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Belden Inc is an electrical equipment & parts business based in the US. Belden shares (BDC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Belden employs 7,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2 billion.

How to buy shares in Belden

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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 Belden. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BDC. 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 Belden 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$37.23, 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 Belden, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Belden. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Belden's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Belden's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$37.23, which is 22.49% down on its pre-crash value of USD$48.03 and 45.77% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$25.54.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Belden shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$626.65 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$746.09.

Belden share price

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Belden shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$37.23
52-week range USD$25.54 - USD$56.81
50-day moving average USD$32.4403
200-day moving average USD$33.1022
Wall St. target price USD$39.36
PE ratio 27.3226
Dividend yield USD$0.2 (0.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.047

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Is it a good time to buy Belden stock?

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Belden price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $37.23 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-20) 0.30%
1 month (2020-10-30) 20.56%
3 months (2020-08-28) 8.38%
6 months (2020-05-29) 9.37%
1 year (2019-11-29) -30.72%
2 years (2018-11-29) -32.12%
3 years (2017-11-29) -56.03%
5 years (2015-11-27) -41.22%

Is Belden under- or over-valued?

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

Belden's P/E ratio

Belden's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, Belden shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Belden's PEG ratio

Belden's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.14. 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 Belden's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Belden's EBITDA

Belden's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$277.1 million.

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

Belden financials

Revenue TTM USD$2 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.23%
Gross profit TTM USD$797.5 million
Return on assets TTM 3.25%
Return on equity TTM 5.18%
Profit margin -26.56%
Book value $18.496
Market capitalisation USD$1.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Belden shares

There are currently 3.1 million Belden shares held short by investors – that's known as Belden's "short interest". This figure is 0.5% down from 3.1 million last month.

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

Belden's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Belden's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Belden shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Belden shares traded daily (recently around 355527.95454545). Belden's SIR currently stands at 8.8. In other words for every 100,000 Belden shares traded daily on the market, roughly 8800 shares are currently held short.

However Belden's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Belden shares, or, against the total number of tradable Belden shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Belden's short interest could be expressed as 0.07% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Belden shares in existence, roughly 70 shares are currently held short) or 0.093% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Belden shares, roughly 93 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Belden.

Find out more about how you can short Belden stock.

Belden share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 5.46% of net profits

Recently Belden has paid out, on average, around 5.46% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.59% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Belden shareholders could enjoy a 0.59% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Belden's case, that would currently equate to about $0.2 per share.

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

Belden's most recent dividend payout was on 6 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Belden's shares ever split?

Belden's shares were split on a 1:2 basis on 16 July 2004. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Belden shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 100% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Belden shares which in turn could have impacted Belden's share price.

Belden share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Belden's shares have ranged in value from as little as $25.54 up to $56.81. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BDC.US volatility(beta: 1.71)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 Belden's is 1.7126. This would suggest that Belden's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Belden overview

Belden Inc. operates as a signal transmission solutions company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Enterprise Solutions and Industrial Solutions. The Enterprise Solutions segment offers copper cable and connectivity solutions, fiber cable and connectivity solutions, and racks and enclosures for use in applications, such as local area networks, data centers, access control, and building automation, as well as live production and performance, video display and digital signage, and corporate communications. It also provides power, cooling, and airflow management products for mission-critical data center operations. This segment serves customers in markets comprising healthcare, education, financial, government, and corporate enterprises, as well as end-markets, including sport venues, broadcast studios, and academia. The Industrial Solutions segment offers infrastructure components and on-machine connectivity systems, including industrial and input/output (I/O) connectors, industrial cables, IP and networking cables, I/O modules, distribution boxes, ruggedized controls and sensors, and customer specific wiring solutions. This segment provides its products for use in industrial automation applications comprising network and fieldbus infrastructure; sensor and actuator connectivity; and power, control, and data transmission. The company serves distributors, original equipment manufacturers, installers, and end-users. The company was formerly known as Belden CDT Inc. and changed its name to Belden Inc. in May 2007. Belden Inc. was founded in 1902 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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