How to buy eHealth stock - 06 March

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How to buy eHealth stock

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eHealth, Inc is an insurance brokers business based in the US. eHealth shares (EHTH) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. eHealth employs 1,960 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$582.8 million.

How to buy shares in eHealth

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

eHealth share price

Use our graph to track the performance of EHTH stocks over time.

eHealth shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$48.54 - USD$151.66
50-day moving average USD$63.5794
200-day moving average USD$71.4756
Wall St. target priceUSD$67.18
PE ratio 33.4583
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.68

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Is it a good time to buy eHealth stock?

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Is eHealth under- or over-valued?

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

eHealth's P/E ratio

eHealth'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, eHealth 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.

eHealth's PEG ratio

eHealth's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7211. 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 eHealth's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

eHealth's EBITDA

eHealth's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$58.5 million.

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

eHealth financials

Revenue TTM USD$582.8 million
Operating margin TTM 9.15%
Gross profit TTM USD$578.7 million
Return on assets TTM 3.74%
Return on equity TTM 6.66%
Profit margin 7.8%
Book value $32.308
Market capitalisation USD$1.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting eHealth shares

There are currently 2.2 million eHealth shares held short by investors – that's known as eHealth's "short interest". This figure is 3.4% down from 2.3 million last month.

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

eHealth's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

eHealth's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of eHealth shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of eHealth shares traded daily (recently around 2.0 million). eHealth's SIR currently stands at 1.11. In other words for every 100,000 eHealth shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1110 shares are currently held short.

However eHealth's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of eHealth shares, or, against the total number of tradable eHealth shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case eHealth's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 eHealth shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.0972% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable eHealth shares, roughly 97 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 eHealth.

Find out more about how you can short eHealth stock.

eHealth share dividends

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

eHealth share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, eHealth's shares have ranged in value from as little as $48.54 up to $151.66. 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 eHealth's is -0.2668. This would suggest that eHealth's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, eHealth has bucked the trend.

eHealth overview

eHealth, Inc. provides private health insurance exchange services to individuals, families, and small businesses in the United States and China. The company operates through two segments, Medicare; and Individual, Family and Small Business. Its ecommerce platforms organize and present health insurance information in various formats that enable individuals, families, and small businesses to research, analyze, compare, and purchase a range of health insurance plans. The company's Medicare-related health insurance plans include medicare advantage, medicare supplement, and medicare part D prescription drug plans; and ancillary products, including dental, vision, life, and short and long term disability insurance plans. It markets health insurance plans through its websites, such as,,,,, and, as well as through a network of marketing partners. The company also licenses its health insurance ecommerce technology that enables health insurance carriers and agents to market and distribute health insurance plans online; and provides online sponsorship and advertising services. eHealth, Inc. was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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