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How to buy Old Dominion Freight Line stock

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Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc is a trucking business based in the US. Old Dominion Freight Line shares (ODFL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Old Dominion Freight Line employs 19,630 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4 billion.

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  3. Search for Old Dominion Freight Line. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ODFL. 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 Old Dominion Freight Line 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 Old Dominion Freight Line, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Old Dominion Freight Line. 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.

Old Dominion Freight Line share price

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Old Dominion Freight Line shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$105.5493 - USD$217.15
50-day moving average USD$204.9774
200-day moving average USD$198.6757
Wall St. target priceUSD$222.13
PE ratio 37.257
Dividend yield USD$0.6 (0.28%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.68

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Is it a good time to buy Old Dominion Freight Line stock?

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Is Old Dominion Freight Line under- or over-valued?

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

Old Dominion Freight Line's P/E ratio

Old Dominion Freight Line's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 37x. In other words, Old Dominion Freight Line shares trade at around 37x 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.

Old Dominion Freight Line's PEG ratio

Old Dominion Freight Line's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2264. 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 Old Dominion Freight Line's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Old Dominion Freight Line's EBITDA

Old Dominion Freight Line's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Old Dominion Freight Line's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Old Dominion Freight Line financials

Revenue TTM USD$4 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.59%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 13.55%
Return on equity TTM 21%
Profit margin 16.75%
Book value $28.402
Market capitalisation USD$24.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Old Dominion Freight Line shares

There are currently 1.5 million Old Dominion Freight Line shares held short by investors – that's known as Old Dominion Freight Line's "short interest". This figure is 11.6% down from 1.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Old Dominion Freight Line shares can be evaluated.

Old Dominion Freight Line's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Old Dominion Freight Line's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Old Dominion Freight Line shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Old Dominion Freight Line shares traded daily (recently around 697446.36363636). Old Dominion Freight Line's SIR currently stands at 2.2. In other words for every 100,000 Old Dominion Freight Line shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2200 shares are currently held short.

However Old Dominion Freight Line's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Old Dominion Freight Line shares, or, against the total number of tradable Old Dominion Freight Line shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Old Dominion Freight Line's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Old Dominion Freight Line shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0159% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Old Dominion Freight Line shares, roughly 16 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 Old Dominion Freight Line.

Find out more about how you can short Old Dominion Freight Line stock.

Old Dominion Freight Line share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 11.44% of net profits

Recently Old Dominion Freight Line has paid out, on average, around 11.44% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Old Dominion Freight Line shareholders could enjoy a 0.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Old Dominion Freight Line's case, that would currently equate to about $0.6 per share.

While Old Dominion Freight Line's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Old Dominion Freight Line is investing more in its future growth.

Old Dominion Freight Line's most recent dividend payout was on 17 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Old Dominion Freight Line's shares ever split?

Old Dominion Freight Line's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 25 March 2020. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Old Dominion Freight Line shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Old Dominion Freight Line shares which in turn could have impacted Old Dominion Freight Line's share price.

Old Dominion Freight Line share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Old Dominion Freight Line's shares have ranged in value from as little as $105.5493 up to $217.15. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ODFL.US volatility(beta: 1)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 Old Dominion Freight Line's is 0.9995. This would suggest that Old Dominion Freight Line's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Old Dominion Freight Line overview

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. operates as a less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier in the United States and North America. It provides regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services, including expedited transportation. The company also offers various value-added services, such as container drayage, truckload brokerage, and supply chain consulting. As of December 31, 2019, it owned 9,296 tractors, as well as operated 236 service and 42 maintenance centers. Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is based in Thomasville, North Carolina.

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