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How to buy KLA Corporation stock

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KLA Corporation is a semiconductor equipment & materials business based in the US. KLA Corporation shares (KLAC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. KLA Corporation employs 10,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.8 billion.

How to buy shares in KLA Corporation

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

KLA Corporation share price

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KLA Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-19.
52-week range USD$110.19 - USD$223.54
50-day moving average USD$194.053
200-day moving average USD$186.7282
Wall St. target price USD$213.82
PE ratio 27.0649
Dividend yield USD$3.6 (1.73%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$7.7

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Is it a good time to buy KLA Corporation stock?

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Is KLA Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

KLA Corporation's P/E ratio

KLA 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 27x. In other words, KLA Corporation shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

KLA Corporation's PEG ratio

KLA Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.771. 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 KLA 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.

KLA Corporation's EBITDA

KLA Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$2.1 billion.

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

KLA Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$5.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 30.26%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.01%
Return on equity TTM 45.35%
Profit margin 20.96%
Book value $17.145
Market capitalisation USD$32.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting KLA Corporation shares

There are currently 3.0 million KLA Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as KLA Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 19.4% up from 2.5 million last month.

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

KLA Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

KLA Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of KLA Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of KLA Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.4 million). KLA Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.11. In other words for every 100,000 KLA Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2110 shares are currently held short.

However KLA Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of KLA Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable KLA Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case KLA Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 KLA Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0221% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable KLA Corporation shares, roughly 22 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 KLA Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short KLA Corporation stock.

KLA 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 KLA Corporation.

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

KLA Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.21

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and KLA Corporation's overall score of 24.21 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 23rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

KLA Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.84/100

KLA Corporation's environmental score of 9.84 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that KLA Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

KLA Corporation's social score

Social score: 10.23/100

KLA Corporation's social score of 10.23 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that KLA Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

KLA Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 9.14/100

KLA Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that KLA Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

KLA Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 24.21
Total ESG percentile 23.2
Environmental score 9.84
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 10.23
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.14
Governance score percentile 5

KLA Corporation share dividends

33%

Dividend payout ratio: 33.37% of net profits

Recently KLA Corporation has paid out, on average, around 33.37% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.73% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), KLA Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.73% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In KLA Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.6 per share.

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

KLA Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 1 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have KLA Corporation's shares ever split?

KLA Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 19 January 2000. 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 KLA Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for KLA Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted KLA Corporation's share price.

KLA Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, KLA Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $110.19 up to $223.54. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KLAC.US volatility(beta: 1.31)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 KLA Corporation's is 1.3083. This would suggest that KLA Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

KLA Corporation overview

KLA Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries worldwide. The company offers chip and wafer manufacturing products, including defect inspection and review systems, metrology solutions, in situ process monitoring products, computational lithography software, and data analytics systems for chip manufacturers to manage yield throughout the semiconductor fabrication process. It also provides reticle manufacturing products, such as reticle inspection, metrology, and data analytics systems for mask shops; and packaging manufacturing products comprising packaging process control on wafer, automated optical inspection, data analytics, and packaging process control after singulation. In addition, the company offers compound semiconductor, power device, light emitting diode, and microelectromechanical system manufacturing products; data storage media/head manufacturing products; general purpose/lab applications; and previous-generation KLA systems. Further, it provides wafer processing solutions; printed circuit boards, and display and inspection components; products for the deposition of thin film coating of materials on crystalline silicon photovoltaic wafers; and other services. The company offers its products and services for use by various bare wafer, integrated circuit, reticle, and hard disk drive manufacturers. The company was formerly known as KLA-Tencor Corporation and changed its name to KLA Corporation in July 2019. KLA Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

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