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How to buy HP stock

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HP Inc is a computer hardware business based in the US. HP shares (HPQ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. HP employs 53,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$56.6 billion.

How to buy shares in HP

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

HP share price

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HP shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$12.2052 - USD$27.68
50-day moving average USD$25.7309
200-day moving average USD$21.5686
Wall St. target priceUSD$25.19
PE ratio 13.69
Dividend yield USD$0.705 (2.6%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2

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Is it a good time to buy HP stock?

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Is HP under- or over-valued?

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

HP's P/E ratio

HP's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, HP shares trade at around 14x 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.

HP's PEG ratio

HP's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2797. 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 HP's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

HP's EBITDA

HP's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.7 billion.

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

HP financials

Revenue TTM USD$56.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.92%
Gross profit TTM USD$10.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.19%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 5.02%
Book value $-0.763
Market capitalisation USD$35.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting HP shares

There are currently 16.5 million HP shares held short by investors – that's known as HP's "short interest". This figure is 8.4% down from 18.1 million last month.

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

HP's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

HP's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of HP shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of HP shares traded daily (recently around 8.4 million). HP's SIR currently stands at 1.96. In other words for every 100,000 HP shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1960 shares are currently held short.

However HP's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of HP shares, or, against the total number of tradable HP shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case HP's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 HP shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0145% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable HP shares, roughly 15 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 HP.

Find out more about how you can short HP stock.

HP'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 HP.

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

HP's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 13.92

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and HP's overall score of 13.92 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

HP's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.82/100

HP's environmental score of 0.82 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that HP is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

HP's social score

Social score: 6.15/100

HP's social score of 6.15 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that HP is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

HP's governance score

Governance score: 4.59/100

HP's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that HP is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

HP's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

HP Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 13.92
Total ESG percentile 4.74
Environmental score 0.82
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 6.15
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 4.59
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

HP share dividends

33%

Dividend payout ratio: 32.6% of net profits

Recently HP has paid out, on average, around 32.6% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), HP shareholders could enjoy a 2.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HP's case, that would currently equate to about $0.705 per share.

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

HP's most recent dividend payout was on 7 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have HP's shares ever split?

HP's shares were split on a 2202:1000 basis on 2 November 2015. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2202 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your HP shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 54.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for HP shares which in turn could have impacted HP's share price.

HP share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, HP's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.2052 up to $27.68. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HPQ.US volatility(beta: 1.03)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 HP's is 1.0347. This would suggest that HP'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).

HP overview

HP Inc. provides personal computing and other access devices, imaging and printing products, and related technologies, solutions, and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Personal Systems, Printing, and Corporate Investments. The Personal Systems segment offers commercial and consumer desktop and notebook personal computers, workstations, thin clients, commercial mobility devices, retail point-of-sale systems, displays and other related accessories, software, support, and services. The Printing segment provides consumer and commercial printer hardware, supplies, solutions, and services, as well as scanning devices. The Corporate Investments segment includes HP Labs and business incubation projects. HP Inc. serves individual consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors. The company was formerly known as Hewlett-Packard Company and changed its name to HP Inc. in October 2015. HP Inc. was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

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