How to buy Rockwell Automation shares

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Rockwell Automation, Inc (ROK) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$282.92 after a previous close of US$281.67. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD280.2125 to a high of USD284.23. The latest price was USD284.15 (25 minute delay). Rockwell Automation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Rockwell Automation

  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 Rockwell Automation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ROK. 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 Rockwell Automation 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$275.62, 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 Rockwell Automation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Rockwell Automation. 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.

Rockwell Automation share price

Use our graph to track the performance of ROK stocks over time.

Rockwell Automation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-11.
Previous closeUS$281.67
Change US$2.48
Change % 0.8805%
Volume 1,002,707
Information last updated 2021-06-10.
52-week rangeUS$197.1575 - US$281.81
50-day moving average US$266.6051
200-day moving average US$257.6233
Target priceUS$274.89
PE ratio 20.7599
Dividend yield US$4.18 (1.5%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$13.568

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Is it a good time to buy Rockwell Automation stock?

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Rockwell Automation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $284.15

1 week (2021-06-04) 3.09%
1 month (2021-05-14) 6.24%
3 months (2021-03-12) 7.13%
6 months (2020-12-14) 16.94%
1 year (2020-06-12) 36.49%
2 years (2019-06-14) 81.53%
3 years (2018-06-14) 58.80%
5 years (2016-06-14) 144.70%

Is Rockwell Automation under- or over-valued?

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

Rockwell Automation's P/E ratio

Rockwell Automation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Rockwell Automation shares trade at around 21x 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.

Rockwell Automation's PEG ratio

Rockwell Automation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0943. 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 Rockwell Automation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Rockwell Automation's EBITDA

Rockwell Automation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.2 billion.

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

Rockwell Automation financials

Revenue TTM US$6.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.7%
Gross profit TTM US$2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.78%
Return on equity TTM 102.95%
Profit margin 25.2%
Book value 15.655
Market capitalisation US$32.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Rockwell Automation shares

There are currently 1.9 million Rockwell Automation shares held short by investors – that's known as Rockwell Automation's "short interest". This figure is 0.5% down from 1.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Rockwell Automation shares can be evaluated.

Rockwell Automation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Rockwell Automation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Rockwell Automation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Rockwell Automation shares traded daily (recently around 646969.46308725). Rockwell Automation's SIR currently stands at 2.98. In other words for every 100,000 Rockwell Automation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2980 shares are currently held short.

However Rockwell Automation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Rockwell Automation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Rockwell Automation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Rockwell Automation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Rockwell Automation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0186% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Rockwell Automation shares, roughly 19 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 Rockwell Automation.

Find out more about how you can short Rockwell Automation stock.

Rockwell Automation'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 Rockwell Automation.

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

Rockwell Automation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Rockwell Automation's overall score of 28.2 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 34th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Rockwell Automation's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.28/100

Rockwell Automation's environmental score of 8.28 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rockwell Automation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Rockwell Automation's social score

Social score: 13.08/100

Rockwell Automation's social score of 13.08 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rockwell Automation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Rockwell Automation's governance score

Governance score: 11.84/100

Rockwell Automation's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Rockwell Automation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Rockwell Automation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Rockwell Automation scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Rockwell Automation has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Rockwell Automation, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28.2
Total ESG percentile 33.7
Environmental score 8.28
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 13.08
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.84
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Rockwell Automation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 53.34% of net profits

Recently Rockwell Automation has paid out, on average, around 53.34% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Rockwell Automation shareholders could enjoy a 1.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Rockwell Automation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.18 per share.

Rockwell Automation'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.

Rockwell Automation's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Rockwell Automation's shares ever split?

Rockwell Automation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 April 1987. 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 Rockwell Automation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Rockwell Automation shares which in turn could have impacted Rockwell Automation's share price.

Rockwell Automation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Rockwell Automation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$197.1575 up to US$281.81. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ROK.US volatility(beta: 1.35)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 Rockwell Automation's is 1.3538. This would suggest that Rockwell Automation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Rockwell Automation overview

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation and digital transformation solutions. The company operates in two segments, Architecture & Software, and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment offers a portfolio of automation and information platforms, including hardware and software. Its products include programmable automation controllers; design, visualization, and simulation software; and human machine interface products, networking products, industrial computers, sensing devices, machine safety devices, motion control products, and independent cart technology products. This segment also offers manufacturing execution system and analytics software to enhance operational productivity and meet regulatory requirements. The Control Products & Solutions segment provides low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, AC/DC variable frequency drives, motor control and circuit protection devices, operator and signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers, and electrical control accessories. This segment also offers pre-configured line and load power solutions, packaged drives, motor control centers, and intelligent packaged power and engineered to order automation equipment solutions; and professional lifecycle services, such as safety, security, and digital transformation consulting, as well as automation and information project delivery capabilities, plant network, cloud, cybersecurity, asset management and predictive analytics, and remote, on-site, and managed support services. The company primarily serves a range of industries, which include the automotive, semiconductor, and warehousing and logistics; food and beverage, and life sciences; and oil and gas, metals, and chemicals through independent distributors and direct sales force worldwide. Rockwell Automation, Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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