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POSCO is a steel business based in the US. POSCO shares (PKX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in POSCO

  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 POSCO. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PKX. 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 POSCO 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$54.55, 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 POSCO, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of POSCO. 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 POSCO's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$54.55, which is 20.02% up on its pre-crash value of USD$43.63 and 107.65% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$26.27.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of POSCO shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$598.39 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$1,223.01.

POSCO share price

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POSCO shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-30.
Latest market close USD$54.55
52-week range USD$25.9414 - USD$56.47
50-day moving average USD$49.7518
200-day moving average USD$42.3043
Wall St. target price USD$56.5
PE ratio 6.341
Dividend yield USD$0.42 (0.77%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$8.628

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Is it a good time to buy POSCO stock?

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POSCO price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $54.55 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-20) N/A
1 month (2020-10-30) 17.79%
3 months (2020-08-28) N/A
6 months (2020-05-28) N/A
1 year (2019-11-27) N/A
2 years (2018-11-27) N/A
3 years (2017-11-27) N/A
5 years (2015-11-27) N/A

Is POSCO under- or over-valued?

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

POSCO's P/E ratio

POSCO's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, POSCO shares trade at around 6x 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.

POSCO's PEG ratio

POSCO's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 9.86. 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 POSCO's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

POSCO financials

Gross profit TTM USD$6,229.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.59%
Return on equity TTM 2.25%
Profit margin 1.63%
Book value $114.4433
Market capitalisation USD$17.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting POSCO shares

There are currently 337,081 POSCO shares held short by investors – that's known as POSCO's "short interest". This figure is 1.3% down from 341,447 last month.

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

POSCO's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

POSCO's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of POSCO shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of POSCO shares traded daily (recently around 157514.48598131). POSCO's SIR currently stands at 2.14. In other words for every 100,000 POSCO shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2140 shares are currently held short.

However POSCO's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of POSCO shares, or, against the total number of tradable POSCO shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case POSCO's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 POSCO shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable POSCO shares, roughly 0 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 POSCO.

Find out more about how you can short POSCO stock.

POSCO share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 48.96% of net profits

Recently POSCO has paid out, on average, around 48.96% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.77% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), POSCO shareholders could enjoy a 0.77% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In POSCO's case, that would currently equate to about $0.42 per share.

While POSCO's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that POSCO may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

POSCO's most recent dividend payout was on 1 December 2017. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 June 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

POSCO share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, POSCO's shares have ranged in value from as little as $25.9414 up to $56.47. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PKX.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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while POSCO's is 1.0042. This would suggest that POSCO'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).

POSCO overview

POSCO manufactures and sells steel rolled products and plates in South Korea and internationally. It operates through four segments: Steel, Construction, Trading, and Others. The company offers hot and cold rolled steel, stainless steel, plates, wire rods, and silicon steel sheets. It also plans, designs, and constructs industrial plants, civil engineering projects, and commercial and residential buildings; exports and imports steel products and raw materials; and generates electricity; produces gas and refuse derived fuel, as well as provides network and system integration, and logistics services. In addition, the company is involved in the engineering and construction; computer hardware and software distribution; economic research and consulting; business facility maintenance; architecture and consulting; investment in venture, energy, and bio tech industries; electronic commerce; intellectual property services and consulting; refractories and quicklime manufacturing and sales; transporting and warehousing; real estate development, rental, sale, and management; house and train manufacturing and management; and education and real estate business. Further, it engages in the resource development; mine development; business facility maintenance; fuel cell; iron ore and coal sales; and cargo handling business, as well as operates housing business agency. Additionally, the company manufactures and sells coated steel and steel byproduct, anode material, and textile products. It also engages in loading and unloading; IT service and DVR; electric control engineering; forest resources development; wastewater treatment operation and maintenance; refractory materials sales and furnace maintenance; rice processing; grain sales; packing materials manufacturing; and social enterprise businesses. POSCO was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Pohang, South Korea.

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