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How to buy CRH stock | $39.58

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CRH plc is a building materials business based in the US. CRH shares (CRH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CRH employs 80,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$27.6 billion.

How to buy shares in CRH

  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 CRH. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CRH. 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 CRH 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$39.58, 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 CRH, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of CRH. 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.

CRH share price

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CRH shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$39.58
52-week rangeUSD$17.6268 - USD$42.83
50-day moving average USD$40.5385
200-day moving average USD$37.9456
Wall St. target priceUSD$24.01
PE ratio 17.0378
Dividend yield USD$0.91 (2.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.488

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Is it a good time to buy CRH stock?

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CRH price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $39.58 from 2020-12-11

1 week (2021-01-15) -11.02%
1 month (2020-12-23) -6.03%
3 months (2020-10-22) 7.18%
6 months (2020-07-22) 2.01%
1 year (2020-01-22) 3.10%
2 years (2019-01-22) 37.77%
3 years (2018-01-22) 3.56%
5 years (2016-01-22) 49.19%

Is CRH under- or over-valued?

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

CRH's P/E ratio

CRH's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, CRH shares trade at around 17x 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.

CRH's PEG ratio

CRH's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.8868. 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 CRH's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


CRH's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.2 billion.

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

CRH financials

Revenue TTM USD$27.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.25%
Gross profit TTM USD$8.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.9%
Return on equity TTM 9.06%
Profit margin 7.17%
Book value $23.279
Market capitalisation USD$33.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting CRH shares

There are currently 531,031 CRH shares held short by investors – that's known as CRH's "short interest". This figure is 27.4% down from 731,468 last month.

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

CRH's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CRH's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CRH shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CRH shares traded daily (recently around 376617.73049645). CRH's SIR currently stands at 1.41. In other words for every 100,000 CRH shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1410 shares are currently held short.

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

Find out more about how you can short CRH stock.

CRH share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 178.06% of net profits

Recently CRH has paid out, on average, around 178.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CRH shareholders could enjoy a 2.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CRH's case, that would currently equate to about $0.91 per share.

CRH'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.

CRH's most recent dividend payout was on 2 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have CRH's shares ever split?

CRH's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 24 August 1998. 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 CRH shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CRH shares which in turn could have impacted CRH's share price.

CRH share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CRH's shares have ranged in value from as little as $17.6268 up to $42.83. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CRH.US volatility(beta: 0.89)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 CRH's is 0.8915. This would suggest that CRH's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

CRH overview

CRH plc, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building materials. It operates through three segments: Europe Materials, Americas Materials, and Building Products. The company manufactures and supplies cement, lime, aggregates, readymixed and precast concrete, and asphalt products; and construction accessories, building envelopes, architectural products, and network access products, as well as provides asphalt paving services. It also offers concrete floor elements, pavers and blocks, pipes, and landscape walling products; mortars, coated macadam products, roof tiles, sand-lime bricks and building elements, structural concrete products, utility and infrastructural concrete products, specialty masonry products, hardscape and patio products, utility boxes and trench systems, custom fabricated architectural glass products, pre-stressed planks, and structural elements; and bagged stone, and mulch and stone products. In addition, the company provides building and civil engineering contracting, and contract surfacing services; sells and distributes cement; and supplies access chambers and ducting products, as well as operates logistics and owned railway infrastructure. It serves governments, contractors, homebuilders, homeowners, and sub-contractors. The company operates primarily in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe, the United States, and internationally. CRH plc was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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