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PQ Group Holdings Inc is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. PQ Group shares (PQG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. PQ Group employs 3,279 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.5 billion.

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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 PQ Group. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PQG. 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 PQ Group 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$15.31, 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 PQ Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of PQ Group. 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.

PQ Group share price

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PQ Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-18.
Latest market closeUSD$15.31
52-week rangeUSD$7.4535 - USD$15.9
50-day moving average USD$14.1979
200-day moving average USD$12.6345
Wall St. target priceUSD$16.39
PE ratio 49.7097
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.31

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Is it a good time to buy PQ Group stock?

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PQ Group price performance over time

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Is PQ Group under- or over-valued?

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

PQ Group's P/E ratio

PQ Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, PQ Group shares trade at around 50x 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.


PQ Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$340.7 million.

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

PQ Group financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.84%
Gross profit TTM USD$390.5 million
Return on assets TTM 2.27%
Return on equity TTM 2.48%
Profit margin 2.94%
Book value $13.233
Market capitalisation USD$2.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting PQ Group shares

There are currently 607,184 PQ Group shares held short by investors – that's known as PQ Group's "short interest". This figure is 55.3% up from 390,875 last month.

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

PQ Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

PQ Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of PQ Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of PQ Group shares traded daily (recently around 258376.17021277). PQ Group's SIR currently stands at 2.35. In other words for every 100,000 PQ Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2350 shares are currently held short.

However PQ Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of PQ Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable PQ Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case PQ Group's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 PQ Group shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0161% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable PQ Group shares, roughly 16 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 PQ Group.

Find out more about how you can short PQ Group stock.

PQ Group share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 253.52% of net profits

Recently PQ Group has paid out, on average, around 253.52% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), PQ Group shareholders could enjoy a 0% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In PQ Group's case, that would currently equate to about $N/A per share.

PQ Group'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.

PQ Group's most recent dividend payout was on 29 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

PQ Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, PQ Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.4535 up to $15.9. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PQG.US volatility(beta: 0.86)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 PQ Group's is 0.8627. This would suggest that PQ Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

PQ Group overview

PQ Group Holdings Inc. provides specialty catalysts, materials, chemicals, and services in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Refining Services, Catalysts, Performance Materials, and Performance Chemicals. The Refining Services segment offers sulfuric acid recycling and end-to-end logistics services to produce alkylate; and virgin sulfuric acid for water treatment, mining, and industrial applications. The Catalysts segment provides silica catalysts and zeolite catalysts for producers and licensors of polyethylene and methyl methacrylate. The Performance Materials segment offers transportation safety microspheres for various binders, such as paint and epoxy coatings; and engineered glass materials, including solid and hollow microspheres and particles for uses, such as strengthening and light-weighting in plastics and polymer additives, cleaning and peening of metal surfaces, and conductivity or shielding in electronic applications. The Performance Chemicals segment offers sodium silicates for construction, cleaning, water treatment, pulp and paper, foundry and refractory, green tires, electronics, and refining catalysts; and specialty silicas for use as ingredients in personal care products, foods, edible oils, and beers, as well as industrial uses consisting of gloss control in coil, wood, general industrial leather, and other surface coating applications. This segment also provides other silicate derivatives, including metasilicates, spray dried silicates, and magnesium and potassium silicates for use in cleaning, specialty fertilizer, oil and gas, mining, paint, food, and cosmetic applications, as well as zeolites for use as builders for detergents and other applications, such as stabilizers for the production of polyvinylchloride applications. PQ Group Holdings Inc. was founded in 1831 and is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

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