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Citi Trends, Inc is an apparel retail business based in the US. Citi Trends shares (CTRN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Citi Trends employs 3,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$726.3 million.

How to buy shares in Citi Trends

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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 Citi Trends. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CTRN. 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 Citi Trends 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$27.22, 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 Citi Trends, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Citi Trends. 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 Citi Trends's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$27.22, which is 17.36% up on its pre-crash value of USD$22.495 and 242.39% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$7.95.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Citi Trends shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$371.35 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$1,155.22.

Citi Trends share price

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Citi Trends shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-21.
Latest market closeUSD$27.22
52-week rangeUSD$6.7 - USD$29.5
50-day moving average USD$24.8266
200-day moving average USD$17.7012
Wall St. target priceUSD$28
PE ratio 43.8571
Dividend yield USD$0.32 (2.63%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.669

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Is it a good time to buy Citi Trends stock?

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Citi Trends price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $27.22 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-10-14) -0.15%
1 month (2020-09-22) 15.49%
3 months (2020-07-21) 61.45%
6 months (2020-04-21) 173.57%
1 year (2019-10-21) 50.80%
2 years (2018-10-19) 4.97%
3 years (2017-10-20) 27.73%
5 years (2015-10-21) 4.01%

Is Citi Trends under- or over-valued?

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

Citi Trends's P/E ratio

Citi Trends's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 44x. In other words, Citi Trends shares trade at around 44x 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.

Citi Trends's PEG ratio

Citi Trends's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.08. 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 Citi Trends's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Citi Trends's EBITDA

Citi Trends's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$30.1 million.

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

Citi Trends financials

Revenue TTM USD$726.3 million
Operating margin TTM 1.51%
Gross profit TTM USD$297.2 million
Return on assets TTM 1.44%
Return on equity TTM 4.17%
Profit margin 1.01%
Book value $15.624
Market capitalisation USD$289.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Citi Trends shares

There are currently 485,349 Citi Trends shares held short by investors – that's known as Citi Trends's "short interest". This figure is 8.4% up from 447,673 last month.

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

Citi Trends's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Citi Trends's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Citi Trends shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Citi Trends shares traded daily (recently around 216673.66071429). Citi Trends's SIR currently stands at 2.24. In other words for every 100,000 Citi Trends shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2240 shares are currently held short.

However Citi Trends's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Citi Trends shares, or, against the total number of tradable Citi Trends shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Citi Trends's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Citi Trends shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0567% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Citi Trends shares, roughly 57 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 Citi Trends.

Find out more about how you can short Citi Trends stock.

Citi Trends share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 35.73% of net profits

Recently Citi Trends has paid out, on average, around 35.73% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.63% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Citi Trends shareholders could enjoy a 2.63% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Citi Trends's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.

While Citi Trends's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Citi Trends may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Citi Trends's most recent dividend payout was on 17 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Citi Trends share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Citi Trends's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.7 up to $29.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CTRN.US volatility(beta: 1.48)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 Citi Trends's is 1.4755. This would suggest that Citi Trends's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Citi Trends overview

Citi Trends, Inc. operates as a value-priced retailer of fashion apparel, accessories, and home goods. The company offers apparel, such as fashion sportswear for men and women, as well as children, including newborns, infants, toddlers, boys, and girls; accessories comprising handbags, jewelry, footwear, belts, intimate apparel, scrubs, and sleepwear; and functional bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen products, as well as beauty products and toys. It provides its products primarily to African-Americans in the United States. As of February 1, 2020, the company operated 571 stores in urban and rural markets in 33 states. The company was formerly known as Allied Fashion, Inc. and changed its name to Citi Trends, Inc. in 2001. Citi Trends, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Savannah, Georgia.

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