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Alleghany Corporation is an insurance-property & casualty business based in the US. Alleghany Corporation shares (Y) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Alleghany Corporation employs 10,786 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$8.5 billion.

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  3. Search for Alleghany Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: Y. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
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  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$603.69, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Alleghany Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Alleghany Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Alleghany Corporation share price

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Alleghany Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-29.
Latest market closeUSD$603.69
52-week rangeUSD$426.87 - USD$829.8736
50-day moving average USD$601.6697
200-day moving average USD$547.57
Wall St. target priceUSD$775
PE ratio 152.562
Dividend yield N/A (2.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.705

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Is it a good time to buy Alleghany Corporation stock?

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Alleghany Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $603.69 from 2020-12-31

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1 month (2020-12-23) 1.06%
3 months (2020-10-19) N/A
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5 years (2016-01-19) N/A

Is Alleghany Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Alleghany Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Alleghany Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Alleghany Corporation's P/E ratio

Alleghany Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 153x. In other words, Alleghany Corporation shares trade at around 153x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Alleghany Corporation's EBITDA

Alleghany Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$239.5 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Alleghany Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Alleghany Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$8.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.06%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.21%
Return on equity TTM -0.13%
Profit margin -0.3%
Book value $606.207
Market capitalisation USD$8.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Alleghany Corporation shares

There are currently 100,533 Alleghany Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Alleghany Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 19% down from 124,132 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Alleghany Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Alleghany Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Alleghany Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Alleghany Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Alleghany Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 84481.512605042). Alleghany Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.19. In other words for every 100,000 Alleghany Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1190 shares are currently held short.

However Alleghany Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Alleghany Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Alleghany Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Alleghany Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alleghany Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0084% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Alleghany Corporation shares, roughly 8 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Alleghany Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Alleghany Corporation stock.

Alleghany Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Alleghany Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Alleghany Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 36.69

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Alleghany Corporation's overall score of 36.69 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 76th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Alleghany Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Alleghany Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.15/100

Alleghany Corporation's environmental score of 7.15 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Alleghany Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Alleghany Corporation's social score

Social score: 16.29/100

Alleghany Corporation's social score of 16.29 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Alleghany Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Alleghany Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 22.25/100

Alleghany Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Alleghany Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Alleghany Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Alleghany Corporation scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Alleghany Corporation has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Alleghany Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 36.69
Total ESG percentile 76.06
Environmental score 7.15
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 16.29
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 22.25
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Alleghany Corporation share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 501.67% of net profits

Recently Alleghany Corporation has paid out, on average, around 501.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Alleghany Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Alleghany Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $N/A per share.

Alleghany Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Alleghany Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 16 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Alleghany Corporation's shares ever split?

Alleghany Corporation's shares were split on a 102:100 basis on 30 March 2011. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 102 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Alleghany Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 2% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Alleghany Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Alleghany Corporation's share price.

Alleghany Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Alleghany Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $426.87 up to $829.8736. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Y.US volatility(beta: 0.66)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Alleghany Corporation's is 0.6604. This would suggest that Alleghany Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Alleghany Corporation overview

Alleghany Corporation provides property and casualty reinsurance and insurance products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Reinsurance, Insurance, and Alleghany Capital. The Reinsurance segment offers fire, allied lines, auto physical damage, and homeowners multiple peril reinsurance products; and casualty and other reinsurance products, such as medical malpractice, ocean marine and aviation, accident and health, mortgage, surety, and credit reinsurance products, as well as directors' and officers', errors and omissions, general, and auto liability reinsurance. It distributes its products and services through brokers, as well as directly to insurance and reinsurance companies. The Insurance segment underwrites specialty insurance coverages in the property, as well as umbrella/excess, general, directors' and officers', and professional liability lines; surety products comprising commercial and contract surety bonds; and workers' compensation insurance products. It distributes its products through independent wholesale insurance brokers, and retail and general insurance agents. The Alleghany Capital segment provides precision automated machine tool solutions; manufactures custom trailers and truck bodies for the moving and storage industry, and other markets; and operates as a toy, and entertainment and musical instrument company. It also offers various services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; products and services for the funeral and cemetery industries, and precast concrete markets; and hotel management and development services, as well as operates as a structural steel fabricator and erector. The company also explores for and produces oil; and owns and manages improved and unimproved commercial land, and residential lots. As of December 31, 2019, it owned approximately 95 acres of property. The company was founded in 1929 and is based in New York, New York.

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