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How to buy Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) stock

Learn how to easily invest in Canadian Pacific Railway stock.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
NYSE: CP - USD
RAILROADS
$73.21
+$0.41 (+0.56%)

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited is a railroads business based in the US. Canadian Pacific Railway shares (CP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Canadian Pacific Railway employs 12,398 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

How to buy shares in Canadian Pacific Railway

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – CP – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

Canadian Pacific Railway stock price (NYSE: CP)

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Canadian Pacific Railway shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-16.
Latest market close$81.26
52-week range$51.67 - $82.90
50-day moving average $77.76
200-day moving average $74.62
Wall St. target price$87.00
PE ratio 23.2114
Dividend yield $0.736 (1.01%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.12

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Canadian Pacific Railway price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $81.26 from 2021-05-28

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Is Canadian Pacific Railway under- or over-valued?

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

Canadian Pacific Railway's P/E ratio

Canadian Pacific Railway's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Canadian Pacific Railway shares trade at around 23x 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 Pacific Railway's PEG ratio

Canadian Pacific Railway's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.36. 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 Pacific Railway'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 Pacific Railway's EBITDA

Canadian Pacific Railway's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4.4 billion.

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

Canadian Pacific Railway financials

Revenue TTM $7.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 47.76%
Gross profit TTM $4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.56%
Return on equity TTM 35.58%
Profit margin 34.58%
Book value $11.80
Market capitalisation $48.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Canadian Pacific Railway shares

There are currently 9.4 million Canadian Pacific Railway shares held short by investors – that's known as Canadian Pacific Railway's "short interest". This figure is 37.1% down from 14.9 million last month.

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

Canadian Pacific Railway's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Canadian Pacific Railway's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Canadian Pacific Railway shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Canadian Pacific Railway shares traded daily (recently around 1.4 million). Canadian Pacific Railway's SIR currently stands at 6.92. In other words for every 100,000 Canadian Pacific Railway shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6920 shares are currently held short.

However Canadian Pacific Railway's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Canadian Pacific Railway shares, or, against the total number of tradable Canadian Pacific Railway shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Canadian Pacific Railway's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Canadian Pacific Railway shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0154% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Canadian Pacific Railway shares, roughly 15 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 Canadian Pacific Railway.

Find out more about how you can short Canadian Pacific Railway stock.

Canadian Pacific Railway'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 Pacific Railway.

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

Canadian Pacific Railway's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.55

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Canadian Pacific Railway's overall score of 20.55 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 17th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Canadian Pacific Railway 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 Pacific Railway's environmental score

Environmental score: 11.41/100

Canadian Pacific Railway's environmental score of 11.41 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Canadian Pacific Railway is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Canadian Pacific Railway's social score

Social score: 12.93/100

Canadian Pacific Railway's social score of 12.93 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Canadian Pacific Railway is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Canadian Pacific Railway's governance score

Governance score: 7.72/100

Canadian Pacific Railway's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Canadian Pacific Railway is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Canadian Pacific Railway's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Canadian Pacific Railway scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Canadian Pacific Railway has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.55
Total ESG percentile 17.22
Environmental score 11.41
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 12.93
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 7.72
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Canadian Pacific Railway share dividends

65%

Dividend payout ratio: 64.68% of net profits

Recently Canadian Pacific Railway has paid out, on average, around 64.68% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.85% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Canadian Pacific Railway shareholders could enjoy a 0.85% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Canadian Pacific Railway's case, that would currently equate to about $0.736 per share.

Canadian Pacific Railway'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.

Canadian Pacific Railway's most recent dividend payout was on 25 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Canadian Pacific Railway's shares ever split?

Canadian Pacific Railway's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 13 May 2021. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Canadian Pacific Railway shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Canadian Pacific Railway shares which in turn could have impacted Canadian Pacific Railway's share price.

Canadian Pacific Railway share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Canadian Pacific Railway's shares have ranged in value from as little as $51.6729 up to $82.9045. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CP.US volatility(beta: 0.7)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 Pacific Railway's is 0.7028. This would suggest that Canadian Pacific Railway's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Canadian Pacific Railway overview

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a transcontinental freight railway in Canada and the United States. The company transports bulk commodities, including grain, coal, potash, fertilizers, and sulphur; and merchandise freight, such as energy, chemicals and plastics, metals, minerals and consumer, automotive, and forest products. It also transports intermodal traffic comprising retail goods in overseas containers. The company offers rail and intermodal transportation services through a network of approximately 13,000 miles serving business centers in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada; and the United States Northeast and Midwest regions. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Canadian Pacific Railway is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.02% of Canadian Pacific Railway shares are held by insiders and 83.306% by institutions.
How many people work for Canadian Pacific Railway?
Latest data suggests 12,398 work at Canadian Pacific Railway.
When does the fiscal year end for Canadian Pacific Railway?
Canadian Pacific Railway's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Canadian Pacific Railway based?
Canadian Pacific Railway's address is: 7550 Ogden Dale Road SE, Calgary, AB, Canada, T2C 4X9
What is Canadian Pacific Railway's ISIN number?
Canadian Pacific Railway's international securities identification number is: CA13645T1003
What is Canadian Pacific Railway's CUSIP number?
Canadian Pacific Railway's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 135923100

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