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How to buy National Bankshares stock

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National Bankshares, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. National Bankshares shares (NKSH) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in National Bankshares

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

National Bankshares share price

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National Bankshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$22.8425 - USD$43.0242
50-day moving average USD$32.3594
200-day moving average USD$29.0997
Wall St. target priceUSD$36
PE ratio 13.5363
Dividend yield USD$1.39 (4.2%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.48

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Is it a good time to buy National Bankshares stock?

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Is National Bankshares under- or over-valued?

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

National Bankshares's P/E ratio

National Bankshares's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, National Bankshares shares trade at around 14x 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.

National Bankshares financials

Revenue TTM USD$44.1 million
Operating margin TTM 43.98%
Gross profit TTM USD$44.1 million
Return on assets TTM 1.13%
Return on equity TTM 8.37%
Profit margin 36.44%
Book value $31.189
Market capitalisation USD$215.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting National Bankshares shares

There are currently 74,887 National Bankshares shares held short by investors – that's known as National Bankshares's "short interest". This figure is 9.9% up from 68,158 last month.

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

National Bankshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

National Bankshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of National Bankshares shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of National Bankshares shares traded daily (recently around 11045.280235988). National Bankshares's SIR currently stands at 6.78. In other words for every 100,000 National Bankshares shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6780 shares are currently held short.

However National Bankshares's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of National Bankshares shares, or, against the total number of tradable National Bankshares shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case National Bankshares's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 National Bankshares shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0119% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable National Bankshares shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against National Bankshares.

Find out more about how you can short National Bankshares stock.

National Bankshares share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 56.05% of net profits

Recently National Bankshares has paid out, on average, around 56.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.35% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), National Bankshares shareholders could enjoy a 4.35% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In National Bankshares's case, that would currently equate to about $1.39 per share.

National Bankshares's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

National Bankshares's most recent dividend payout was on 1 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 20 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have National Bankshares's shares ever split?

National Bankshares's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 3 April 2006. 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 National Bankshares shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for National Bankshares shares which in turn could have impacted National Bankshares's share price.

National Bankshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, National Bankshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $22.8425 up to $43.0242. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NKSH.US volatility(beta: 0.51)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 National Bankshares's is 0.5064. This would suggest that National Bankshares's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

National Bankshares overview

National Bankshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for the National Bank of Blacksburg that provides retail and commercial banking services to individuals, businesses, non-profits, and local governments. The company accepts interest-bearing and non-interest bearing demand deposit accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and individual retirement accounts. Its loan products include commercial and agricultural, commercial real estate, residential real estate, home equity, and various consumer loan products, as well as loans for the construction of commercial and residential properties. The company also provides business and consumer debit and credit cards; letters of credit, night depository services, safe deposit boxes, utility payment services, and automatic funds transfer; wealth management, trust, and estate services; non-deposit investment and insurance products; and telephone, mobile, and Internet banking services. National Bankshares, Inc. operates 24 branch offices, a loan production office, and 24 automated teller machines in Southwest Virginia. National Bankshares, Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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