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Federal Signal Corporation is a pollution & treatment controls business based in the US. Federal Signal Corporation shares (FSS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Federal Signal Corporation employs 3,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Federal Signal Corporation

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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 Federal Signal Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FSS. 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 Federal Signal Corporation 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$32.63, 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 Federal Signal Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Federal Signal Corporation. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Federal Signal Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Federal Signal Corporation's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$32.63, which is 1.57% down on its pre-crash value of USD$33.15 and 39.92% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$23.32.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Federal Signal Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$734.24 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,000.76.

Federal Signal Corporation share price

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Federal Signal Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$32.63
52-week range USD$23.32 - USD$35.2
50-day moving average USD$30.7579
200-day moving average USD$29.7214
Wall St. target price USD$35.25
PE ratio 18.7665
Dividend yield USD$0.32 (1.02%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.672

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Is it a good time to buy Federal Signal Corporation stock?

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Federal Signal Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $32.63 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) 1.59%
1 month (2020-10-30) 13.77%
3 months (2020-08-28) 32.63
6 months (2020-05-29) 11.98%
1 year (2019-11-29) -0.94%
2 years (2018-11-30) 39.09%
3 years (2017-11-30) 51.77%
5 years (2015-11-30) 93.53%

Is Federal Signal Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Federal Signal Corporation's P/E ratio

Federal Signal Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Federal Signal Corporation shares trade at around 19x 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.

Federal Signal Corporation's PEG ratio

Federal Signal Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.71. 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 Federal Signal Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Federal Signal Corporation's EBITDA

Federal Signal Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$185.3 million.

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

Federal Signal Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.97%
Gross profit TTM USD$322.8 million
Return on assets TTM 7.65%
Return on equity TTM 16.66%
Profit margin 8.73%
Book value $10.847
Market capitalisation USD$1.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Federal Signal Corporation shares

There are currently 698,252 Federal Signal Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Federal Signal Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 30.3% down from 1.0 million last month.

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

Federal Signal Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Federal Signal Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Federal Signal Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Federal Signal Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 356251.02040816). Federal Signal Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.96. In other words for every 100,000 Federal Signal Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1960 shares are currently held short.

However Federal Signal Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Federal Signal Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Federal Signal Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Federal Signal Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Federal Signal Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0139% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Federal Signal Corporation shares, roughly 14 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 Federal Signal Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Federal Signal Corporation stock.

Federal Signal Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 18.18% of net profits

Recently Federal Signal Corporation has paid out, on average, around 18.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Federal Signal Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Federal Signal Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.

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

Federal Signal Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 4 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 20 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Federal Signal Corporation's shares ever split?

Federal Signal Corporation's shares were split on a 4:3 basis on 2 March 1994. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Federal Signal Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 25% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Federal Signal Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Federal Signal Corporation's share price.

Federal Signal Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Federal Signal Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $23.32 up to $35.2. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FSS.US volatility(beta: 1.14)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 Federal Signal Corporation's is 1.144. This would suggest that Federal Signal Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Federal Signal Corporation overview

Federal Signal Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and supplies a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial, and commercial customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally. It operates through two segments, Environmental Solutions Group, and Safety and Security Systems Group. The Environmental Solutions Group segment offers a range of street sweeper vehicles, sewer cleaner, vacuum loader and safe-digging trucks, hydro-excavation trucks, water blasting equipment, dump truck bodies, and trailers under the Elgin, Vactor, Guzzler, Westech, TRUVAC, Jetstream, Ox Bodies, Crysteel, J-Craft, Duraclass, Rugby, and Travis brand names. It also offers refuse and recycling collection vehicles, camera systems, ice resurfacing equipment, and snow-removal equipment. In addition, this segment engages in the sale of parts, service and repair, equipment rental, and training activities. The Safety and Security Systems Group segment provides systems and products for community alerting, emergency vehicles, first responder interoperable communications, and industrial communications. Its products include vehicle lightbars and sirens, industrial signaling equipment, public warning systems, general alarm systems, public address systems, and public safety software. This segment sells its products under the Federal Signal, Federal Signal VAMA, and Victor brand names. The company sells its products through wholesaler, distributor, independent manufacturer representative, original equipment manufacturer, and direct sales force, as well as independent foreign distributor. Federal Signal Corporation was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

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