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How to buy TrueBlue stock

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TrueBlue, Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. TrueBlue shares (TBI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in TrueBlue

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 TrueBlue. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: TBI. 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 TrueBlue 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 TrueBlue, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of TrueBlue. 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.

TrueBlue share price

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TrueBlue shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$12.02 - USD$22.24
50-day moving average USD$19.8158
200-day moving average USD$17.9505
Wall St. target priceUSD$21.2
PE ratio 8.7702
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.749

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Is it a good time to buy TrueBlue stock?

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Is TrueBlue under- or over-valued?

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

TrueBlue's P/E ratio

TrueBlue's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, TrueBlue shares trade at around 9x 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.

TrueBlue's PEG ratio

TrueBlue's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4. 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 TrueBlue's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

TrueBlue's EBITDA

TrueBlue's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$32.3 million.

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

TrueBlue financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.02%
Gross profit TTM USD$440.6 million
Return on assets TTM 0.02%
Return on equity TTM -26.68%
Profit margin -7.68%
Book value $12.662
Market capitalisation USD$752.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting TrueBlue shares

There are currently 717,929 TrueBlue shares held short by investors – that's known as TrueBlue's "short interest". This figure is 0.5% down from 721,628 last month.

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

TrueBlue's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

TrueBlue's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of TrueBlue shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of TrueBlue shares traded daily (recently around 168527.9342723). TrueBlue's SIR currently stands at 4.26. In other words for every 100,000 TrueBlue shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4260 shares are currently held short.

However TrueBlue's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of TrueBlue shares, or, against the total number of tradable TrueBlue shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case TrueBlue's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 TrueBlue shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0299% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable TrueBlue shares, roughly 30 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 TrueBlue.

Find out more about how you can short TrueBlue stock.

TrueBlue share dividends

We're not expecting TrueBlue to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have TrueBlue's shares ever split?

TrueBlue's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 13 July 1999. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your TrueBlue shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for TrueBlue shares which in turn could have impacted TrueBlue's share price.

TrueBlue share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, TrueBlue's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.02 up to $22.24. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TBI.US volatility(beta: 1.69)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 TrueBlue's is 1.6937. This would suggest that TrueBlue's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

TrueBlue overview

TrueBlue, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides specialized workforce solutions in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It operates through three segments: PeopleReady, PeopleManagement, and PeopleScout. The PeopleReady segment offers a range of contingent staffing solutions for blue-collar, on-demand, and skilled labor in construction, manufacturing and logistics, warehousing and distribution, waste and recycling, energy, retail, hospitality, general labor, and other industries. The PeopleManagement segment provides contingent labor and outsourced industrial workforce solutions. It offers on-site management and recruitment for the contingent industrial workforce of manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution facilities; and recruitment and management of contingent and dedicated commercial drivers to the transportation and distribution industries under the Staff Management, SIMOS Insourcing Solutions, and Centerline Drivers brands. The PeopleScout segment offers permanent employee recruitment process outsourcing services; and manages clients' contingent labor programs comprising vendor selection, performance management, compliance monitoring, and risk management. The company was formerly known as Labor Ready, Inc. and changed its name to TrueBlue, Inc. in December 2007. TrueBlue, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.

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