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How to buy Adobe stock

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Adobe Inc is a software-infrastructure business based in the US. Adobe shares (ADBE) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Adobe employs 22,516 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.9 billion.

How to buy shares in Adobe

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

Adobe share price

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Adobe shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$255.1314 - USD$536.88
50-day moving average USD$478.4794
200-day moving average USD$481.0089
Wall St. target priceUSD$563.3
PE ratio 43.2955
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$10.83

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Is it a good time to buy Adobe stock?

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Is Adobe under- or over-valued?

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

Adobe's P/E ratio

Adobe'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, Adobe 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.

Adobe's PEG ratio

Adobe's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3742. 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 Adobe's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Adobe's EBITDA

Adobe's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.8 billion.

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

Adobe financials

Revenue TTM USD$12.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 32.93%
Gross profit TTM USD$11.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 11.76%
Return on equity TTM 44.21%
Profit margin 40.88%
Book value $27.691
Market capitalisation USD$224.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Adobe shares

There are currently 4.9 million Adobe shares held short by investors – that's known as Adobe's "short interest". This figure is 15.2% up from 4.3 million last month.

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

Adobe's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Adobe's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Adobe shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Adobe shares traded daily (recently around 2.8 million). Adobe's SIR currently stands at 1.75. In other words for every 100,000 Adobe shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1750 shares are currently held short.

However Adobe's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Adobe shares, or, against the total number of tradable Adobe shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Adobe's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Adobe shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0103% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Adobe shares, roughly 10 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 Adobe.

Find out more about how you can short Adobe stock.

Adobe'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 Adobe.

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

Adobe's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 14.32

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Adobe's overall score of 14.32 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Adobe's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.05/100

Adobe's environmental score of 0.05 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Adobe is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Adobe's social score

Social score: 8.43/100

Adobe's social score of 8.43 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Adobe is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Adobe's governance score

Governance score: 4.94/100

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

Adobe's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 14.32
Total ESG percentile 4.86
Environmental score 0.05
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 8.43
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.94
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

Adobe share dividends

We're not expecting Adobe to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Adobe's shares ever split?

Adobe's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 24 May 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Adobe shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Adobe shares which in turn could have impacted Adobe's share price.

Adobe share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Adobe's shares have ranged in value from as little as $255.1314 up to $536.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ADBE.US volatility(beta: 0.97)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 Adobe's is 0.9701. This would suggest that Adobe's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Adobe overview

Adobe Inc. operates as a diversified software company worldwide. Its Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, teams, and enterprises to create, publish, promote, and monetize their digital content. Its flagship product is Creative Cloud, a subscription service that allows customer to download and access the latest versions of its creative products. This segment serves content creators, experience designers, app developers, enthusiasts, students, social media users, and creative professionals; and marketing departments and agencies, companies, and publishers. The company's Digital Experience segment offers products, services, and solutions for creating, managing, executing, measuring, monetizing, and optimizing customer experiences from analytics to commerce. This segment serves marketers, advertisers, agencies, publishers, merchandisers, merchants, web analysts, data scientists, developers, marketing executives, information management and technology executives, product development executives, and sales and support executives. Its Publishing and Advertising segment offers products and services, such as e-learning solutions, technical document publishing, web conferencing, document and forms platform, web application development, and high-end printing, as well as publishing needs of technical and business, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) printing businesses. The company offers its products and services directly to enterprise customers through its sales force and local field offices, as well as to end users through app stores and through its website at adobe.com. It also distributes products and services through a network of distributors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, software vendors and developers, retailers, and OEMs. The company was formerly known as Adobe Systems Incorporated and changed its name to Adobe Inc. in October 2018. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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