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W. R. Berkley Corporation (WRB) is a leading insurance-property & casualty business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$75.53 after a previous close of US$75.44. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD74.96 to a high of USD76.635. The latest price was USD76.05 (25 minute delay). WRBerkley Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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- Search for WRBerkley Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WRB. 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 WRBerkley Corporation 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$77.3, 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 WRBerkley Corporation, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of WRBerkley 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.
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- WRBerkley Corporation key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is WRBerkley Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- WRBerkley Corporation performance over time
- Can I short WRBerkley Corporation shares?
- Is WRBerkley Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are WRBerkley Corporation shares over-valued?
- WRBerkley Corporation's financials
- How volatile are WRBerkley Corporation shares?
- Does WRBerkley Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have WRBerkley Corporation shares ever split?
- Other common questions
WRBerkley Corporation share priceUse our graph to track the performance of WRB stocks over time.
WRBerkley Corporation shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$54.0474 - US$82.43|
|50-day moving average||US$78.862|
|200-day moving average||US$72.0334|
|Dividend yield||US$0.48 (0.64%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$4.066|
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WRBerkley Corporation price performance over time
|1 month (2021-05-14)||-5.52%|
|3 months (2021-03-16)||-0.21%|
|6 months (2020-12-16)||15.16%|
|1 year (2020-06-16)||29.87%|
|2 years (2019-06-14)||15.89%|
|3 years (2018-06-15)||0.92%|
|5 years (2016-06-16)||36.36%|
Is WRBerkley Corporation under- or over-valued?
Valuing WRBerkley Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of WRBerkley Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
WRBerkley Corporation's P/E ratio
WRBerkley 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 19x. In other words, WRBerkley Corporation shares trade at around 19x 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.
WRBerkley Corporation's PEG ratio
WRBerkley Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.047. 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 WRBerkley 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.
WRBerkley Corporation's EBITDA
WRBerkley Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.3 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a WRBerkley Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
WRBerkley Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||US$8.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||14.05%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$3.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.65%|
|Return on equity TTM||12.84%|
|Market capitalisation||US$13.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting WRBerkley Corporation shares
There are currently 1.7 million WRBerkley Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as WRBerkley Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4.9% up from 1.6 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting WRBerkley Corporation shares can be evaluated.
WRBerkley Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
WRBerkley Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of WRBerkley Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of WRBerkley Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 617818.47826087). WRBerkley Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.76. In other words for every 100,000 WRBerkley Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2760 shares are currently held short.
However WRBerkley Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of WRBerkley Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable WRBerkley Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case WRBerkley Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 WRBerkley Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0121% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable WRBerkley Corporation shares, roughly 12 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 WRBerkley Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short WRBerkley Corporation stock.
WRBerkley 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 WRBerkley Corporation.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
WRBerkley Corporation's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 35.42
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and WRBerkley Corporation's overall score of 35.42 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 54th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like WRBerkley 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.).
WRBerkley Corporation's environmental score
Environmental score: 9.33/100
WRBerkley Corporation's environmental score of 9.33 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WRBerkley Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
WRBerkley Corporation's social score
Social score: 18.91/100
WRBerkley Corporation's social score of 18.91 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WRBerkley Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
WRBerkley Corporation's governance score
Governance score: 20.18/100
WRBerkley Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that WRBerkley Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
WRBerkley Corporation's controversy score
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. WRBerkley Corporation scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that WRBerkley Corporation has managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||35.42|
|Total ESG percentile||54.16|
|Environmental score percentile||9|
|Social score percentile||9|
|Governance score percentile||9|
|Level of controversy||1|
WRBerkley Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 17.71% of net profits
Recently WRBerkley Corporation has paid out, on average, around 17.71% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.64% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WRBerkley Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.64% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WRBerkley Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.48 per share.
While WRBerkley Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that WRBerkley Corporation is investing more in its future growth.
WRBerkley Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 23 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have WRBerkley Corporation's shares ever split?
WRBerkley Corporation's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 2 April 2019. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WRBerkley Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WRBerkley Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted WRBerkley Corporation's share price.
WRBerkley Corporation share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, WRBerkley Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$54.0474 up to US$82.43. 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 WRBerkley Corporation's is 0.8283. This would suggest that WRBerkley Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
WRBerkley Corporation overview
W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as a commercial lines writer in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. The Insurance segment underwrites commercial insurance business, including premises operations, commercial automobile, property, products liability, and general and professional liability lines. It also provides workers' compensation insurance products; accident and health insurance and reinsurance products; insurance for commercial risks; specialty environmental products for contractors, consultants, and property owners and facilities operators; specialized insurance coverages for fine arts and jewelry exposures; umbrella and excess liability coverage products; and liquor liability and inland marine coverage for small to medium-sized insureds. In addition, this segment offers directors and officers, and surety risk products, as well as products for technology, and life sciences and travel industries; cyber risk solutions; casualty, group life, and crime and fidelity related insurance products; personal lines insurance solutions, including home, condo/co-op, auto, and collectibles; automobile, law enforcement, public officials and educator's legal, and employment practices liability, as well as incidental medical insurance products; and at-risk and alternative risk insurance program management services. The Reinsurance & Monoline Excess segment provides other insurance companies and self-insureds with assistance in managing their net risk through reinsurance on a portfolio basis through treaty reinsurance or on an individual basis through facultative reinsurance. W. R. Berkley Corporation was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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