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How to buy Safeguard Scientifics stock

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Safeguard Scientifics, Inc is an asset management business based in the US. Safeguard Scientifics shares (SFE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – SFE – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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Safeguard Scientifics share price

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Safeguard Scientifics shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$5.15 - $8.59
50-day moving average $7.03
200-day moving average $6.73
Wall St. target price$16.00
PE ratio 7.3659
Dividend yield N/A (17.99%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.82

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Is it a good time to buy Safeguard Scientifics stock?

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Is Safeguard Scientifics under- or over-valued?

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

Safeguard Scientifics's P/E ratio

Safeguard Scientifics's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Safeguard Scientifics shares trade at around 7x 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.

Safeguard Scientifics financials

Gross profit TTM $0
Return on assets TTM -5.78%
Return on equity TTM -45.7%
Profit margin 0%
Book value $3.01
Market capitalisation $132.8 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Safeguard Scientifics shares

There are currently 527,513 Safeguard Scientifics shares held short by investors – that's known as Safeguard Scientifics's "short interest". This figure is 8.2% up from 487,758 last month.

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

Safeguard Scientifics's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Safeguard Scientifics's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Safeguard Scientifics shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Safeguard Scientifics shares traded daily (recently around 107655.71428571). Safeguard Scientifics's SIR currently stands at 4.9. In other words for every 100,000 Safeguard Scientifics shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4900 shares are currently held short.

However Safeguard Scientifics's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Safeguard Scientifics shares, or, against the total number of tradable Safeguard Scientifics shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Safeguard Scientifics's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Safeguard Scientifics shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0262% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Safeguard Scientifics shares, roughly 26 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 Safeguard Scientifics.

Find out more about how you can short Safeguard Scientifics stock.

Safeguard Scientifics share dividends

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

Have Safeguard Scientifics's shares ever split?

Safeguard Scientifics's shares were split on a 1:6 basis on 26 August 2009. So if you had owned 6 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Safeguard Scientifics shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 500% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Safeguard Scientifics shares which in turn could have impacted Safeguard Scientifics's share price.

Safeguard Scientifics share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Safeguard Scientifics's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.15 up to $8.59. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SFE.US volatility(beta: 1.17)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 Safeguard Scientifics's is 1.1699. This would suggest that Safeguard Scientifics's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Safeguard Scientifics overview

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. no longer investing. It is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in expansion financings, growth capital, management buyouts, recapitalizations, industry consolidations, corporate spinouts, growth stage, and early stage financings. It initially invests in a Series A-C round and opportunistically in a seed round. The firm prefers to make investments in companies engaged in the technology, financial services, and healthcare sector. Within the technology sector, it invests in software as a service, adtech / digital media, Internet of Everything, enhanced security, predictive analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, enterprise software, technology enabled services, internet/new media, financial technology, cloud, mobile, social, big data, in memory, and selected business services with capital requirements of up to $25 million. Within healthcare sector, the firm invests in molecular and point-of-care diagnostics, medical devices, regenerative medicine, medical technology, digital health, healthcare technology, specialty pharmaceuticals, and selected healthcare services.

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