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How to buy PICO stock

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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 0.00.

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – PICO – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

PICO share price

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PICO shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week range$6.41 - $10.14
50-day moving average $9.22
200-day moving average $9.01
Wall St. target price$31.00
PE ratio 40.0866
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.23

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Is it a good time to buy PICO stock?

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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 40x. In other words, PICO shares trade at around 40x 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $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 $16.5 million
Operating margin TTM 33.42%
Gross profit TTM $20.9 million
Return on assets TTM 1.97%
Return on equity TTM 2.6%
Profit margin 27.16%
Book value $9.05
Market capitalisation $173.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting PICO shares

There are currently 292,683 PICO shares held short by investors – that's known as PICO's "short interest". This figure is 12% down from 332,691 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 50549.740932642). PICO's SIR currently stands at 5.79. In other words for every 100,000 PICO shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5790 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 0.0209% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable PICO shares, roughly 21 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 16 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 $10.14. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PICO.US volatility(beta: 0.96)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 0.96. 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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