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How to buy Columbia Financial stock | $15.56

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Columbia Financial, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. Columbia Financial shares (CLBK) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Columbia Financial employs 595 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$220 million.

How to buy shares in Columbia Financial

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 Columbia Financial. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CLBK. 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 Columbia Financial 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$15.56, 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 Columbia Financial, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Columbia Financial. 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.

Columbia Financial share price

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Columbia Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$15.56
52-week rangeUSD$10.27 - USD$17.34
50-day moving average USD$14.7356
200-day moving average USD$12.8549
Wall St. target priceUSD$14
PE ratio 33.4205
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.459

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Is it a good time to buy Columbia Financial stock?

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Columbia Financial price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $15.56 from 2020-12-31

1 week (2021-01-15) -2.63%
1 month (2020-12-23) 1.70%
3 months (2020-10-22) 23.20%
6 months (2020-07-22) 18.60%
1 year (2020-01-22) -7.82%
2 years (2019-01-22) 4.08%
3 years (2018-01-19) N/A
5 years (2016-01-19) N/A

Is Columbia Financial under- or over-valued?

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

Columbia Financial's P/E ratio

Columbia Financial's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 33x. In other words, Columbia Financial shares trade at around 33x 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.

Columbia Financial financials

Revenue TTM USD$220 million
Operating margin TTM 34.34%
Gross profit TTM USD$199.8 million
Return on assets TTM 0.63%
Return on equity TTM 5.03%
Profit margin 22.95%
Book value $9.166
Market capitalisation USD$1.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Columbia Financial shares

There are currently 1.2 million Columbia Financial shares held short by investors – that's known as Columbia Financial's "short interest". This figure is 25.2% up from 935,465 last month.

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

Columbia Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Columbia Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Columbia Financial shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Columbia Financial shares traded daily (recently around 173225.14792899). Columbia Financial's SIR currently stands at 6.76. In other words for every 100,000 Columbia Financial shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6760 shares are currently held short.

However Columbia Financial's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Columbia Financial shares, or, against the total number of tradable Columbia Financial shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Columbia Financial's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Columbia Financial shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0255% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Columbia Financial shares, roughly 26 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 Columbia Financial.

Find out more about how you can short Columbia Financial stock.

Columbia Financial share dividends

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

Columbia Financial share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Columbia Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as $10.27 up to $17.34. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Columbia Financial's is 0.3095. This would suggest that Columbia Financial's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Columbia Financial overview

Columbia Financial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Columbia Bank that provides financial services to businesses and consumers in the United States. The company offers non-interest-bearing demand deposits, such as individual checking and commercial checking accounts; interest bearing demand accounts comprising interest earning checking accounts and municipal accounts; and savings and club accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also provides loans, including multifamily and commercial real estate loans, commercial business loans, one- to four-family residential loans, construction loans, home equity loans and advances, and other consumer loans. In addition, the company offers title insurance products; wealth management services; and cash management services, including remote deposit, lockbox service, and sweep accounts. As of December 31, 2019, it operated 64 full-service banking offices in ten of New Jersey's 21 counties. The company was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Columbia Financial, Inc. is a subsidiary of Columbia Bank MHC.

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