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How to buy Southern Copper Corporation stock | $59.48

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Southern Copper Corporation is a copper business based in the US. Southern Copper Corporation shares (SCCO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Southern Copper Corporation employs 14,301 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Southern Copper Corporation

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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 Southern Copper Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SCCO. 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 Southern Copper Corporation 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$59.48, 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 Southern Copper Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Southern Copper Corporation. 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.

Southern Copper Corporation share price

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Southern Copper Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-01.
Latest market closeUSD$59.48
52-week rangeUSD$22.8791 - USD$61.28
50-day moving average USD$53.1635
200-day moving average USD$45.0936
Wall St. target priceUSD$45.5
PE ratio 35.7005
Dividend yield USD$2 (3.37%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.663

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Is it a good time to buy Southern Copper Corporation stock?

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Southern Copper Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $59.48 from 2020-12-09

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Is Southern Copper Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Southern Copper Corporation's P/E ratio

Southern Copper Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 36x. In other words, Southern Copper Corporation shares trade at around 36x 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.

Southern Copper Corporation's PEG ratio

Southern Copper Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2. 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 Southern Copper Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Southern Copper Corporation's EBITDA

Southern Copper Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.5 billion.

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

Southern Copper Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$7.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 36.12%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.33%
Return on equity TTM 18.54%
Profit margin 17.17%
Book value $9.08
Market capitalisation USD$45.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Southern Copper Corporation shares

There are currently 6.0 million Southern Copper Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Southern Copper Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 2% up from 5.8 million last month.

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

Southern Copper Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Southern Copper Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Southern Copper Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Southern Copper Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 902775.34039334). Southern Copper Corporation's SIR currently stands at 6.61. In other words for every 100,000 Southern Copper Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6610 shares are currently held short.

However Southern Copper Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Southern Copper Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Southern Copper Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Southern Copper Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Southern Copper Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0726% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Southern Copper Corporation shares, roughly 73 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 Southern Copper Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Southern Copper Corporation stock.

Southern Copper Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Southern Copper Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Southern Copper Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 52.46

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Southern Copper Corporation's overall score of 52.46 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 102nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Southern Copper Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Southern Copper Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 26.45/100

Southern Copper Corporation's environmental score of 26.45 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Southern Copper Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Southern Copper Corporation's social score

Social score: 25.15/100

Southern Copper Corporation's social score of 25.15 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Southern Copper Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Southern Copper Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 12.35/100

Southern Copper Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Southern Copper Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Southern Copper Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 5/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Southern Copper Corporation scored a 5 out of 5 for controversy – the lowest score possible, reflecting that Southern Copper Corporation's public profile has been damaged by multiple incidents.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Southern Copper Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 52.46
Total ESG percentile 101.62
Environmental score 26.45
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 25.15
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 12.35
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 5

Southern Copper Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 89.82% of net profits

Recently Southern Copper Corporation has paid out, on average, around 89.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.37% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Southern Copper Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.37% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Southern Copper Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2 per share.

Southern Copper Corporation'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.

Southern Copper Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 24 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Southern Copper Corporation's shares ever split?

Southern Copper Corporation's shares were split on 13 February 2012.

Southern Copper Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Southern Copper Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $22.8791 up to $61.28. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SCCO.US volatility(beta: 1.14)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 Southern Copper Corporation's is 1.1432. This would suggest that Southern Copper Corporation'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).

Southern Copper Corporation overview

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, and Chile. The company is involved in the mining, milling, and flotation of copper ore to produce copper and molybdenum concentrates; smelting of copper concentrates to produce blister and anode copper; refining of anode copper to produce copper cathodes; production of molybdenum concentrate and sulfuric acid; production of refined silver, gold, and other materials; and mining and processing of zinc and lead. It operates the Toquepala and Cuajone open-pit mines, and a smelter and refinery in Peru; and La Caridad, an open-pit copper mine, as well as a copper ore concentrator, a SX-EW plant, a smelter, refinery, and a rod plant in Mexico. The company also operates Buenavista, an open-pit copper mine, as well as two copper concentrators and three SX-EW plants in Mexico. In addition, it operates five underground mines that produce zinc, lead, copper, silver, and gold; a coal mine that produces coal and coke; and a zinc refinery. The company has interests in 37,622 hectares of exploration concessions in Peru; 147,974 hectares of exploration concessions in Mexico; 63,453 hectares of exploration concessions in Argentina; 42,615 hectares of exploration concessions in Chile; and 7,298 hectares of exploration concessions in Ecuador. Southern Copper Corporation was founded in 1952 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Southern Copper Corporation is a subsidiary of Americas Mining Corporation.

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