How to buy Lancaster Colony shares

Lancaster Colony shares have fallen -0.32% from their previous closing price ($206.92). Learn how to easily invest in Lancaster Colony shares in the UK.

Lancaster Colony Corporation (LANC) is a publicly traded packaged foods business based in the US which employs around 3,400 staff. Lancaster Colony is listed on the NASDAQ and traded in US dollars. Its current price of $206.25 is 1.8% up on its price a month ago ($202.57).

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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: LANC 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 Lancaster Colony

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 Lancaster Colony), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

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

Is it a good time to buy Lancaster Colony 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 LANC stocks over time.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lancaster Colony's shares have ranged in value from as little as $157.3197 up to $217.3931. 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 Lancaster Colony's is 0.331. This would suggest that Lancaster Colony's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Historical closes compared with the last close of $206.25

1 week (2024-02-22)3.22%
1 month (2024-02-01)1.82%
3 months (2023-11-30)23.36%
6 months (2023-08-31)24.36%
1 year (2023-03-01)8.74%
2 years (2022-03-01)26.85%
3 years (2021-03-01)18.02%
5 years (2019-02-28)31.41%

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 Lancaster Colony 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 Lancaster Colony P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Lancaster Colony's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 44x. In other words, Lancaster Colony shares trade at around 44x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United States stock markets on average as of November 09, 2023 (20.44). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Lancaster Colony's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 8.47. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

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

Lancaster Colony's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $244.1 million (£0.0 million).

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

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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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