How to buy Dell shares
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Dell Technologies Inc is a computer hardware business with stocks listed in the US. Dell shares (DELL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$79.68 – a decrease of -INF% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Dell
- 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 Dell. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: DELL. 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 Dell 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$79.68, 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 Dell, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Dell. 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.
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What's in this guide?
- Dell key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Dell stock a buy or sell?
- Dell performance over time
- Can I short Dell shares?
- Is Dell suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Dell shares over-valued?
- Dell's financials
- How volatile are Dell shares?
- Does Dell pay a dividend?
- Have Dell shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Dell share priceUse our graph to track the performance of DELL stocks over time.
Dell shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$25.51 - US$83.57|
|50-day moving average||US$77.7303|
|200-day moving average||US$70.2578|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$4.22|
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Is it a good time to buy Dell stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Dell price performance over time
|1 week (2021-02-24)||-2.46%|
|1 month (2021-02-05)||0.09%|
|3 months (2020-12-03)||12.37%|
|6 months (2020-09-03)||21.57%|
|1 year (2020-03-03)||90.71%|
|2 years (2019-03-02)||N/A|
|3 years (2018-03-02)||N/A|
|5 years (2016-03-02)||N/A|
Is Dell under- or over-valued?
Valuing Dell stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Dell's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Dell's P/E ratio
Dell's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Dell shares trade at around 20x 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.
Dell's PEG ratio
Dell's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.9512. 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 Dell's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Dell's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$8.5 billion (£6.2 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Dell's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$94.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||5.46%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$29.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.65%|
|Return on equity TTM||65.47%|
|Market capitalisation||US$61.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Dell shares
There are currently 5.0 million Dell shares held short by investors – that's known as Dell's "short interest". This figure is 11.9% down from 5.6 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Dell shares can be evaluated.
Dell's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Dell's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Dell shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Dell shares traded daily (recently around 2.8 million). Dell's SIR currently stands at 1.78. In other words for every 100,000 Dell shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1780 shares are currently held short.
However Dell's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Dell shares, or, against the total number of tradable Dell shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Dell's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Dell shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.019% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Dell shares, roughly 19 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 Dell.
Find out more about how you can short Dell stock.
Dell'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 Dell.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Dell's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 20.01
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Dell's overall score of 20.01 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Dell 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.).
Dell's environmental score
Environmental score: 4.6/100
Dell's environmental score of 4.6 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Dell is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Dell's social score
Social score: 9.27/100
Dell's social score of 9.27 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Dell is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Dell's governance score
Governance score: 11.13/100
Dell's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Dell is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Dell's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Dell scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Dell has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.01|
|Total ESG percentile||12.72|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dell share dividends
We're not expecting Dell to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Have Dell's shares ever split?
Dell's shares were split on a 1806:1000 basis on 28 December 2018. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1806 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Dell shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 44.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Dell shares which in turn could have impacted Dell's share price.
Dell share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Dell's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$25.51 up to US$83.57. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Dell's is 0.911. This would suggest that Dell's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Dell Technologies Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, sells, and support IT hardware, software, and services solutions worldwide. It operates through three segments: Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG), Client Solutions Group (CSG), and VMware. The ISG segment provides traditional and next-generation storage solutions; and rack, blade, tower, and hyperscale servers. It also offers networking products and services that help its business customers to transform and modernize their infrastructure, mobilize and enrich end-user experiences, and accelerate business applications and processes; and attached software and peripherals, as well as support and deployment, configuration, and extended warranty services. The CSG segment offers desktops, notebooks, and workstations; displays and projectors; attached and third-party software and peripherals, as well as support and deployment, configuration, and extended warranty services. The VMware segment supports and addresses various IT priorities of customers, including accelerating their cloud journey, modernizing their applications, empowering digital workspaces, transforming networking, and embracing intrinsic security. This segment enables its customers to digitally transform their operations as they ready their applications, infrastructure, and employees for constantly evolving business needs. It also offers cloud-native platform that makes software development and IT operations a strategic advantage for customers. The company also provides information security and cybersecurity solutions; cloud software and infrastructure-as-a-service solutions that enable customers to migrate, run, and manage mission-critical applications in cloud-based IT environments; cloud-based integration services; and financial services. The company was formerly known as Denali Holding Inc. and changed its name to Dell Technologies Inc. in August 2016. Dell Technologies Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.
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