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How to buy Houston Wire-and-Cable Company stock | $2.99

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Houston Wire & Cable Company is an industrial distribution business based in the US. Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares (HWCC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Houston Wire-and-Cable Company employs 432 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$302.8 million.

How to buy shares in Houston Wire-and-Cable Company

  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 Houston Wire-and-Cable Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HWCC. 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 Houston Wire-and-Cable 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. At last close price of USD$2.99, 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 Houston Wire-and-Cable Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Houston Wire-and-Cable 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.

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company share price

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Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$2.99
52-week rangeUSD$1.67 - USD$4.73
50-day moving average USD$2.7085
200-day moving average USD$2.6552
Wall St. target priceUSD$8
PE ratio 66.75
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.04

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Is it a good time to buy Houston Wire-and-Cable Company stock?

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Houston Wire-and-Cable Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $2.99 from 2021-01-11

1 week (2021-01-07) 2.05%
1 month (2020-12-16) 10.74%
3 months (2020-10-16) 10.74%
6 months (2020-07-16) 13.26%
1 year (2020-01-16) -27.95%
2 years (2019-01-16) -46.03%
3 years (2018-01-16) 7.35
5 years (2016-01-15) 5.15

Is Houston Wire-and-Cable Company under- or over-valued?

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

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's P/E ratio

Houston Wire-and-Cable 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 67x. In other words, Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares trade at around 67x 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.

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's EBITDA

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.9 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$302.8 million
Operating margin TTM 0.54%
Gross profit TTM USD$79.9 million
Return on assets TTM 0.48%
Return on equity TTM -2.92%
Profit margin -0.99%
Book value $6.156
Market capitalisation USD$44.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares

There are currently 93,571 Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's "short interest". This figure is 13.1% down from 107,703 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares can be evaluated.

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares traded daily (recently around 69829.104477612). Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's SIR currently stands at 1.34. In other words for every 100,000 Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1340 shares are currently held short.

However Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.007% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Houston Wire-and-Cable Company shares, roughly 7 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 Houston Wire-and-Cable Company.

Find out more about how you can short Houston Wire-and-Cable Company stock.

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company share dividends

We're not expecting Houston Wire-and-Cable Company to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1.67 up to $4.73. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HWCC.US volatility(beta: 1.38)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's is 1.3753. This would suggest that Houston Wire-and-Cable Company's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Houston Wire-and-Cable Company overview

Houston Wire & Cable Company, through its subsidiaries, sells electrical and mechanical wire and cable, industrial fasteners, hardware, and related services in the United States. The company offers wire and cable products, including continuous and interlocked armor cables; control and power cables; electronic wires and cables; flexible and portable cords; instrumentation and thermocouple cables; lead and high temperature cables; medium voltage cables; and premise and category wires and cables, primary and secondary aluminum distribution cables, and steel wire ropes and wire rope slings, as well as synthetic fiber rope slings, chains, shackles, and other related hardware and corrosion resistant products. It also provides private branded products comprising its proprietary brand LifeGuard, a low-smoke zero-halogen cable. The company's products are used in maintenance, repair, and operations activities, and related projects; larger-scale projects in the utility, industrial, and infrastructure markets; and a range of industrial applications, such as communications, energy, engineering and construction, general manufacturing, marine construction and marine transportation, mining, infrastructure, oilfield services, petrochemical, transportation, utility, wastewater treatment, and food and beverage. Houston Wire & Cable Company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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