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Xylem Inc (XYL) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$116.3 after a previous close of US$116.33. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD115.56 to a high of USD116.95. The latest price was USD116.38 (25 minute delay). Xylem is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Xylem

  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 Xylem. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: XYL. 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 Xylem 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$119.24, 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 Xylem, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Xylem. 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.

Xylem share price

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Xylem shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$116.3
HighUS$116.95
LowUS$115.56
CloseUS$116.38
Previous closeUS$116.33
Change US$0.05
Change % 0.043%
Volume 703,186
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$60.2359 - US$120.7098
50-day moving average US$116.642
200-day moving average US$105.7353
Target priceUS$111.62
PE ratio 42.7714
Dividend yield US$1.06 (0.92%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$1.6713

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Is it a good time to buy Xylem stock?

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Xylem price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $116.38

1 week (2021-06-16) 0.77%
1 month (2021-05-21) 0.79%
3 months (2021-03-23) 15.92%
6 months (2020-12-23) 16.70%
1 year (2020-06-23) 81.14%
2 years (2019-06-21) 42.34%
3 years (2018-06-22) 75.14%
5 years (2016-06-23) 151.09%

Is Xylem under- or over-valued?

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

Xylem's P/E ratio

Xylem's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 43x. In other words, Xylem shares trade at around 43x 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.

Xylem's PEG ratio

Xylem's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7239. 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 Xylem's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Xylem's EBITDA

Xylem's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$816 million.

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

Xylem financials

Revenue TTM US$5 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.32%
Gross profit TTM US$1.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.39%
Return on equity TTM 1054.1%
Profit margin 6.05%
Book value 16.317
Market capitalisation US$20.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Xylem shares

There are currently 3.5 million Xylem shares held short by investors – that's known as Xylem's "short interest". This figure is 12.1% up from 3.2 million last month.

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

Xylem's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Xylem's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Xylem shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Xylem shares traded daily (recently around 725683.81147541). Xylem's SIR currently stands at 4.88. In other words for every 100,000 Xylem shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4880 shares are currently held short.

However Xylem's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Xylem shares, or, against the total number of tradable Xylem shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Xylem's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Xylem shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0198% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Xylem shares, roughly 20 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 Xylem.

Find out more about how you can short Xylem stock.

Xylem'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 Xylem.

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

Xylem's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.42

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Xylem's overall score of 17.42 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 11st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Xylem's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.03/100

Xylem's environmental score of 4.03 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Xylem is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Xylem's social score

Social score: 5.78/100

Xylem's social score of 5.78 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Xylem is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Xylem's governance score

Governance score: 6.61/100

Xylem's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Xylem is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Xylem's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Xylem scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Xylem has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 17.42
Total ESG percentile 11.14
Environmental score 4.03
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 5.78
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 6.61
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

Xylem share dividends

45%

Dividend payout ratio: 45.19% of net profits

Recently Xylem has paid out, on average, around 45.19% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Xylem shareholders could enjoy a 0.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Xylem's case, that would currently equate to about $1.06 per share.

While Xylem's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Xylem may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Xylem's most recent dividend payout was on 23 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Xylem share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Xylem's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$60.2359 up to US$120.7098. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

XYL.US volatility(beta: 1.02)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 Xylem's is 1.0234. This would suggest that Xylem'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).

Xylem overview

Xylem Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and servicing of engineered products and solutions for the water and wastewater applications in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It operates in three segments: Water Infrastructure, Applied Water, and Measurement & Control Solutions. The Water Infrastructure segment offers various products, including water and wastewater pumps; controls and systems; filtration, disinfection, and biological treatment equipment; and mobile dewatering equipment under the Flygt, Godwin, Wedeco, Sanitaire, and Leopold names for the transportation and treatment of water. The Applied Water segment provides pumps, valves, heat exchangers, controls, and dispensing equipment systems under the Goulds Water Technology, Bell & Gossett, A-C Fire Pump, Standard Xchange, Lowara, Jabsco, and Flojet brand names for residential and commercial building services, and industrial water applications. The Measurement & Control Solutions segment provides smart metering, networked communications, and measurement and control technologies, as well as critical infrastructure technologies that allow customers to use their distribution networks for the delivery, monitoring, and control of critical resources, such as water, electricity, and natural gas. It also offers software and services, including cloud-based analytics, remote monitoring, data management and analytics, leak detection, condition assessment, asset management, and pressure monitoring solutions, as well as testing equipment and managed services. This segment sells its products under the BLU-X, Pure, Sensus, Smith Blair, WTW, and YSI brand names. The company markets and sells its products through a network of direct sales force, resellers, distributors, and value-added solution providers. Xylem Inc. is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York.

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