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How to buy International Business Machines Corporation stock

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International Business Machines Corporation is an information technology services business based in the US. International Business Machines Corporation shares (IBM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. International Business Machines Corporation employs 352,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$75.5 billion.

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  3. Search for International Business Machines Corporation Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: IBM. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
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International Business Machines Corporation share price

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International Business Machines Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$90.56 - USD$158.75
50-day moving average USD$123.6257
200-day moving average USD$120.565
Wall St. target priceUSD$135.19
PE ratio 13.4728
Dividend yield USD$6.52 (5.49%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$8.811

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Is it a good time to buy International Business Machines Corporation stock?

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International Business Machines Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $N/A

1 week (2020-09-17) -100.00%
1 month (2020-08-27) -100.00%
3 months (2020-06-26) -100.00%
6 months (2020-03-27) -100.00%
1 year (2019-09-27) -100.00%
2 years (2018-09-27) -100.00%
3 years (2017-09-27) -100.00%
5 years (2015-09-25) -100.00%

Is International Business Machines Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

International Business Machines Corporation's P/E ratio

International Business Machines 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 13x. In other words, International Business Machines Corporation shares trade at around 13x 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.

International Business Machines Corporation's PEG ratio

International Business Machines Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.5102. 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 International Business Machines 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.

International Business Machines Corporation's EBITDA

International Business Machines Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$15.6 billion.

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

International Business Machines Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$75.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.85%
Gross profit TTM USD$36.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.62%
Return on equity TTM 40.97%
Profit margin 10.43%
Book value $23.076
Market capitalisation USD$105.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting International Business Machines Corporation shares

There are currently 22.6 million International Business Machines Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as International Business Machines Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 0.1% up from 22.6 million last month.

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

International Business Machines Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

International Business Machines Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of International Business Machines Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of International Business Machines Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 3.6 million). International Business Machines Corporation's SIR currently stands at 6.28. In other words for every 100,000 International Business Machines Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6280 shares are currently held short.

However International Business Machines Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of International Business Machines Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable International Business Machines Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case International Business Machines Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 International Business Machines Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0254% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable International Business Machines Corporation shares, roughly 25 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 International Business Machines Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short International Business Machines Corporation stock.

International Business Machines 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 International Business Machines Corporation.

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

International Business Machines Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 14.58

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and International Business Machines Corporation's overall score of 14.58 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 12nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

International Business Machines Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.91/100

International Business Machines Corporation's environmental score of 0.91 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that International Business Machines Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

International Business Machines Corporation's social score

Social score: 9.43/100

International Business Machines Corporation's social score of 9.43 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that International Business Machines Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

International Business Machines Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 5.75/100

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

International Business Machines Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

International Business Machines Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 14.58
Total ESG percentile 12.08
Environmental score 0.91
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 9.43
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 5.75
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

International Business Machines Corporation share dividends

74%

Dividend payout ratio: 73.58% of net profits

Recently International Business Machines Corporation has paid out, on average, around 73.58% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.49% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), International Business Machines Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 5.49% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In International Business Machines Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $6.52 per share.

International Business Machines Corporation'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.

International Business Machines Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 10 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have International Business Machines Corporation's shares ever split?

International Business Machines Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 May 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 International Business Machines Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for International Business Machines Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted International Business Machines Corporation's share price.

International Business Machines Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, International Business Machines Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $90.56 up to $158.75. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

IBM.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 International Business Machines Corporation's is 1.17. This would suggest that International Business Machines 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).

International Business Machines Corporation overview

International Business Machines Corporation operates as an integrated solutions and services company worldwide. Its Cloud & Cognitive Software segment offers software for vertical and domain-specific solutions in health, financial services, and Internet of Things (IoT), weather, and security software and services application areas; and customer information control system and storage, and analytics and integration software solutions to support client mission critical on-premise workloads in banking, airline, and retail industries. It also offers middleware and data platform software, including Red Hat, which enables the operation of clients' hybrid multi-cloud environments; and Cloud Paks, WebSphere distributed, and analytics platform software, such as DB2 distributed, information integration, and enterprise content management, as well as IoT, Blockchain and AI/Watson platforms. The company's Global Business Services segment offers business consulting services; system integration, application management, maintenance, and support services for packaged software; finance, procurement, talent and engagement, industry-specific business process outsourcing services; IT infrastructure and platform services. Its Global Technology Services segment provides project, managed, outsourcing, and cloud-delivered services for enterprise IT infrastructure environments; and IT infrastructure support services. It's Systems segment offers servers for businesses, cloud service providers, and scientific computing organizations; data storage products and solutions; and z/OS, an enterprise operating system, as well as Linux. Its Global Financing segment provides lease, installment payment, loan financing, short-term working capital financing, and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. It was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Armonk, New York.

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