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How to buy Universal Security Instruments stock | $3.11

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Universal Security Instruments, Inc is a security & protection services business based in the US. Universal Security Instruments shares (UUU) are listed on the NYSE MKT and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Universal Security Instruments employs 13 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.2 million.

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  3. Search for Universal Security Instruments. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UUU. 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 Universal Security Instruments 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$3.11, 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 Universal Security Instruments, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Universal Security Instruments. 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.

Universal Security Instruments share price

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Universal Security Instruments shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-10.
Latest market closeUSD$3.11
52-week rangeUSD$0.3011 - USD$4.1
50-day moving average USD$2.7817
200-day moving average USD$1.8726
Wall St. target priceN/A
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-0.656

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Is it a good time to buy Universal Security Instruments stock?

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Universal Security Instruments price performance over time

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Is Universal Security Instruments under- or over-valued?

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

Universal Security Instruments's EBITDA

Universal Security Instruments's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$180,114.

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

Universal Security Instruments financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.2 million
Gross profit TTM USD$3.8 million
Return on assets TTM -2.43%
Return on equity TTM -53.71%
Profit margin -23.76%
Book value $2.203
Market capitalisation USD$7.2 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Universal Security Instruments shares

There are currently 80,984 Universal Security Instruments shares held short by investors – that's known as Universal Security Instruments's "short interest". This figure is 437.2% up from 15,075 last month.

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

Universal Security Instruments's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Universal Security Instruments's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Universal Security Instruments shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Universal Security Instruments shares traded daily (recently around 4.0 million). Universal Security Instruments's SIR currently stands at 0.02. In other words for every 100,000 Universal Security Instruments shares traded daily on the market, roughly 20 shares are currently held short.

However Universal Security Instruments's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Universal Security Instruments shares, or, against the total number of tradable Universal Security Instruments shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Universal Security Instruments's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Universal Security Instruments shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0392% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Universal Security Instruments shares, roughly 39 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 Universal Security Instruments.

Find out more about how you can short Universal Security Instruments stock.

Universal Security Instruments share dividends

We're not expecting Universal Security Instruments to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Universal Security Instruments's shares ever split?

Universal Security Instruments's shares were split on a 4:3 basis on 17 October 2006. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Universal Security Instruments shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 25% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Universal Security Instruments shares which in turn could have impacted Universal Security Instruments's share price.

Universal Security Instruments share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Universal Security Instruments's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.3011 up to $4.1. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UUU.US volatility(beta: 2.06)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE MKT average) beta is 1, while Universal Security Instruments's is 2.064. This would suggest that Universal Security Instruments's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Universal Security Instruments overview

Universal Security Instruments, Inc., together with its subsidiary, designs, markets, and distributes safety and security products for use in homes and businesses in the United States and internationally. It offers a line of safety alarms, including units powered by replaceable batteries, sealed batteries, and battery backup alarms; and smoke alarms, which include hearing impaired and heat alarms, as well as carbon monoxide alarms, door chimes, ventilation products, ground fault circuit interrupters, and other electrical devices. The company provides its products to wholesale distributors; chain, discount, and television retailers; home center stores; catalog and mail order companies; electrical and lighting distributors, and manufactured housing companies; and other distributors. It also sells its products through independent sales organizations and sales representatives, as well as through its own sales catalogs and brochures, and Website. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

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