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How to buy Qualcomm shares | $113.82

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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. Its last market close was US$113.82 – a decrease of 0.65% over the previous week.

How to buy shares in Qualcomm

  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 Qualcomm. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: QCOM. 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 Qualcomm 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$113.82, 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.
  6. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Qualcomm's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Qualcomm's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was US$113.82, which is 23.54% up on its pre-crash value of US$87.03 and 96.24% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as US$58.

If you had bought US$1,000 worth of Qualcomm shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth US$722.85 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth US$1,315.76.

Qualcomm share price

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Qualcomm shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-20.
Latest market closeUSD$113.82
52-week rangeUSD$58 - USD$123.93
50-day moving average USD$113.7326
200-day moving average USD$88.9414
Target priceUSD$122.44
PE ratio 48.4726
Dividend yield USD$2.6 (2.26%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.355

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Is it a good time to buy Qualcomm stock?

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Qualcomm price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $113.82

1 week (2020-09-12) N/A
1 month (2020-08-21) 0.73%
3 months (2020-06-23) 27.39%
6 months (2020-03-23) 82.02%
1 year (2019-09-20) 48.90%
2 years (2018-09-21) 54.44%
3 years (2017-09-21) 118.76%
5 years (2015-09-21) 109.27%

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 48x. In other words, Qualcomm shares trade at around 48x 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.

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 0.8807. 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

Qualcomm's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$4.9 billion (£3.8 billion).

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

Qualcomm financials

Revenue TTM US$20 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.43%
Gross profit TTM US$15.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.56%
Return on equity TTM 62.58%
Profit margin 13.72%
Book value 2.931
Market capitalisation US$124.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Qualcomm shares

There are currently 16.1 million Qualcomm shares held short by investors – that's known as Qualcomm's "short interest". This figure is 4.4% up from 15.4 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 12.1 million). Qualcomm's SIR currently stands at 1.33. In other words for every 100,000 Qualcomm shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1330 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 0.0119% 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: 25.01

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Qualcomm's overall score of 25.01 (as at 07/31/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 19th 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: 5.4/100

Qualcomm's environmental score of 5.4 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: 9.39/100

Qualcomm's social score of 9.39 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: 16.72/100

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

QUALCOMM Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 25.01
Total ESG percentile 18.88
Environmental score 5.4
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 9.39
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 16.72
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 4

Qualcomm share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 105.91% of net profits

Recently Qualcomm has paid out, on average, around 105.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.26% 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 2.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Qualcomm's case, that would currently equate to about $2.6 per share.

Qualcomm'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.

Qualcomm's most recent dividend payout was on 23 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 1 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Qualcomm's shares ever split?

Qualcomm's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 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$58 up to US$123.93. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

QCOM.US volatility(beta: 1.39)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 1.3852. 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 overview

QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communication products 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 code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access, and other technologies for use in wireless voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. This segment also provides products designed for the implementation of small cells. 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, wideband CDMA, CDMA time division duplex, long term evolution, and/or fifth generation standards and their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including artificial intelligence, automotive, digital healthcare, enterprise software and solutions, 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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