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How to buy Werner Enterprises stock

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Werner Enterprises, Inc is a trucking business based in the US. Werner Enterprises shares (WERN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Werner Enterprises

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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 Werner Enterprises. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WERN. 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 Werner Enterprises 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 Werner Enterprises, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Werner Enterprises. 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.

Werner Enterprises share price

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Werner Enterprises shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$28.7342 - USD$47.2206
50-day moving average USD$41.8152
200-day moving average USD$42.0745
Wall St. target priceUSD$48.25
PE ratio 17.6591
Dividend yield USD$0.36 (0.84%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.435

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Is it a good time to buy Werner Enterprises stock?

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Is Werner Enterprises under- or over-valued?

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

Werner Enterprises's P/E ratio

Werner Enterprises's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Werner Enterprises shares trade at around 18x 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.

Werner Enterprises's PEG ratio

Werner Enterprises's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.07. 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 Werner Enterprises's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Werner Enterprises's EBITDA

Werner Enterprises's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$480.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Werner Enterprises's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Werner Enterprises financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.59%
Gross profit TTM USD$709.7 million
Return on assets TTM 6.61%
Return on equity TTM 14.66%
Profit margin 7.13%
Book value $17.592
Market capitalisation USD$2.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Werner Enterprises shares

There are currently 1.3 million Werner Enterprises shares held short by investors – that's known as Werner Enterprises's "short interest". This figure is 36.4% down from 2.0 million last month.

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

Werner Enterprises's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Werner Enterprises's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Werner Enterprises shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Werner Enterprises shares traded daily (recently around 595235.61643836). Werner Enterprises's SIR currently stands at 2.19. In other words for every 100,000 Werner Enterprises shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2190 shares are currently held short.

However Werner Enterprises's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Werner Enterprises shares, or, against the total number of tradable Werner Enterprises shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Werner Enterprises's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Werner Enterprises shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0305% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Werner Enterprises shares, roughly 31 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 Werner Enterprises.

Find out more about how you can short Werner Enterprises stock.

Werner Enterprises share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 13.85% of net profits

Recently Werner Enterprises has paid out, on average, around 13.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.84% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Werner Enterprises shareholders could enjoy a 0.84% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Werner Enterprises's case, that would currently equate to about $0.36 per share.

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

Werner Enterprises's most recent dividend payout was on 19 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Werner Enterprises's shares ever split?

Werner Enterprises's shares were split on a 5:4 basis on 1 October 2003. So if you had owned 4 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Werner Enterprises shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 20% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Werner Enterprises shares which in turn could have impacted Werner Enterprises's share price.

Werner Enterprises share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Werner Enterprises's shares have ranged in value from as little as $28.7342 up to $47.2206. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WERN.US volatility(beta: 0.88)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 Werner Enterprises's is 0.8826. This would suggest that Werner Enterprises's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Werner Enterprises overview

Werner Enterprises, Inc., a transportation and logistics company, engages in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in interstate and intrastate commerce in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Truckload Transportation Services and Werner Logistics. The Truckload Transportation Services segment operates medium-to-long-haul van fleet, which transports various consumer nondurable products and other commodities in truckload quantities using dry van trailers; the expedited fleet that offers time-sensitive truckload services using driver teams; regional short-haul fleet, which provides comparable truckload van service in the United States; and temperature controlled fleet that offers truckload services for temperature sensitive products using temperature-controlled trailers. It transports retail store merchandise, consumer products, grocery products, and manufactured products. The Werner Logistics segment provides non-asset-based transportation and logistics services, including truck brokerage; logistics management services and solutions; rail transportation through alliances with rail and drayage providers; management of shipments from origin to destination using a combination of air, ocean, truck, and rail transportation modes; and home and business deliveries of heavy items using liftgate straight truck. As of December 31, 2019, the company had a fleet of 8,000 trucks, which included 7,460 company-operated, as well as 540 owned and operated by independent contractors; 24,145 company-owned trailers that comprised dry vans, flatbeds, and temperature-controlled and other specialized trailers; and 33 intermodal drayage trucks. Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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