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How to buy CNA Financial Corporation stock | $38.44

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CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance-property & casualty business based in the US. CNA Financial Corporation shares (CNA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CNA Financial Corporation employs 5,900 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$10.7 billion.

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  3. Search for CNA Financial Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CNA. 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 CNA Financial Corporation 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$38.44, 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 CNA Financial Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of CNA Financial Corporation. 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.

CNA Financial Corporation share price

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CNA Financial Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$38.44
52-week rangeUSD$24.3867 - USD$47.1577
50-day moving average USD$36.2359
200-day moving average USD$32.8908
Wall St. target priceUSD$36.5
PE ratio 18.3128
Dividend yield USD$1.48 (3.83%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.11

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Is it a good time to buy CNA Financial Corporation stock?

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CNA Financial Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $38.44 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-07) -4.54%
1 month (2020-12-17) 0.16%
3 months (2020-10-16) 28.09%
6 months (2020-07-16) 16.13%
1 year (2020-01-16) -15.68%
2 years (2019-01-16) -15.22%
3 years (2018-01-16) 52.87
5 years (2016-01-15) 16.41%

Is CNA Financial Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

CNA Financial Corporation's P/E ratio

CNA Financial Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, CNA Financial Corporation shares trade at around 18x 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.

CNA Financial Corporation's PEG ratio

CNA Financial Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.21. 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 CNA Financial Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

CNA Financial Corporation's EBITDA

CNA Financial Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$865 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a CNA Financial Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

CNA Financial Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$10.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.54%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.82%
Return on equity TTM 4.77%
Profit margin 5.41%
Book value $44.295
Market capitalisation USD$10.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting CNA Financial Corporation shares

There are currently 691,722 CNA Financial Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as CNA Financial Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 31% up from 528,230 last month.

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

CNA Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CNA Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CNA Financial Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CNA Financial Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 246164.41281139). CNA Financial Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.81. In other words for every 100,000 CNA Financial Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2810 shares are currently held short.

However CNA Financial Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CNA Financial Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable CNA Financial Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CNA Financial Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CNA Financial Corporation shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0241% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CNA Financial Corporation shares, roughly 24 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 CNA Financial Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short CNA Financial Corporation stock.

CNA Financial Corporation'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 CNA Financial Corporation.

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

CNA Financial Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CNA Financial Corporation's overall score of 34.2 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 64th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like CNA Financial Corporation 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.).

CNA Financial Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.53/100

CNA Financial Corporation's environmental score of 7.53 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CNA Financial Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

CNA Financial Corporation's social score

Social score: 14.18/100

CNA Financial Corporation's social score of 14.18 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CNA Financial Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

CNA Financial Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 22/100

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

CNA Financial Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

CNA Financial Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 34.2
Total ESG percentile 64.08
Environmental score 7.53
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 14.18
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 22
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

CNA Financial Corporation share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 142.62% of net profits

Recently CNA Financial Corporation has paid out, on average, around 142.62% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.83% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CNA Financial Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CNA Financial Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.48 per share.

CNA Financial Corporation'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.

CNA Financial Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 3 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have CNA Financial Corporation's shares ever split?

CNA Financial Corporation's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 2 June 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your CNA Financial Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CNA Financial Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted CNA Financial Corporation's share price.

CNA Financial Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CNA Financial Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $24.3867 up to $47.1577. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNA.US volatility(beta: 0.86)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 CNA Financial Corporation's is 0.8619. This would suggest that CNA Financial Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

CNA Financial Corporation overview

CNA Financial Corporation provides commercial property and casualty insurance products primarily in the United States. The company operates through Specialty, Commercial, International, Life & Group, and Corporate & Other segments. It offers professional liability coverages and risk management services to various professional firms, including architects, real estate agents, and accounting and law firms; directors and officers, employment practices, fiduciary, and fidelity coverages to small and mid-size firms, public and privately held firms, and not-for-profit organizations; professional and general liability, as well as associated standard property and casualty coverages for healthcare industry; surety and fidelity bonds; and warranty and alternative risks products. The company also provides property insurance products, such as property, marine, boiler, and machinery coverages; casualty insurance products comprising workers' compensation, general and product liability, commercial auto, and umbrella coverages; specialized loss-sensitive insurance programs and total risk management services; and run-off long term policies. In addition, it offers long-tail exposures comprising commercial automobile liability, workers compensation, general and medical professional liability, other professional and management liability, and assumed reinsurance run-off and products liability; and short-tail exposures comprising property, commercial automobile physical damage, marine, surety, and warranty. The company markets its products through independent agents, brokers, and general underwriters to small, medium, and large businesses; insurance companies; associations; professionals; and other groups in the marine, oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, life science, property, financial services, healthcare, and technology industries. The company was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. CNA Financial Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Loews Corporation.

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