How to buy Comcast (CMCSA) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Comcast shares.
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Comcast Corp (CMCSA) is a leading telecom services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$39.01 after a previous close of US$39.33. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD38.5 to a high of USD39.66. The latest price was USD39.24 (25 minute delay). Comcast is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Comcast
- 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 Comcast. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CMCSA. 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 Comcast 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$39.33, 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 Comcast, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Comcast. 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?
- Comcast key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Comcast stock a buy or sell?
- Comcast performance over time
- Is Comcast suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Comcast shares over-valued?
- Comcast's financials
- How volatile are Comcast shares?
- Does Comcast pay a dividend?
- Have Comcast shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Comcast stock price (NASDAQ:CMCSA)Use our graph to track the performance of CMCSA stocks over time.
Comcast shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$37.56 - US$60.8812|
|50-day moving average||US$42.556|
|200-day moving average||US$48.7649|
|Dividend yield||US$1.02 (2.81%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$3.11|
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Comcast price performance over time
|1 week (2022-06-24)||-0.83%|
|3 months (2022-04-01)||-17.74%|
|6 months (2021-12-31)||-22.03%|
|1 year (2021-07-01)||-32.05%|
|2 years (2020-07-01)||-1.16%|
|3 years (2019-07-01)||-8.12%|
|5 years (2017-06-30)||0.82%|
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Is Comcast under- or over-valued?
Valuing Comcast stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Comcast's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Comcast's P/E ratio
Comcast's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Comcast shares trade at around 13x 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.
Comcast's PEG ratio
Comcast's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8064. 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 Comcast's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Comcast's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$35.3 billion (£29.1 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Comcast's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$120.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||17.76%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$77.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.83%|
|Return on equity TTM||14.67%|
|Market capitalisation||US$175.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Comcast'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 Comcast.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Comcast's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 20.17
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Comcast's overall score of 20.17 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 23rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Comcast 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.).
Comcast's environmental score
Environmental score: 4.22/100
Comcast's environmental score of 4.22 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Comcast is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Comcast's social score
Social score: 11.8/100
Comcast's social score of 11.8 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Comcast is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Comcast's governance score
Governance score: 10.65/100
Comcast's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Comcast is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Comcast's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Comcast scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Comcast has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.17|
|Total ESG percentile||22.82|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||2|
Comcast share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 31.14% of net profits
Recently Comcast has paid out, on average, around 31.14% 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), Comcast shareholders could enjoy a 2.81% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Comcast's case, that would currently equate to about $1.02 per share.
While Comcast's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Comcast may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Comcast's most recent dividend payout was on 27 July 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 July 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Comcast's shares ever split?
Comcast's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 21 February 2017. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Comcast shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Comcast shares which in turn could have impacted Comcast's share price.
Comcast share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Comcast's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$37.56 up to US$60.8812. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Comcast's is 0.9705. This would suggest that Comcast's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Media, Studios, Theme Parks, and Sky segments. The Cable Communications segment offers broadband, video, voice, wireless, and other services to residential and business customers under the Xfinity brand; and advertising services. The Media segment operates NBCUniversal's television and streaming platforms, including national, regional, and international cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast, and Peacock networks. The Studios segment operates NBCUniversal's film and television studio production and distribution operations. The Theme Parks segment operates Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida; Hollywood, California; Osaka, Japan; and Beijing, China. The Sky segment offers direct-to-consumer services, such as video, broadband, voice and wireless phone services, and content business operates entertainment networks, the Sky News broadcast network, and Sky Sports networks. The company also owns the Philadelphia Flyers, as well as the Wells Fargo Center arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and provides streaming service, such as Peacock. Comcast Corporation was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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