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General Dynamics Corporation (GD) is a leading aerospace & defense business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$185.25 after a previous close of US$187.68. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD184.53 to a high of USD186.72. The latest price was USD185.15 (25 minute delay). General Dynamics Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in General Dynamics Corporation

  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 General Dynamics Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: GD. 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 General Dynamics Corporation 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$193.57, 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 General Dynamics Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of General Dynamics 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.

General Dynamics Corporation share price

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General Dynamics Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-18.
OpenUS$185.25
HighUS$186.72
LowUS$184.53
CloseUS$185.15
Previous closeUS$187.68
Change US$-2.53
Change % -1.348%
Volume 2,567,859
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$127.4133 - US$197.51
50-day moving average US$190.8297
200-day moving average US$171.118
Target priceUS$199.06
PE ratio 17.118
Dividend yield US$4.49 (2.36%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$11.055

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Is it a good time to buy General Dynamics Corporation stock?

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General Dynamics Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $185.15

1 week (2021-06-10) -3.31%
1 month (2021-05-21) -2.49%
3 months (2021-03-19) 4.24%
6 months (2020-12-18) 21.27%
1 year (2020-06-19) 17.47%
2 years (2019-06-20) 4.04%
3 years (2018-06-20) -3.27%
5 years (2016-06-20) 31.39%

Is General Dynamics Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

General Dynamics Corporation's P/E ratio

General Dynamics 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 17x. In other words, General Dynamics Corporation shares trade at around 17x 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.

General Dynamics Corporation's PEG ratio

General Dynamics Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3506. 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 General Dynamics 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.

General Dynamics Corporation's EBITDA

General Dynamics Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$5.1 billion.

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

General Dynamics Corporation financials

Revenue TTM US$38.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.98%
Gross profit TTM US$6.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.11%
Return on equity TTM 22.21%
Profit margin 8.22%
Book value 54.376
Market capitalisation US$53.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting General Dynamics Corporation shares

There are currently 2.6 million General Dynamics Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as General Dynamics Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 7.1% down from 2.8 million last month.

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

General Dynamics Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

General Dynamics Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of General Dynamics Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of General Dynamics Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). General Dynamics Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.34. In other words for every 100,000 General Dynamics Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2340 shares are currently held short.

However General Dynamics Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of General Dynamics Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable General Dynamics Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case General Dynamics Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 General Dynamics Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0104% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable General Dynamics Corporation 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 General Dynamics Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short General Dynamics Corporation stock.

General Dynamics 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 General Dynamics Corporation.

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

General Dynamics Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 35.89

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Dynamics Corporation's overall score of 35.89 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 81st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

General Dynamics Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.86/100

General Dynamics Corporation's environmental score of 9.86 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Dynamics Corporation's social score

Social score: 18.69/100

General Dynamics Corporation's social score of 18.69 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

General Dynamics Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.34/100

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

General Dynamics Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. General Dynamics Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that General Dynamics Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

General Dynamics Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 35.89
Total ESG percentile 80.8
Environmental score 9.86
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 18.69
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 8.34
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 3

General Dynamics Corporation share dividends

41%

Dividend payout ratio: 41.45% of net profits

Recently General Dynamics Corporation has paid out, on average, around 41.45% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.47% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), General Dynamics Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.47% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Dynamics Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.49 per share.

While General Dynamics Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that General Dynamics Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

General Dynamics Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 5 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have General Dynamics Corporation's shares ever split?

General Dynamics Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 March 2006. 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 General Dynamics Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Dynamics Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted General Dynamics Corporation's share price.

General Dynamics Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Dynamics Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$127.4133 up to US$197.51. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GD.US volatility(beta: 1.13)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while General Dynamics Corporation's is 1.1277. This would suggest that General Dynamics 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).

General Dynamics Corporation overview

General Dynamics Corporation operates as an aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Aerospace, Marine Systems, Combat Systems, and Technologies. The Marine Systems segment designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatants, and auxiliary ships for the United States Navy and Jones Act ships for commercial customers, as well as oil and product tankers, and container and cargo ships. This segment also provides submarine maintenance and modernization services; lifecycle support services for navy surface ships; and program management, planning, engineering, and design support services for submarines and surface-ships. The Combat Systems segment manufactures land combat solutions, such as wheeled and tracked combat vehicles, weapons systems, munitions, mobile bridge systems with payloads, tactical vehicles, main battle tanks, armored vehicles, weapons systems, and armaments. This segment also offers modernization program, engineering, support, and sustainment services. The Technologies segment provides information technology solutions and mission-support services; mobile communication, computers, and command-and-control mission systems; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions to military, intelligence, and federal civilian customers. This segment also offers cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, development, security and operation, software-defined network, everything as-a-service and defense enterprise office system solutions. General Dynamics Corporation was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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