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How to buy Align Technology stock | $326.84

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Align Technology, Inc is a medical devices business based in the US. Align Technology shares (ALGN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Align Technology employs 14,530 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.3 billion.

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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 Align Technology. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ALGN. 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 Align Technology 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$326.84, 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 Align Technology, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Align Technology. 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.

Align Technology share price

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Align Technology shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$326.84
52-week rangeUSD$127.88 - USD$543.654
50-day moving average USD$491.8897
200-day moving average USD$360.0567
Wall St. target priceUSD$472.21
PE ratio 24.0276
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$21.976

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Is it a good time to buy Align Technology stock?

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Align Technology price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $326.84 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2021-01-15) -42.38%
1 month (2020-12-23) -37.74%
3 months (2020-10-23) -30.39%
6 months (2020-07-23) 9.29%
1 year (2020-01-23) 20.70%
2 years (2019-01-22) 51.20%
3 years (2018-01-22) 22.37%
5 years (2016-01-22) 436.24%

Is Align Technology under- or over-valued?

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

Align Technology's P/E ratio

Align Technology's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Align Technology shares trade at around 24x 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.

Align Technology's PEG ratio

Align Technology's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.9394. 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 Align Technology's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Align Technology's EBITDA

Align Technology's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$421.6 million.

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

Align Technology financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.22%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.01%
Return on equity TTM 80.12%
Profit margin 76%
Book value $38.472
Market capitalisation USD$41.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Align Technology shares

There are currently 1.4 million Align Technology shares held short by investors – that's known as Align Technology's "short interest". This figure is 13.6% down from 1.7 million last month.

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

Align Technology's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Align Technology's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Align Technology shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Align Technology shares traded daily (recently around 550456.48854962). Align Technology's SIR currently stands at 2.62. In other words for every 100,000 Align Technology shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2620 shares are currently held short.

However Align Technology's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Align Technology shares, or, against the total number of tradable Align Technology shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Align Technology's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Align Technology shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0206% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Align Technology shares, roughly 21 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 Align Technology.

Find out more about how you can short Align Technology stock.

Align Technology share dividends

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

Align Technology share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Align Technology's shares have ranged in value from as little as $127.88 up to $543.654. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALGN.US volatility(beta: 1.68)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 Align Technology's is 1.6751. This would suggest that Align Technology's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Align Technology overview

Align Technology, Inc., a medical device company, designs, manufactures, and markets Invisalign clear aligners and iTero intraoral scanners and services for orthodontists and general practitioner dentists, and restorative and aesthetic dentistry. It operates in two segments, Clear Aligner; and Scanners and Services. The Clear Aligner segment consists of comprehensive products, including Invisalign Comprehensive treatment that addresses the orthodontic needs of teenage patients, such as mandibular advancement, compliance indicators, and compensation for tooth eruption; and Invisalign First Phase I and Invisalign First Comprehensive Phase 2 package for younger patients generally between the ages of seven and ten years, which is a mixture of primary/baby and permanent teeth. This segment's non-comprehensive products comprise Invisalign Moderate, Lite and Express packages, and Invisalign Go; and non-case products include retention products, Invisalign training fees, and sales of ancillary products, such as cleaning material, and adjusting tools used by dental professionals during the course of treatment. The Scanners and Services segment offers iTero Scanner, a single hardware platform with software options for restorative or orthodontic procedures; restorative software for general practitioner dentists, prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons; software for orthodontists for digital records storage, orthodontic diagnosis, and for the fabrication of printed models and retainers; computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing services and ancillary products, such as disposable sleeves for the wand; and iTero applications and tools. The company sells its products in the United States, the Netherlands, China, and internationally. Align Technology, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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