Virtu Financial, Inc (VIRT) is a leading capital markets business based in the US. Virtu Financial is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 1,012 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$14.887 - $28.2903|
|50-day moving average||$24.5261|
|200-day moving average||$24.2098|
|Wall St. target price||$26.91|
|Dividend yield||$0.96 (3.86%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$4.181|
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Valuing Virtu Financial stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Virtu Financial's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Virtu Financial's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Virtu Financial shares trade at around 6x 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.
|Revenue TTM||$2.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||41.95%|
|Gross profit TTM||$495.1 million|
|Return on assets TTM||9.6%|
|Return on equity TTM||57.6%|
|Market capitalisation||$4.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 2.2 million Virtu Financial shares held short by investors – that's known as Virtu Financial's "short interest". This figure is 10.7% down from 2.4 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Virtu Financial shares can be evaluated.
Virtu Financial's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Virtu Financial shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Virtu Financial shares traded daily (recently around 807524.25373134). Virtu Financial's SIR currently stands at 2.68. In other words for every 100,000 Virtu Financial shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2680 shares are currently held short.
However Virtu Financial's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Virtu Financial shares, or, against the total number of tradable Virtu Financial shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Virtu Financial's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Virtu Financial shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0262% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Virtu Financial shares, roughly 26 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 Virtu Financial.
Find out more about how you can short Virtu Financial stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 19.75% of net profits
Recently Virtu Financial has paid out, on average, around 19.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Virtu Financial shareholders could enjoy a 3.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Virtu Financial's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 per share.
While Virtu Financial's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Virtu Financial is investing more in its future growth.
Virtu Financial's most recent dividend payout was on 15 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Virtu Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.887 up to $28.2903. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Virtu Financial's is -0.2658. This would suggest that Virtu Financial's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, Virtu Financial has bucked the trend.
Virtu Financial, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides market making and liquidity services through its proprietary, multi-asset, and multi-currency technology platform to the financial markets worldwide. The company's Market Making segment principally consists of market making in the cash, futures, and options markets across equities, options, fixed income, currencies, and commodities. Its Execution Services segment comprises agency-based trading and trading venues, which offer execution services in equities, ETFs, futures, fixed income, currencies, and commodities to institutions, banks, and broker dealers. Virtu Financial, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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