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How to buy Univest Financial Corporation stock

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Univest Financial Corporation is a banks-regional business based in the US. Univest Financial Corporation shares (UVSP) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Univest Financial Corporation

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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 Univest Financial Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UVSP. 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 Univest Financial Corporation 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 Univest Financial Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Univest 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.

Univest Financial Corporation share price

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Univest Financial Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$12.7761 - USD$26.01
50-day moving average USD$23.6988
200-day moving average USD$18.7793
Wall St. target priceUSD$25.75
PE ratio 15.9563
Dividend yield USD$0.8 (3.17%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.6

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Is it a good time to buy Univest Financial Corporation stock?

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Is Univest Financial Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Univest Financial Corporation's P/E ratio

Univest 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 16x. In other words, Univest Financial Corporation shares trade at around 16x 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.

Univest Financial Corporation's PEG ratio

Univest Financial Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.47. 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 Univest Financial Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Univest Financial Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$211.9 million
Operating margin TTM 28.75%
Gross profit TTM USD$211.9 million
Return on assets TTM 0.8%
Return on equity TTM 6.86%
Profit margin 22.14%
Book value $23.638
Market capitalisation USD$747.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Univest Financial Corporation shares

There are currently 369,375 Univest Financial Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Univest Financial Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 3.6% down from 383,072 last month.

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

Univest Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Univest Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Univest Financial Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Univest Financial Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 148343.37349398). Univest Financial Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.49. In other words for every 100,000 Univest Financial Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2490 shares are currently held short.

However Univest Financial Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Univest Financial Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Univest Financial Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Univest Financial Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Univest Financial Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0129% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Univest Financial Corporation shares, roughly 13 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 Univest Financial Corporation.

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

Univest Financial Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 36.53% of net profits

Recently Univest Financial Corporation has paid out, on average, around 36.53% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Univest Financial Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Univest Financial Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

While Univest Financial Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Univest Financial Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Univest Financial Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 24 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Univest Financial Corporation's shares ever split?

Univest Financial Corporation's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 2 May 2005. 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 Univest Financial Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Univest Financial Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Univest Financial Corporation's share price.

Univest Financial Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Univest Financial Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.7761 up to $26.01. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UVSP.US volatility(beta: 1.09)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 Univest Financial Corporation's is 1.0859. This would suggest that Univest Financial Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Univest Financial Corporation overview

Univest Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Univest Bank and Trust Co. that provides banking products and services primarily in Pennsylvania. It operates through three segments: Banking, Wealth Management, and Insurance. The Banking segment provides a range of banking services, such as deposit taking, loan origination and servicing, mortgage banking, other general banking services, and equipment lease financing for individuals, businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations. The Wealth Management segment offers trust and investment advisory services, guardian and custodian of employee benefits, and other trust and brokerage services, as well as manages private investment accounts for individuals and institutions. The Insurance segment provides commercial property and casualty insurance, group life and health coverage, employee benefits solutions, personal insurance lines, and human resources consulting services. It serves customers in Bucks, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties in Pennsylvania; and Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey through 39 banking offices. The company was formerly known as Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and changed its name to Univest Financial Corporation in January 2019. Univest Financial Corporation was founded in 1876 and is headquartered in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

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