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HireQuest, Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. HireQuest shares (HQI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. HireQuest employs 50 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.2 million.

How to buy shares in HireQuest

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 HireQuest. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HQI. 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 HireQuest 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$8.8, 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 HireQuest, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of HireQuest. 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 HireQuest's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, HireQuest's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$8.8, which is 22.95% up on its pre-crash value of USD$6.78 and 76.00% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$5.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of HireQuest shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$944.68 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$1,280.93.

HireQuest share price

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HireQuest shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-19.
Latest market close USD$8.8
52-week range USD$5.55 - USD$8.57
50-day moving average USD$7.3476
200-day moving average USD$6.5664
Wall St. target price USD$2.1
PE ratio 45.1765
Dividend yield USD$0.2 (2.6%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.537

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Is it a good time to buy HireQuest stock?

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HireQuest price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $8.8 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-18) 0.11%
1 month (2020-10-26) 17.33%
3 months (2020-08-25) 27.54%
6 months (2020-05-22) 52.51%
1 year (2019-11-25) 38.58%
2 years (2018-11-23) 120.00%
3 years (2017-11-24) 52.78%
5 years (2015-11-25) 62.96%

Is HireQuest under- or over-valued?

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

HireQuest's P/E ratio

HireQuest's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 45x. In other words, HireQuest shares trade at around 45x 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.

HireQuest's EBITDA

HireQuest's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.1 million.

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

HireQuest financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.2 million
Operating margin TTM 22.89%
Gross profit TTM USD$15.9 million
Return on assets TTM 5.88%
Return on equity TTM -5.79%
Profit margin -14.09%
Book value $2.157
Market capitalisation USD$104.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting HireQuest shares

There are currently 9,893 HireQuest shares held short by investors – that's known as HireQuest's "short interest". This figure is 30.5% down from 14,239 last month.

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

HireQuest's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

HireQuest's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of HireQuest shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of HireQuest shares traded daily (recently around 11503.488372093). HireQuest's SIR currently stands at 0.86. In other words for every 100,000 HireQuest shares traded daily on the market, roughly 860 shares are currently held short.

However HireQuest's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of HireQuest shares, or, against the total number of tradable HireQuest shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case HireQuest's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 HireQuest shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.002% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable HireQuest shares, roughly 2 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 HireQuest.

Find out more about how you can short HireQuest stock.

HireQuest share dividends

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

Have HireQuest's shares ever split?

HireQuest's shares were split on a 1:12 basis on 8 December 2017. So if you had owned 12 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your HireQuest shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 1100% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for HireQuest shares which in turn could have impacted HireQuest's share price.

HireQuest overview

HireQuest, Inc. provides on-demand and temporary staffing solutions in the United States. The company provides temporary staffing services, including skilled and semi-skilled labour and industrial personnel, clerical and administrative personnel, and construction personnel. As of December 31, 2019, the company had 147 franchisee-owned offices in 32 states and the District of Columbia. It serves small businesses and large corporate enterprises in the manufacturing, warehousing, construction, disaster recovery, hospitality, recycling, logistics, auctioneering, landscaping, and retail industries. The company was formerly known as Command Center, Inc. and changed its name to HireQuest, Inc. in September 2019. HireQuest, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

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