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How to buy Pearson stock in Canada | $11.68

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Pearson plc
-$0.65 (-5.35%)

Pearson is a publishing business based in the US. Pearson stocks (PSO.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $11.33 – a decrease of 2.83% over the previous week. Pearson employs 20,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $3.4 billion.

How to buy Pearson stock in Canada

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  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: PSO in this case.
  5. Research Pearson stocks. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Pearson stocks. It's that simple.

How has Coronavirus impacted Pearson's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Pearson's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $11.68, which is 38.10% up on its pre-crash value of $7.23 and 124.62% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $5.2.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Pearson stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $732.23 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,595.60.

Pearson stock price

Use our graph to track the performance of PSO stocks over time.

Pearson stocks at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-30.
Latest market close$11.68
52-week range$6.022 - $12.39
50-day moving average $11.7386
200-day moving average $11.1823
Wall St. target price$11.9
PE ratio 21.3333
Dividend yield $0.195 (1.64%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.57

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Is it a good time to buy Pearson stock?

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Pearson price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $11.68

1 month (2021-07-02) 0.43%
3 months (2021-04-30) 1.57%

Is Pearson under- or over-valued?

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

Pearson's P/E ratio

Pearson's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Pearson stocks trade at around 21x 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 stocks or simply that they're under-valued.

Pearson's PEG ratio

Pearson's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.6094. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Pearson's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Pearson's EBITDA

Pearson's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$365 million.

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

Pearson financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.07%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.99%
Return on equity TTM 7.33%
Profit margin 9.13%
Book value $5.483
Market capitalisation USD$9.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Pearson stocks

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "PSO.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 1.0 million Pearson stocks held short by investors – that's known as Pearson's "short interest". This figure is 2.4% down from 1.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Pearson stocks can be evaluated.

Pearson's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Pearson's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Pearson stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Pearson stocks traded daily (recently around 148539.58641064). Pearson's SIR currently stands at 6.77. In other words for every 100,000 Pearson stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 6770 stocks are currently held short.

However Pearson's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Pearson stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Pearson stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Pearson's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 Pearson stocks in existence, roughly 0 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0015% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Pearson stocks, roughly 2 stocks are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the stock price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Pearson.

Find out more about how you can short Pearson stock.

Pearson stock dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 1.11% of net profits

Recently Pearson has paid out, on average, around 1.11% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.23% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Pearson shareholders could enjoy a 2.23% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Pearson's case, that would currently equate to about $0.195 per share.

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

Pearson's most recent dividend payout was on 11 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 24 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Pearson stock price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Pearson's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $6.022 up to $12.39. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Pearson's is 0.2947. This would suggest that Pearson's stocks are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Pearson overview

Pearson plc provides educational materials and learning technologies. The company operates in four segments: Global Online Learning, Global Assessment, North America Courseware, and International. It provides test development, processing, and scoring services to governments, educational institutions, corporations, and professional bodies. The company also offers content across the curriculum and a range of education services, including teacher development, educational software, and system-wide solutions, as well as owns and operates colleges and schools comprising virtual schools. It provides content, assessment, and digital services to schools, colleges, and universities, as well as professional and vocational education to learners. Pearson plc was founded in 1844 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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