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Harsco Corporation is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Harsco Corporation shares (HSC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Harsco Corporation employs 10,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.8 billion.

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  3. Search for Harsco Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HSC. 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 Harsco 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$18.41, 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 Harsco Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Harsco 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.

Harsco Corporation share price

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Harsco Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$18.41
52-week rangeUSD$4.19 - USD$23.44
50-day moving average USD$17.2173
200-day moving average USD$14.925
Wall St. target priceUSD$22.75
PE ratio 71.7696
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.243

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Is it a good time to buy Harsco Corporation stock?

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Harsco Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $18.41 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-12) -4.81%
1 month (2020-12-18) 7.91%
3 months (2020-10-19) 23.64%
6 months (2020-07-17) 28.74%
1 year (2020-01-17) -7.72%
2 years (2019-01-18) -19.33%
3 years (2018-01-19) 19.45
5 years (2016-01-19) 213.63%

Is Harsco Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Harsco Corporation's P/E ratio

Harsco 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 72x. In other words, Harsco Corporation shares trade at around 72x 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.

Harsco Corporation's PEG ratio

Harsco Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2503. 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 Harsco 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.

Harsco Corporation's EBITDA

Harsco Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$236.7 million.

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

Harsco Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.65%
Gross profit TTM USD$359.5 million
Return on assets TTM 1.85%
Return on equity TTM -2.56%
Profit margin 1.09%
Book value $9.051
Market capitalisation USD$1.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Harsco Corporation shares

There are currently 4.0 million Harsco Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Harsco Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 2.3% up from 3.9 million last month.

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

Harsco Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Harsco Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Harsco Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Harsco Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 338593.24786325). Harsco Corporation's SIR currently stands at 11.7. In other words for every 100,000 Harsco Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 11700 shares are currently held short.

However Harsco Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Harsco Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Harsco Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Harsco Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Harsco Corporation shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0688% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Harsco Corporation shares, roughly 69 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Harsco Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Harsco Corporation stock.

Harsco Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Harsco Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Harsco Corporation's shares ever split?

Harsco Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 March 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Harsco Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Harsco Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Harsco Corporation's share price.

Harsco Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Harsco Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.19 up to $23.44. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HSC.US volatility(beta: 2.5)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 Harsco Corporation's is 2.495. This would suggest that Harsco Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Harsco Corporation overview

Harsco Corporation provides environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams, and innovative equipment and technology for the rail sector worldwide. It operates through three segments: Harsco Environmental, Harsco Clean Earth, and Harsco Rail. The Harsco Environmental segment offers on-site services of material logistics, product quality improvement, and resource recovery for iron, steel, and metals manufacturing; manufactures and sells industrial abrasives, roofing granules, aluminum dross, and scrap processing systems; and produces value-added downstream products from industrial waste-stream. The Harsco Clean Earth segment provides specialty waste processing and beneficial reuse solutions for hazardous wastes, contaminated materials, and dredged volumes. The Harsco Rail segment offers equipment, after-market parts, and services for the maintenance, repair, and construction of railway track. This segment manufactures and sells highly-engineered railway track maintenance equipment, and collision avoidance and warning systems to support passenger, rail worker, and pedestrian safety, as well as measurement and diagnostic technologies that support railway maintenance programs. The company was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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