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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 7,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Kelly Services

  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 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. At last close price of USD$19.1, 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Kelly Services's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$19.1, which is 1.62% down on its pre-crash value of USD$19.415 and 88.55% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$10.13.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Kelly Services shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$602.44 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$1,101.12.

Kelly Services share price

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Kelly Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeUSD$19.1
52-week rangeUSD$10.13 - USD$25.09
50-day moving average USD$17.6606
200-day moving average USD$15.8263
Wall St. target priceUSD$24.67
PE ratio 4.3803
Dividend yield USD$0.3 (2.38%)
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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Kelly Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $19.1 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-22) -2.25%
1 month (2020-09-29) 13.08%
3 months (2020-07-29) 24.03%
6 months (2020-04-29) 21.12%
1 year (2019-10-29) -21.07%
2 years (2018-10-29) -16.59%
3 years (2017-10-27) -28.49%
5 years (2015-10-29) 20.28%

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 1.1935. 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$97.2 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$4.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.43%
Gross profit TTM USD$968.4 million
Return on assets TTM 1.78%
Return on equity TTM -8.75%
Profit margin -2.18%
Book value $29.167
Market capitalisation USD$766.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Kelly Services shares

There are currently 717,923 Kelly Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Kelly Services's "short interest". This figure is 11.8% down from 813,780 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 151141.68421053). Kelly Services's SIR currently stands at 4.75. In other words for every 100,000 Kelly Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4750 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 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Kelly Services shares in existence, roughly 20 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


Dividend payout ratio: 8.57% of net profits

Recently Kelly Services has paid out, on average, around 8.57% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Kelly Services shareholders could enjoy a 2.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Kelly Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0.3 per share.

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

Kelly Services's most recent dividend payout was on 9 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Kelly Services's shares ever split?

Kelly Services's shares were split on a 5:4 basis on 14 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 $10.13 up to $25.09. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KELYA.US volatility(beta: 1.22)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 1.2201. This would suggest that Kelly Services's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Kelly Services overview

Kelly Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Americas Staffing, Global Talent Solutions, and International Staffing. It provides trained employees for data entry, clerical, and administrative support roles across various industries; schools with instructional and non-instructional employees; support staff for seminars, sales, and trade shows; assemblers, quality control inspectors, and technicians for electronic assembly; maintenance workers, material handlers, and assemblers for light industrial works; scientists, and scientific and clinical research workforce solutions; engineering professionals across various disciplines, including 5G, aeronautical, chemical, civil/structural, electrical/instrumentation, environmental, industrial, mechanical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, quality, and telecommunications. The company also provides temporary staffing and direct-hire placement services across various disciplines, such as corporate finance departments, accounting firms, and financial institutions with various levels of financial professionals, as well as places creative talent in the spectrum of creative services positions. In addition, it provides chefs, porters, and hospitality representatives; and manual workers and semi-skilled professionals in various trade, non-trade, and operational positions. Further, the company provides centrally delivered staffing for large accounts; contingent workforce outsourcing, recruitment process outsourcing, business process outsourcing, and payroll process outsourcing services; contact center staffing solutions; and executive placement, career transition/outplacement, and talent advisory services. Kelly Services, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

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