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Virtu Financial, Inc is a capital markets business based in the US. Virtu Financial shares (VIRT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Virtu Financial employs 1,012 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Virtu Financial

  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 Virtu Financial. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: VIRT. 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 Virtu Financial 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$23.23, 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 Virtu Financial, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Virtu Financial. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Virtu Financial's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Virtu Financial's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$23.23, which is 21.27% up on its pre-crash value of USD$18.29 and 43.93% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$16.14.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Virtu Financial shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$1,243.98 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,413.78.

Virtu Financial share price

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Virtu Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$23.23
52-week range USD$14.94 - USD$28.59
50-day moving average USD$24.6726
200-day moving average USD$24.1588
Wall St. target price USD$26.55
PE ratio 7.3511
Dividend yield USD$0.96 (4.21%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.234

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Is it a good time to buy Virtu Financial stock?

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Virtu Financial price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $23.23 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-11-16) N/A
1 month (2020-10-27) 3.47%
3 months (2020-08-27) -10.62%
6 months (2020-05-23) N/A
1 year (2019-11-23) N/A
2 years (2018-11-23) N/A
3 years (2017-11-23) N/A
5 years (2015-11-23) N/A

Is Virtu Financial under- or over-valued?

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

Virtu Financial's P/E ratio

Virtu Financial's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Virtu Financial shares trade at around 7x 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.

Virtu Financial financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 37.98%
Gross profit TTM USD$495.1 million
Return on assets TTM 7.11%
Return on equity TTM 45.13%
Profit margin 16.67%
Book value $10.568
Market capitalisation USD$4.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Virtu Financial shares

There are currently 3.9 million Virtu Financial shares held short by investors – that's known as Virtu Financial's "short interest". This figure is 27.2% up from 3.1 million last month.

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

Virtu Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Virtu Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Virtu Financial shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Virtu Financial shares traded daily (recently around 2.1 million). Virtu Financial's SIR currently stands at 1.86. In other words for every 100,000 Virtu Financial shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1860 shares are currently held short.

However Virtu Financial's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Virtu Financial shares, or, against the total number of tradable Virtu Financial shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Virtu Financial's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Virtu Financial shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0478% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Virtu Financial shares, roughly 48 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 Virtu Financial.

Find out more about how you can short Virtu Financial stock.

Virtu Financial share dividends

23%

Dividend payout ratio: 22.54% of net profits

Recently Virtu Financial has paid out, on average, around 22.54% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.21% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Virtu Financial shareholders could enjoy a 4.21% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Virtu Financial's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 per share.

While Virtu Financial's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Virtu Financial is investing more in its future growth.

Virtu Financial's most recent dividend payout was on 15 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Virtu Financial share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Virtu Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.94 up to $28.59. 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 Virtu Financial's is -0.3447. This would suggest that Virtu Financial's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, Virtu Financial has bucked the trend.

Virtu Financial overview

Virtu Financial, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides market making and liquidity services through its proprietary, multi-asset, and multi-currency technology platform to the financial markets worldwide. The company's Market Making segment principally consists of market making in the cash, futures, and options markets across equities, options, fixed income, currencies, and commodities. Its Execution Services segment comprises agency-based trading and trading venues, which offer execution services in equities, ETFs, futures, fixed income, currencies, and commodities to institutions, banks, and broker dealers. Virtu Financial, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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