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How to buy WRGrace-and-Co stock | $55.22

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W. R. Grace & Co is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. WRGrace-and-Co shares (GRA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. WRGrace-and-Co employs 4,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.8 billion.

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  3. Search for WRGrace-and-Co. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GRA. 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 WRGrace-and-Co 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. At last close price of USD$55.22, 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 WRGrace-and-Co, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of WRGrace-and-Co. 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.

WRGrace-and-Co share price

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WRGrace-and-Co shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$55.22
52-week rangeUSD$26.2681 - USD$70.2007
50-day moving average USD$54.9124
200-day moving average USD$48.1006
Wall St. target priceUSD$63.25
PE ratio 273.8119
Dividend yield USD$1.2 (2.2%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.202

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Is it a good time to buy WRGrace-and-Co stock?

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WRGrace-and-Co price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $55.22 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-15) -12.70%
1 month (2020-12-23) 1.19%
3 months (2020-10-22) 15.74%
6 months (2020-07-22) 10.51%
1 year (2020-01-22) -21.97%
2 years (2019-01-22) -19.57%
3 years (2018-01-22) 73.13
5 years (2016-01-22) 69.1747

Is WRGrace-and-Co under- or over-valued?

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

WRGrace-and-Co's P/E ratio

WRGrace-and-Co's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 274x. In other words, WRGrace-and-Co shares trade at around 274x 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.

WRGrace-and-Co's EBITDA

WRGrace-and-Co's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$337.2 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a WRGrace-and-Co's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

WRGrace-and-Co financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.33%
Gross profit TTM USD$797.3 million
Return on assets TTM 3.96%
Return on equity TTM 2.88%
Profit margin 0.76%
Book value $4.782
Market capitalisation USD$3.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting WRGrace-and-Co shares

There are currently 555,049 WRGrace-and-Co shares held short by investors – that's known as WRGrace-and-Co's "short interest". This figure is 25.8% down from 748,489 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting WRGrace-and-Co shares can be evaluated.

WRGrace-and-Co's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

WRGrace-and-Co's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of WRGrace-and-Co shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of WRGrace-and-Co shares traded daily (recently around 423701.52671756). WRGrace-and-Co's SIR currently stands at 1.31. In other words for every 100,000 WRGrace-and-Co shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1310 shares are currently held short.

However WRGrace-and-Co's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of WRGrace-and-Co shares, or, against the total number of tradable WRGrace-and-Co shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case WRGrace-and-Co's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 WRGrace-and-Co shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0099% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable WRGrace-and-Co shares, roughly 10 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 WRGrace-and-Co.

Find out more about how you can short WRGrace-and-Co stock.

WRGrace-and-Co share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 39.09% of net profits

Recently WRGrace-and-Co has paid out, on average, around 39.09% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.2% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WRGrace-and-Co shareholders could enjoy a 2.2% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WRGrace-and-Co's case, that would currently equate to about $1.2 per share.

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

WRGrace-and-Co's most recent dividend payout was on 9 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have WRGrace-and-Co's shares ever split?

WRGrace-and-Co's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 11 December 1987. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WRGrace-and-Co shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WRGrace-and-Co shares which in turn could have impacted WRGrace-and-Co's share price.

WRGrace-and-Co share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, WRGrace-and-Co's shares have ranged in value from as little as $26.2681 up to $70.2007. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GRA.US volatility(beta: 1.48)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 WRGrace-and-Co's is 1.4835. This would suggest that WRGrace-and-Co's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

WRGrace-and-Co overview

W. R. Grace & Co., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. It operates through two segments, Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment offers fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts for the production of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels, and petrochemicals; and FCC additives. This segment also provides hydro processing catalysts used in process reactors to upgrade heavy oils into lighter products; polyolefin and chemical catalysts used for the production of polypropylene and polyethylene thermoplastic resins; and chemical catalysts, as well as gas-phase polypropylene process technology to manufacture polypropylene products. The Grace Materials Technologies segment offers silica-based and silica-alumina-based materials for use in consumer/pharma, coatings, and chemical process applications. W. R. Grace & Co. was founded in 1854 and is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.

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