How to buy Proto Labs stock - 15 April

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How to buy Proto Labs stock

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Proto Labs, Inc is a metal fabrication business based in the US. Proto Labs shares (PRLB) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Proto Labs employs 2,408 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$434.4 million.

How to buy shares in Proto Labs

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

Proto Labs share price

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Proto Labs shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$74.42 - USD$286.57
50-day moving average USD$133.4547
200-day moving average USD$151.0474
Wall St. target priceUSD$172.33
PE ratio 59.672
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.89

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Is it a good time to buy Proto Labs stock?

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Is Proto Labs under- or over-valued?

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

Proto Labs's P/E ratio

Proto Labs's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 60x. In other words, Proto Labs shares trade at around 60x 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.

Proto Labs's PEG ratio

Proto Labs's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.71. 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 Proto Labs's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Proto Labs's EBITDA

Proto Labs's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$92.4 million.

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

Proto Labs financials

Revenue TTM USD$434.4 million
Operating margin TTM 13.78%
Gross profit TTM USD$217.8 million
Return on assets TTM 5.28%
Return on equity TTM 8.27%
Profit margin 11.71%
Book value $24.064
Market capitalisation USD$3.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Proto Labs shares

There are currently 2.7 million Proto Labs shares held short by investors – that's known as Proto Labs's "short interest". This figure is 39% up from 1.9 million last month.

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

Proto Labs's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Proto Labs's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Proto Labs shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Proto Labs shares traded daily (recently around 652721.13022113). Proto Labs's SIR currently stands at 4.07. In other words for every 100,000 Proto Labs shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4070 shares are currently held short.

However Proto Labs's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Proto Labs shares, or, against the total number of tradable Proto Labs shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Proto Labs's short interest could be expressed as 0.1% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Proto Labs shares in existence, roughly 100 shares are currently held short) or 0.1577% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Proto Labs shares, roughly 158 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 Proto Labs.

Find out more about how you can short Proto Labs stock.

Proto Labs share dividends

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

Proto Labs share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Proto Labs's shares have ranged in value from as little as $74.42 up to $286.57. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PRLB.US volatility(beta: 1.73)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 Proto Labs's is 1.7275. This would suggest that Proto Labs's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Proto Labs overview

Proto Labs, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of custom prototypes and on-demand production parts in the worldwide. The company offers injection molding; computer numerical control machining; three-dimensional (3D) printing, which include stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, multi jet fusion, polyjet, and carbon DLS processes; and sheet metal fabrication products, including quick-turn and e-commerce-enabled custom sheet metal parts. It serves developers and engineers, who use 3D computer-aided design software to design products across a range of end markets. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota.

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