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Seagate Technology Holdings plc (STX) is a leading computer hardware business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$85.33 after a previous close of US$85.31. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD83.7 to a high of USD85.3553. The latest price was USD84.5 (25 minute delay). Seagate Technology is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Seagate Technology

  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 Seagate Technology. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: STX. 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 Seagate Technology 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$100.83, 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 Seagate Technology, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Seagate Technology. 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.

Seagate Technology share price

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Seagate Technology shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
Previous closeUS$85.31
Change US$-0.81
Change % -0.9495%
Volume 2,459,802
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$41.8124 - US$106.22
50-day moving average US$94.9946
200-day moving average US$76.7458
Target priceUS$89.35
PE ratio 22.4463
Dividend yield US$2.64 (2.85%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.957

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Is it a good time to buy Seagate Technology stock?

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Seagate Technology price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $84.5

1 week (2021-06-16) -8.84%
1 month (2021-05-21) -10.03%
3 months (2021-03-23) 16.39%
6 months (2020-12-23) 34.06%
1 year (2020-06-23) 72.91%
2 years (2019-06-21) 81.88%
3 years (2018-06-22) 45.14%
5 years (2016-06-23) 245.18%

Is Seagate Technology under- or over-valued?

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

Seagate Technology's P/E ratio

Seagate Technology's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Seagate Technology shares trade at around 22x 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.

Seagate Technology's PEG ratio

Seagate Technology's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.464. 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 Seagate Technology's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Seagate Technology's EBITDA

Seagate Technology's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.7 billion.

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

Seagate Technology financials

Revenue TTM US$10.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.95%
Gross profit TTM US$2.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.46%
Return on equity TTM 87.7%
Profit margin 9.8%
Book value 2.108
Market capitalisation US$20.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Seagate Technology shares

There are currently 8.7 million Seagate Technology shares held short by investors – that's known as Seagate Technology's "short interest". This figure is 19.1% down from 10.7 million last month.

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

Seagate Technology's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Seagate Technology's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Seagate Technology shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Seagate Technology shares traded daily (recently around 4.3 million). Seagate Technology's SIR currently stands at 2.02. In other words for every 100,000 Seagate Technology shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2020 shares are currently held short.

However Seagate Technology's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Seagate Technology shares, or, against the total number of tradable Seagate Technology shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Seagate Technology's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Seagate Technology shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0413% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Seagate Technology shares, roughly 41 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 Seagate Technology.

Find out more about how you can short Seagate Technology stock.

Seagate Technology'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 Seagate Technology.

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

Seagate Technology's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.26

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Seagate Technology's overall score of 20.26 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Seagate Technology's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.09/100

Seagate Technology's environmental score of 5.09 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Seagate Technology is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Seagate Technology's social score

Social score: 13.84/100

Seagate Technology's social score of 13.84 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Seagate Technology is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Seagate Technology's governance score

Governance score: 12.33/100

Seagate Technology's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Seagate Technology is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Seagate Technology's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Seagate Technology Holdings plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.26
Total ESG percentile 15.56
Environmental score 5.09
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 13.84
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 12.33
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 1

Seagate Technology share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 51.35% of net profits

Recently Seagate Technology has paid out, on average, around 51.35% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.89% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Seagate Technology shareholders could enjoy a 2.89% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Seagate Technology's case, that would currently equate to about $2.64 per share.

Seagate Technology'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.

Seagate Technology's most recent dividend payout was on 6 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Seagate Technology share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Seagate Technology's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$41.8124 up to US$106.22. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

STX.US volatility(beta: 1.17)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 Seagate Technology's is 1.1745. This would suggest that Seagate Technology's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Seagate Technology overview

Seagate Technology Holdings plc provides data storage technology and solutions in Singapore, the United States, the Netherlands, and internationally. The company offers hard disk and solid state drives, including serial advanced technology attachment, serial attached SCSI, and non-volatile memory express products; solid state hybrid drives; and storage subsystems. Its products are used in enterprise servers and storage systems; and edge compute and non-compute applications. The company also provides enterprise data solutions portfolio comprising storage subsystems and mass capacity optimized private cloud storage solutions for enterprises, cloud service providers, and scale-out storage servers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In addition, it offers external storage solutions under the Seagate Backup Plus and Expansion product lines, as well as under the LaCie and Maxtor brands in capacities up to 16TB. Seagate Technology Holdings plc sells its products primarily to OEMs, distributors, and retailers. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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