Friday, March 21, 2014

Stock Prices- Updated

Sorry, but my original table had the wrong dividend yields. Table has been updated as have some wording.

A stock priced at $60 is not necessarily cheaper than a stock priced at $70. Stock prices are relative. It is like all stocks are priced in different currencies and you need to know the currency exchange rate to determine if a stock is relatively cheap or expensive. That is you need a common point of reference.

One simple way is to use the dividend yield. So if you wanted to find the cheapest, say bank stock, you could look at the dividend yield of all the banks and the one with the highest dividend yield would probably be the one that is relatively cheaper. This is not an exact science.

Below I have listed all the big five Canadian banks and ordered them by dividend yield. For dividend yield, the higher the yield generally, the lower the relative price. The other ratios I have looked at are Price/Earnings, Price/Sales and Price/Book Value. For the other ratios, generally the lower the ratio is the lower the relative price.

The Bank of Montreal has the highest yield so is the cheapest as far as yield goes. However, the CIBC has a lower P/E Ratios, so that on a P/E Ratio basis it is the relatively lowest priced bank. The price per share is the highest of the 5 banks. I pulled these figures from a website on March 23, 2014.

Stock Symbol Div Yield P/E P/S P/B Price
Bank of Montreal TSX-BMO 4.16% 11.7 2.9 1.7 $73.05
CIBC TSX-CM 4.09% 10.4 2.9 2.3 $95.88
Bank of Nova ScotiaTSX-BNS 3.95% 12.4 3.6 1.9 $64.86
Royal Bank TSX-RY 3.94% 13.0 3.3 2.3 $72.16
Toronto-Dominion Bank TSX-TD 3.65% 14.3 3.9 1.9 $51.54

On my other blog I am today writing about TransAlta Corp. (TSX-TA, NYSE-TAC) ...continue...

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  1. These yields are all wrong. TD @ 1.88% should have tipped you off. If you didn't notice this... I need to stop reading this site.

    1. You are right I should have noticed I had the wrong yields because they were low, especially the one for the TD bank. I have updated the notes and table.