion. The market was modestly overvalued.
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