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How to buy PICO stock | $8.93

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PICO Holdings, Inc is an utilities-regulated water business based in the US. PICO shares (PICO) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. PICO employs 14 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.5 million.

How to buy shares in PICO

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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 PICO. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PICO. 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 PICO 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$8.93, 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 PICO, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of PICO. 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.

PICO share price

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PICO shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Latest market closeUSD$8.93
52-week rangeUSD$6.405 - USD$11.41
50-day moving average USD$8.8086
200-day moving average USD$8.6644
Wall St. target priceUSD$31
PE ratio 38.3117
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.231

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Is it a good time to buy PICO stock?

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PICO price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $8.93 from 2020-12-11

1 week (2021-01-11) N/A
1 month (2020-12-22) 1.48%
3 months (2020-10-18) N/A
6 months (2020-07-18) N/A
1 year (2020-01-18) N/A
2 years (2019-01-18) N/A
3 years (2018-01-18) N/A
5 years (2016-01-18) N/A

Is PICO under- or over-valued?

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

PICO's P/E ratio

PICO's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, PICO shares trade at around 38x 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.

PICO's EBITDA

PICO's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$5.5 million.

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

PICO financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.5 million
Operating margin TTM 33.42%
Gross profit TTM USD$20.9 million
Return on assets TTM 1.97%
Return on equity TTM 2.6%
Profit margin 27.16%
Book value $9.047
Market capitalisation USD$165.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting PICO shares

There are currently 301,814 PICO shares held short by investors – that's known as PICO's "short interest". This figure is 0.9% down from 304,520 last month.

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

PICO's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

PICO's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of PICO shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of PICO shares traded daily (recently around 44779.525222552). PICO's SIR currently stands at 6.74. In other words for every 100,000 PICO shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6740 shares are currently held short.

However PICO's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of PICO shares, or, against the total number of tradable PICO shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case PICO's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 PICO shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0216% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable PICO shares, roughly 22 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 PICO.

Find out more about how you can short PICO stock.

PICO share dividends

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

Have PICO's shares ever split?

PICO's shares were split on a 1:5 basis on 17 December 1998. So if you had owned 5 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your PICO shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 400% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for PICO shares which in turn could have impacted PICO's share price.

PICO share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, PICO's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.405 up to $11.41. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PICO.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 PICO's is 0.9958. This would suggest that PICO's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

PICO overview

PICO Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the water resource and water storage activities in the southwestern United States. It engages in selling its water rights and storage credits in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. The Company sells its water rights to real estate developers, power generating facilities, or other commercial and industrial users, as well as to water utilities, municipalities, and other government agencies; and sells its stored water to state agencies, commercial developers, or municipalities for their commercial projects or communities. It also leases and sells water assets and land. PICO Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is based in Carson City, Nevada.

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