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WEC Energy Group, Inc (WEC) is a leading utilities-regulated electric business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$90.66 after a previous close of US$90.67. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD90.12 to a high of USD91.14. The latest price was USD90.17 (25 minute delay). WEC Energy Group is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in WEC Energy Group

  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 WEC Energy Group. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WEC. 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 WEC Energy Group 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$93.59, 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 WEC Energy Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of WEC Energy Group. 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.

WEC Energy Group share price

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WEC Energy Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$90.66
HighUS$91.14
LowUS$90.12
CloseUS$90.17
Previous closeUS$90.67
Change US$-0.5
Change % -0.5515%
Volume 1,814,643
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$79.9757 - US$104.6164
50-day moving average US$94.9331
200-day moving average US$91.03
Target priceUS$97.31
PE ratio 23.2754
Dividend yield US$2.575 (2.8%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.969

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Is it a good time to buy WEC Energy Group stock?

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WEC Energy Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $90.17

1 week (2021-06-16) -1.91%
1 month (2021-05-21) -6.29%
3 months (2021-03-23) -2.38%
6 months (2020-12-23) 1.68%
1 year (2020-06-23) 3.54%
2 years (2019-06-21) 5.56%
3 years (2018-06-22) 44.76%
5 years (2016-06-23) 43.63%

Is WEC Energy Group under- or over-valued?

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

WEC Energy Group's P/E ratio

WEC Energy 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 23x. In other words, WEC Energy Group shares trade at around 23x 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.

WEC Energy Group's PEG ratio

WEC Energy Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.4483. 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 WEC Energy Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

WEC Energy Group's EBITDA

WEC Energy Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$2.8 billion.

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

WEC Energy Group financials

Revenue TTM US$7.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.61%
Gross profit TTM US$2.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.05%
Return on equity TTM 11.73%
Profit margin 16.07%
Book value 34.134
Market capitalisation US$29.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting WEC Energy Group shares

There are currently 3.3 million WEC Energy Group shares held short by investors – that's known as WEC Energy Group's "short interest". This figure is 20.2% down from 4.1 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting WEC Energy Group shares can be evaluated.

WEC Energy Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

WEC Energy Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of WEC Energy Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of WEC Energy Group shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). WEC Energy Group's SIR currently stands at 2.56. In other words for every 100,000 WEC Energy Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2560 shares are currently held short.

However WEC Energy Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of WEC Energy Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable WEC Energy Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case WEC Energy Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 WEC Energy Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0104% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable WEC Energy Group shares, roughly 10 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 WEC Energy Group.

Find out more about how you can short WEC Energy Group stock.

WEC Energy Group'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 WEC Energy Group.

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

WEC Energy Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.67

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and WEC Energy Group's overall score of 32.67 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 67th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like WEC Energy Group 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.).

WEC Energy Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 21.21/100

WEC Energy Group's environmental score of 21.21 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WEC Energy Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

WEC Energy Group's social score

Social score: 11.24/100

WEC Energy Group's social score of 11.24 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WEC Energy Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

WEC Energy Group's governance score

Governance score: 8.22/100

WEC Energy Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that WEC Energy Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

WEC Energy Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

WEC Energy Group, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.67
Total ESG percentile 67.14
Environmental score 21.21
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 11.24
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 8.22
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 1

WEC Energy Group share dividends

66%

Dividend payout ratio: 65.99% of net profits

Recently WEC Energy Group has paid out, on average, around 65.99% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.95% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WEC Energy Group shareholders could enjoy a 2.95% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WEC Energy Group's case, that would currently equate to about $2.575 per share.

WEC Energy Group's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

WEC Energy Group's most recent dividend payout was on 31 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have WEC Energy Group's shares ever split?

WEC Energy Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 March 2011. 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 WEC Energy Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WEC Energy Group shares which in turn could have impacted WEC Energy Group's share price.

WEC Energy Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, WEC Energy Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$79.9757 up to US$104.6164. 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 WEC Energy Group's is 0.1761. This would suggest that WEC Energy Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

WEC Energy Group overview

WEC Energy Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides regulated natural gas and electricity, and renewable and nonregulated renewable energy services in the United States. The company operates through six segments: Wisconsin, Illinois, Other States, Electric Transmission, Non-Utility Energy Infrastructure, and Corporate and Other. It generates and distributes electricity from coal, natural gas, oil, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and biomass sources; provides electric transmission services; offers retail natural gas distribution services; transports natural gas; and generates, distributes, and sells steam. As of December 31, 2020, it operated approximately 36,100 miles of overhead distribution lines and 34,900 miles of underground distribution cables, as well as 450 electric distribution substations and 507,900 line transformers; 50,300 miles of natural gas distribution mains; 1,100 miles of natural gas transmission mains; 2.3 million natural gas lateral services; 500 natural gas distribution and transmission gate stations; and 68.2 billion cubic feet of working gas capacities in underground natural gas storage fields. The company was formerly known as Wisconsin Energy Corporation and changed its name to WEC Energy Group, Inc. in June 2015. WEC Energy Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1981 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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