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How to buy The Charles Schwab Corporation stock

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The Charles Schwab Corporation is a capital markets business based in the US. The Charles Schwab Corporation shares (SCHW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. The Charles Schwab Corporation employs 32,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$11.7 billion.

How to buy shares in The Charles Schwab Corporation

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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 The Charles Schwab Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SCHW. 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 The Charles Schwab Corporation 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 The Charles Schwab Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The Charles Schwab Corporation. 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.

The Charles Schwab Corporation share price

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The Charles Schwab Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$27.511 - USD$63.45
50-day moving average USD$57.4955
200-day moving average USD$45.5741
Wall St. target priceUSD$65.68
PE ratio 29.5613
Dividend yield USD$0.72 (1.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.12

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Is it a good time to buy The Charles Schwab Corporation stock?

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Is The Charles Schwab Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

The Charles Schwab Corporation's P/E ratio

The Charles Schwab Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, The Charles Schwab Corporation shares trade at around 30x 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.

The Charles Schwab Corporation's PEG ratio

The Charles Schwab Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 31.7634. 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 The Charles Schwab Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Charles Schwab Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$11.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 40.14%
Gross profit TTM USD$11.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.86%
Return on equity TTM 12.43%
Profit margin 28.22%
Book value $20.217
Market capitalisation USD$117.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Charles Schwab Corporation shares

There are currently 14.3 million The Charles Schwab Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as The Charles Schwab Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 9.6% down from 15.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The Charles Schwab Corporation shares can be evaluated.

The Charles Schwab Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

The Charles Schwab Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Charles Schwab Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Charles Schwab Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 9.4 million). The Charles Schwab Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.53. In other words for every 100,000 The Charles Schwab Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1530 shares are currently held short.

However The Charles Schwab Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Charles Schwab Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Charles Schwab Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Charles Schwab Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Charles Schwab Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0086% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Charles Schwab Corporation shares, roughly 9 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 The Charles Schwab Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short The Charles Schwab Corporation stock.

The Charles Schwab Corporation'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 The Charles Schwab Corporation.

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

The Charles Schwab Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.29

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Charles Schwab Corporation's overall score of 20.29 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Charles Schwab Corporation 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.).

The Charles Schwab Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.61/100

The Charles Schwab Corporation's social score

Social score: 8.8/100

The Charles Schwab Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.38/100

The Charles Schwab Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Charles Schwab Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.29
Total ESG percentile 35.08
Environmental score 1.61
Social score 8.8
Governance score 8.38
Level of controversy 1

The Charles Schwab Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 29.88% of net profits

Recently The Charles Schwab Corporation has paid out, on average, around 29.88% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Charles Schwab Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Charles Schwab Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.72 per share.

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

The Charles Schwab Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 26 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Charles Schwab Corporation's shares ever split?

The Charles Schwab Corporation's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 31 May 2000. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Charles Schwab Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Charles Schwab Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted The Charles Schwab Corporation's share price.

The Charles Schwab Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Charles Schwab Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $27.511 up to $63.45. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SCHW.US volatility(beta: 1.07)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 The Charles Schwab Corporation's is 1.0736. This would suggest that The Charles Schwab Corporation'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).

The Charles Schwab Corporation overview

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. The Investor Services segment provides retail brokerage and banking services, retirement plan services, and other corporate brokerage services; equity compensation plan sponsors full-service recordkeeping for stock plans, stock options, restricted stock, performance shares, and stock appreciation rights; and retail investor, retirement plan, and mutual fund clearing services. The Advisor Services segment offers custodial, trading, and support services; and retirement business and corporate brokerage retirement services. This segment provides brokerage accounts with cash management capabilities; third-party mutual funds, as well as proprietary mutual funds, plus mutual fund trading, and clearing services to broker-dealers; and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), including proprietary and third-party ETFs. It also offers advice solutions, such as managed portfolios of proprietary and third-party mutual funds and ETFs, separately managed accounts, customized personal advice for tailored portfolios, and specialized planning and portfolio management. In addition, this segment provides banking products and services, including checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, first lien residential real estate mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and pledged asset lines; and trust services comprising trust custody services, personal trust reporting services, and administrative trustee services. The company serves individuals and institutional clients in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. The Charles Schwab Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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