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How to buy GAIN Capital stock

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GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc is a capital markets business based in the US. GAIN Capital shares (GCAP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. GAIN Capital employs 676 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$394.5 million.

How to buy shares in GAIN Capital

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

GAIN Capital share price

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GAIN Capital shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-07.
52-week rangeUSD$3.2261 - USD$6.6536
50-day moving average USD$0.0085
200-day moving average USD$0.134
Wall St. target priceUSD$5.67
PE ratio 3.9737
Dividend yield USD$0.24 (3.97%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.539

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Is it a good time to buy GAIN Capital stock?

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Is GAIN Capital under- or over-valued?

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

GAIN Capital's P/E ratio

GAIN Capital's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 4x. In other words, GAIN Capital shares trade at around 4x 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.

GAIN Capital's PEG ratio

GAIN Capital's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 16.37. 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 GAIN Capital's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

GAIN Capital financials

Revenue TTM USD$394.5 million
Operating margin TTM 28.68%
Gross profit TTM USD$151.1 million
Return on assets TTM 4.43%
Return on equity TTM 20.29%
Profit margin 14.76%
Book value $8.141
Market capitalisation USD$228.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting GAIN Capital shares

There are currently 1.4 million GAIN Capital shares held short by investors – that's known as GAIN Capital's "short interest". This figure is 35.7% down from 2.1 million last month.

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

GAIN Capital's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

GAIN Capital's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of GAIN Capital shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of GAIN Capital shares traded daily (recently around 290318.94736842). GAIN Capital's SIR currently stands at 4.75. In other words for every 100,000 GAIN Capital shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4750 shares are currently held short.

However GAIN Capital's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of GAIN Capital shares, or, against the total number of tradable GAIN Capital shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case GAIN Capital's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 GAIN Capital shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0675% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable GAIN Capital shares, roughly 68 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 GAIN Capital.

Find out more about how you can short GAIN Capital stock.

GAIN Capital share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 8.14% of net profits

Recently GAIN Capital has paid out, on average, around 8.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), GAIN Capital shareholders could enjoy a 3.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In GAIN Capital's case, that would currently equate to about $0.24 per share.

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

GAIN Capital's most recent dividend payout was on 26 June 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 June 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

GAIN Capital share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, GAIN Capital's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.2261 up to $6.6536. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while GAIN Capital's is 0.0611. This would suggest that GAIN Capital's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

GAIN Capital overview

GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiary, provides trading services and solutions to the over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded markets worldwide. It operates in two segments, Retail and Futures. The company offers access to a range of financial products, including spot foreign exchange (forex) and precious metals trading; spread bets; and OTC options on forex, as well as contracts for differences on currencies, commodities, indices, individual equities, cryptocurrencies, bonds, options, and interest rate products. It provides services to retail customers through and, as well as through brokers and white label partners. The company also offers execution and risk management services for exchange-traded futures and futures options on the United States and European futures and options exchanges; and online trading services. GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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