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How to buy Jefferies Financial Group stock

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Jefferies Financial Group Inc is a financial conglomerates business based in the US. Jefferies Financial Group shares (JEF) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Jefferies Financial Group employs 4,945 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7 billion.

How to buy shares in Jefferies Financial Group

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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 Jefferies Financial Group. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: JEF. 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 Jefferies Financial Group 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 Jefferies Financial Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Jefferies Financial Group. 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.

Jefferies Financial Group share price

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Jefferies Financial Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$10.8251 - USD$30.48
50-day moving average USD$26.8018
200-day moving average USD$22.321
Wall St. target priceUSD$31.5
PE ratio 11.629
Dividend yield USD$0.6 (2.01%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.652

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Is it a good time to buy Jefferies Financial Group stock?

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Is Jefferies Financial Group under- or over-valued?

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

Jefferies Financial Group's P/E ratio

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

Jefferies Financial Group's EBITDA

Jefferies Financial Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.3 billion.

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

Jefferies Financial Group financials

Revenue TTM USD$7 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.11%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.37%
Return on equity TTM 7.95%
Profit margin 11.15%
Book value $37.653
Market capitalisation USD$7.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Jefferies Financial Group shares

There are currently 2.0 million Jefferies Financial Group shares held short by investors – that's known as Jefferies Financial Group's "short interest". This figure is 21% down from 2.5 million last month.

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

Jefferies Financial Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Jefferies Financial Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Jefferies Financial Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Jefferies Financial Group shares traded daily (recently around 2.8 million). Jefferies Financial Group's SIR currently stands at 0.72. In other words for every 100,000 Jefferies Financial Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 720 shares are currently held short.

However Jefferies Financial Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Jefferies Financial Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable Jefferies Financial Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Jefferies Financial Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Jefferies Financial Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.009% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Jefferies Financial Group shares, roughly 9 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 Jefferies Financial Group.

Find out more about how you can short Jefferies Financial Group stock.

Jefferies Financial Group'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 Jefferies Financial Group.

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

Jefferies Financial Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 31.53

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Jefferies Financial Group's overall score of 31.53 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 65th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Jefferies Financial Group 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.).

Jefferies Financial Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.14/100

Jefferies Financial Group's social score

Social score: 12.09/100

Jefferies Financial Group's governance score

Governance score: 9.79/100

Jefferies Financial Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Jefferies Financial Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Jefferies Financial Group has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Jefferies Financial Group Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 31.53
Total ESG percentile 65.02
Environmental score 0.14
Social score 12.09
Governance score 9.79
Level of controversy 2

Jefferies Financial Group share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 19.06% of net profits

Recently Jefferies Financial Group has paid out, on average, around 19.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.67% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Jefferies Financial Group shareholders could enjoy a 2.67% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Jefferies Financial Group's case, that would currently equate to about $0.6 per share.

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

Jefferies Financial Group's most recent dividend payout was on 26 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Jefferies Financial Group's shares ever split?

Jefferies Financial Group's shares were split on a 1068:1000 basis on 27 September 2019. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1068 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Jefferies Financial Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 6.4% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Jefferies Financial Group shares which in turn could have impacted Jefferies Financial Group's share price.

Jefferies Financial Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Jefferies Financial Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $10.8251 up to $30.48. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

JEF.US volatility(beta: 1.46)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 Jefferies Financial Group's is 1.46. This would suggest that Jefferies Financial Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Jefferies Financial Group overview

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. engages in the investment banking and capital markets, asset management, and direct investing businesses in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It operates through Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management, Merchant Banking, and Corporate segments. The company offers financial advisory, equity underwriting, and debt underwriting, as well as corporate lending services; equities research, sales, and trading services; equity finance services comprising financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services; and wealth management services to high net worth individuals, their families and businesses, private equity and venture funds, and small institutions. It also provides clients with sales and trading of investment grade corporate bonds, U.S. and European government and agency securities, municipal bonds, mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, leveraged loans, consumer loans, high yield and distressed securities, emerging markets debt, interest rate, and credit derivative products, as well as foreign exchange trade execution and securitization; and manages, invests in, and provides services to a diverse group of alternative asset management platforms across a spectrum of investment strategies and asset classes. The company was formerly known as Leucadia National Corporation and changed its name to Jefferies Financial Group Inc. in May 2018. Jefferies Financial Group Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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