How to buy Costain Group shares

Costain Group shares have fallen -1.47% from their previous closing price (68p). Learn how to easily invest in Costain Group shares.

Costain Group PLC (COST) is a publicly traded engineering and construction business based in the UK which employs around 3,500 staff. Costain Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and traded in sterling. Its current price of 67p is 4.6% down on its price a month ago (70.2p).

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  2. Open your account. Provide your personal information and sign up.
  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: COST in this case.
  5. Research shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your shares. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Alternative ways to invest in Costain Group

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including Costain Group), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

Costain Group is a major part of the London stock exchange, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

IconFund5-year performanceLink to invest
Invesco iconInvesco S&P 500 (SPXP)70.17%Invest with IGCapital at risk
DWS Xtrackers iconXtrackers S&P 500 Swap (XSPX)69.98%Invest with IGCapital at risk
HSBC iconHSBC S&P 500 (HSPX)68.59%Invest with IGCapital at risk
Vanguard iconVanguard S&P 500 (VUSA)68.24%Capital at risk
iShares iconiShares Core S&P 500 (CSP1)68.20%Invest with eToroCapital at risk
SPDR iconSPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPX5)67.96%Invest with IGCapital at risk

Is it a good time to buy Costain Group stock?

Only you can make the decision on the time to leap... but here's some supporting information and analysis.

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

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Costain Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 40.618 up to 73.6. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

COST.LSE volatility(beta: 2.4)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Costain Group's is 2.402. This would suggest that Costain Group's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Historical closes compared with the last close of 67

1 week (2024-02-15)-2.62%
1 month (2024-01-22)-4.56%
3 months (2023-11-22)15.52%
6 months (2023-08-22)31.37%
1 year (2023-02-22)51.24%
2 years (2022-02-22)48.89%
3 years (2021-02-22)9.84%
5 years (2019-02-21)-82.13%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is Costain Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value. Check out the Costain Group P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Costain Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Costain Group shares trade at around 8x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United Kingdom stock market as of 09 November, 2023 (10). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

However, Costain Group's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the industry or those of similar companies.

Costain Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £39.1 million.

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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