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Amgen Inc is a drug manufacturers-general business with stocks listed in the US. Amgen shares (AMGN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$227.98 – a decrease of 3.28% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Amgen
- 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 Amgen. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AMGN. 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 Amgen 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$227.98, 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 Amgen, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Amgen. 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.
What's in this guide?
- Amgen key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Amgen stock a buy or sell?
- Amgen performance over time
- Can I short Amgen shares?
- Is Amgen suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Amgen shares over-valued?
- Amgen's financials
- How volatile are Amgen shares?
- Does Amgen pay a dividend?
- Have Amgen shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Amgen's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Amgen's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was US$227.98, which is 2.28% up on its pre-crash value of US$222.79 and 28.77% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as US$177.05.
If you had bought US$1,000 worth of Amgen shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth US$857.14 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth US$1,050.99.
Amgen share priceUse our graph to track the performance of AMGN stocks over time.
Amgen shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$173.5108 - US$261.431|
|50-day moving average||US$227.8927|
|200-day moving average||US$238.7784|
|Dividend yield||US$7.04 (2.96%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$12.399|
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Is it a good time to buy Amgen stock?
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Amgen price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-12)||-3.64%|
|1 month (2020-12-18)||-0.22%|
|3 months (2020-10-19)||-1.18%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||-11.79%|
|1 year (2020-01-17)||-5.59%|
|2 years (2019-01-18)||11.82%|
|3 years (2018-01-19)||20.45%|
|5 years (2016-01-19)||50.68%|
Is Amgen under- or over-valued?
Valuing Amgen stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Amgen's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Amgen's P/E ratio
Amgen'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, Amgen 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.
Amgen's PEG ratio
Amgen's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5407. 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 Amgen's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Amgen's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$12.6 billion (£9.3 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Amgen's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$25 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||37.57%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$19 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.45%|
|Return on equity TTM||67.18%|
|Market capitalisation||US$137.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Amgen shares
There are currently 6.9 million Amgen shares held short by investors – that's known as Amgen's "short interest". This figure is 6.1% up from 6.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Amgen shares can be evaluated.
Amgen's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Amgen's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Amgen shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Amgen shares traded daily (recently around 2.5 million). Amgen's SIR currently stands at 2.8. In other words for every 100,000 Amgen shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2800 shares are currently held short.
However Amgen's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Amgen shares, or, against the total number of tradable Amgen shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Amgen's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Amgen shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0119% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Amgen 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 Amgen.
Find out more about how you can short Amgen stock.
Amgen'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 Amgen.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Amgen's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 20.95
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Amgen's overall score of 20.95 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 24th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Amgen 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.).
Amgen's environmental score
Environmental score: 1.53/100
Amgen's environmental score of 1.53 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amgen is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Amgen's social score
Social score: 15.13/100
Amgen's social score of 15.13 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amgen is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Amgen's governance score
Governance score: 5.8/100
Amgen's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Amgen is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Amgen's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Amgen scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Amgen has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.95|
|Total ESG percentile||23.7|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||2|
Amgen share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 39.93% of net profits
Recently Amgen has paid out, on average, around 39.93% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.96% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Amgen shareholders could enjoy a 2.96% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Amgen's case, that would currently equate to about $7.04 per share.
While Amgen's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Amgen may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Amgen's most recent dividend payout was on 8 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Amgen's shares ever split?
Amgen's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 22 November 1999. 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 Amgen shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Amgen shares which in turn could have impacted Amgen's share price.
Amgen share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Amgen's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$173.5108 up to US$261.431. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Amgen's is 0.7616. This would suggest that Amgen's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Amgen Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics worldwide. It focuses on inflammation, oncology/hematology, bone health, cardiovascular disease, nephrology and neuroscience areas. The company's products include Enbrel to treat plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis; Neulasta, a pegylated protein to treat cancer patients; Prolia to treat postmenopausal women with osteoporosis; Xgeva for skeletal-related events prevention; Aranesp to treat a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells and anemia; KYPROLIS to treat patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma; Sensipar/Mimpara to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism; and EPOGEN to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. It also markets other products in various markets, including Nplate, Vectibix, Repatha, Parsabiv, BLINCYTO, Aimovig, NEUPOGEN, Otezla, AMGEVITA, KANJINTI, EVENITY, IMLYGIC, MVASI, and Corlanor. Amgen Inc. serves healthcare providers, including physicians or their clinics, dialysis centers, hospitals, and pharmacies. It distributes its products through pharmaceutical wholesale distributors, as well as direct-to-consumer channels. The company has collaboration agreements with Novartis; UCB; Bayer HealthCare LLC; BeiGene, Ltd.; QIAGEN N.V.; Adaptive Biotechnologies; and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as has a strategic agreement with McKesson Corporation to help improve cancer care in community oncology settings. Amgen Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.
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