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Canadian Natural Resources Limited is an oil & gas e&p business based in the US. Canadian Natural Resources shares (CNQ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Canadian Natural Resources employs 10,180 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$28.2 billion.

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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 Canadian Natural Resources. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CNQ. 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 Canadian Natural Resources 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$24.13, 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 Canadian Natural Resources, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Canadian Natural Resources. 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.

Canadian Natural Resources share price

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Canadian Natural Resources shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-26.
Latest market closeUSD$24.13
52-week rangeUSD$6.1649 - USD$30.1258
50-day moving average USD$22.93
200-day moving average USD$19.1497
Wall St. target priceUSD$40.74
PE ratio 10.3813
Dividend yield USD$1.33 (5.51%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.308

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Canadian Natural Resources price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $24.13 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-12) -10.10%
1 month (2020-12-18) 24.13
3 months (2020-10-19) 38.52%
6 months (2020-07-17) 38.92%
1 year (2020-01-17) -23.90%
2 years (2019-01-18) -12.25%
3 years (2018-01-19) 36.15
5 years (2016-01-19) 53.11%

Is Canadian Natural Resources under- or over-valued?

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

Canadian Natural Resources's P/E ratio

Canadian Natural Resources's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Canadian Natural Resources shares trade at around 10x 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.

Canadian Natural Resources's PEG ratio

Canadian Natural Resources's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 12.75. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Canadian Natural Resources's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Canadian Natural Resources financials

Gross profit TTM USD$11.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.28%
Return on equity TTM -1.75%
Profit margin -3.3%
Book value $20.706
Market capitalisation USD$28.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Canadian Natural Resources shares

There are currently 8.5 million Canadian Natural Resources shares held short by investors – that's known as Canadian Natural Resources's "short interest". This figure is 11.5% up from 7.6 million last month.

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

Canadian Natural Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Canadian Natural Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Canadian Natural Resources shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Canadian Natural Resources shares traded daily (recently around 3.7 million). Canadian Natural Resources's SIR currently stands at 2.29. In other words for every 100,000 Canadian Natural Resources shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2290 shares are currently held short.

However Canadian Natural Resources's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Canadian Natural Resources shares, or, against the total number of tradable Canadian Natural Resources shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Canadian Natural Resources's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Canadian Natural Resources shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Canadian Natural Resources shares, roughly 0 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 Canadian Natural Resources.

Find out more about how you can short Canadian Natural Resources stock.

Canadian Natural Resources'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 Canadian Natural Resources.

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

Canadian Natural Resources's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 39.03

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Canadian Natural Resources's overall score of 39.03 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 75th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Canadian Natural Resources 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.).

Canadian Natural Resources's environmental score

Environmental score: 19.09/100

Canadian Natural Resources's environmental score of 19.09 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Canadian Natural Resources is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Canadian Natural Resources's social score

Social score: 11.97/100

Canadian Natural Resources's social score of 11.97 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Canadian Natural Resources is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Canadian Natural Resources's governance score

Governance score: 11.97/100

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

Canadian Natural Resources's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Canadian Natural Resources Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 39.03
Total ESG percentile 74.78
Environmental score 19.09
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 11.97
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.97
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Canadian Natural Resources share dividends

We're not expecting Canadian Natural Resources to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Canadian Natural Resources's shares ever split?

Canadian Natural Resources's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 June 2010. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Canadian Natural Resources shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Canadian Natural Resources shares which in turn could have impacted Canadian Natural Resources's share price.

Canadian Natural Resources share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Canadian Natural Resources's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.1649 up to $30.1258. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNQ.US volatility(beta: 2.26)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 Canadian Natural Resources's is 2.2645. This would suggest that Canadian Natural Resources's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Canadian Natural Resources overview

Canadian Natural Resources Limited explores for, develops, produces, and markets crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company offers synthetic crude oil (SCO), light and medium crude oil, bitumen (thermal oil), primary heavy crude oil, and Pelican Lake heavy crude oil. Its midstream assets include two crude oil pipeline systems; and a 50% working interest in an 84-megawatt cogeneration plant at Primrose. As of December 31, 2019, the company had gross proved crude oil, bitumen, SCO, and NGLs reserves totaled 9,917 million barrels; gross proved plus probable crude oil, bitumen, SCO, and NGLs reserves totaled 12,651 million barrels; proved natural gas reserves totaled 6,460 billion cubic feet; and gross proved plus probable natural gas reserves totaled 9,607 billion cubic feet. It operates primarily in Western Canada; the United Kingdom portion of the North Sea; and Offshore Africa. The company was formerly known as AEX Minerals Corporation and changed its name to Canadian Natural Resources Limited in December 1975. Canadian Natural Resources Limited was incorporated in 1973 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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