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How to buy Powell Industries stock

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Powell Industries, Inc is an electrical equipment & parts business based in the US. Powell Industries shares (POWL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Powell Industries employs 1,997 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$490.9 million.

How to buy shares in Powell Industries

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

Powell Industries share price

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Powell Industries shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$20.2664 - USD$37.09
50-day moving average USD$32.8009
200-day moving average USD$28.9368
Wall St. target priceUSD$33
PE ratio 29.287
Dividend yield USD$1.04 (3.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.15

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Is it a good time to buy Powell Industries stock?

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Is Powell Industries under- or over-valued?

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

Powell Industries's P/E ratio

Powell Industries's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, Powell Industries shares trade at around 29x 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.

Powell Industries's EBITDA

Powell Industries's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$27.7 million.

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

Powell Industries financials

Revenue TTM USD$490.9 million
Operating margin TTM 3.49%
Gross profit TTM USD$94.6 million
Return on assets TTM 2.34%
Return on equity TTM 4.44%
Profit margin 2.75%
Book value $24.665
Market capitalisation USD$393.2 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Powell Industries shares

There are currently 283,699 Powell Industries shares held short by investors – that's known as Powell Industries's "short interest". This figure is 7.7% up from 263,311 last month.

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

Powell Industries's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Powell Industries's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Powell Industries shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Powell Industries shares traded daily (recently around 63896.171171171). Powell Industries's SIR currently stands at 4.44. In other words for every 100,000 Powell Industries shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4440 shares are currently held short.

However Powell Industries's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Powell Industries shares, or, against the total number of tradable Powell Industries shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Powell Industries's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Powell Industries shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0371% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Powell Industries shares, roughly 37 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 Powell Industries.

Find out more about how you can short Powell Industries stock.

Powell Industries share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 89.66% of net profits

Recently Powell Industries has paid out, on average, around 89.66% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Powell Industries shareholders could enjoy a 3.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Powell Industries's case, that would currently equate to about $1.04 per share.

Powell Industries's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Powell Industries's most recent dividend payout was on 16 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Powell Industries share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Powell Industries's shares have ranged in value from as little as $20.2664 up to $37.09. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

POWL.US volatility(beta: 1.28)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 Powell Industries's is 1.2752. This would suggest that Powell Industries's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Powell Industries overview

Powell Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and services custom-engineered equipment and systems for the distribution, control, and monitoring of electrical energy. The company's principal products include integrated power control room substations, custom-engineered modules, electrical houses, medium-voltage circuit breakers, monitoring and control communications systems, motor control centers, and bus duct systems, as well as traditional and arc-resistant distribution switchgears and control gears. Its products have application in voltages ranging from 480 volts to 38,000 volts; and are used in oil and gas refining, offshore oil and gas production, petrochemical, liquid natural gas terminals, pipeline, terminal, mining and metals, light rail traction power, electric utility, pulp and paper, and other heavy industrial markets. It also provides value-added services, such as spare parts, field service inspection, installation, commissioning, modification and repair, retrofit and retrofill components for existing systems, and replacement circuit breakers for switchgear. The company has operations in the United States, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East, Europe, Mexico, and Central and South America. Powell Industries, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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