How to buy Qualcomm shares
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QUALCOMM Incorporated is a semiconductors business with stocks listed in the US. Qualcomm shares (QCOM) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Qualcomm
- 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 Qualcomm. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: QCOM. 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 Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Qualcomm. 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?
- Qualcomm key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Qualcomm stock a buy or sell?
- Qualcomm performance over time
- Can I short Qualcomm shares?
- Is Qualcomm suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Qualcomm shares over-valued?
- Qualcomm's financials
- How volatile are Qualcomm shares?
- Does Qualcomm pay a dividend?
- Have Qualcomm shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Qualcomm share priceUse our graph to track the performance of QCOM stocks over time.
Qualcomm shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$57.0019 - US$167.94|
|50-day moving average||US$153.9291|
|200-day moving average||US$135.9413|
|Dividend yield||US$2.57 (1.84%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$5.85|
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Is it a good time to buy Qualcomm stock?
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Is Qualcomm under- or over-valued?
Valuing Qualcomm stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Qualcomm's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Qualcomm's P/E ratio
Qualcomm's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Qualcomm shares trade at around 23x 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.
Qualcomm's PEG ratio
Qualcomm's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8428. 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 Qualcomm's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Qualcomm's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$9.1 billion (£6.5 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Qualcomm's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$26.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||28.94%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$14.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||13.68%|
|Return on equity TTM||113.14%|
|Market capitalisation||US$155.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Qualcomm shares
There are currently 13.7 million Qualcomm shares held short by investors – that's known as Qualcomm's "short interest". This figure is 18.2% down from 16.8 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Qualcomm shares can be evaluated.
Qualcomm's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Qualcomm's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Qualcomm shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Qualcomm shares traded daily (recently around 7.0 million). Qualcomm's SIR currently stands at 1.97. In other words for every 100,000 Qualcomm shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1970 shares are currently held short.
However Qualcomm's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Qualcomm shares, or, against the total number of tradable Qualcomm shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Qualcomm's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Qualcomm shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0121% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm.
Find out more about how you can short Qualcomm stock.
Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Qualcomm's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 33.12
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Qualcomm's overall score of 33.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Qualcomm 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.).
Qualcomm's environmental score
Environmental score: 16.85/100
Qualcomm's environmental score of 16.85 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Qualcomm is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Qualcomm's social score
Social score: 10.95/100
Qualcomm's social score of 10.95 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Qualcomm is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Qualcomm's governance score
Governance score: 16.81/100
Qualcomm's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Qualcomm is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Qualcomm's controversy score
Controversy score: 4/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Qualcomm scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Qualcomm has a damaged public profile.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||33.12|
|Total ESG percentile||49.14|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||4|
Qualcomm share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 48.51% of net profits
Recently Qualcomm has paid out, on average, around 48.51% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Qualcomm shareholders could enjoy a 1.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Qualcomm's case, that would currently equate to about $2.57 per share.
While Qualcomm's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Qualcomm may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Qualcomm's most recent dividend payout was on 25 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Qualcomm's shares ever split?
Qualcomm's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 August 2004. 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 Qualcomm shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Qualcomm shares which in turn could have impacted Qualcomm's share price.
Qualcomm share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Qualcomm's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$57.0019 up to US$167.94. 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 Qualcomm's is 1.357. This would suggest that Qualcomm's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
QUALCOMM Incorporated engages in the development and commercialization of foundational technologies and products are used in mobile devices and other wireless products, including network equipment, broadband gateway equipment, consumer electronic devices, and other connected devices worldwide. It operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on 3G/4G/5G and other technologies for use in wireless voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses or provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include various patent rights useful in the manufacture and sale of wireless products comprising products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD, LTE, and/or 5G standards and their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including artificial intelligence, automotive, digital healthcare, enterprise, IoT, mobile and networking and investment for supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications, and new industry segments. The company also provides development, and other services and related products to the United States government agencies and their contractors. QUALCOMM Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
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