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Parsons Corporation is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Parsons Corporation shares (PSN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Parsons Corporation employs 15,879 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4 billion.

How to buy shares in Parsons Corporation

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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 Parsons Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PSN. 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 Parsons 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. At last close price of USD$33.84, 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 Parsons Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Parsons 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Parsons Corporation's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$33.84, which is 21.43% down on its pre-crash value of USD$43.07 and 37.17% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$24.67.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Parsons Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$657.84 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$819.94.

Parsons Corporation share price

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Parsons Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-23.
Latest market close USD$33.84
52-week range USD$24.67 - USD$45.4
50-day moving average USD$32.5406
200-day moving average USD$35.2934
Wall St. target price USD$41.86
PE ratio 36.4943
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.894

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Is it a good time to buy Parsons Corporation stock?

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Parsons Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $33.84 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-16) 33.84
1 month (2020-10-26) 6.11%
3 months (2020-08-24) 33.84
6 months (2020-05-22) -14.00%
1 year (2019-11-22) -12.08%
2 years (2018-11-22) N/A
3 years (2017-11-22) N/A
5 years (2015-11-22) N/A

Is Parsons Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Parsons Corporation's P/E ratio

Parsons 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 36x. In other words, Parsons Corporation shares trade at around 36x 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.

Parsons Corporation's EBITDA

Parsons Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$246 million.

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

Parsons Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$4 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.91%
Gross profit TTM USD$831.8 million
Return on assets TTM 2%
Return on equity TTM 29.06%
Profit margin 2.27%
Book value $17.15
Market capitalisation USD$3.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Parsons Corporation shares

There are currently 3.3 million Parsons Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Parsons Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 1.3% up from 3.3 million last month.

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

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

Parsons Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Parsons Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Parsons Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 380792.94797688). Parsons Corporation's SIR currently stands at 8.65. In other words for every 100,000 Parsons Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 8650 shares are currently held short.

However Parsons Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Parsons Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Parsons Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Parsons Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Parsons Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.1396% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Parsons Corporation shares, roughly 140 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 Parsons Corporation.

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

Parsons Corporation share dividends

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

Parsons Corporation overview

Parsons Corporation provides technology based solutions in the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets in North America, the Middle East, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Federal Solutions and Critical Infrastructure. The company offers cybersecurity software and engineering services, hardware prototyping, and other technical services to the U.S. Army and the United States intelligence community; ThunderRidge, a tool that assists cyber operational users to develop action plans, assess cyber threats, and disseminate situational awareness in real-time; and geospatial intelligence, big data analytics, and threat mitigation technology services to the defense, intelligence, space and command, control, communications, computer, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. It also provides mission planning for space situational awareness, small satellite systems integration, electronic warfare, directed energy modeling and simulation, and command and control systems and support to the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army; converged cyber-physical solutions for critical infrastructure, and global military mission readiness and training services to the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Army; and technology services for advanced energy production systems, healthcare systems, environmental systems, and related infrastructure. In addition, the company offers intelligent transportation system management, aviation, rail and transit systems, smart cities software, and critical infrastructure cyber protection to the transportation authorities, rail, and transit entities; engineering services for complex infrastructure; and engineering, program management, systems engineering, and environmental solutions to private-sector industrial clients and public utilities. It has a strategic partnership with Neology, Inc. Parsons Corporation was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Centreville, Virginia.

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