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Eaton Corporation plc (ETN) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$142.14 after a previous close of US$141.51. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD140.8967 to a high of USD142.57. The latest price was USD141.4 (25 minute delay). Eaton Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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- Search for Eaton Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ETN. 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 Eaton Corporation 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. 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 Eaton Corporation, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Eaton Corporation. 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?
- Eaton Corporation key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Eaton Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- Eaton Corporation performance over time
- Can I short Eaton Corporation shares?
- Is Eaton Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Eaton Corporation shares over-valued?
- Eaton Corporation's financials
- How volatile are Eaton Corporation shares?
- Does Eaton Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have Eaton Corporation shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Eaton Corporation share priceUse our graph to track the performance of ETN stocks over time.
Eaton Corporation shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$69.1796 - US$143.29|
|50-day moving average||US$138.0976|
|200-day moving average||US$122.5372|
|Dividend yield||US$2.92 (2.07%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$3.49|
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Is it a good time to buy Eaton Corporation stock?
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Eaton Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2021-04-13)||1.14%|
|1 month (2021-03-19)||6.11%|
|3 months (2021-01-22)||13.64%|
|6 months (2020-10-23)||28.77%|
|1 year (2020-04-23)||80.93%|
|2 years (2019-04-23)||65.21%|
|3 years (2018-04-23)||80.06%|
|5 years (2016-04-22)||124.48%|
Is Eaton Corporation under- or over-valued?
Valuing Eaton Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Eaton Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Eaton Corporation's P/E ratio
Eaton Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 40x. In other words, Eaton Corporation shares trade at around 40x 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.
Eaton Corporation's PEG ratio
Eaton Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0227. 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 Eaton Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Eaton Corporation's EBITDA
Eaton Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$2.6 billion (£1.9 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Eaton Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Eaton Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||US$17.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||10%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$5.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.45%|
|Return on equity TTM||9.1%|
|Market capitalisation||US$56.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Eaton Corporation shares
There are currently 4.3 million Eaton Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Eaton Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 24.6% up from 3.4 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Eaton Corporation shares can be evaluated.
Eaton Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Eaton Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Eaton Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Eaton Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 2.8 million). Eaton Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.52. In other words for every 100,000 Eaton Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1520 shares are currently held short.
However Eaton Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Eaton Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Eaton Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Eaton Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Eaton Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0107% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Eaton Corporation shares, roughly 11 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 Eaton Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Eaton Corporation stock.
Eaton Corporation'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 Eaton Corporation.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Eaton Corporation's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 23.6
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Eaton Corporation's overall score of 23.6 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 18th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Eaton Corporation 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.).
Eaton Corporation's environmental score
Environmental score: 9.75/100
Eaton Corporation's environmental score of 9.75 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Eaton Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Eaton Corporation's social score
Social score: 12.32/100
Eaton Corporation's social score of 12.32 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Eaton Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Eaton Corporation's governance score
Governance score: 11.03/100
Eaton Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Eaton Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Eaton Corporation's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Eaton Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Eaton Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||23.6|
|Total ESG percentile||18.32|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||2|
Eaton Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 69.41% of net profits
Recently Eaton Corporation has paid out, on average, around 69.41% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.15% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Eaton Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.15% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Eaton Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.92 per share.
Eaton Corporation'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.
Eaton Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 29 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Eaton Corporation's shares ever split?
Eaton Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 28 February 2011. 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 Eaton Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Eaton Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Eaton Corporation's share price.
Eaton Corporation share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Eaton Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$69.1796 up to US$143.29. 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 Eaton Corporation's is 1.1544. This would suggest that Eaton Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Eaton Corporation overview
Eaton Corporation plc operates as a power management company. Its Electrical Americas and Electrical Global segment provides electrical components, industrial components, power distribution and assemblies, residential products, single and three phase power quality products, wiring devices, circuit protection products, utility power distribution products, power reliability equipment, and services in North and South America, as well as hazardous duty electrical, emergency lighting, fire detection, explosion-proof instrumentation, and structural support systems internationally. The company's Hydraulics segment provides pumps, motors, and hydraulic power units; valves, cylinders, and electronic controls; industrial and hydraulic hoses, fittings, assemblies, thermoplastic hose and tubing products, couplings, connectors, and assembly equipment; and industrial drums and disc brakes. Its Aerospace segment offers pumps, motors, hydraulic power units, hoses and fittings, and electro-hydraulic pumps; valves, cylinders, electronic controls, electromechanical actuators, sensors, aircraft flap and slat systems, and nose wheel steering systems; thermoplastic tubing products, fittings, adapters, couplings, and sealing and ducting products; fuel pumps, sensors, valves, and adapters and regulators; and wiring connectors and cables, as well as hydraulic and bag filters, strainers and cartridges, and golf grips. The company's Vehicle segment offers transmissions, clutches, hybrid power systems, superchargers, engine valves and valve actuation systems, cylinder heads, locking and limited slip differentials, transmission controls, and fuel vapor components for the vehicle industry. Its eMobility segment provides voltage inverters, converters, fuses, onboard chargers, circuit protection units, vehicle controls, power distribution systems, fuel tank isolation valves, and commercial vehicle hybrid systems. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
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