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How to buy 2U shares

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2U, Inc is an education & training services business with stocks listed in the US. 2U shares (TWOU) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$41.33 – a decrease of 19.54% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in 2U

  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 2U. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: TWOU. 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 2U 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$41.33, 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 2U, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of 2U. 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.

2U share price

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2U shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-16.
52-week rangeUS$20.2506 - US$59.74
50-day moving average US$38.4993
200-day moving average US$38.8822
Target priceUS$58.58
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$-0.933

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Is it a good time to buy 2U stock?

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2U price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $41.33

1 month (2021-03-22) 8.14%
3 months (2021-01-22) -6.00%

2U financials

Revenue TTM US$774.5 million
Gross profit TTM US$540.7 million
Return on assets TTM -7.77%
Return on equity TTM -26.21%
Profit margin -27.95%
Book value 12.988
Market capitalisation US$2.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting 2U shares

There are currently 11.1 million 2U shares held short by investors – that's known as 2U's "short interest". This figure is 2.7% down from 11.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting 2U shares can be evaluated.

2U's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

2U's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of 2U shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of 2U shares traded daily (recently around 2.1 million). 2U's SIR currently stands at 5.36. In other words for every 100,000 2U shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5360 shares are currently held short.

However 2U's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of 2U shares, or, against the total number of tradable 2U shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case 2U's short interest could be expressed as 0.15% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 2U shares in existence, roughly 150 shares are currently held short) or 0.1522% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable 2U shares, roughly 152 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against 2U.

Find out more about how you can short 2U stock.

2U share dividends

We're not expecting 2U to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

2U share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, 2U's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$20.2506 up to US$59.74. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TWOU.US volatility(beta: 0.96)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while 2U's is 0.9641. This would suggest that 2U's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

2U overview

2U, Inc. operates as an education technology company in the United States, Hong Kong, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in two segments, Degree Program and Alternative Credential. The Degree Program segment provides the technology and services to nonprofit colleges and universities to enable the online delivery of degree programs. This segment targets students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree. The Alternative Credential segment offers online short courses, and technical and skills-based boot camps through nonprofit colleges and universities. This segment targets students seeking to reskill or upskill through shorter duration and lower-priced offerings. It also provides 2UOS, a platform that provides front-end and back-end cloud-based SaaS technology and technology-enabled services. The company was formerly known as 2Tor Inc. and changed its name to 2U, Inc. in October 2012. 2U, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Lanham, Maryland.

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