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How to buy General American Investors Company stock

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General American Investors Company, Inc is an asset management business based in the US. General American Investors Company shares (GAM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  3. Search for General American Investors Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GAM. 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 General American Investors Company 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 General American Investors Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of General American Investors Company. 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.

General American Investors Company share price

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General American Investors Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$20.2649 - USD$39.26
50-day moving average USD$37.9947
200-day moving average USD$35.8126
Wall St. target priceN/A
PE ratio 14.5235
Dividend yield USD$2.5 (6.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.655

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Is it a good time to buy General American Investors Company stock?

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Is General American Investors Company under- or over-valued?

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

General American Investors Company's P/E ratio

General American Investors Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, General American Investors Company shares trade at around 15x 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.

General American Investors Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$15.2 million
Operating margin TTM 20.61%
Gross profit TTM USD$15.2 million
Return on assets TTM 0.15%
Return on equity TTM 6.04%
Profit margin 506.19%
Book value $43.997
Market capitalisation USD$948.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting General American Investors Company shares

There are currently 18,282 General American Investors Company shares held short by investors – that's known as General American Investors Company's "short interest". This figure is 399.8% up from 3,658 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting General American Investors Company shares can be evaluated.

General American Investors Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

General American Investors Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of General American Investors Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of General American Investors Company shares traded daily (recently around 29487.096774194). General American Investors Company's SIR currently stands at 0.62. In other words for every 100,000 General American Investors Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 620 shares are currently held short.

However General American Investors Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of General American Investors Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable General American Investors Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case General American Investors Company's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 General American Investors Company shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0008% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable General American Investors Company shares, roughly 1 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 General American Investors Company.

Find out more about how you can short General American Investors Company stock.

General American Investors Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like General American Investors Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

General American Investors Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.62

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General American Investors Company's overall score of 25.62 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like General American Investors Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

General American Investors Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.94/100

General American Investors Company's environmental score of 5.94 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General American Investors Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General American Investors Company's social score

Social score: 11.62/100

General American Investors Company's social score of 11.62 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General American Investors Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

General American Investors Company's governance score

Governance score: 8.75/100

General American Investors Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General American Investors Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

General American Investors Company, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.62
Total ESG percentile 4
Environmental score 5.94
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 11.62
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 8.75
Governance score percentile 4

General American Investors Company share dividends

34%

Dividend payout ratio: 33.95% of net profits

Recently General American Investors Company has paid out, on average, around 33.95% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.59% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), General American Investors Company shareholders could enjoy a 0.59% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General American Investors Company's case, that would currently equate to about $2.5 per share.

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

General American Investors Company's most recent dividend payout was on 28 December 2018. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

General American Investors Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General American Investors Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $20.2649 up to $39.26. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GAM.US volatility(beta: 1.06)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 General American Investors Company's is 1.0592. This would suggest that General American Investors Company'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).

General American Investors Company overview

General American Investors Company, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm invests in the public equity markets of United States. It invests in growth stocks of companies. It makes investments in Information Technology, Financials, Consumer Staples, Consumer Discretionary, Retailing, Communication Services, Industrials, Health Care, Energy and Materials. The firm employs fundamental analysis with a bottom-up stock picking approach to make its investments. It conducts in-house research to make its investments. General American Investors Company, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is based in New York, New York.

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