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How to buy Kelly Services stock

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Kelly Services, Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. Kelly Services shares (KELYA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Kelly Services employs 7,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Kelly Services

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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 Kelly Services. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: KELYA. 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 Kelly Services 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 Kelly Services, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Kelly Services. 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.

Kelly Services share price

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Kelly Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUSD$11.01 - USD$24.1
50-day moving average USD$22.1077
200-day moving average USD$20.7246
Wall St. target priceUSD$27.33
PE ratio 4.3803
Dividend yield USD$0.075 (0.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.801

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Is it a good time to buy Kelly Services stock?

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Is Kelly Services under- or over-valued?

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

Kelly Services's P/E ratio

Kelly Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 4x. In other words, Kelly Services shares trade at around 4x 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.

Kelly Services's PEG ratio

Kelly Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0477. 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 Kelly Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Kelly Services's EBITDA

Kelly Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$68.6 million.

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

Kelly Services financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.98%
Gross profit TTM USD$827.6 million
Return on assets TTM 1.1%
Return on equity TTM -5.84%
Profit margin -1.59%
Book value $30.628
Market capitalisation USD$936.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Kelly Services shares

There are currently 366,890 Kelly Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Kelly Services's "short interest". This figure is 44.9% down from 665,940 last month.

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

Kelly Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Kelly Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Kelly Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Kelly Services shares traded daily (recently around 324681.4159292). Kelly Services's SIR currently stands at 1.13. In other words for every 100,000 Kelly Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1130 shares are currently held short.

However Kelly Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Kelly Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Kelly Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Kelly Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Kelly Services shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Kelly Services shares, roughly 0 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 Kelly Services.

Find out more about how you can short Kelly Services stock.

Kelly Services share dividends

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

Have Kelly Services's shares ever split?

Kelly Services's shares were split on a 5:4 basis on 13 June 1993. So if you had owned 4 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Kelly Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 20% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Kelly Services shares which in turn could have impacted Kelly Services's share price.

Kelly Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Kelly Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.01 up to $24.1. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KELYA.US volatility(beta: 1.29)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 Kelly Services's is 1.2879. This would suggest that Kelly Services's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Kelly Services overview

Kelly Services, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries. The company operates through five segments: Professional & Industrial; Science, Engineering & Technology; Education; Outsourcing & Consulting; and International. The Professional & Industrial segment delivers staffing in the areas of office, professional, light industrial, and contact center specialties. The Science, Engineering & Technology segment offers staffing in the areas of science and clinical research, engineering, information technology, and telecommunications specialties. The Education segment provides staffing and executive search services to the K-12, early childhood, and higher education markets. The Outsourcing & Consulting segment offers recruitment process outsourcing, payroll process outsourcing, and talent advisory services, as well as managed services.

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