How to buy Markel Corporation stock - 11 April

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How to buy Markel Corporation stock

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Markel Corporation is an insurance-property & casualty business based in the US. Markel Corporation shares (MKL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Markel Corporation employs 18,900 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$9.7 billion.

How to buy shares in Markel Corporation

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  3. Search for Markel Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MKL. 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 Markel Corporation 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 Markel Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Markel Corporation. 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.

Markel Corporation share price

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Markel Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$761.06 - USD$1186.41
50-day moving average USD$1127.482
200-day moving average USD$1036.3749
Wall St. target priceUSD$1193.75
PE ratio 21.02
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$55.63

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Is it a good time to buy Markel Corporation stock?

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Is Markel Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Markel Corporation's P/E ratio

Markel Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Markel Corporation shares trade at around 21x 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.

Markel Corporation's PEG ratio

Markel Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.6169. 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 Markel Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Markel Corporation's EBITDA

Markel Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.6 billion.

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

Markel Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$9.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.09%
Gross profit TTM USD$5 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.01%
Return on equity TTM 6.84%
Profit margin 8.38%
Book value $885.721
Market capitalisation USD$16.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Markel Corporation shares

There are currently 88,967 Markel Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Markel Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 20.1% down from 111,376 last month.

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

Markel Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Markel Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Markel Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Markel Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 54580.981595092). Markel Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.63. In other words for every 100,000 Markel Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1630 shares are currently held short.

However Markel Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Markel Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Markel Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Markel Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Markel Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0066% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Markel Corporation shares, roughly 7 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 Markel Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Markel Corporation stock.

Markel Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Markel Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Markel Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 30.73

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Markel Corporation's overall score of 30.73 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 64th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Markel Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Markel Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.4/100

Markel Corporation's social score

Social score: 10.63/100

Markel Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 17.01/100

Markel Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Markel Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Markel Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Markel Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 30.73
Total ESG percentile 64.06
Environmental score 0.4
Social score 10.63
Governance score 17.01
Level of controversy 2

Markel Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Markel Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Markel Corporation's shares ever split?

Markel Corporation's shares were split on a 120:100 basis on 10 September 1989. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 120 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Markel Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 16.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Markel Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Markel Corporation's share price.

Markel Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Markel Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $761.06 up to $1186.41. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MKL.US volatility(beta: 0.7)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 Markel Corporation's is 0.6966. This would suggest that Markel Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Markel Corporation overview

Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company, markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, Bermuda, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, Canada, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. Its Insurance segment offers general and professional liability, personal lines, marine and energy, specialty programs, and workers' compensation insurance products; and property coverages that include fire, allied lines, and other specialized property coverages, including catastrophe-exposed property risks, such as earthquake and wind. This segment also offers credit and surety products, and collateral protection insurance. The company's Reinsurance segment offers general liability, professional liability, medical malpractice, and environmental impairment liability; property treaty products for catastrophe, per risk, and retrocessional exposures; and specialty treaty reinsurance products comprising structured and whole turnover credit, political risk, mortgage and contract, and commercial surety reinsurance programs. Its Markel Ventures segment provides equipment used in baking systems and food processing; portable dredges; over-the-road car haulers and transportation equipment; and laminated oak and composite wood flooring, as well as ornamental plants and residential homes. This segment also provides distribution, consulting, and others types of services to businesses and consumers, including distribution of exterior building products, fire protection and life safety services, management and technology consulting, and retail intelligence services. The company's Other segment operates as an insurance and investment fund manager offering a range of investment products, including insurance-linked securities, catastrophe bonds, insurance swaps, and weather derivatives; and program services. Markel Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.

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