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How to buy Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises stock

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Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc is an electrical equipment & parts business based in the US. Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares (BW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises employs 2,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$566.3 million.

How to buy shares in Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises

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  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 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BW. 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 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises 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 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises. 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.

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises share price

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Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$0.77 - USD$8.24
50-day moving average USD$6.2932
200-day moving average USD$3.7908
Wall St. target priceUSD$6.37
PE ratio 3.1546
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-23.596

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Is Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises under- or over-valued?

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

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's P/E ratio

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 3x. In other words, Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares trade at around 3x recent earnings.

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

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's EBITDA

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$22.3 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises financials

Revenue TTM USD$566.3 million
Operating margin TTM 1.98%
Gross profit TTM USD$165.8 million
Return on assets TTM 1.99%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin -2.21%
Book value $-20.81
Market capitalisation USD$607.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares

There are currently 822,129 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares held short by investors – that's known as Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's "short interest". This figure is 165.8% up from 309,272 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares can be evaluated.

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares traded daily (recently around 1.7 million). Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's SIR currently stands at 0.47. In other words for every 100,000 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares traded daily on the market, roughly 470 shares are currently held short.

However Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares, or, against the total number of tradable Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0139% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares, roughly 14 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 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises.

Find out more about how you can short Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises stock.

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises share dividends

We're not expecting Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's shares ever split?

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's shares were split on a 1:10 basis on 24 July 2019. So if you had owned 10 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 Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises shares which in turn could have impacted Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's share price.

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.77 up to $8.24. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's is 2.73. This would suggest that Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Babcock-and-Wilcox Enterprises overview

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. provides fossil and renewable power generation and environmental equipment for the power and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Babcock & Wilcox; Vølund & Other Renewable; and SPIG. The Babcock & Wilcox segment engages in the engineering, procurement, specialty manufacturing, construction, and commissioning of new and retrofit utility boilers and industrial boilers fired with coal and natural gas; and boiler cleaning equipment and material handling equipment. This segments also provides air pollution control products and related equipment, such as wet and dry flue gas desulfurization systems, catalytic and non-catalytic nitrogen oxides reduction systems, low nitrogen oxides burners and overfire air systems, fabric filter baghouses, wet and dry electrostatic precipitators, mercury control systems, and dry sorbent injection for acid gas mitigation. In addition, it offers replacement parts, retrofit and upgrade projects, fuel switching and repowering contracts, and training programs; and field technical, construction and maintenance, start-up and commissioning, and plant operations and maintenance services. The Vølund & Other Renewable segment provides steam-generating systems; environmental and auxiliary equipment for the waste-to-energy and biomass power generation industries; and plant operations and maintenance services. The SPIG segment offers air-cooled (dry) cooling systems, mechanical draft wet cooling towers, and natural draft wet cooling hyperbolic towers; end-to-end aftermarket services, such as spare parts, upgrades and revamping of existing installations, and remote monitoring. Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.

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