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How to buy Washington Federal stock

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Washington Federal, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. Washington Federal shares (WAFD) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Washington Federal employs 2,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Washington Federal share price

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Washington Federal shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$19.64 - $34.00
50-day moving average $31.91
200-day moving average $27.38
Wall St. target price$34.33
PE ratio 16.6532
Dividend yield $0.44 (1.36%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.98

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Is it a good time to buy Washington Federal stock?

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Is Washington Federal under- or over-valued?

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

Washington Federal's P/E ratio

Washington Federal's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Washington Federal shares trade at around 17x 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.

Washington Federal's PEG ratio

Washington Federal's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.67. 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 Washington Federal's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Washington Federal financials

Revenue TTM $522.9 million
Operating margin TTM 43.07%
Gross profit TTM $548.5 million
Return on assets TTM 0.83%
Return on equity TTM 7.09%
Profit margin 29.26%
Book value $27.82
Market capitalisation $2.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Washington Federal shares

There are currently 1.0 million Washington Federal shares held short by investors – that's known as Washington Federal's "short interest". This figure is 30.5% down from 1.5 million last month.

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

Washington Federal's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Washington Federal's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Washington Federal shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Washington Federal shares traded daily (recently around 704627.21088435). Washington Federal's SIR currently stands at 1.47. In other words for every 100,000 Washington Federal shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1470 shares are currently held short.

However Washington Federal's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Washington Federal shares, or, against the total number of tradable Washington Federal shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Washington Federal's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Washington Federal shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0157% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Washington Federal shares, roughly 16 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 Washington Federal.

Find out more about how you can short Washington Federal stock.

Washington Federal share dividends

41%

Dividend payout ratio: 40.59% of net profits

Recently Washington Federal has paid out, on average, around 40.59% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.85% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Washington Federal shareholders could enjoy a 2.85% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Washington Federal's case, that would currently equate to about $0.44 per share.

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

Washington Federal's most recent dividend payout was on 18 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Washington Federal's shares ever split?

Washington Federal's shares were split on a 11:10 basis on 1 February 2005. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Washington Federal shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Washington Federal shares which in turn could have impacted Washington Federal's share price.

Washington Federal share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Washington Federal's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.6377 up to $34. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WAFD.US volatility(beta: 0.9)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 Washington Federal's is 0.9007. This would suggest that Washington Federal's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Washington Federal overview

Washington Federal, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Washington Federal Bank, National Association that provides lending, depository, insurance, and other banking services in the United States. The company accepts deposit products, including business and personal checking accounts, and term certificates of deposit, as well as money market accounts and passbook savings accounts. It also provides single-family residential, construction, land acquisition and development, consumer lot, multi-family residential, commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, home equity, and consumer loans. In addition, the company offers insurance brokerage services, such as individual and business insurance policies to customers and general public; holds and markets real estate properties; mobile and internet banking services; debit and credit cards; and acts as trustee. It serves consumers, mid-sized and large businesses, and owners and developers of commercial real estate. As of September 30, 2020, the company had 234 branches located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.

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