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How to buy CenterPoint Energy (CNP) stocks in Canada
Learn how to easily invest in CenterPoint Energy stocks.
CenterPoint Energy is an utilities-regulated electric business based in the US. CenterPoint Energy stocks (CNP.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $27.54 – a decrease of 0.98% over the previous week. CenterPoint Energy employs 9,541 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $8.1 billion.
How to buy shares in CenterPoint Energy
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- Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
- Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – CNP – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- 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.
- Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in CenterPoint Energy?
- Has coronavirus impacted CenterPoint Energy shares?
- CenterPoint Energy shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is CenterPoint Energy stock a buy or sell?
- CenterPoint Energy performance over time
- Is CenterPoint Energy suitable for ethical investing?
- Are CenterPoint Energy shares over-valued?
- CenterPoint Energy's financials
- How volatile are CenterPoint Energy shares?
- Does CenterPoint Energy pay a dividend?
- Have CenterPoint Energy shares ever split?
- Other common questions
CenterPoint Energy stock price (NYSE:CNP)Use our graph to track the performance of CNP stocks over time.
CenterPoint Energy shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$27.34|
|52-week range||$18.95 - $28.37|
|50-day moving average||$27.19|
|200-day moving average||$25.75|
|Wall St. target price||$29.20|
|Dividend yield||$0.63 (2.46%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.50|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Is it a good time to buy CenterPoint Energy stock?
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CenterPoint Energy price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-14)||-0.98%|
|1 month (2021-12-23)||-0.65%|
|3 months (2021-10-22)||3.01%|
|6 months (2021-07-23)||8.58%|
|1 year (2021-01-22)||27.52%|
|2 years (2020-01-24)||3.33%|
|3 years (2019-01-24)||30.12|
|5 years (2017-01-24)||6.71%|
Is CenterPoint Energy under- or over-valued?
Valuing CenterPoint Energy stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of CenterPoint Energy's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
CenterPoint Energy's P/E ratio
CenterPoint Energy'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, CenterPoint Energy 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.
CenterPoint Energy's PEG ratio
CenterPoint Energy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.248. 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 CenterPoint Energy's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
CenterPoint Energy's EBITDA
CenterPoint Energy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a CenterPoint Energy's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
CenterPoint Energy financials
|Revenue TTM||$8.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||16.25%|
|Gross profit TTM||$3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.35%|
|Return on equity TTM||1189.41%|
|Market capitalisation||$17.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
CenterPoint Energy's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like CenterPoint Energy.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
CenterPoint Energy's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 29.93
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CenterPoint Energy's overall score of 29.93 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 60th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like CenterPoint Energy is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
CenterPoint Energy's environmental score
Environmental score: 9.4/100
CenterPoint Energy's social score
Social score: 7.48/100
CenterPoint Energy's governance score
Governance score: 3.06/100
CenterPoint Energy's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. CenterPoint Energy scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that CenterPoint Energy has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
CenterPoint Energy share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 42.04% of net profits
Recently CenterPoint Energy has paid out, on average, around 42.04% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CenterPoint Energy shareholders could enjoy a 2.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CenterPoint Energy's case, that would currently equate to about $0.63 per share.
While CenterPoint Energy's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that CenterPoint Energy may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
CenterPoint Energy's most recent dividend payout was on 10 March 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have CenterPoint Energy's shares ever split?
CenterPoint Energy's shares were split on a 1000:843 basis on 1 October 2002. So if you had owned 843 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your CenterPoint Energy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 15.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CenterPoint Energy shares which in turn could have impacted CenterPoint Energy's share price.
CenterPoint Energy share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, CenterPoint Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.9495 up to $28.37. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while CenterPoint Energy's is 0.9716. This would suggest that CenterPoint Energy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
CenterPoint Energy overview
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company operates through Electric, Natural Gas, and Midstream Investments segments. The Electric segment includes electric transmission and distribution services to electric customers and electric generation assets, as well as assets in the wholesale power market. The Natural Gas segment provides natural gas distribution services, as well as home appliance maintenance and repair services to customers in Minnesota; and home repair protection plans to natural gas customers in Texas and Louisiana through a third party. This segment also sells regulated intrastate natural gas, as well as natural gas transportation and storage services for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation customers. The Midstream Investments segment provides natural gas and crude oil gathering, and natural gas processing services to its producer customers, as well as crude oil, condensate, and produced water gathering services to its producer and refiner customers; and interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services to its producer, power plant, local distribution company, and industrial end-user customers.
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