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How to buy ViacomCBS shares

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ViacomCBS Inc (VIAC) is a leading entertainment business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$46.72 after a previous close of US$45.01. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD45.17 to a high of USD48.39. The latest price was USD46.61 (25 minute delay). ViacomCBS is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in ViacomCBS

  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 ViacomCBS. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: VIAC. 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 ViacomCBS 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. 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 ViacomCBS, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ViacomCBS. 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.

ViacomCBS share price

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ViacomCBS shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-30.
OpenUS$46.72
HighUS$48.39
LowUS$45.17
CloseUS$46.61
Previous closeUS$45.01
Change US$1.6
Change % 3.5548%
Volume 150,842,494
Information last updated 2021-04-16.
52-week rangeUS$14.2551 - US$101.97
50-day moving average US$66.2569
200-day moving average US$45.5525
Target priceUS$54.48
PE ratio 15.8093
Dividend yield US$0.96 (2.45%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$6.9496

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Is it a good time to buy ViacomCBS stock?

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ViacomCBS price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $46.61

1 month (2021-03-23) -48.92%

Is ViacomCBS under- or over-valued?

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

ViacomCBS's P/E ratio

ViacomCBS's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, ViacomCBS shares trade at around 16x 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.

ViacomCBS's PEG ratio

ViacomCBS's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 10.6704. 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 ViacomCBS's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

ViacomCBS's EBITDA

ViacomCBS's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$4.9 billion (£3.5 billion).

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

ViacomCBS financials

Revenue TTM US$25.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.82%
Gross profit TTM US$10.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.51%
Return on equity TTM 17.35%
Profit margin 9.58%
Book value N/A
Market capitalisation US$24.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting ViacomCBS shares

There are currently 100.3 million ViacomCBS shares held short by investors – that's known as ViacomCBS's "short interest". This figure is 2.2% down from 102.6 million last month.

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

ViacomCBS's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

ViacomCBS's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of ViacomCBS shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of ViacomCBS shares traded daily (recently around 53.6 million). ViacomCBS's SIR currently stands at 1.87. In other words for every 100,000 ViacomCBS shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1870 shares are currently held short.

However ViacomCBS's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of ViacomCBS shares, or, against the total number of tradable ViacomCBS shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case ViacomCBS's short interest could be expressed as 0.16% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 ViacomCBS shares in existence, roughly 160 shares are currently held short) or 0.1773% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable ViacomCBS shares, roughly 177 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 ViacomCBS.

Find out more about how you can short ViacomCBS stock.

ViacomCBS'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 ViacomCBS.

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

ViacomCBS's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.4

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and ViacomCBS's overall score of 21.4 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

ViacomCBS's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.63/100

ViacomCBS's environmental score of 5.63 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that ViacomCBS is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

ViacomCBS's social score

Social score: 13.08/100

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

ViacomCBS's governance score

Governance score: 11.19/100

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

ViacomCBS's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. ViacomCBS scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that ViacomCBS hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

ViacomCBS Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.4
Total ESG percentile 21.82
Environmental score 5.63
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 13.08
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.19
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

ViacomCBS share dividends

22%

Dividend payout ratio: 22.17% of net profits

Recently ViacomCBS has paid out, on average, around 22.17% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.45% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ViacomCBS shareholders could enjoy a 2.45% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ViacomCBS's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 per share.

While ViacomCBS's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that ViacomCBS is investing more in its future growth.

ViacomCBS's most recent dividend payout was on 31 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

ViacomCBS share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ViacomCBS's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$14.2551 up to US$101.97. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VIAC.US volatility(beta: 1.73)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 ViacomCBS's is 1.7297. This would suggest that ViacomCBS's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

ViacomCBS overview

ViacomCBS Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company worldwide. The company operates through TV Entertainment, Cable Networks, and Filmed Entertainment segments. The TV Entertainment segment distributes a schedule of news and public affairs broadcasts, and sports and entertainment programming; acquires or develops, and schedules programming on the CBS Television Network that includes primetime comedies and dramas, reality, specials, kids' programs, daytime dramas, game shows, and late night programs; produces or distributes talk shows, court shows, game shows, and newsmagazines; owns and operates 29 broadcast television stations; and operates CBS Sports Network, a 24/7 cable program service that provides college sports and related content, as well as streaming and cable subscription services. The Cable Networks segment creates and acquires programming for distribution and viewing on various media platforms, including subscription cable networks, subscription streaming, and basic cable networks. The Filmed Entertainment segment develops, produces, finances, acquires, and distributes films. The company was formerly known as CBS Corporation and changed its name to ViacomCBS Inc. in December 2019. ViacomCBS Inc. was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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