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How to buy AstraZeneca shares

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AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) is a leading drug manufacturers-general business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$50.14 after a previous close of US$50.81. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD49.69 to a high of USD50.17. The latest price was USD49.97 (25 minute delay). AstraZeneca is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in AstraZeneca

  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 AstraZeneca. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AZN. 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 AstraZeneca 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$48.91, 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 AstraZeneca, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of AstraZeneca. 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.

AstraZeneca share price

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AstraZeneca shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-30.
OpenUS$50.14
HighUS$50.17
LowUS$49.69
CloseUS$49.97
Previous closeUS$50.81
Change US$-0.84
Change % -1.6532%
Volume 7,085,042
Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUS$46.48 - US$63.2033
50-day moving average US$49.2077
200-day moving average US$51.5675
Target priceUS$63.6
PE ratio 41.7077
Dividend yield US$2.8 (5.62%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$1.218

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Is it a good time to buy AstraZeneca stock?

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AstraZeneca price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $49.97

1 week (2021-04-14) 0.26%
1 month (2021-03-19) 1.54%
3 months (2021-01-21) -4.91%
6 months (2020-10-21) -3.10%
1 year (2020-04-21) -0.20%
2 years (2019-04-18) 28.79%
3 years (2018-04-20) 41.40%
5 years (2016-04-21) 65.85%

Is AstraZeneca under- or over-valued?

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

AstraZeneca's P/E ratio

AstraZeneca's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, AstraZeneca shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

AstraZeneca's PEG ratio

AstraZeneca's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2527. 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 AstraZeneca's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

AstraZeneca's EBITDA

AstraZeneca's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$6.8 billion (£4.9 billion).

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

AstraZeneca financials

Revenue TTM US$26.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.58%
Gross profit TTM US$21.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.05%
Return on equity TTM 20.8%
Profit margin 12.01%
Book value 5.9505
Market capitalisation US$133.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting AstraZeneca shares

There are currently 98.6 million AstraZeneca shares held short by investors – that's known as AstraZeneca's "short interest". This figure is 3.8% up from 94.9 million last month.

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

AstraZeneca's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

AstraZeneca's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of AstraZeneca shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of AstraZeneca shares traded daily (recently around 11.0 million). AstraZeneca's SIR currently stands at 9. In other words for every 100,000 AstraZeneca shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9000 shares are currently held short.

However AstraZeneca's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of AstraZeneca shares, or, against the total number of tradable AstraZeneca shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case AstraZeneca's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 AstraZeneca shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable AstraZeneca shares, roughly 0 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 AstraZeneca.

Find out more about how you can short AstraZeneca stock.

AstraZeneca share dividends

70%

Dividend payout ratio: 69.83% of net profits

Recently AstraZeneca has paid out, on average, around 69.83% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.81% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), AstraZeneca shareholders could enjoy a 2.81% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In AstraZeneca's case, that would currently equate to about $2.8 per share.

AstraZeneca'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.

AstraZeneca's most recent dividend payout was on 28 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have AstraZeneca's shares ever split?

AstraZeneca's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 July 2015. 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 AstraZeneca shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for AstraZeneca shares which in turn could have impacted AstraZeneca's share price.

AstraZeneca share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, AstraZeneca's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$46.48 up to US$63.2033. 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 AstraZeneca's is 0.1932. This would suggest that AstraZeneca's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

AstraZeneca overview

AstraZeneca PLC discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes prescription medicines in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular, renal and metabolism, respiratory, infection, neuroscience, and gastroenterology worldwide. The company's marketed products include Tagrisso, Lynparza, Imfinzi, Enhertu, Koselugo, Lumoxiti, Equidacent, Zoladex, Faslodex, Iressa, Arimidex, Casodex/Cosudex, and others for oncology diseases; Onglyza, Bydureon, Lokelma, Byetta, Qtern, Symlin, and others for cardiovascular, renal, and metabolism diseases; and Symbicort, Pulmicort, Fasenra, Daliresp/Daxas, Duaklir, Tudorza/Eklira, Bevespi, Breztri, Anifrolumab, and others for respiratory and immunology diseases. It also offers other medicines and COVID-19 products, including Synagis, Fluenz Tetra/FluMist Quadrivalent, Seroquel IR/Seroquel XR, Vimovo, Movantik/Moventig, Nexium, Losec/Prilosec, and COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. The company serves primary care and specialty care physicians through distributors and local representative offices. It has a collaboration agreement with Daiichi Sankyo to develop and commercialize DS-1062 for the treatment of trophoblast cell-surface antigen 2 (TROP2) tumor; AliveCor, Inc. to develop non-invasive potassium monitoring solutions; and with Massachusetts General Hospital to accelerate digital health solutions. The company was formerly known as Zeneca Group PLC and changed its name to AstraZeneca PLC in April 1999. AstraZeneca PLC was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Cambridge, the United Kingdom.

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