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AMC shares have been highly volatile over the past few days after the company found itself caught up in an unprecedented social media frenzy.
The commotion is largely down to small investors on Reddit forum WallStreetBets. Inspired forum members set on a mission to drive up the price of GameStop stock, which had been deliberately shorted by big-time investors.
The tactic saw huge success. GameStop (GME) stock climbed by more than 300%. Users quickly began to replicate the tactic elsewhere and AMC was drawn in, its price jumping to a close of $19.88 up from the previous day's close of just $5.
However, in a controversial move, several platforms halted or restricted trading across a number of stocks. They include GameStop (GME) and AMC. Unsurprisingly, this sent prices plummeting. AMC closed at $8.63.
Update: As of 4 February, the following brokers told Finder that AMC is available for Australians to trade: CMC Markets, SelfWealth, Saxo Capital Markets (no shorting). Note that this could change at any time depending on offshore conditions.
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc (AMC) is a leading entertainment business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$8.18 after a previous close of US$8.285. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD7.6301 to a high of USD9.005. The latest price was USD8.01 (25 minute delay). AMC Entertainment is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in AMC Entertainment
- 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.
- 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.
- Search for AMC Entertainment. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AMC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until AMC Entertainment reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$8.29, 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 AMC Entertainment, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of AMC Entertainment. 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.
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What's in this guide?
- AMC Entertainment key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is AMC Entertainment stock a buy or sell?
- AMC Entertainment performance over time
- Can I short AMC Entertainment shares?
- Are AMC Entertainment shares over-valued?
- AMC Entertainment's financials
- How volatile are AMC Entertainment shares?
- Does AMC Entertainment pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
AMC Entertainment share priceUse our graph to track the performance of AMC stocks over time.
AMC Entertainment shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$1.91 - US$17.25|
|50-day moving average||US$5.4915|
|200-day moving average||US$4.4582|
|Dividend yield||US$0.03 (0.46%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$-0.62|
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Is it a good time to buy AMC Entertainment stock?
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AMC Entertainment price performance over time
|1 week (2021-02-19)||40.53%|
|1 month (2021-01-27)||-59.75%|
|3 months (2020-11-27)||80.00%|
|6 months (2020-08-27)||22.85%|
|1 year (2020-02-27)||31.53%|
|2 years (2019-02-27)||-42.25%|
|3 years (2018-02-27)||-49.14%|
|5 years (2016-02-26)||-65.62%|
Is AMC Entertainment under- or over-valued?
Valuing AMC Entertainment stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of AMC Entertainment's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
AMC Entertainment's PEG ratio
AMC Entertainment's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.42. 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 AMC Entertainment's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
AMC Entertainment's EBITDA
AMC Entertainment's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$45.8 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a AMC Entertainment's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
AMC Entertainment financials
|Revenue TTM||US$2.5 billion|
|Gross profit TTM||US$918.6 million|
|Return on assets TTM||-4.92%|
|Return on equity TTM||0%|
|Market capitalisation||US$2.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting AMC Entertainment shares
There are currently 37.7 million AMC Entertainment shares held short by investors – that's known as AMC Entertainment's "short interest". This figure is 3.3% down from 39.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting AMC Entertainment shares can be evaluated.
AMC Entertainment's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
AMC Entertainment's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of AMC Entertainment shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of AMC Entertainment shares traded daily (recently around 164.0 million). AMC Entertainment's SIR currently stands at 0.23. In other words for every 100,000 AMC Entertainment shares traded daily on the market, roughly 230 shares are currently held short.
However AMC Entertainment's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of AMC Entertainment shares, or, against the total number of tradable AMC Entertainment shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case AMC Entertainment's short interest could be expressed as 0.11% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 AMC Entertainment shares in existence, roughly 110 shares are currently held short) or 0.157% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable AMC Entertainment shares, roughly 157 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 AMC Entertainment.
Find out more about how you can short AMC Entertainment stock.
AMC Entertainment share dividends
We're not expecting AMC Entertainment to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
AMC Entertainment share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, AMC Entertainment's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$1.91 up to US$17.25. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while AMC Entertainment's is 1.4461. This would suggest that AMC Entertainment's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
AMC Entertainment overview
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, involved in the theatrical exhibition business. The company owns, operates, or has interests in theatres. As of March 17, 2020, it operated approximately 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens in the United States and internationally. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas. AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.
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