Finder makes money from featured partners, but editorial opinions are our own. Advertiser Disclosure

How to buy Washington Federal stock

Learn how to easily invest in Washington Federal stock.

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 2,082 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $622.8 million.

How to buy shares in Washington Federal

  1. Compare share trading platforms. Use our comparison table to help you find a platform that fits you.
  2. Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – WAFD – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.
Client disclaimer: US Brokerage services through eToro USA Securities Inc, member of FINRA, SIPC. Crypto assets through eToro USA LLC.

Washington Federal stock price (NASDAQ: WAFD)

Use our graph to track the performance of WAFD stocks over time.

Washington Federal shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-25.
Latest market close$29.98
52-week range$29.26 - $37.26
50-day moving average $32.99
200-day moving average $33.01
Wall St. target price$38.67
PE ratio 10.0825
Dividend yield $0.95 (3.05%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.03

Buy Washington Federal shares from these brokerages

Compare special offers, low fees and a wide range of types of investments among top trading platforms.
1 - 7 of 7
Name Product Asset types Stock trade fee Minimum deposit Signup bonus
SoFi Invest
Stocks, ETFs, Cryptocurrency
$10 - $100
when you open an account and place a first crypto trade of $50 - $5,000+
A free way to invest in most equities.
Stocks, ETFs, Cryptocurrency
8%-12% of your deposit
when you sign up and deposit at least $50. T&Cs apply.
Trade stocks in the app or online with $0 commissions. Not available in NY, NV, MN, TN, and HI.
Stocks, ETFs, Cryptocurrency
Receive a free stock slice worth between $3–$300
when you sign up for an account and deposit at least $20.
Commission-free trading in stocks and ETFs with a social networking twist.
Stocks, Options, ETFs, Cryptocurrency
$200 in US stocks
when you open and fund an account with min. $2,000 for 3+ mos.
Trade stocks, options, ETFs and futures on mobile or desktop with this advanced platform.
JPMorgan Self-Directed Investing
Stocks, Bonds, Options, Mutual funds, ETFs
$125 - $625
when you open and fund an account with $25,000 - $250,000+
Stocks, Options, ETFs, Cryptocurrency
Get a free stock
when you successfully sign up and link your bank account.
Make unlimited commission-free trades, plus earn 3% interest on uninvested cash in your account with Robinhood Gold.
Stocks, Options, ETFs
Customize your trade platform or build your own Deep tools, charts and screens Analyzers to help you study before you trade

Compare up to 4 providers

*Signup bonus information updated weekly.

The value of any investment can go up or down depending on news, trends and market conditions. We are not investment advisers, so do your own due diligence to understand the risks before you invest.

Is it a good time to buy Washington Federal stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

This chart is not advice or a guarantee of success. Rather, it gauges the real-time recommendations of three popular technical indicators: moving averages, oscillators and pivots. Finder is not responsible for how your stock performs.

Washington Federal price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $29.98 from 2022-09-30

1 week (2022-09-26) -1.15%
1 month (2022-09-02) -4.92%
3 months (2022-07-01) -1.87%
6 months (2022-04-01) -8.93%
1 year (2021-10-01) -13.97%
2 years (2020-10-02) 39.51%
3 years (2019-10-03) 36.19
5 years (2017-10-03) 33.9

Is Washington Federal stock undervalued or overvalued?

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 10x. In other words, Washington Federal shares trade at around 10x 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 $622.8 million
Operating margin TTM 45.35%
Gross profit TTM $579 million
Return on assets TTM 1.08%
Return on equity TTM 9.68%
Profit margin 34.57%
Book value $29.40
Market capitalisation $2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Washington Federal share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 31.25% of net profits

Recently Washington Federal has paid out, on average, around 31.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.05% 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 3.05% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Washington Federal's case, that would currently equate to about $0.95 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 1 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 August 2022 (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 $29.2593 up to $37.2558. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WAFD.US volatility(beta: 0.8)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 0.803. 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 offers 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, business and consumer loans. In addition, the company offers insurance brokerage services, such as individual and business insurance policies; holds and markets real estate properties; mobile and internet banking services; and debit and credit cards, as well as acts as the trustee. It serves consumers, mid-sized and large businesses, and owners and developers of commercial real estate. As of September 30, 2021, the company had 219 branches located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Washington Federal is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.541% of Washington Federal shares are held by insiders and 87.191% by institutions.
How many people work for Washington Federal?
Latest data suggests 2,082 work at Washington Federal.
When does the fiscal year end for Washington Federal?
Washington Federal's fiscal year ends in September.
Where is Washington Federal based?
Washington Federal's address is: 425 Pike Street, Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
What is Washington Federal's ISIN number?
Washington Federal's international securities identification number is: US9388241096
What is Washington Federal's CUSIP number?
Washington Federal's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 938824109

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site