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How to buy Ellington Financial stock | $15.04

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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.

How to buy shares in Ellington Financial

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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 Ellington Financial. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: EFC. 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 Ellington 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$15.04, 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 Ellington Financial, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Ellington 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.

Ellington Financial share price

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Ellington Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$15.04
52-week rangeUSD$2.9893 - USD$17.4872
50-day moving average USD$14.7
200-day moving average USD$12.8779
Wall St. target priceUSD$15.79
PE ratio 5.9034
Dividend yield USD$1.2 (7.94%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.411

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Ellington Financial price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $15.04 from 2020-12-11

1 week (2021-01-15) -1.12%
1 month (2020-12-23) -0.73%
3 months (2020-10-22) 16.68%
6 months (2020-07-22) 23.28%
1 year (2020-01-22) -18.22%
2 years (2019-01-22) -3.90%
3 years (2018-01-22) 15.15
5 years (2016-01-22) 16.15

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 6x. In other words, Ellington Financial shares trade at around 6x 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.

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 USD$5.1 million
Gross profit TTM USD$87.4 million
Return on assets TTM -0.68%
Return on equity TTM -3.1%
Profit margin 0%
Book value $16.539
Market capitalisation USD$661.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Ellington Financial shares

There are currently 609,997 Ellington Financial shares held short by investors – that's known as Ellington Financial's "short interest". This figure is 16.1% down from 727,272 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 234614.23076923). Ellington Financial's SIR currently stands at 2.6. In other words for every 100,000 Ellington Financial shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2600 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 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ellington Financial shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0149% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ellington Financial shares, roughly 15 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

22%

Dividend payout ratio: 22.35% of net profits

Recently Ellington Financial has paid out, on average, around 22.35% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.94% 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 7.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ellington Financial's case, that would currently equate to about $1.2 per share.

While Ellington Financial's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Ellington Financial is investing more in its future growth.

Ellington Financial's most recent dividend payout was on 25 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 December 2020 (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 $2.9893 up to $17.4872. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

EFC.US volatility(beta: 2.09)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 2.0908. 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; commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt; and residential mortgage loans. It also provides collateralized loan obligations; mortgage-related and non-mortgage-related derivatives; equity investments in mortgage originators; and other strategic investments. In addition, the company offers consumer loans and asset-backed securities backed by consumer and commercial assets. Ellington Financial LLC was founded in 2007 and is based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

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