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How to buy Kforce stock | $38.01

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Kforce Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. Kforce shares (KFRC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Kforce employs 2,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Kforce

  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 Kforce. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: KFRC. 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 Kforce 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$38.01, 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 Kforce, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Kforce. 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.

Kforce share price

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Kforce shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$38.01
52-week rangeUSD$20.2555 - USD$44.37
50-day moving average USD$41.8439
200-day moving average USD$34.844
Wall St. target priceUSD$39.5
PE ratio 17.7324
Dividend yield USD$0.8 (1.88%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.399

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Is it a good time to buy Kforce stock?

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Kforce price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $38.01 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2021-01-09) N/A
1 month (2020-12-18) -11.46%
3 months (2020-10-20) 1.17%
6 months (2020-07-20) 37.87%
1 year (2020-01-17) -4.26%
2 years (2019-01-18) 15.74%
3 years (2018-01-18) 45.63%
5 years (2016-01-16) N/A

Is Kforce under- or over-valued?

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

Kforce's P/E ratio

Kforce's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Kforce shares trade at around 18x 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.

Kforce's PEG ratio

Kforce's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.43. 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 Kforce's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Kforce's EBITDA

Kforce's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$81 million.

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

Kforce financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.55%
Gross profit TTM USD$395 million
Return on assets TTM 10.78%
Return on equity TTM 29.24%
Profit margin 3.77%
Book value $8.19
Market capitalisation USD$934 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Kforce shares

There are currently 482,011 Kforce shares held short by investors – that's known as Kforce's "short interest". This figure is 18.8% up from 405,754 last month.

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

Kforce's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Kforce's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Kforce shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Kforce shares traded daily (recently around 110807.12643678). Kforce's SIR currently stands at 4.35. In other words for every 100,000 Kforce shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4350 shares are currently held short.

However Kforce's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Kforce shares, or, against the total number of tradable Kforce shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Kforce's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Kforce shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.028% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Kforce shares, roughly 28 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 Kforce.

Find out more about how you can short Kforce stock.

Kforce share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 32.79% of net profits

Recently Kforce has paid out, on average, around 32.79% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.88% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Kforce shareholders could enjoy a 1.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Kforce's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

While Kforce's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Kforce may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Kforce's most recent dividend payout was on 18 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Kforce's shares ever split?

Kforce's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 October 1997. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Kforce shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Kforce shares which in turn could have impacted Kforce's share price.

Kforce share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Kforce's shares have ranged in value from as little as $20.2555 up to $44.37. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KFRC.US volatility(beta: 1.51)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 Kforce's is 1.5081. This would suggest that Kforce's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Kforce overview

Kforce Inc. provides professional staffing services and solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through Technology (Tech) and Finance and Accounting (FA) segments. The Tech segment provides temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients primarily in the areas of information technology, such as systems/applications architecture and development, business and artificial intelligence, machine learning, network architecture, security, enterprise data, and project management. This segment serves clients in various industries comprising financial and business services, communications, and technology industries. The FA segment offers temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients in areas, including general accounting, business and cost analysis, financial analysis and reporting, taxation, budgeting, loan servicing, professional administration, audit services, and systems and controls analysis and documentation. This segment also provides transactional services, which include accounts payable and receivable, billing, payroll, credit and collections, and cash application; decision making services; and operational and technical services. This segment serves clients in various industries, including financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. Kforce Inc. was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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