How to buy Intel shares
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Intel Corporation is a semiconductors business with stocks listed in the US. Intel shares (INTC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$60.4 – a decrease of 4.14% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Intel
- 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 Intel. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: INTC. 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 Intel 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$60.4, 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 Intel, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Intel. 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?
- Intel key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Intel stock a buy or sell?
- Intel performance over time
- Can I short Intel shares?
- Is Intel suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Intel shares over-valued?
- Intel's financials
- How volatile are Intel shares?
- Does Intel pay a dividend?
- Have Intel shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Intel share priceUse our graph to track the performance of INTC stocks over time.
Intel shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$42.5234 - US$63.817|
|50-day moving average||US$57.1659|
|200-day moving average||US$51.1532|
|Dividend yield||US$1.32 (2.17%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$4.94|
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Is it a good time to buy Intel stock?
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Intel price performance over time
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Is Intel under- or over-valued?
Valuing Intel stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Intel's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Intel's P/E ratio
Intel's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Intel shares trade at around 12x 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.
Intel's PEG ratio
Intel's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.6364. 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 Intel's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Intel's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$36.1 billion (£25.9 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Intel's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$77.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||30.66%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$43.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||10.31%|
|Return on equity TTM||26.36%|
|Market capitalisation||US$248.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Intel shares
There are currently 57.8 million Intel shares held short by investors – that's known as Intel's "short interest". This figure is 9.6% up from 52.8 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Intel shares can be evaluated.
Intel's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Intel's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Intel shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Intel shares traded daily (recently around 50.7 million). Intel's SIR currently stands at 1.14. In other words for every 100,000 Intel shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1140 shares are currently held short.
However Intel's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Intel shares, or, against the total number of tradable Intel shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Intel's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Intel shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0142% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Intel shares, roughly 14 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 Intel.
Find out more about how you can short Intel stock.
Intel'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 Intel.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Intel's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 12.89
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Intel's overall score of 12.89 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Intel 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.).
Intel's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.18/100
Intel's environmental score of 2.18 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Intel is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Intel's social score
Social score: 4.06/100
Intel's social score of 4.06 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Intel is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Intel's governance score
Governance score: 5.65/100
Intel's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Intel is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Intel's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Intel scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Intel hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||12.89|
|Total ESG percentile||8|
|Environmental score percentile||2|
|Social score percentile||2|
|Governance score percentile||2|
|Level of controversy||3|
Intel share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 27.07% of net profits
Recently Intel has paid out, on average, around 27.07% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.21% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Intel shareholders could enjoy a 2.21% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Intel's case, that would currently equate to about $1.32 per share.
While Intel's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Intel may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Intel's most recent dividend payout was on 1 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Intel's shares ever split?
Intel's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 31 July 2000. 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 Intel shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Intel shares which in turn could have impacted Intel's share price.
Intel share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Intel's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$42.5234 up to US$63.817. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Intel's is 0.667. This would suggest that Intel's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells essential technologies for the cloud, smart, and connected devices for retail, industrial, and consumer uses worldwide. The company operates through DCG, IOTG, Mobileye, NSG, PSG, CCG, and All Other segments. It offers platform products, such as central processing units and chipsets, and system-on-chip and multichip packages; and non-platform or adjacent products comprising accelerators, boards and systems, connectivity products, and memory and storage products. The company also provides Internet of Things products, including high-performance compute solutions for targeted verticals and embedded applications; and computer vision and machine learning-based sensing, data analysis, localization, mapping, and driving policy technology. It serves original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and cloud service providers. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
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