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How to buy Stantec stock

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Stantec Inc is an engineering & construction business based in the US. Stantec shares (STN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Stantec employs 22,000 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$4.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Stantec

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

Stantec share price

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Stantec shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$21.095 - USD$39.28
50-day moving average USD$36.2361
200-day moving average USD$32.2922
Wall St. target priceUSD$28.21
PE ratio 83.2533
Dividend yield USD$0.404 (1.05%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.458

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Is it a good time to buy Stantec stock?

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Is Stantec under- or over-valued?

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

Stantec's P/E ratio

Stantec's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 83x. In other words, Stantec shares trade at around 83x 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.

Stantec's PEG ratio

Stantec's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.63. 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 Stantec's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Stantec financials

Gross profit TTM USD$2 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.72%
Return on equity TTM 9.47%
Profit margin 5.28%
Book value $12.568
Market capitalisation USD$4.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Stantec shares

There are currently 282,302 Stantec shares held short by investors – that's known as Stantec's "short interest". This figure is 39.3% up from 202,664 last month.

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

Stantec's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Stantec's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Stantec shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Stantec shares traded daily (recently around 77131.693989071). Stantec's SIR currently stands at 3.66. In other words for every 100,000 Stantec shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3660 shares are currently held short.

However Stantec's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Stantec shares, or, against the total number of tradable Stantec shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Stantec's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Stantec shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Stantec shares, roughly 0 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 Stantec.

Find out more about how you can short Stantec stock.

Stantec share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 38.04% of net profits

Recently Stantec has paid out, on average, around 38.04% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.29% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Stantec shareholders could enjoy a 1.29% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Stantec's case, that would currently equate to about $0.404 per share.

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

Stantec's most recent dividend payout was on 15 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Stantec's shares ever split?

Stantec's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 17 November 2014. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Stantec shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Stantec shares which in turn could have impacted Stantec's share price.

Stantec share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Stantec's shares have ranged in value from as little as $21.095 up to $39.28. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

STN.US volatility(beta: 0.81)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 Stantec's is 0.8053. This would suggest that Stantec's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Stantec overview

Stantec Inc. provides professional consulting services in the area of infrastructure and facilities for clients in the public and private sectors in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company offers consulting services in engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management and planning, and project economics. It also offers water, transportation, and public works; transportation planning and traffic engineering; and resource assessment, mine development, reclamation, hydrology, and geotechnical and infrastructure engineering services, as well as urban planning, traffic assessments and optimization, environmental impact assessments, and public consultation services. In addition, the company provides structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and hydraulics engineering services. It serves urban regeneration, infrastructure, education, energy, industrial, building, tourism and leisure, and waste and water sectors, as well as office and commercial, residential, and retail and town centers. The company was formerly known as Stanley Technology Group Inc. and changed its name to Stantec Inc. in October 1998. Stantec Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada.

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