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How to buy Southwest Gas stock

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Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc is an utilities-regulated gas business based in the US. Southwest Gas shares (SWX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Southwest Gas employs 8,944 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Southwest Gas

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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 Southwest Gas. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SWX. 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 Southwest Gas 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. 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 Southwest Gas, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Southwest Gas. 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.

Southwest Gas share price

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Southwest Gas shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$44.173 - USD$78.9274
50-day moving average USD$60.7594
200-day moving average USD$64.2287
Wall St. target priceUSD$71.4
PE ratio 16.5936
Dividend yield USD$2.23 (3.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.969

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Is Southwest Gas under- or over-valued?

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

Southwest Gas's P/E ratio

Southwest Gas's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Southwest Gas shares trade at around 17x 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.

Southwest Gas's PEG ratio

Southwest Gas's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.82. 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 Southwest Gas's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Southwest Gas's EBITDA

Southwest Gas's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$714.6 million.

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

Southwest Gas financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.05%
Gross profit TTM USD$737.4 million
Return on assets TTM 2.99%
Return on equity TTM 8.63%
Profit margin 6.82%
Book value $46.392
Market capitalisation USD$3.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Southwest Gas shares

There are currently 613,288 Southwest Gas shares held short by investors – that's known as Southwest Gas's "short interest". This figure is 20.2% down from 768,465 last month.

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

Southwest Gas's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Southwest Gas's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Southwest Gas shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Southwest Gas shares traded daily (recently around 403478.94736842). Southwest Gas's SIR currently stands at 1.52. In other words for every 100,000 Southwest Gas shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1520 shares are currently held short.

However Southwest Gas's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Southwest Gas shares, or, against the total number of tradable Southwest Gas shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Southwest Gas's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Southwest Gas shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0142% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Southwest Gas shares, roughly 14 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 Southwest Gas.

Find out more about how you can short Southwest Gas stock.

Southwest Gas share dividends

99%

Dividend payout ratio: 98.7% of net profits

Recently Southwest Gas has paid out, on average, around 98.7% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Southwest Gas shareholders could enjoy a 3.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Southwest Gas's case, that would currently equate to about $2.23 per share.

Southwest Gas'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.

Southwest Gas's most recent dividend payout was on 1 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Southwest Gas share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Southwest Gas's shares have ranged in value from as little as $44.173 up to $78.9274. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Southwest Gas's is 0.1505. This would suggest that Southwest Gas's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Southwest Gas overview

Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, purchases, distributes, and transports natural gas in Arizona, Nevada, and California. The company operates in two segments, Natural Gas Operations and Utility Infrastructure Services. As of December 31, 2019, it had 2,081,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and other natural gas customers. The company also provides trenching and installation, replacement, and maintenance services for energy distribution systems; and industrial construction solutions. Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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