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Albemarle Corporation (ALB) is a leading specialty chemicals business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$168.92 after a previous close of US$167.78. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD167.63 to a high of USD170.3931. The latest price was USD170.18 (25 minute delay). Albemarle Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Albemarle Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Albemarle Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ALB. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Albemarle Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$173.54, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Albemarle Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Albemarle Corporation. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Albemarle Corporation share price

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Albemarle Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-11.
OpenUS$168.92
HighUS$170.3931
LowUS$167.63
CloseUS$170.18
Previous closeUS$167.78
Change US$2.4
Change % 1.4304%
Volume 680,915
Information last updated 2021-06-10.
52-week rangeUS$71.7262 - US$187.8677
50-day moving average US$163.5271
200-day moving average US$156.2399
Target priceUS$162.13
PE ratio 52.0352
Dividend yield US$1.545 (0.88%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.351

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Is it a good time to buy Albemarle Corporation stock?

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Albemarle Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $170.18

1 month (2021-05-12) 10.08%
3 months (2021-03-12) 8.20%
6 months (2020-12-11) 22.74%
1 year (2020-06-12) 120.10%
2 years (2019-06-12) 135.77%
3 years (2018-06-12) 77.75%
5 years (2016-06-10) 113.18%

Is Albemarle Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Albemarle Corporation's P/E ratio

Albemarle Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 52x. In other words, Albemarle Corporation shares trade at around 52x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Albemarle Corporation's PEG ratio

Albemarle Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.7269. 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 Albemarle Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Albemarle Corporation's EBITDA

Albemarle Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$821.7 million.

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

Albemarle Corporation financials

Revenue TTM US$3.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.05%
Gross profit TTM US$995.6 million
Return on assets TTM 3.61%
Return on equity TTM 8.83%
Profit margin 11.31%
Book value 49.233
Market capitalisation US$20.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Albemarle Corporation shares

There are currently 1.8 million Albemarle Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Albemarle Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 14.2% down from 2.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Albemarle Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Albemarle Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Albemarle Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Albemarle Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Albemarle Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). Albemarle Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.76. In other words for every 100,000 Albemarle Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1760 shares are currently held short.

However Albemarle Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Albemarle Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Albemarle Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Albemarle Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Albemarle Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0178% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Albemarle Corporation shares, roughly 18 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 Albemarle Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Albemarle Corporation stock.

Albemarle Corporation'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 Albemarle Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Albemarle Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 41.74

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Albemarle Corporation's overall score of 41.74 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 84th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Albemarle Corporation 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.).

Albemarle Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 21.59/100

Albemarle Corporation's environmental score of 21.59 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Albemarle Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Albemarle Corporation's social score

Social score: 15.41/100

Albemarle Corporation's social score of 15.41 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Albemarle Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Albemarle Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 13.74/100

Albemarle Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Albemarle Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Albemarle Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Albemarle Corporation scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Albemarle Corporation has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Albemarle Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 41.74
Total ESG percentile 84.08
Environmental score 21.59
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 15.41
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 13.74
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Albemarle Corporation share dividends

37%

Dividend payout ratio: 36.73% of net profits

Recently Albemarle Corporation has paid out, on average, around 36.73% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.89% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Albemarle Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.89% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Albemarle Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.545 per share.

While Albemarle Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Albemarle Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Albemarle Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 30 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Albemarle Corporation's shares ever split?

Albemarle Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 March 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Albemarle Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Albemarle Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Albemarle Corporation's share price.

Albemarle Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Albemarle Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$71.7262 up to US$187.8677. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALB.US volatility(beta: 1.55)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Albemarle Corporation's is 1.5516. This would suggest that Albemarle Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Albemarle Corporation overview

Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. It operates through three segments: Lithium, Bromine Specialties, and Catalysts. The Lithium segment offers lithium compounds, including lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, and lithium specialties; and reagents, such as butyllithium and lithium aluminum hydride for use in lithium batteries for consumer electronics and electric vehicles, high performance greases, thermoplastic elastomers for car tires, rubber soles, plastic bottles, catalysts for chemical reactions, organic synthesis processes in the areas of steroid chemistry and vitamins, life sciences, pharmaceutical industry, and other markets. It also provides cesium products for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; zirconium, barium, and titanium products for pyrotechnical applications; technical services for the handling and use of reactive lithium products; and lithium-containing by-products recycling services. The Bromine Specialties segment offers bromine and bromine-based fire safety solutions; specialty chemicals, including elemental bromine, alkyl and inorganic bromides, brominated powdered activated carbon, and other bromine fine chemicals for use in chemical synthesis, oil and gas well drilling and completion fluids, mercury control, water purification, beef and poultry processing, and other industrial applications; and other specialty chemicals, such as tertiary amines, biocides, disinfectants, and sanitizers. The Catalysts segment provides hydroprocessing, isomerization, and akylation catalysts; fluidized catalytic cracking catalysts and additives; and organometallics and curatives. The company serves the energy storage, petroleum refining, consumer electronics, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, and custom chemistry services markets. Albemarle Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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