How to buy Twitter shares
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Twitter, Inc is an internet content & information business with stocks listed in the US. Twitter shares (TWTR) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$45.81 – a decrease of 0.2% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Twitter
- 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 Twitter. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: TWTR. 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 Twitter 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$45.81, 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 Twitter, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Twitter. 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?
- Twitter key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Twitter stock a buy or sell?
- Twitter performance over time
- Can I short Twitter shares?
- Is Twitter suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Twitter shares over-valued?
- Twitter's financials
- How volatile are Twitter shares?
- Does Twitter pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
Twitter share priceUse our graph to track the performance of TWTR stocks over time.
Twitter shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$20 - US$56.11|
|50-day moving average||US$51.0558|
|200-day moving average||US$43.7776|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$1.611|
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Is it a good time to buy Twitter 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.
Twitter price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-15)||1.39%|
|1 month (2020-12-23)||-15.64%|
|3 months (2020-10-23)||-9.18%|
|6 months (2020-07-23)||19.17%|
|1 year (2020-01-23)||35.17%|
|2 years (2019-01-23)||47.92%|
|3 years (2018-01-23)||101.36%|
|5 years (2016-01-22)||156.78%|
Is Twitter under- or over-valued?
Valuing Twitter stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Twitter's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Twitter's P/E ratio
Twitter'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, Twitter 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.
Twitter's PEG ratio
Twitter's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.64. 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 Twitter's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Twitter's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$294.7 million (£216 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Twitter's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$3.4 billion|
|Gross profit TTM||US$2.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||-0.37%|
|Return on equity TTM||-15.27%|
|Market capitalisation||US$37.9 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Twitter shares
There are currently 21.1 million Twitter shares held short by investors – that's known as Twitter's "short interest". This figure is 15.6% down from 25.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Twitter shares can be evaluated.
Twitter's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Twitter's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Twitter shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Twitter shares traded daily (recently around 10.9 million). Twitter's SIR currently stands at 1.93. In other words for every 100,000 Twitter shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1930 shares are currently held short.
However Twitter's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Twitter shares, or, against the total number of tradable Twitter shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Twitter's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Twitter shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0303% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Twitter shares, roughly 30 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 Twitter.
Find out more about how you can short Twitter stock.
Twitter'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 Twitter.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Twitter's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 25.25
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Twitter's overall score of 25.25 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 38th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Twitter 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.).
Twitter's environmental score
Environmental score: 4.5/100
Twitter's environmental score of 4.5 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Twitter is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Twitter's social score
Social score: 13.25/100
Twitter's social score of 13.25 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Twitter is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Twitter's governance score
Governance score: 7.49/100
Twitter's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Twitter is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Twitter's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Twitter scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Twitter hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||25.25|
|Total ESG percentile||37.98|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||3|
Twitter share dividends
We're not expecting Twitter to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Twitter share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Twitter's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$20 up to US$56.11. 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 Twitter's is 0.8634. This would suggest that Twitter's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Twitter, Inc. operates as a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time United States and internationally. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter, a platform that allows users to consume, create, distribute, and discover content; and Periscope, a mobile application that enables user to broadcast and watch video live with others. It also provides promoted products and services, such as promoted tweets, promoted accounts, and promoted trends, which enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products, and services. In addition, the company offers a set of tools and public application programming interfaces for developers to contribute their content to its platform, syndicate and distribute Twitter content across their properties, and enhance their Websites and applications with Twitter content. Further, it provides subscription access to its public data feed for data partners. Twitter, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
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