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How to buy MFA Financial stock | $3.86

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MFA Financial, Inc is a reit-mortgage business based in the US. MFA Financial shares (MFA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. MFA Financial employs 65 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$1.7 billion.

How to buy shares in MFA Financial

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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 MFA Financial. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MFA. 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 MFA Financial 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$3.86, 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 MFA Financial, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of MFA Financial. 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.

MFA Financial share price

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MFA Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-02.
Latest market closeUSD$3.86
52-week rangeUSD$0.2804 - USD$7.0903
50-day moving average USD$3.1963
200-day moving average USD$2.7351
Wall St. target priceUSD$3.75
PE ratio 2.9367
Dividend yield USD$0.2 (5.33%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.793

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Is it a good time to buy MFA Financial stock?

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MFA Financial price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $3.86 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-11) 2.66%
1 month (2020-12-18) -0.52%
3 months (2020-10-16) 33.10%
6 months (2020-07-17) 47.89%
1 year (2020-01-17) -51.02%
2 years (2019-01-18) -45.63%
3 years (2018-01-18) 7.58
5 years (2016-01-15) 6.19

Is MFA Financial under- or over-valued?

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

MFA Financial's P/E ratio

MFA Financial's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 3x. In other words, MFA Financial shares trade at around 3x 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.

MFA Financial's PEG ratio

MFA Financial's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.25. 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 MFA Financial's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

MFA Financial financials

Operating margin TTM 118.79%
Gross profit TTM USD$423.4 million
Return on assets TTM -6.07%
Return on equity TTM -20.93%
Profit margin 0%
Book value $5.659
Market capitalisation USD$1.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting MFA Financial shares

There are currently 7.7 million MFA Financial shares held short by investors – that's known as MFA Financial's "short interest". This figure is 4.9% down from 8.1 million last month.

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

MFA Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

MFA Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MFA Financial shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MFA Financial shares traded daily (recently around 6.1 million). MFA Financial's SIR currently stands at 1.26. In other words for every 100,000 MFA Financial shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1260 shares are currently held short.

However MFA Financial's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MFA Financial shares, or, against the total number of tradable MFA Financial shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MFA Financial's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MFA Financial shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0171% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MFA Financial shares, roughly 17 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 MFA Financial.

Find out more about how you can short MFA Financial stock.

MFA Financial share dividends

We're not expecting MFA Financial to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

MFA Financial share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MFA Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.2804 up to $7.0903. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MFA.US volatility(beta: 1.53)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 MFA Financial's is 1.5276. This would suggest that MFA Financial's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

MFA Financial overview

MFA Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in residential mortgage assets, including non-agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), agency MBS, and credit risk transfer securities; residential whole loans, including purchased performing loans, purchased credit impaired, and non-performing loans; and mortgage servicing rights related assets. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT and would not be subject to federal income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. MFA Financial, Inc. was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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