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Benefitfocus, Inc is a software—application business based in the US. Benefitfocus shares (BNFT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Benefitfocus employs 1,560 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$287.1 million.

How to buy shares in Benefitfocus

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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 Benefitfocus. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BNFT. 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 Benefitfocus 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. At last close price of USD$11.61, 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 Benefitfocus, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Benefitfocus. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Benefitfocus's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Benefitfocus's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$11.61, which is 27.93% down on its pre-crash value of USD$16.11 and 90.64% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$6.09.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Benefitfocus shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$453.41 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$618.58.

Benefitfocus share price

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Benefitfocus shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-19.
Latest market close USD$11.61
52-week range USD$6.09 - USD$25.505
50-day moving average USD$10.8253
200-day moving average USD$10.9657
Wall St. target price USD$20.6
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-1.671

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Is it a good time to buy Benefitfocus stock?

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Benefitfocus price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $11.61 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) -7.19%
1 month (2020-10-30) 13.05%
3 months (2020-08-28) 12.28%
6 months (2020-05-29) -8.80%
1 year (2019-11-29) -51.58%
2 years (2018-11-30) -76.83%
3 years (2017-11-30) -57.16%
5 years (2015-11-30) -71.35%

Benefitfocus financials

Revenue TTM USD$287.1 million
Gross profit TTM USD$151.6 million
Return on assets TTM -2.01%
Return on equity TTM -925.28%
Profit margin -13.71%
Book value $-0.584
Market capitalisation USD$342 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Benefitfocus shares

There are currently 2.7 million Benefitfocus shares held short by investors – that's known as Benefitfocus's "short interest". This figure is 6.1% down from 2.8 million last month.

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

Benefitfocus's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Benefitfocus's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Benefitfocus shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Benefitfocus shares traded daily (recently around 473167.02317291). Benefitfocus's SIR currently stands at 5.61. In other words for every 100,000 Benefitfocus shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5610 shares are currently held short.

However Benefitfocus's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Benefitfocus shares, or, against the total number of tradable Benefitfocus shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Benefitfocus's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Benefitfocus shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.1077% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Benefitfocus shares, roughly 108 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Benefitfocus.

Find out more about how you can short Benefitfocus stock.

Benefitfocus share dividends

We're not expecting Benefitfocus to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Benefitfocus share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Benefitfocus's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.09 up to $25.505. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BNFT.US volatility(beta: 1.5)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Benefitfocus's is 1.497. This would suggest that Benefitfocus's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Benefitfocus overview

Benefitfocus, Inc. provides cloud-based benefits management platform for consumers, employers, insurance carriers, suppliers, and brokers in the United States. The company's products for insurance carriers include MarketPlace Enroll for carriers to automate enrollment to various commercial group business; MarketPlace Bill, an electronic invoice presentment and payment solution; MarketPlace Exchange, a solution that bridges the integration gap between carrier and employer systems; and MarketPlace Quote for carriers and brokers tools to organize and manage accounts, track leads, generate quotes, and create proposals for various products. Its products for employers include Benefitfocus Marketplace that streamlines online enrollment, employee communication, and benefit administration; Insights, a data analytics solution; ACA Management and Reporting, a solution for employers to manage ACA compliance; MarketPlace Billing & Payments, an application that synchronizes enrollment and billing information to streamline the monthly billing process, automate adjustments, and enhance accuracy of payments; and COBRA Administration, a solution that simplifies management of Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, benefits. The company also provides BenefitSAIGE Analytics that aggregates benefit cost and claims data from relevant sources, identifies cost drivers, recognizes trends, and predicts future risks and costs; and BenefitsPlace, a transaction-oriented, marketplace solution which connects employers, brokers, insurance carriers, suppliers, and consumers on a single platform. In addition, it provides professional services, such as discovery, configuration and deployment, integration, testing, training, and technical support; and fulfillment, dependent verification, and HR administration services. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

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