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How to buy ABB stock | $26.93

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ABB Ltd is an electrical equipment & parts business based in the US. ABB shares (ABB) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. ABB employs 110,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$26 billion.

How to buy shares in ABB

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for ABB. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ABB. 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 ABB reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, 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 USD$26.93, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of ABB, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ABB. Optimize 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.

ABB share price

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ABB shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$26.93
52-week rangeUSD$14.71 - USD$28.03
50-day moving average USD$26.9912
200-day moving average USD$25.5477
Wall St. target priceUSD$24.61
PE ratio 10.6142
Dividend yield USD$0.83 (2.98%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.605

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Is it a good time to buy ABB stock?

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ABB price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $26.93 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-11) -10.35%
1 month (2020-12-18) -1.39%
3 months (2020-10-16) 0.71%
6 months (2020-07-17) 8.76%
1 year (2020-01-17) 12.63%
2 years (2019-01-18) 38.46%
3 years (2018-01-18) 27.98
5 years (2016-01-15) 67.68%

Is ABB under- or over-valued?

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

ABB's P/E ratio

ABB's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, ABB shares trade at around 11x 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.

ABB's PEG ratio

ABB's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7986. 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 ABB's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


ABB's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.4 billion.

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

ABB financials

Revenue TTM USD$26 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.65%
Gross profit TTM USD$9 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.53%
Return on equity TTM 3.42%
Profit margin 21.33%
Book value $8.004
Market capitalisation USD$56.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting ABB shares

There are currently 5.4 million ABB shares held short by investors – that's known as ABB's "short interest". This figure is 76.1% up from 3.1 million last month.

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

ABB's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

ABB's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of ABB shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of ABB shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). ABB's SIR currently stands at 2.87. In other words for every 100,000 ABB shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2870 shares are currently held short.

However ABB's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of ABB shares, or, against the total number of tradable ABB shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case ABB's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 ABB shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable ABB shares, roughly 0 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 ABB.

Find out more about how you can short ABB stock.

ABB share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 29.06% of net profits

Recently ABB has paid out, on average, around 29.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.98% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ABB shareholders could enjoy a 2.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ABB's case, that would currently equate to about $0.83 per share.

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

ABB's most recent dividend payout was on 15 May 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have ABB's shares ever split?

ABB's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 29 March 2001. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your ABB shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for ABB shares which in turn could have impacted ABB's share price.

ABB share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ABB's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.71 up to $28.03. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ABB.US volatility(beta: 1.06)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 ABB's is 1.0605. This would suggest that ABB'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).

ABB overview

ABB Ltd manufactures and sells electrification, industrial automation, and robotics and motion products for customers in utilities, industry and transport, and infrastructure worldwide. Its Electrification Products segment provides electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar power solutions, modular substation packages, distribution automation products, switchboard and panel boards, switchgears, UPS solutions, circuit breakers, measuring and sensing devices, control products, wiring accessories, enclosures and cabling systems, and intelligent home and building solutions. This segment serves building, data center, rail, wind and solar, distribution utilities, food and beverage, marine, e-mobility, and oil and gas industries. The company's Robotics and Motion segment offers robotics, motors, generators, drives, wind converters, components and systems for railways and related services, and digital solutions for applications in industries, transportation and infrastructure, and utilities. This segment serves machinery manufacturers, process industries, hybrid and batch manufacturers, transportation equipment manufacturers, discrete manufacturing companies, utilities, and customers in the automotive industry. Its Industrial Automation segment provides process and discrete control solutions, advanced process control software and manufacturing execution systems, sensing, measurement and analytical instrumentation and solutions, electric ship propulsion systems, machine and factory automation solutions, and turbochargers, as well as remote monitoring, preventive maintenance, and cybersecurity services. This segment serves companies in the oil and gas, minerals and mining, metals, pulp and paper, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, power generation, and marine industries. ABB Ltd has a strategic collaboration with IBM. ABB Ltd was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

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