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Harmonic Inc is a communication equipment business based in the US. Harmonic shares (HLIT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Harmonic employs 1,172 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$390.3 million.

How to buy shares in Harmonic

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 Harmonic. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HLIT. 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 Harmonic 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$6.37, 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 Harmonic, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Harmonic. 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 Harmonic's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$6.37, which is 4.21% down on its pre-crash value of USD$6.65 and 43.47% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$4.44.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Harmonic shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$682.52 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$866.07.

Harmonic share price

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Harmonic shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$6.37
52-week range USD$4.44 - USD$8.57
50-day moving average USD$5.8046
200-day moving average USD$5.6701
Wall St. target price USD$7.81
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-0.315

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Is it a good time to buy Harmonic stock?

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Harmonic price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $6.37 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-19) -3.19%
1 month (2020-10-26) -6.46%
3 months (2020-08-26) 6.52%
6 months (2020-05-26) 12.94%
1 year (2019-11-26) -22.03%
2 years (2018-11-26) 13.55%
3 years (2017-11-24) 40.00%
5 years (2015-11-25) 14.77%

Is Harmonic under- or over-valued?

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

Harmonic's EBITDA

Harmonic's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$23.9 million.

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

Harmonic financials

Revenue TTM USD$390.3 million
Operating margin TTM 1.58%
Gross profit TTM USD$224.4 million
Return on assets TTM 0.71%
Return on equity TTM -9.1%
Profit margin -5.16%
Book value $2.377
Market capitalisation USD$618.7 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Harmonic shares

There are currently 6.7 million Harmonic shares held short by investors – that's known as Harmonic's "short interest". This figure is 0.8% up from 6.6 million last month.

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

Harmonic's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Harmonic's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Harmonic shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Harmonic shares traded daily (recently around 614349.7700092). Harmonic's SIR currently stands at 10.87. In other words for every 100,000 Harmonic shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10870 shares are currently held short.

However Harmonic's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Harmonic shares, or, against the total number of tradable Harmonic shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Harmonic's short interest could be expressed as 0.07% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Harmonic shares in existence, roughly 70 shares are currently held short) or 0.1018% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Harmonic shares, roughly 102 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Harmonic.

Find out more about how you can short Harmonic stock.

Harmonic share dividends

We're not expecting Harmonic to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Harmonic's shares ever split?

Harmonic's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 October 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Harmonic shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Harmonic shares which in turn could have impacted Harmonic's share price.

Harmonic share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Harmonic's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.44 up to $8.57. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HLIT.US volatility(beta: 0.86)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 Harmonic's is 0.8571. This would suggest that Harmonic's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Harmonic overview

Harmonic Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provide video delivery software, products, system solutions, and services worldwide. Its products enable customers to create, prepare, and deliver a range of video and broadband services to consumer devices, including televisions, personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. The company operates in two segment, Video and Cable Access. The Video segment sells video processing, and production and playout solutions and services to cable operators, and satellite and telecommunications Pay-Tv service providers, as well as to broadcast and media, including streaming media companies. This segment's video processing solutions include network management and application software, and hardware products, such as appliances, broadcast and over-the-top encoders, contribution encoders, high-density transcoders, multiscreen delivery, decoders and descramblers, and video servers. This segment also provides video-optimized storage systems; and unified video playout and processing software-as-a-service solutions. The Cable Access segment offers cable edge solutions and related services, including CableOS software-based cable access solutions; and narrowcast services gateway products primarily to cable operators. The company also provides technical support and professional services, such as maintenance and support, consulting, implementation, program management, technical design and planning, building and site preparation, integration and equipment installation, end-to-end system testing, and training. Harmonic Inc. sells its products through its direct sales force, as well as through independent resellers and systems integrators. Harmonic Inc.was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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