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How to buy QEP Resources stock

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QEP Resources, Inc is an oil & gas e&p business based in the US. QEP Resources shares (QEP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. QEP Resources employs 257 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$724.4 million.

How to buy shares in QEP Resources

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  3. Search for QEP Resources. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: QEP. 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 QEP Resources 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 QEP Resources, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of QEP Resources. 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.

QEP Resources share price

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QEP Resources shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-10.
52-week rangeUSD$0.2625 - USD$4.42
50-day moving average USD$3.362
200-day moving average USD$1.9915
Wall St. target priceUSD$3.41
PE ratio 410.5
Dividend yield USD$0.02 (0.48%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.01

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Is it a good time to buy QEP Resources stock?

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Is QEP Resources under- or over-valued?

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

QEP Resources's P/E ratio

QEP Resources's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 411x. In other words, QEP Resources shares trade at around 411x 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.

QEP Resources's EBITDA

QEP Resources's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$588.2 million.

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

QEP Resources financials

Revenue TTM USD$724.4 million
Operating margin TTM 1.96%
Gross profit TTM USD$470.7 million
Return on assets TTM 0.17%
Return on equity TTM 0.12%
Profit margin 0.44%
Book value $11.007
Market capitalisation USD$995.7 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting QEP Resources shares

There are currently 1.6 million QEP Resources shares held short by investors – that's known as QEP Resources's "short interest". This figure is 61.3% down from 4.2 million last month.

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

QEP Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

QEP Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of QEP Resources shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of QEP Resources shares traded daily (recently around 4.1 million). QEP Resources's SIR currently stands at 0.39. In other words for every 100,000 QEP Resources shares traded daily on the market, roughly 390 shares are currently held short.

However QEP Resources's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of QEP Resources shares, or, against the total number of tradable QEP Resources shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case QEP Resources's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 QEP Resources shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0074% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable QEP Resources shares, roughly 7 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 QEP Resources.

Find out more about how you can short QEP Resources stock.

QEP Resources share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 200% of net profits

Recently QEP Resources has paid out, on average, around 200% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.96% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), QEP Resources shareholders could enjoy a 1.96% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In QEP Resources's case, that would currently equate to about $0.02 per share.

QEP Resources'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.

QEP Resources's most recent dividend payout was on 19 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

QEP Resources share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, QEP Resources's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.2625 up to $4.42. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while QEP Resources's is 5.3397. This would suggest that QEP Resources's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

QEP Resources overview

QEP Resources, Inc. operates as a crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company conducts exploration and production activities in the Permian Basin; and Williston Basin in North Dakota. As of December 31, 2020, it had estimated proved reserves of approximately 363. 4 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company sells oil, condensate, gas, and natural gas liquids to refiners, marketers, midstream service providers, wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies, and utility and other companies. QEP Resources, Inc.

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