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How to buy Ellington Financial stock

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Ellington Financial Inc is a mortgage finance business based in the US. Ellington Financial shares (EFC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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Ellington Financial share price

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Ellington Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-29.
52-week range$7.80 - $18.44
50-day moving average $17.06
200-day moving average $15.32
Wall St. target price$18.06
PE ratio 46.0358
Dividend yield $1.26 (6.97%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.39

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Is it a good time to buy Ellington Financial stock?

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Is Ellington Financial under- or over-valued?

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

Ellington Financial's P/E ratio

Ellington 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 46x. In other words, Ellington Financial shares trade at around 46x 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.

Ellington Financial's PEG ratio

Ellington Financial's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.86. 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 Ellington Financial's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Ellington Financial financials

Revenue TTM $43.3 million
Operating margin TTM 38.39%
Gross profit TTM $43.3 million
Return on assets TTM 0.73%
Return on equity TTM 3.17%
Profit margin 57.72%
Book value $17.68
Market capitalisation $788.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Ellington Financial shares

There are currently 1.0 million Ellington Financial shares held short by investors – that's known as Ellington Financial's "short interest". This figure is 5.4% up from 950,440 last month.

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

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

Ellington Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ellington Financial shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ellington Financial shares traded daily (recently around 366837.72893773). Ellington Financial's SIR currently stands at 2.73. In other words for every 100,000 Ellington Financial shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2730 shares are currently held short.

However Ellington Financial's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ellington Financial shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ellington Financial shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ellington Financial's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ellington Financial shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0246% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ellington Financial shares, roughly 25 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 Ellington Financial.

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

Ellington Financial share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 26.99% of net profits

Recently Ellington Financial has paid out, on average, around 26.99% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.22% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ellington Financial shareholders could enjoy a 9.22% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ellington Financial's case, that would currently equate to about $1.26 per share.

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

Ellington Financial's most recent dividend payout was on 24 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Ellington Financial share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ellington Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.8036 up to $18.44. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

EFC.US volatility(beta: 2.17)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 Ellington Financial's is 2.171. This would suggest that Ellington Financial's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Ellington Financial overview

Ellington Financial Inc. , through its subsidiary, Ellington Financial Operating Partnership LLC, acquires and manages mortgage-related, consumer-related, corporate-related, and other financial assets in the United States. The company acquires and manages residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) backed by prime jumbo, Alt-A, manufactured housing, and subprime residential mortgage loans; RMBS for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by the U. S. government agency or the U. S. government-sponsored entity; residential mortgage loans; commercial mortgage-backed securities; and commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt.

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