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PACCAR Inc is a farm & heavy construction machinery business based in the US. PACCAR shares (PCAR) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. PACCAR employs 27,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$20.7 billion.

How to buy shares in PACCAR

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 PACCAR. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PCAR. 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 PACCAR 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$89.94, 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 PACCAR, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of PACCAR. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted PACCAR's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, PACCAR's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$89.94, which is 16.21% up on its pre-crash value of USD$75.36 and 83.14% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$49.11.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of PACCAR shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$671.29 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,209.69.

PACCAR share price

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PACCAR shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-16.
Latest market closeUSD$89.94
52-week rangeUSD$49.11 - USD$91.3
50-day moving average USD$85.9634
200-day moving average USD$77.8302
Wall St. target priceUSD$91.17
PE ratio 18.6793
Dividend yield USD$1.28 (1.44%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.74

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Is it a good time to buy PACCAR stock?

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PACCAR price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $89.94 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-16) 89.94
1 month (2020-09-25) 7.67%
3 months (2020-07-24) 4.90%
6 months (2020-04-24) 33.28%
1 year (2019-10-25) 16.96%
2 years (2018-10-25) 62.88%
3 years (2017-10-25) 28.06%
5 years (2015-10-23) 63.97%

Is PACCAR under- or over-valued?

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

PACCAR's P/E ratio

PACCAR's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, PACCAR shares trade at around 19x 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.

PACCAR's PEG ratio

PACCAR's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.08. 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 PACCAR's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


PACCAR's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$2.5 billion.

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

PACCAR financials

Revenue TTM USD$20.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.87%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.77%
Return on equity TTM 16.96%
Profit margin 7.95%
Book value $28.273
Market capitalisation USD$31.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting PACCAR shares

There are currently 4.0 million PACCAR shares held short by investors – that's known as PACCAR's "short interest". This figure is 3.2% up from 3.9 million last month.

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

PACCAR's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

PACCAR's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of PACCAR shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of PACCAR shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). PACCAR's SIR currently stands at 2.45. In other words for every 100,000 PACCAR shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2450 shares are currently held short.

However PACCAR's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of PACCAR shares, or, against the total number of tradable PACCAR shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case PACCAR's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 PACCAR shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0117% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable PACCAR shares, roughly 12 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 PACCAR.

Find out more about how you can short PACCAR stock.

PACCAR'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 PACCAR.

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

PACCAR's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.96

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and PACCAR's overall score of 33.96 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 73rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like PACCAR 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.).

PACCAR's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.32/100

PACCAR's environmental score of 9.32 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PACCAR is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PACCAR's social score

Social score: 16.26/100

PACCAR's social score of 16.26 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PACCAR is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

PACCAR's governance score

Governance score: 7.38/100

PACCAR's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that PACCAR is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PACCAR's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. PACCAR scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that PACCAR hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

PACCAR Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 33.96
Total ESG percentile 72.95
Environmental score 9.32
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 16.26
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 7.38
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

PACCAR share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 22.05% of net profits

Recently PACCAR has paid out, on average, around 22.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.44% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), PACCAR shareholders could enjoy a 1.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In PACCAR's case, that would currently equate to about $1.28 per share.

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

PACCAR's most recent dividend payout was on 1 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have PACCAR's shares ever split?

PACCAR's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 10 October 2007. 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 PACCAR shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for PACCAR shares which in turn could have impacted PACCAR's share price.

PACCAR share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, PACCAR's shares have ranged in value from as little as $49.11 up to $91.3. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PCAR.US volatility(beta: 1.09)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 PACCAR's is 1.0949. This would suggest that PACCAR's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

PACCAR overview

PACCAR Inc designs, manufactures, and distributes light, medium, and heavy-duty commercial trucks in the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Truck, Parts, and Financial Services. The Truck segment designs, manufactures, and distributes trucks that are used for the over-the-road and off-highway hauling of commercial and consumer goods. It sells its trucks through a network of independent dealers under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF nameplates. The Parts segment distributes aftermarket parts for trucks and related commercial vehicles. The Financial Services segment conducts full service leasing operations under the PacLease trade name. It also provides equipment financing and administrative support services for its franchisees; retail loan and leasing services for small, medium, and large commercial trucking companies, as well as independent owner/operators and other businesses; and truck inventory financing services to independent dealers. In addition, this segment offers loans and leases directly to customers for the acquisition of trucks and related equipment. The company also manufactures and markets industrial winches under the Braden, Carco, and Gearmatic nameplates. PACCAR Inc was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

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