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How to buy Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation stock

Own Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation stock in just a few minutes.

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Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation is a reit-mortgage business based in the US. Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares (WMC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation

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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 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WMC. 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 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation 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 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation. 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.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation share price

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Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$1.3133 - USD$10.3526
50-day moving average USD$3.0355
200-day moving average USD$2.6488
Wall St. target priceUSD$2
PE ratio 1.9927
Dividend yield USD$0.36 (11.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.806

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Is it a good time to buy Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation stock?

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Is Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's P/E ratio

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 2x. In other words, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares trade at around 2x 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.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's PEG ratio

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.73. 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 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation financials

Operating margin TTM 113.6%
Gross profit TTM USD$92.7 million
Return on assets TTM -7.43%
Return on equity TTM -80.44%
Profit margin 0%
Book value $4.075
Market capitalisation USD$187.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares

There are currently 4.3 million Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 2.3% down from 4.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 916874.14529915). Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's SIR currently stands at 4.68. In other words for every 100,000 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4680 shares are currently held short.

However Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.07% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares in existence, roughly 70 shares are currently held short) or 0.0809% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shares, roughly 81 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 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation stock.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation share dividends

22%

Dividend payout ratio: 22% of net profits

Recently Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation has paid out, on average, around 22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 7.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.36 per share.

While Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 26 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1.3133 up to $10.3526. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WMC.US volatility(beta: 2.17)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 Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's is 2.167. This would suggest that Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation overview

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It focuses on acquiring, investing in, financing, and managing a portfolio of agency and non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities, residential whole-loans, residential bridge loans, securitized commercial loans, and other financial assets. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Pasadena, California.

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