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How to buy United Bankshares stock | $32.4

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United Bankshares, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. United Bankshares shares (UBSI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. United Bankshares employs 3,137 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$837.9 million.

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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 United Bankshares. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UBSI. 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 United Bankshares 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. At last close price of USD$32.4, 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 United Bankshares, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of United Bankshares. 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.

United Bankshares share price

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United Bankshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-30.
Latest market closeUSD$32.4
52-week rangeUSD$18.9534 - USD$37.0755
50-day moving average USD$30.5194
200-day moving average USD$27.0775
Wall St. target priceUSD$33.75
PE ratio 14.1848
Dividend yield USD$1.4 (4.44%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.294

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Is it a good time to buy United Bankshares stock?

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United Bankshares price performance over time

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Is United Bankshares under- or over-valued?

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

United Bankshares's P/E ratio

United Bankshares's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, United Bankshares shares trade at around 14x 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.

United Bankshares's PEG ratio

United Bankshares's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.92. 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 United Bankshares's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

United Bankshares financials

Revenue TTM USD$837.9 million
Operating margin TTM 47.33%
Gross profit TTM USD$704.8 million
Return on assets TTM 1.14%
Return on equity TTM 6.82%
Profit margin 31.02%
Book value $32.887
Market capitalisation USD$4.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting United Bankshares shares

There are currently 2.6 million United Bankshares shares held short by investors – that's known as United Bankshares's "short interest". This figure is 3.7% down from 2.7 million last month.

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

United Bankshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

United Bankshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of United Bankshares shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of United Bankshares shares traded daily (recently around 384662.44541485). United Bankshares's SIR currently stands at 6.87. In other words for every 100,000 United Bankshares shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6870 shares are currently held short.

However United Bankshares's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of United Bankshares shares, or, against the total number of tradable United Bankshares shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case United Bankshares's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 United Bankshares shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0262% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable United Bankshares shares, roughly 26 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against United Bankshares.

Find out more about how you can short United Bankshares stock.

United Bankshares share dividends

53%

Dividend payout ratio: 52.69% of net profits

Recently United Bankshares has paid out, on average, around 52.69% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.44% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), United Bankshares shareholders could enjoy a 4.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In United Bankshares's case, that would currently equate to about $1.4 per share.

United Bankshares'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.

United Bankshares's most recent dividend payout was on 4 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have United Bankshares's shares ever split?

United Bankshares's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 30 March 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 United Bankshares shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for United Bankshares shares which in turn could have impacted United Bankshares's share price.

United Bankshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, United Bankshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.9534 up to $37.0755. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UBSI.US volatility(beta: 1.37)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 United Bankshares's is 1.369. This would suggest that United Bankshares's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

United Bankshares overview

United Bankshares, Inc., a financial holding company, primarily provides commercial and retail banking products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Community Banking and Mortgage Banking. The company accepts checking, savings, and time and money market accounts; individual retirement accounts; and demand deposits, statement and special savings, and interest-bearing checking accounts. It also offers personal, commercial, floor plan, and student loans; construction and real estate loans; and consumer loans, including credit card and home equity loans. In addition, the company provides safe deposit boxes, wire transfers, and other banking products and services; investment, security, and trust services; services to correspondent banks, including check clearing, safekeeping, and buying and selling federal funds; automated teller machine services; and Internet and telephone banking services. Further, it offers community banking services, such as asset management, real property title insurance, financial planning, mortgage banking, and brokerage services. The company operates 138 full-service offices, which consists of 51 offices in West Virginia; 82 offices in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia and the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas; 4 offices in southwestern Pennsylvania; and 1 office in southeastern Ohio. United Bankshares, Inc. was incorporated in 1982 and is headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia.

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