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Shutterstock, Inc is an internet content & information business based in the US. Shutterstock shares (SSTK) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Shutterstock employs 1,116 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$646 million.

How to buy shares in Shutterstock

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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 Shutterstock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SSTK. 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 Shutterstock 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$60.96, 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 Shutterstock, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Shutterstock. 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 Shutterstock's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$60.96, which is 32.63% up on its pre-crash value of USD$41.07 and 111.96% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$28.76.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Shutterstock shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$871.41 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$1,417.32.

Shutterstock share price

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Shutterstock shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeUSD$60.96
52-week rangeUSD$28.76 - USD$61.99
50-day moving average USD$53.3323
200-day moving average USD$43.4401
Wall St. target priceUSD$62.67
PE ratio 66.3516
Dividend yield USD$0.68 (1.12%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.918

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Is it a good time to buy Shutterstock stock?

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Shutterstock price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $60.96 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-19) 1.03%
1 month (2020-09-25) 16.92%
3 months (2020-07-24) 46.19%
6 months (2020-04-24) 61.83%
1 year (2019-10-25) 67.70%
2 years (2018-10-26) 36.01%
3 years (2017-10-26) 73.87%
5 years (2015-10-26) 113.59%

Is Shutterstock under- or over-valued?

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

Shutterstock's P/E ratio

Shutterstock's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 66x. In other words, Shutterstock shares trade at around 66x 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.

Shutterstock's PEG ratio

Shutterstock's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.65. 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 Shutterstock's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Shutterstock's EBITDA

Shutterstock's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$54.2 million.

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

Shutterstock financials

Revenue TTM USD$646 million
Operating margin TTM 6.3%
Gross profit TTM USD$372.3 million
Return on assets TTM 4.17%
Return on equity TTM 10.07%
Profit margin 5.05%
Book value $9.625
Market capitalisation USD$2.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Shutterstock shares

There are currently 2.9 million Shutterstock shares held short by investors – that's known as Shutterstock's "short interest". This figure is 6.3% up from 2.7 million last month.

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

Shutterstock's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Shutterstock's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Shutterstock shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Shutterstock shares traded daily (recently around 354510.25957973). Shutterstock's SIR currently stands at 8.09. In other words for every 100,000 Shutterstock shares traded daily on the market, roughly 8090 shares are currently held short.

However Shutterstock's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Shutterstock shares, or, against the total number of tradable Shutterstock shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Shutterstock's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Shutterstock shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.1441% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Shutterstock shares, roughly 144 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 Shutterstock.

Find out more about how you can short Shutterstock stock.

Shutterstock share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 35.66% of net profits

Recently Shutterstock has paid out, on average, around 35.66% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.12% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Shutterstock shareholders could enjoy a 1.12% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Shutterstock's case, that would currently equate to about $0.68 per share.

While Shutterstock's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Shutterstock may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Shutterstock's most recent dividend payout was on 17 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Shutterstock share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Shutterstock's shares have ranged in value from as little as $28.76 up to $61.99. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SSTK.US volatility(beta: 1.11)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 Shutterstock's is 1.1098. This would suggest that Shutterstock'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).

Shutterstock overview

Shutterstock, Inc., a technology company, provides content, and tools and services in North America, Europe, and internationally. It offers image services consisting of photographs, vectors, and illustrations, which is used in visual communications, such as Websites, digital and print marketing materials, corporate communications, books, publications, and others; footage services, including video clips, filmed by industry experts and cinema grade video effects, and HD and 4K formats that are integrated into Websites, social media, marketing campaigns, and cinematic productions; and music services comprising music tracks and sound effects, which are used to complement digital imagery. The company provides its services under the Shutterstock, Bigstock, Offset, Shutterstock Select, Shutterstock Custom, Shutterstock Editorial, and Shutterstock Music and PremiumBeat names, as well as Superior search, Application programming interface, and Editor and Editor Pro tools to enhance workflow and project management needs, and search capabilities. It serves marketing professionals and organizations, media and broadcast companies, and small and medium-sized businesses through online platform. Shutterstock, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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