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How to buy Autodesk shares

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Autodesk, Inc (ADSK) is a leading software-application business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$285.76 after a previous close of US$286.36. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD284.2 to a high of USD289.73. The latest price was USD288.87 (25 minute delay). Autodesk is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Autodesk

  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 Autodesk. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ADSK. 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 Autodesk 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$262.19, 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 Autodesk, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Autodesk. 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.

Autodesk share price

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Autodesk shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-21.
OpenUS$285.76
HighUS$289.73
LowUS$284.2
CloseUS$288.87
Previous closeUS$286.36
Change US$2.51
Change % 0.8765%
Volume 880,356
Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUS$166.86 - US$321.13
50-day moving average US$275.3718
200-day moving average US$275.5747
Target priceUS$321.65
PE ratio 54.1085
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$5.44

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Is it a good time to buy Autodesk stock?

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Autodesk price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $288.87

1 week (2021-04-12) -1.91%
1 month (2021-03-19) 10.47%
3 months (2021-01-22) -3.44%
6 months (2020-10-21) 13.72%
1 year (2020-04-21) 69.90%
2 years (2019-04-18) 70.73%
3 years (2018-04-20) 122.05%
5 years (2016-04-21) 380.89%

Is Autodesk under- or over-valued?

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

Autodesk's P/E ratio

Autodesk's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 54x. In other words, Autodesk shares trade at around 54x 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.

Autodesk's PEG ratio

Autodesk's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1149. 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 Autodesk's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Autodesk's EBITDA

Autodesk's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$742 million (£0.0 million).

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

Autodesk financials

Revenue TTM US$3.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.13%
Gross profit TTM US$3.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.03%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 31.88%
Book value 4.397
Market capitalisation US$64.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Autodesk shares

There are currently 2.1 million Autodesk shares held short by investors – that's known as Autodesk's "short interest". This figure is 15.4% down from 2.5 million last month.

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

Autodesk's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Autodesk's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Autodesk shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Autodesk shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). Autodesk's SIR currently stands at 1.43. In other words for every 100,000 Autodesk shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1430 shares are currently held short.

However Autodesk's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Autodesk shares, or, against the total number of tradable Autodesk shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Autodesk's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Autodesk shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0098% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Autodesk shares, roughly 10 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 Autodesk.

Find out more about how you can short Autodesk stock.

Autodesk'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 Autodesk.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Autodesk's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.93

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Autodesk's overall score of 20.93 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 20th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Autodesk 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.).

Autodesk's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.28/100

Autodesk's environmental score of 0.28 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Autodesk is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Autodesk's social score

Social score: 12.27/100

Autodesk's social score of 12.27 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Autodesk is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Autodesk's governance score

Governance score: 4.87/100

Autodesk's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Autodesk is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Autodesk, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.93
Total ESG percentile 19.58
Environmental score 0.28
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 12.27
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 4.87
Governance score percentile 3

Autodesk share dividends

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

Have Autodesk's shares ever split?

Autodesk's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 December 2004. 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 Autodesk shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Autodesk shares which in turn could have impacted Autodesk's share price.

Autodesk share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Autodesk's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$166.86 up to US$321.13. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ADSK.US volatility(beta: 1.34)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 Autodesk's is 1.3387. This would suggest that Autodesk's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Autodesk overview

Autodesk, Inc. provides 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services worldwide. The company offers AutoCAD Civil 3D, a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering, including land development, transportation, and environmental projects; BIM 360, a construction management cloud-based software; AutoCAD, a software for professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization; AutoCAD LT, a drafting and detailing software; computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for computer numeric control machining, inspection, and modelling for manufacturing; Fusion 360, a 3D CAD, CAM, and computer-aided engineering tool; and Industry Collections tools for professionals in architecture, engineering and construction, product design and manufacturing, and media and entertainment collection industries. It also provides Inventor tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, analysis, tooling, visualization, and documentation; Vault, a data management software to manage data in one central location, accelerate design processes, and streamline internal/external collaboration; Maya and 3ds Max software products that offer 3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing solutions; and Shotgun, a cloud-based software for review and production tracking in the media and entertainment industry. In addition, the company offers PlanGrid, a cloud-based field collaboration software, which provides general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and architects access to construction information in real-time; Revit software for building information modeling; and BuildingConnected, a bid-management solution. Autodesk, Inc. sells its products and services to customers directly, as well as through a network of resellers and distributors. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

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