How to buy Argan stock - 15 April

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How to buy Argan stock

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Argan, Inc is an engineering & construction business based in the US. Argan shares (AGX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Argan employs 1,154 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$343 million.

How to buy shares in Argan

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Argan. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AGX. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Argan reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. 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 Argan, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Argan. 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.

Argan share price

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Argan shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUSD$30.5152 - USD$55.99
50-day moving average USD$52.315
200-day moving average USD$46.8292
Wall St. target priceUSD$60.5
PE ratio 119.185
Dividend yield USD$1 (1.86%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.454

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Is it a good time to buy Argan stock?

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Is Argan under- or over-valued?

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

Argan's P/E ratio

Argan's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 119x. In other words, Argan shares trade at around 119x 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.

Argan's EBITDA

Argan's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$8.7 million.

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

Argan financials

Revenue TTM USD$343 million
Operating margin TTM 1.18%
Gross profit TTM USD$-10,220,000
Return on assets TTM 0.47%
Return on equity TTM 2.07%
Profit margin 2.07%
Book value $20.964
Market capitalisation USD$849 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Argan shares

There are currently 243,636 Argan shares held short by investors – that's known as Argan's "short interest". This figure is 6.6% down from 260,988 last month.

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

Argan's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Argan's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Argan shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Argan shares traded daily (recently around 106857.89473684). Argan's SIR currently stands at 2.28. In other words for every 100,000 Argan shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2280 shares are currently held short.

However Argan's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Argan shares, or, against the total number of tradable Argan shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Argan's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Argan shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0183% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Argan shares, roughly 18 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 Argan.

Find out more about how you can short Argan stock.

Argan share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 1.99% of net profits

Recently Argan has paid out, on average, around 1.99% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Argan shareholders could enjoy a 1.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Argan's case, that would currently equate to about $1 per share.

While Argan's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Argan is investing more in its future growth.

Argan's most recent dividend payout was on 28 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Argan's shares ever split?

Argan's shares were split on a 1:15 basis on 8 October 2001. So if you had owned 15 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Argan shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 1400% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Argan shares which in turn could have impacted Argan's share price.

Argan share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Argan's shares have ranged in value from as little as $30.5152 up to $55.99. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AGX.US volatility(beta: 0.56)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 Argan's is 0.5609. This would suggest that Argan's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Argan overview

Argan, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, project development, technical, and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. The company operates through Power Industry Services, Industrial Fabrication and Field Services, and Telecommunications Infrastructure Services segments. The Power Industry Services segment offers engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracting services to the owners of alternative energy facilities, such as biomass plants, wind farms, and solar fields; and design, construction, project management, start-up, and operation services for projects with approximately 15 gigawatts of power-generating capacity. This segment serves independent power project owners, public utilities, power plant equipment suppliers, and energy plant construction companies. The Industrial Fabrication and Field Services segment provides industrial field, and steel pipe and vessel fabrication services for forest products, power, energy, large fertilizer, EPC, mining, and petrochemical companies in southeast region of the United States. The Telecommunications Infrastructure Services segment offers trenchless directional boring and excavation for underground communication and power networks, as well as aerial cabling services; and installs buried cable, high and low voltage electric lines, and private area outdoor lighting systems. It also provides structuring, cabling, terminations, and connectivity that offers the physical transport for high speed data, voice, video, and security networks. This segment serves state and local government agencies, regional communications service providers, electric utilities, and other commercial customers, as well as federal government facilities comprising cleared facilities in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Argan, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.

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