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How to buy Digital Realty Trust stock

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc is a reit-office business based in the US. Digital Realty Trust shares (DLR) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Digital Realty Trust

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

Digital Realty Trust share price

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Digital Realty Trust shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$102.8976 - USD$163.1587
50-day moving average USD$140.7636
200-day moving average USD$143.4285
Wall St. target priceUSD$163.91
PE ratio 131.12
Dividend yield USD$4.48 (3.37%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1

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Is it a good time to buy Digital Realty Trust stock?

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Is Digital Realty Trust under- or over-valued?

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

Digital Realty Trust's P/E ratio

Digital Realty Trust's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 131x. In other words, Digital Realty Trust shares trade at around 131x 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.

Digital Realty Trust's PEG ratio

Digital Realty Trust's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.1611. 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 Digital Realty Trust's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Digital Realty Trust's EBITDA

Digital Realty Trust's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.9 billion.

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

Digital Realty Trust financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.94%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.3%
Return on equity TTM 2.49%
Profit margin 9.27%
Book value $59.819
Market capitalisation USD$36.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Digital Realty Trust shares

There are currently 6.7 million Digital Realty Trust shares held short by investors – that's known as Digital Realty Trust's "short interest". This figure is 18% up from 5.7 million last month.

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

Digital Realty Trust's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Digital Realty Trust's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Digital Realty Trust shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Digital Realty Trust shares traded daily (recently around 1.7 million). Digital Realty Trust's SIR currently stands at 3.92. In other words for every 100,000 Digital Realty Trust shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3920 shares are currently held short.

However Digital Realty Trust's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Digital Realty Trust shares, or, against the total number of tradable Digital Realty Trust shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Digital Realty Trust's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Digital Realty Trust shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0275% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Digital Realty Trust shares, roughly 28 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 Digital Realty Trust.

Find out more about how you can short Digital Realty Trust stock.

Digital Realty Trust'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 Digital Realty Trust.

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

Digital Realty Trust's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 13.65

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Digital Realty Trust's overall score of 13.65 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Digital Realty Trust's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.91/100

Digital Realty Trust's environmental score of 4.91 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Digital Realty Trust is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Digital Realty Trust's social score

Social score: 3.38/100

Digital Realty Trust's social score of 3.38 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Digital Realty Trust is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Digital Realty Trust's governance score

Governance score: 3.87/100

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

Digital Realty Trust's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Digital Realty Trust, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 13.65
Total ESG percentile 6.36
Environmental score 4.91
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 3.38
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 3.87
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

Digital Realty Trust share dividends

63%

Dividend payout ratio: 62.58% of net profits

Recently Digital Realty Trust has paid out, on average, around 62.58% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.54% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Digital Realty Trust shareholders could enjoy a 3.54% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Digital Realty Trust's case, that would currently equate to about $4.48 per share.

Digital Realty Trust'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.

Digital Realty Trust's most recent dividend payout was on 31 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Digital Realty Trust share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Digital Realty Trust's shares have ranged in value from as little as $102.8976 up to $163.1587. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Digital Realty Trust's is 0.1361. This would suggest that Digital Realty Trust's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Digital Realty Trust overview

Digital Realty supports the world's leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITALR, the company's global data center platform, provides customers a trusted foundation and proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture PDxTM solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. Digital Realty's global data center footprint gives customers access to the connected communities that matter to them with more than 284 facilities in 48 metros across 23 countries on six continents.

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