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How to buy Hologic stock

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Hologic, Inc is a medical instruments & supplies business based in the US. Hologic shares (HOLX) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Hologic employs 6,478 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Hologic

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

Hologic share price

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Hologic shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$26.49 - USD$73.63
50-day moving average USD$63.7917
200-day moving average USD$53.4273
Wall St. target priceUSD$78.21
PE ratio 33.9096
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.866

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Is it a good time to buy Hologic stock?

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Is Hologic under- or over-valued?

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

Hologic's P/E ratio

Hologic's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 34x. In other words, Hologic shares trade at around 34x 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.

Hologic's PEG ratio

Hologic's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.5946. 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 Hologic's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Hologic's EBITDA

Hologic's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.1 billion.

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

Hologic financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 20.2%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.25%
Return on equity TTM 22.05%
Profit margin 15.08%
Book value $8.716
Market capitalisation USD$16.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Hologic shares

There are currently 4.7 million Hologic shares held short by investors – that's known as Hologic's "short interest". This figure is 13.5% up from 4.1 million last month.

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

Hologic's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Hologic's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Hologic shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Hologic shares traded daily (recently around 3.9 million). Hologic's SIR currently stands at 1.2. In other words for every 100,000 Hologic shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1200 shares are currently held short.

However Hologic's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Hologic shares, or, against the total number of tradable Hologic shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Hologic's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Hologic shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0159% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Hologic 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 Hologic.

Find out more about how you can short Hologic stock.

Hologic'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 Hologic.

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

Hologic's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 27.58

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Hologic's overall score of 27.58 (as at 08/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 58th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Hologic's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.95/100

Hologic's environmental score of 2.95 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Hologic is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Hologic's social score

Social score: 11.28/100

Hologic's social score of 11.28 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Hologic is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Hologic's governance score

Governance score: 9.86/100

Hologic's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Hologic is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Hologic's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Hologic, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 27.58
Total ESG percentile 58.22
Environmental score 2.95
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 11.28
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 9.86
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Hologic share dividends

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

Have Hologic's shares ever split?

Hologic's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 3 April 2008. 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 Hologic shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Hologic shares which in turn could have impacted Hologic's share price.

Hologic share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Hologic's shares have ranged in value from as little as $26.49 up to $73.63. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HOLX.US volatility(beta: 1.4)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 Hologic's is 1.4008. This would suggest that Hologic's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Hologic overview

Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics products, medical imaging systems, surgical products, and light-based aesthetic and medical treatment systems for women in the United States and internationally. The company offers Aptima molecular diagnostic assays to detect the infectious microorganisms; Aptima quantitative viral load tests for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B; ThinPrep System for use in cytology applications; Rapid Fetal Fibronectin Test that assists physicians in assessing the risk of pre-term birth; and various diagnostic tests for acute respiratory ailments. It also provides breast imaging and analytics, such as 2D and 3D mammography systems and reading workstations, minimally invasive breast biopsy guidance systems and devices, breast biopsy site markers and localization, specimen radiology, and ultrasound and connectivity solutions; and breast conserving surgery products. In addition, the company offers aesthetic treatment systems, as well as TempSure, a radio frequency energy-sourced platform, which offers non-surgical and surgical aesthetic treatments and procedures. Further, it offers NovaSure Endometrial Ablation System for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding; MyoSure Hysteroscopic Tissue Removal System for the removal of fibroids, polyps, and other pathology within the uterus; and Fluent Fluid Management System that provides liquid distention during diagnostic and operative hysteroscopic procedures. Additionally, the company offers Horizon DXA, a dual energy X-ray system; and the Fluoroscan Insight FD mini C-arm to perform minimally invasive orthopedic surgical procedures. It sells its products through direct sales and service forces, and independent distributors and sales representatives. Hologic, Inc. has a collaboration with RadNet, Inc. to advance the use of artificial intelligence in breast health. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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