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How to buy Safeguard Scientifics stock | $7.01

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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.

How to buy shares in Safeguard Scientifics

  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 Safeguard Scientifics. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SFE. 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 Safeguard Scientifics 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$7.01, 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 Safeguard Scientifics, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Safeguard Scientifics. 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.

Safeguard Scientifics share price

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Safeguard Scientifics shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-30.
Latest market closeUSD$7.01
52-week rangeUSD$4.43 - USD$11.5
50-day moving average USD$6.15
200-day moving average USD$6.1777
Wall St. target priceUSD$16
PE ratio 7.3659
Dividend yield N/A (17.99%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.817

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Is it a good time to buy Safeguard Scientifics stock?

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Safeguard Scientifics price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $7.01 from 2020-12-09

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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 USD$0
Return on assets TTM -4.83%
Return on equity TTM -32.06%
Profit margin 0%
Book value $3.379
Market capitalisation USD$134.8 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Safeguard Scientifics shares

There are currently 450,577 Safeguard Scientifics shares held short by investors – that's known as Safeguard Scientifics's "short interest". This figure is 4.3% up from 432,024 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 75854.713804714). Safeguard Scientifics's SIR currently stands at 5.94. In other words for every 100,000 Safeguard Scientifics shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5940 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 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Safeguard Scientifics shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.023% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Safeguard Scientifics shares, roughly 23 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly 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 27 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 $4.43 up to $11.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SFE.US volatility(beta: 1.3)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 1.3027. This would suggest that Safeguard Scientifics's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a 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. It invests throughout the United States with a focus on Mid-Atlantic region, and Southeastern Canada. The firm primarily invests between $5 million and $25 million in growth equity financing and between $5 million and $10 million in early-stage financing. It typically invests in the capital structures including owner financed and bootstrapped companies, corporate division or business unit, and venture capital-backed seeking a growth partner. The firm prefers to be the largest shareholder in its portfolio companies, with ownership in the range of 20 percent to 50 percent. However, it may occasionally take a majority or smaller stake in its portfolio companies. It prefers to invest in companies having proprietary technology and intellectual property. The firm prefers to take a Board seat in its portfolio companies. The company was founded in 1953 as Lancaster Corporation and changed its name to Sa

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