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How to buy Laredo Petroleum stock

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Laredo Petroleum, Inc is an oil & gas e&p business based in the US. Laredo Petroleum shares (LPI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Laredo Petroleum employs 280 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$707.2 million.

How to buy shares in Laredo Petroleum

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

Laredo Petroleum share price

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Laredo Petroleum shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-25.
52-week range USD$6.6 - USD$59.6
50-day moving average USD$9.7017
200-day moving average USD$13.7485
Wall St. target price USD$16.9
PE ratio 1.5472
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.202

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Is it a good time to buy Laredo Petroleum stock?

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Is Laredo Petroleum under- or over-valued?

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

Laredo Petroleum's P/E ratio

Laredo Petroleum's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 2x. In other words, Laredo Petroleum shares trade at around 2x 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.

Laredo Petroleum's PEG ratio

Laredo Petroleum's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.0165. 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 Laredo Petroleum's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Laredo Petroleum's EBITDA

Laredo Petroleum's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$418.7 million.

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

Laredo Petroleum financials

Revenue TTM USD$707.2 million
Operating margin TTM 24.26%
Gross profit TTM USD$553 million
Return on assets TTM 5.56%
Return on equity TTM -155.63%
Profit margin -134.32%
Book value $12.103
Market capitalisation USD$151.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Laredo Petroleum shares

There are currently 1.9 million Laredo Petroleum shares held short by investors – that's known as Laredo Petroleum's "short interest". This figure is 61% up from 1.2 million last month.

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

Laredo Petroleum's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Laredo Petroleum's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Laredo Petroleum shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Laredo Petroleum shares traded daily (recently around 422471.71945701). Laredo Petroleum's SIR currently stands at 4.42. In other words for every 100,000 Laredo Petroleum shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4420 shares are currently held short.

However Laredo Petroleum's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Laredo Petroleum shares, or, against the total number of tradable Laredo Petroleum shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Laredo Petroleum's short interest could be expressed as 0.16% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Laredo Petroleum shares in existence, roughly 160 shares are currently held short) or 0.2466% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Laredo Petroleum shares, roughly 247 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 Laredo Petroleum.

Find out more about how you can short Laredo Petroleum stock.

Laredo Petroleum share dividends

We're not expecting Laredo Petroleum to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Laredo Petroleum's shares ever split?

Laredo Petroleum's shares were split on a 1:20 basis on 2 June 2020. So if you had owned 20 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Laredo Petroleum shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 1900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Laredo Petroleum shares which in turn could have impacted Laredo Petroleum's share price.

Laredo Petroleum share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Laredo Petroleum's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.6 up to $59.6. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Laredo Petroleum's is 4.6251. This would suggest that Laredo Petroleum's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Laredo Petroleum overview

Laredo Petroleum, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin of West Texas, the United States. The company also engages in midstream and marketing infrastructure activities, including transportation and marketing of oil and natural gas, and handling of fresh, recycled, and produced water, as well as operates natural gas lift facilities. As of December 31, 2019, it had assembled 133,512 net acres in the Permian Basin; and had total proved reserves of 293,377 thousand barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Laredo Petroleum, Inc. in December 2013. Laredo Petroleum, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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