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How to buy Illinois Tool Works stock

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Illinois Tool Works Inc is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Illinois Tool Works shares (ITW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Illinois Tool Works employs 45,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.7 billion.

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

Illinois Tool Works share price

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Illinois Tool Works shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$122.28 - USD$203.18
50-day moving average USD$195.9966
200-day moving average USD$172.4018
Wall St. target priceUSD$181.22
PE ratio 29.55
Dividend yield USD$4.56 (2.39%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.811

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Is it a good time to buy Illinois Tool Works stock?

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Is Illinois Tool Works under- or over-valued?

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

Illinois Tool Works's P/E ratio

Illinois Tool Works's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Illinois Tool Works shares trade at around 30x 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.

Illinois Tool Works's PEG ratio

Illinois Tool Works's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.6709. 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 Illinois Tool Works's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Illinois Tool Works's EBITDA

Illinois Tool Works's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.3 billion.

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

Illinois Tool Works financials

Revenue TTM USD$12.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.92%
Gross profit TTM USD$5.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.39%
Return on equity TTM 80.18%
Profit margin 17.16%
Book value $7.455
Market capitalisation USD$60.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Illinois Tool Works shares

There are currently 6.1 million Illinois Tool Works shares held short by investors – that's known as Illinois Tool Works's "short interest". This figure is 13.9% down from 7.1 million last month.

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

Illinois Tool Works's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Illinois Tool Works's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Illinois Tool Works shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Illinois Tool Works shares traded daily (recently around 823487.7852349). Illinois Tool Works's SIR currently stands at 7.45. In other words for every 100,000 Illinois Tool Works shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7450 shares are currently held short.

However Illinois Tool Works's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Illinois Tool Works shares, or, against the total number of tradable Illinois Tool Works shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Illinois Tool Works's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Illinois Tool Works shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0207% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Illinois Tool Works shares, roughly 21 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Illinois Tool Works.

Find out more about how you can short Illinois Tool Works stock.

Illinois Tool Works'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 Illinois Tool Works.

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

Illinois Tool Works's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.95

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Illinois Tool Works's overall score of 25.95 (as at 08/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 26th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Illinois Tool Works's environmental score

Environmental score: 11.24/100

Illinois Tool Works's environmental score of 11.24 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Illinois Tool Works is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Illinois Tool Works's social score

Social score: 13.29/100

Illinois Tool Works's social score of 13.29 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Illinois Tool Works is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Illinois Tool Works's governance score

Governance score: 13.93/100

Illinois Tool Works's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Illinois Tool Works is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Illinois Tool Works's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Illinois Tool Works Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 25.95
Total ESG percentile 25.82
Environmental score 11.24
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 13.29
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 13.93
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 2

Illinois Tool Works share dividends

63%

Dividend payout ratio: 62.94% of net profits

Recently Illinois Tool Works has paid out, on average, around 62.94% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Illinois Tool Works shareholders could enjoy a 2.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Illinois Tool Works's case, that would currently equate to about $4.56 per share.

Illinois Tool Works'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.

Illinois Tool Works's most recent dividend payout was on 14 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Illinois Tool Works's shares ever split?

Illinois Tool Works's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 May 2006. 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 Illinois Tool Works shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Illinois Tool Works shares which in turn could have impacted Illinois Tool Works's share price.

Illinois Tool Works share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Illinois Tool Works's shares have ranged in value from as little as $122.28 up to $203.18. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ITW.US volatility(beta: 1.17)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 Illinois Tool Works's is 1.1711. This would suggest that Illinois Tool Works'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).

Illinois Tool Works overview

Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures and sells industrial products and equipment worldwide. It operates through seven segments: Automotive OEM; Food Equipment; Test & Measurement and Electronics; Welding; Polymers & Fluids; Construction Products; and Specialty Products. The Automotive OEM segment offers plastic and metal components, fasteners, and assemblies for automobiles, light trucks, and other industrial uses. The Food Equipment segment provides warewashing, cooking, refrigeration, and food processing equipment; kitchen exhaust, ventilation, and pollution control systems; and food equipment maintenance and repair services. The Test & Measurement and Electronics segment produces equipment, consumables, and related software for testing and measuring of materials and structures, as well as equipment and consumables used in the production of electronic subassemblies and microelectronics. The Welding segment produces arc welding equipment; and metal arc welding consumables and related accessories. The Polymers & Fluids segment produces adhesives, sealants, lubrication and cutting fluids, and fluids and polymers for auto aftermarket maintenance and appearance. The Construction Products segment offers engineered fastening systems and solutions for the residential construction, renovation/remodel, and commercial construction markets. The Specialty Products segment offers beverage packaging equipment and consumables, product coding and marking equipment and consumables, and appliance components and fasteners. It serves the automotive OEM/tiers, commercial food equipment, construction, general industrial, and automotive aftermarket end markets. The company distributes its products directly to industrial manufacturers, as well as through independent distributors. Illinois Tool Works Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.

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