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How to buy WESCO International stock

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WESCO International, Inc is an industrial distribution business based in the US. WESCO International shares (WCC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. WESCO International employs 18,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.3 billion.

How to buy shares in WESCO International

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

WESCO International share price

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WESCO International shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$21.86 - USD$95.19
50-day moving average USD$86.1388
200-day moving average USD$70.1861
Wall St. target priceUSD$94.8
PE ratio 57.0066
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.51

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Is it a good time to buy WESCO International stock?

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Is WESCO International under- or over-valued?

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

WESCO International's P/E ratio

WESCO International's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 57x. In other words, WESCO International shares trade at around 57x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

WESCO International's PEG ratio

WESCO International's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9248. 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 WESCO International's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

WESCO International's EBITDA

WESCO International's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$638.5 million.

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

WESCO International financials

Revenue TTM USD$12.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.31%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.93%
Return on equity TTM 3.58%
Profit margin 0.82%
Book value $66.788
Market capitalisation USD$4.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting WESCO International shares

There are currently 1.4 million WESCO International shares held short by investors – that's known as WESCO International's "short interest". This figure is 23.5% down from 1.9 million last month.

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

WESCO International's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

WESCO International's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of WESCO International shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of WESCO International shares traded daily (recently around 472553.66666667). WESCO International's SIR currently stands at 3. In other words for every 100,000 WESCO International shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3000 shares are currently held short.

However WESCO International's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of WESCO International shares, or, against the total number of tradable WESCO International shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case WESCO International's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 WESCO International shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0285% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable WESCO International shares, roughly 29 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 WESCO International.

Find out more about how you can short WESCO International stock.

WESCO International share dividends

We're not expecting WESCO International to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have WESCO International's shares ever split?

WESCO International's shares were split on a 1:57 basis on 10 May 1999. So if you had owned 57 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WESCO International shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 5600% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for WESCO International shares which in turn could have impacted WESCO International's share price.

WESCO International share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, WESCO International's shares have ranged in value from as little as $21.86 up to $95.19. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WCC.US volatility(beta: 2.48)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while WESCO International's is 2.4848. This would suggest that WESCO International's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

WESCO International overview

WESCO International, Inc. provides business-to-business distribution, logistics, and supply chain solutions in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It operates in three segments: Electrical & Electronic Solutions (EES), Communications & Security Solutions (CSS), and Utility and Broadband Solutions (UBS). The EES segment supplies products and supply chain solutions, including electrical equipment and supplies, wires and cables, lubricants, pipes, valves, fittings, fasteners, cutting tools, power transmission products, and safety products, as well as assemblies and components; and provides various value-added services, such as supplier consolidation, design and technical support, just-in-time supply and electronic commerce, and supply chain management services to the construction, industrial, and original equipment manufacturing markets. The CSS segment provides copper and fiber optic cable and connectivity, access control, video surveillance, intrusion and fire/life safety, cabinets, power, cable management, wireless, professional audio/video, voice and networking switches, and other ancillary products; and value-added supply chain solutions, including inventory management, product packaging and enhancement, and customized supply chain services to the network infrastructure and security markets. The UBS segment supplies electrical transmission and distribution, power plant maintenance, repair and operations supplies, and smart-grid products; arranges materials management and procurement outsourcing services for the power generation, transmission, and distribution industries; and offers conductors, transformers, overhead transmission and distribution hardware, switches, protective devices and underground distribution products, connectors, critical components, and lighting and conduit products for the investor-owned utilities, public power companies, and contractors. The company was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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