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How to buy Fortive Corporation stock

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Fortive Corporation is a scientific & technical instruments business based in the US. Fortive Corporation shares (FTV) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Fortive Corporation employs 17,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.6 billion.

How to buy shares in Fortive Corporation

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  3. Search for Fortive Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FTV. 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 Fortive 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 Fortive Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Fortive 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.

Fortive Corporation share price

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Fortive Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$43.7209 - USD$74.1071
50-day moving average USD$68.5691
200-day moving average USD$68.1416
Wall St. target priceUSD$76.53
PE ratio 15.7321
Dividend yield USD$0.28 (0.39%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.494

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Is it a good time to buy Fortive Corporation stock?

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Is Fortive Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Fortive Corporation's P/E ratio

Fortive 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 16x. In other words, Fortive Corporation shares trade at around 16x 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.

Fortive Corporation's PEG ratio

Fortive Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0862. 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 Fortive 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.

Fortive Corporation's EBITDA

Fortive Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1 billion.

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

Fortive Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.68%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.37%
Return on equity TTM 17.74%
Profit margin 34.81%
Book value $26.529
Market capitalisation USD$23.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Fortive Corporation shares

There are currently 9.0 million Fortive Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Fortive Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 1.9% up from 8.8 million last month.

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

Fortive Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Fortive Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Fortive Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Fortive Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 2.5 million). Fortive Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.65. In other words for every 100,000 Fortive Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3650 shares are currently held short.

However Fortive Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Fortive Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Fortive Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Fortive Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Fortive Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0355% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Fortive Corporation shares, roughly 36 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 Fortive Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Fortive Corporation stock.

Fortive 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 Fortive Corporation.

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

Fortive Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 35.47

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Fortive Corporation's overall score of 35.47 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 66th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Fortive Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 15.05/100

Fortive Corporation's environmental score of 15.05 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortive Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Fortive Corporation's social score

Social score: 19.6/100

Fortive Corporation's social score of 19.6 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortive Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Fortive Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 14.31/100

Fortive Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Fortive Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Fortive Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Fortive Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Fortive Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Fortive Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 35.47
Total ESG percentile 65.98
Environmental score 15.05
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 19.6
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 14.31
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Fortive Corporation share dividends

8%

Dividend payout ratio: 8.4% of net profits

Recently Fortive Corporation has paid out, on average, around 8.4% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fortive Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fortive Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.28 per share.

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

Fortive Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 25 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Fortive Corporation's shares ever split?

Fortive Corporation's shares were split on a 1195:1000 basis on 8 October 2020. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1195 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Fortive Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 16.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fortive Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Fortive Corporation's share price.

Fortive Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Fortive Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $43.7209 up to $74.1071. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FTV.US volatility(beta: 1.23)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 Fortive Corporation's is 1.2291. This would suggest that Fortive 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).

Fortive Corporation overview

Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide. Its Intelligent Operating Solutions segment offers connected reliability tools; environment, health, safety, and quality enterprise software products; facility and asset lifecycle software; pre-construction planning and construction procurement solutions; ruggedized professional test tools; electric, pressure, and temperature calibration tools; and portable gas detection tools for a range of vertical end markets including manufacturing, process industries, healthcare, utilities and power, communications and electronics, and others. It markets its products and services under the ACCRUENT, FLUKE, FLUKE NETWORKS, GORDIAN, INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC, INTELEX, and PRUFTECHNIK brands. The company's Precision Technologies segment provides electrical test and measurement instruments and services; energetic material devices; and sensor and control system solutions for power and energy, medical equipment, food and beverage, aerospace and defense, off-highway vehicles, electronics, semiconductors, and other general industrial markets. This segment markets its products under the ANDERSON-NEGELE, GEMS, SETRA, HENGSTLER-DYNAPAR, QUALITROL, PACIFIC SCIENTIFIC, KEITHLEY, and TEKTRONIX brands. Its Advanced Healthcare Solutions segment offers hardware and software products and services, including instrument and device reprocessing, instrument tracking, biomedical test tools, radiation safety monitoring, and asset management services; subscription-based surgical inventory management systems to facilitate inventory management and regulatory compliance, as well as technical, analytical, and compliance services to determine radiation exposure services under the ASP, CENSIS, CENSITRAC, EVOTECH, FLUKE BIOMEDICAL, INVETECH, LANDAUER, RAYSAFE, and STERRAD brands. Fortive Corporation was incorporated in 2015 and is headquartered in Everett, Washington.

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