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RPC, Inc is an oil & gas equipment & services business based in the US. RPC shares (RES) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. RPC employs 2,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$862.3 million.

How to buy shares in RPC

  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 RPC. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: RES. 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 RPC 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$2.6, 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 RPC, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of RPC. 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 RPC's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$2.6, which is 37.95% down on its pre-crash value of USD$4.19 and 51.15% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$1.7201.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of RPC shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$529.98 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$623.51.

RPC share price

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RPC shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-15.
Latest market closeUSD$2.6
52-week rangeUSD$1.7201 - USD$5.35
50-day moving average USD$2.9334
200-day moving average USD$3.0426
Wall St. target priceUSD$2.74
PE ratio 15.0784
Dividend yield USD$0.2 (5.95%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.319

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Is it a good time to buy RPC stock?

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RPC price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $2.6 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-15) -5.11%
1 month (2020-09-22) -13.04%
3 months (2020-07-22) -20.73%
6 months (2020-04-22) 5.69%
1 year (2019-10-22) -48.92%
2 years (2018-10-22) -82.14%
3 years (2017-10-20) -88.58%
5 years (2015-10-22) -77.45%

Is RPC under- or over-valued?

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

RPC's P/E ratio

RPC's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, RPC shares trade at around 15x 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.


RPC's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$43.9 million.

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

RPC financials

Revenue TTM USD$862.3 million
Gross profit TTM USD$293.7 million
Return on assets TTM -6.23%
Return on equity TTM -35.41%
Profit margin -32.25%
Book value $3.054
Market capitalisation USD$563.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting RPC shares

There are currently 10.6 million RPC shares held short by investors – that's known as RPC's "short interest". This figure is 13.8% down from 12.3 million last month.

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

RPC's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

RPC's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of RPC shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of RPC shares traded daily (recently around 855640.11254019). RPC's SIR currently stands at 12.44. In other words for every 100,000 RPC shares traded daily on the market, roughly 12440 shares are currently held short.

However RPC's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of RPC shares, or, against the total number of tradable RPC shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case RPC's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 RPC shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.1855% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable RPC shares, roughly 186 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against RPC.

Find out more about how you can short RPC stock.

RPC share dividends

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

Have RPC's shares ever split?

RPC's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 12 March 2012. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your RPC shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for RPC shares which in turn could have impacted RPC's share price.

RPC share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, RPC's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1.7201 up to $5.35. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RES.US volatility(beta: 2.1)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 RPC's is 2.1026. This would suggest that RPC's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

RPC overview

RPC, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of oilfield services and equipment for the oil and gas companies involved in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties. The company operates through Technical Services and Support Services segments. The Technical Services offers pressure pumping, fracturing, acidizing, cementing, downhole tools, coiled tubing, snubbing, nitrogen, well control, wireline, pump down, and fishing services that are used in the completion, production, and maintenance of oil and gas wells. The Support Services segment provides a range of rental tools, including blowout preventors, high pressure manifolds and valves, hevi-wate drill pipes, tubing products, production related rental tools, pumps, diverters, drill pipes, drill collars, handling tools, Coflexip hoses, and Wear Knot drill pipes that are used for onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, completion, and workover activities. This segment also offers oilfield pipe inspection, and pipe management and storage services; and oilfield training and consulting services. It operates in the United States, Africa, Canada, Argentina, China, Mexico, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and internationally. RPC, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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