How to buy Broadcom stock - 03 March

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How to buy Broadcom stock

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Broadcom Inc is a semiconductors business based in the US. Broadcom shares (AVGO) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Broadcom employs 21,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$23.9 billion.

How to buy shares in Broadcom

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

Broadcom share price

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Broadcom shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-02.
52-week rangeUSD$148.87 - USD$495.14
50-day moving average USD$467.3821
200-day moving average USD$401.4244
Wall St. target priceUSD$481.93
PE ratio 75.9339
Dividend yield USD$13.35 (2.73%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.328

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Is it a good time to buy Broadcom stock?

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Is Broadcom under- or over-valued?

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

Broadcom's P/E ratio

Broadcom's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 76x. In other words, Broadcom shares trade at around 76x 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.

Broadcom's PEG ratio

Broadcom's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1821. 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 Broadcom's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Broadcom's EBITDA

Broadcom's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$11 billion.

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

Broadcom financials

Revenue TTM USD$23.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.79%
Gross profit TTM USD$17.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.7%
Return on equity TTM 12.12%
Profit margin 12.39%
Book value $58.658
Market capitalisation USD$196.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Broadcom shares

There are currently 4.5 million Broadcom shares held short by investors – that's known as Broadcom's "short interest". This figure is 2.3% up from 4.4 million last month.

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

Broadcom's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Broadcom's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Broadcom shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Broadcom shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). Broadcom's SIR currently stands at 2.77. In other words for every 100,000 Broadcom shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2770 shares are currently held short.

However Broadcom's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Broadcom shares, or, against the total number of tradable Broadcom shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Broadcom's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Broadcom shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0155% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Broadcom shares, roughly 16 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 Broadcom.

Find out more about how you can short Broadcom stock.

Broadcom'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 Broadcom.

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

Broadcom's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.54

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Broadcom's overall score of 23.54 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 38th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Broadcom's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.96/100

Broadcom's social score

Social score: 5.66/100

Broadcom's governance score

Governance score: 6.43/100

Broadcom's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Broadcom scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Broadcom hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 23.54
Total ESG percentile 38.46
Environmental score 5.96
Social score 5.66
Governance score 6.43
Level of controversy 3

Broadcom share dividends

79%

Dividend payout ratio: 79.04% of net profits

Recently Broadcom has paid out, on average, around 79.04% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.94% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Broadcom shareholders could enjoy a 2.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Broadcom's case, that would currently equate to about $13.35 per share.

Broadcom's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Broadcom's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Broadcom share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Broadcom's shares have ranged in value from as little as $148.87 up to $495.14. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AVGO.US volatility(beta: 1.04)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 Broadcom's is 1.0411. This would suggest that Broadcom'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).

Broadcom overview

Broadcom Inc. designs, develops, and supplies semiconductor infrastructure software solutions. It offers semiconductor devices with a focus on complex digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor based devices and analog III-V based products worldwide. The company's infrastructure software solutions enable customers to plan, develop, automate, manage, and secure applications across mainframe, distributed, mobile, and cloud platforms. It operates through two segments, Semiconductor Solutions and Infrastructure Software. The company was incorporated in 2018 and is based in San Jose, California.

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