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How to buy State Auto Financial Corporation stock | $18.63

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State Auto Financial Corporation is an insurance-property & casualty business based in the US. State Auto Financial Corporation shares (STFC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. State Auto Financial Corporation employs 1,978 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion.

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  3. Search for State Auto Financial Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: STFC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
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  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$18.63, 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 State Auto Financial Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of State Auto Financial 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.

State Auto Financial Corporation share price

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State Auto Financial Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-13.
Latest market closeUSD$18.63
52-week rangeUSD$12.0017 - USD$31.1035
50-day moving average USD$17.3058
200-day moving average USD$15.7366
Wall St. target priceUSD$19.33
PE ratio 11.7245
Dividend yield USD$0.4 (2.15%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.691

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Is it a good time to buy State Auto Financial Corporation stock?

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State Auto Financial Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $18.63 from 2021-01-11

1 week (2021-01-06) 1.69%
1 month (2020-12-12) N/A
3 months (2020-10-13) 39.34%
6 months (2020-07-13) 7.38%
1 year (2020-01-13) -40.13%
2 years (2019-01-12) N/A
3 years (2018-01-12) 28.71
5 years (2016-01-13) 19.14

Is State Auto Financial Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

State Auto Financial Corporation's P/E ratio

State Auto Financial 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 12x. In other words, State Auto Financial Corporation shares trade at around 12x 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.

State Auto Financial Corporation's EBITDA

State Auto Financial Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$47.5 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a State Auto Financial Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

State Auto Financial Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.4 billion
Gross profit TTM USD$123.2 million
Return on assets TTM -0.88%
Return on equity TTM -3.81%
Profit margin -2.56%
Book value $21.555
Market capitalisation USD$837.7 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting State Auto Financial Corporation shares

There are currently 170,270 State Auto Financial Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as State Auto Financial Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 11.8% up from 152,294 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting State Auto Financial Corporation shares can be evaluated.

State Auto Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

State Auto Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of State Auto Financial Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of State Auto Financial Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 88222.797927461). State Auto Financial Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.93. In other words for every 100,000 State Auto Financial Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1930 shares are currently held short.

However State Auto Financial Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of State Auto Financial Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable State Auto Financial Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case State Auto Financial Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 State Auto Financial Corporation shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0097% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable State Auto Financial Corporation shares, roughly 10 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 State Auto Financial Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short State Auto Financial Corporation stock.

State Auto Financial Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting State Auto Financial Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have State Auto Financial Corporation's shares ever split?

State Auto Financial Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 9 July 1998. 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 State Auto Financial Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for State Auto Financial Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted State Auto Financial Corporation's share price.

State Auto Financial Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, State Auto Financial Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.0017 up to $31.1035. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while State Auto Financial Corporation's is 0.197. This would suggest that State Auto Financial Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

State Auto Financial Corporation overview

State Auto Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal and business insurance products in the United States. It operates through three segments: Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance, and Investment Operations. The Personal Insurance segment primarily provides personal automobile, homeowners insurance, and other personal insurance products. The commercial insurance segment primarily provides commercial automobile, commercial multi-peril, fire and allied, general liability, and workers' compensation insurance covering small-to-medium sized commercial insurance market, as well as farm and ranch insurance. The Investment Operations segment provides investment management services to affiliated insurance companies. The company markets its products primarily through independent agencies, including retail agencies and wholesale brokers. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. State Auto Financial Corporation operates as a subsidiary of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, Inc.

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