How to buy Nike shares
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NIKE, Inc is a footwear & accessories business with stocks listed in the US. Nike shares (NKE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$135.54 – a decrease of 4.56% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Nike
- 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 Nike. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: NKE. 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 Nike 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$135.54, 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 Nike, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Nike. 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?
- Nike key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Nike stock a buy or sell?
- Nike performance over time
- Can I short Nike shares?
- Is Nike suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Nike shares over-valued?
- Nike's financials
- How volatile are Nike shares?
- Does Nike pay a dividend?
- Have Nike shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Nike share priceUse our graph to track the performance of NKE stocks over time.
Nike shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$59.4776 - US$147.6498|
|50-day moving average||US$139.835|
|200-day moving average||US$130.5289|
|Dividend yield||US$1.01 (0.73%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$1.774|
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Is it a good time to buy Nike 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.
Nike price performance over time
|1 week (2021-02-26)||0.56%|
|1 month (2021-02-05)||-6.59%|
|3 months (2020-12-05)||N/A|
|6 months (2020-09-05)||N/A|
|1 year (2020-03-05)||49.64%|
|2 years (2019-03-05)||58.64%|
|3 years (2018-03-05)||108.36%|
|5 years (2016-03-05)||N/A|
Is Nike under- or over-valued?
Valuing Nike stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Nike's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Nike's P/E ratio
Nike's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 77x. In other words, Nike shares trade at around 77x 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.
Nike's PEG ratio
Nike's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3026. 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 Nike's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Nike's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$5.1 billion (£3.7 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Nike's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$38.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||10.12%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$16.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||7.88%|
|Return on equity TTM||28.27%|
|Market capitalisation||US$216 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Nike shares
There are currently 11.5 million Nike shares held short by investors – that's known as Nike's "short interest". This figure is 13.7% down from 13.3 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Nike shares can be evaluated.
Nike's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Nike's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Nike shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Nike shares traded daily (recently around 5.1 million). Nike's SIR currently stands at 2.25. In other words for every 100,000 Nike shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2250 shares are currently held short.
However Nike's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Nike shares, or, against the total number of tradable Nike shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Nike's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Nike shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0119% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Nike shares, roughly 12 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 Nike.
Find out more about how you can short Nike stock.
Nike'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 Nike.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Nike's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 21.12
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Nike's overall score of 21.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 15th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Nike 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.).
Nike's environmental score
Environmental score: 5.55/100
Nike's environmental score of 5.55 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Nike is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Nike's social score
Social score: 9.56/100
Nike's social score of 9.56 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Nike is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Nike's governance score
Governance score: 13.01/100
Nike's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Nike is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Nike's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Nike scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Nike hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||21.12|
|Total ESG percentile||15.26|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||3|
Nike share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 52% of net profits
Recently Nike has paid out, on average, around 52% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.8% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Nike shareholders could enjoy a 0.8% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Nike's case, that would currently equate to about $1.01 per share.
Nike'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.
Nike's most recent dividend payout was on 1 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Nike's shares ever split?
Nike's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 24 December 2015. 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 Nike shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Nike shares which in turn could have impacted Nike's share price.
Nike share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Nike's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$59.4776 up to US$147.6498. 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 Nike's is 0.8634. This would suggest that Nike's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories worldwide. The company offers NIKE brand products in six categories, including running, NIKE basketball, the Jordan brand, football, training, and sportswear. It also markets products designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses, such as American football, baseball, cricket, golf, lacrosse, skateboarding, tennis, volleyball, walking, wrestling, and other outdoor activities; and apparel with licensed college and professional team and league logos, as well as sells sports apparel. In addition, the company sells a line of performance equipment and accessories comprising bags, socks, sport balls, eyewear, timepieces, digital devices, bats, gloves, protective equipment, and other equipment for sports activities; and various plastic products to other manufacturers. Further, it provides athletic and casual footwear, apparel, and accessories under the Jumpman trademark; casual sneakers, apparel, and accessories under the Converse, Chuck Taylor, All Star, One Star, Star Chevron, and Jack Purcell trademarks; and action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories under the Hurley trademark. Additionally, the company licenses agreements that permit unaffiliated parties to manufacture and sell apparel, digital devices, and applications and other equipment for sports activities under NIKE-owned trademarks. It sells its products to footwear stores; sporting goods stores; athletic specialty stores; department stores; skate, tennis, and golf shops; and other retail accounts through NIKE-owned retail stores, digital platforms, independent distributors, licensees, and sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Blue Ribbon Sports, Inc. and changed its name to NIKE, Inc. in 1971. NIKE, Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon.
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