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How to buy Star Bulk Carriers stock

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp is a marine shipping business based in the US. Star Bulk Carriers shares (SBLK) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Star Bulk Carriers employs 181 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$755.9 million.

How to buy shares in Star Bulk Carriers

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

Star Bulk Carriers share price

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Star Bulk Carriers shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-13.
52-week rangeUSD$3.86 - USD$11.49
50-day moving average USD$8.6009
200-day moving average USD$7.2363
Wall St. target priceUSD$10.8
PE ratio 198.0357
Dividend yield USD$0.2 (3.93%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.056

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Is it a good time to buy Star Bulk Carriers stock?

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Is Star Bulk Carriers under- or over-valued?

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

Star Bulk Carriers's P/E ratio

Star Bulk Carriers's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 198x. In other words, Star Bulk Carriers shares trade at around 198x 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.

Star Bulk Carriers's PEG ratio

Star Bulk Carriers's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.95. 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 Star Bulk Carriers's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Star Bulk Carriers's EBITDA

Star Bulk Carriers's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$213.8 million.

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

Star Bulk Carriers financials

Revenue TTM USD$755.9 million
Operating margin TTM 10%
Gross profit TTM USD$238.7 million
Return on assets TTM 1.46%
Return on equity TTM 0.35%
Profit margin 0.71%
Book value $15.801
Market capitalisation USD$1.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Star Bulk Carriers shares

There are currently 366,714 Star Bulk Carriers shares held short by investors – that's known as Star Bulk Carriers's "short interest". This figure is 14.7% up from 319,693 last month.

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

Star Bulk Carriers's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Star Bulk Carriers's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Star Bulk Carriers shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Star Bulk Carriers shares traded daily (recently around 873128.57142857). Star Bulk Carriers's SIR currently stands at 0.42. In other words for every 100,000 Star Bulk Carriers shares traded daily on the market, roughly 420 shares are currently held short.

However Star Bulk Carriers's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Star Bulk Carriers shares, or, against the total number of tradable Star Bulk Carriers shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Star Bulk Carriers's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Star Bulk Carriers shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0074% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Star Bulk Carriers shares, roughly 7 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 Star Bulk Carriers.

Find out more about how you can short Star Bulk Carriers stock.

Star Bulk Carriers share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 22.73% of net profits

Recently Star Bulk Carriers has paid out, on average, around 22.73% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.93% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Star Bulk Carriers shareholders could enjoy a 3.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Star Bulk Carriers's case, that would currently equate to about $0.2 per share.

While Star Bulk Carriers's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Star Bulk Carriers is investing more in its future growth.

Star Bulk Carriers's most recent dividend payout was on 12 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Star Bulk Carriers's shares ever split?

Star Bulk Carriers's shares were split on a 1:5 basis on 20 June 2016. So if you had owned 5 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 Star Bulk Carriers shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 400% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Star Bulk Carriers shares which in turn could have impacted Star Bulk Carriers's share price.

Star Bulk Carriers share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Star Bulk Carriers's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.86 up to $11.49. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SBLK.US volatility(beta: 1.35)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Star Bulk Carriers's is 1.3461. This would suggest that Star Bulk Carriers's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Star Bulk Carriers overview

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a shipping company, engages in the ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. The company's vessels transport a range of major bulks, including iron ores, coal, and grains, as well as minor bulks, such as bauxite, fertilizers, and steel products. As of February 29, 2020, it had a fleet of 116 vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 12.9 million deadweight ton, including consisting of Newcastlemax, Capesize, Post Panamax, Kamsarmax, Panamax, Ultramax, and Supramax vessels. It also provides vessel management services. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

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