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How to buy Lamb Weston stock | $78.66

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Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc is a packaged foods business based in the US. Lamb Weston shares (LW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Lamb Weston employs 7,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.7 billion.

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  3. Search for Lamb Weston. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LW. 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 Lamb Weston 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$78.66, 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 Lamb Weston, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lamb Weston. 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.

Lamb Weston share price

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Lamb Weston shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-28.
Latest market closeUSD$78.66
52-week rangeUSD$38.6325 - USD$95.266
50-day moving average USD$74.9688
200-day moving average USD$67.8334
Wall St. target priceUSD$78.57
PE ratio 33.8182
Dividend yield USD$0.94 (1.21%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.31

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Lamb Weston price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $78.66 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-11) 3.49%
1 month (2020-12-18) 78.66
3 months (2020-10-16) 8.20%
6 months (2020-07-17) 18.46%
1 year (2020-01-17) -13.08%
2 years (2019-01-18) 10.98%
3 years (2018-01-18) 33.25%
5 years (2016-01-15) N/A

Is Lamb Weston under- or over-valued?

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

Lamb Weston's P/E ratio

Lamb Weston's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 34x. In other words, Lamb Weston shares trade at around 34x 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.

Lamb Weston's PEG ratio

Lamb Weston's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0748. 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 Lamb Weston's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lamb Weston's EBITDA

Lamb Weston's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$781 million.

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

Lamb Weston financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.35%
Gross profit TTM USD$942.2 million
Return on assets TTM 10.02%
Return on equity TTM 160.03%
Profit margin 9.24%
Book value $2.269
Market capitalisation USD$11.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lamb Weston shares

There are currently 3.2 million Lamb Weston shares held short by investors – that's known as Lamb Weston's "short interest". This figure is 17.1% down from 3.9 million last month.

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

Lamb Weston's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lamb Weston's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lamb Weston shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lamb Weston shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). Lamb Weston's SIR currently stands at 2.96. In other words for every 100,000 Lamb Weston shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2960 shares are currently held short.

However Lamb Weston's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lamb Weston shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lamb Weston shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lamb Weston's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lamb Weston shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0323% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lamb Weston shares, roughly 32 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 Lamb Weston.

Find out more about how you can short Lamb Weston stock.

Lamb Weston share dividends

40%

Dividend payout ratio: 39.66% of net profits

Recently Lamb Weston has paid out, on average, around 39.66% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.21% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lamb Weston shareholders could enjoy a 1.21% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lamb Weston's case, that would currently equate to about $0.94 per share.

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

Lamb Weston's most recent dividend payout was on 5 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Lamb Weston share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lamb Weston's shares have ranged in value from as little as $38.6325 up to $95.266. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LW.US volatility(beta: 0.77)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 Lamb Weston's is 0.7704. This would suggest that Lamb Weston's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Lamb Weston overview

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. produces, distributes, and markets value-added frozen potato products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Global, Foodservice, Retail, and Other. The company offers frozen potatoes, sweet potatoes, commercial ingredients, and appetizers under the Lamb Weston brand, as well as various customer labels. The company also offers its products under its owned or licensed brands, such as Grown in Idaho and Alexia, and other licensed brands, as well as under retailers' own brands. In addition, it engages in the vegetable and dairy businesses. The company serves retail and foodservice customers; grocery, mass, club, and specialty retailers; and businesses, independent restaurants, regional chain restaurants, and convenience stores, as well as educational institutions. Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Eagle, Idaho.

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