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How to buy National Grid stock | $60.21

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National Grid plc is an utilities-diversified business based in the US. National Grid shares (NGG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. National Grid employs 23,069 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$40.4 billion.

How to buy shares in National Grid

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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 National Grid. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: NGG. 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 National Grid 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. At last close price of USD$60.21, 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 National Grid, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of National Grid. 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.

National Grid share price

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National Grid shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-07.
Latest market closeUSD$60.21
52-week rangeUSD$42.0322 - USD$65.5587
50-day moving average USD$60.6641
200-day moving average USD$58.3827
Wall St. target priceUSD$69.82
PE ratio 8.8835
Dividend yield USD$3.14 (5.49%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.44

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National Grid price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $60.21 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-11) 1.62%
1 month (2020-12-21) 5.37%
3 months (2020-10-17) N/A
6 months (2020-07-17) 7.40%
1 year (2020-01-17) -5.24%
2 years (2019-01-18) 15.79%
3 years (2018-01-18) 3.95%
5 years (2016-01-17) N/A

Is National Grid under- or over-valued?

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

National Grid's P/E ratio

National Grid's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, National Grid shares trade at around 9x 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.

National Grid's PEG ratio

National Grid's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.3797. 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 National Grid's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

National Grid financials

Gross profit TTM USD$14.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.13%
Return on equity TTM 7.97%
Profit margin 9.96%
Book value $37.92
Market capitalisation USD$40.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting National Grid shares

There are currently 490,875 National Grid shares held short by investors – that's known as National Grid's "short interest". This figure is 39.2% down from 807,067 last month.

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

National Grid's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

National Grid's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of National Grid shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of National Grid shares traded daily (recently around 287061.40350877). National Grid's SIR currently stands at 1.71. In other words for every 100,000 National Grid shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1710 shares are currently held short.

However National Grid's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of National Grid shares, or, against the total number of tradable National Grid shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case National Grid's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 National Grid shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable National Grid shares, roughly 0 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 National Grid.

Find out more about how you can short National Grid stock.

National Grid share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 116.13% of net profits

Recently National Grid has paid out, on average, around 116.13% 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), National Grid shareholders could enjoy a 5.49% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In National Grid's case, that would currently equate to about $3.14 per share.

National Grid'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.

National Grid's most recent dividend payout was on 13 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have National Grid's shares ever split?

National Grid's shares were split on a 916:1000 basis on 22 May 2017. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 916 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your National Grid shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.2% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for National Grid shares which in turn could have impacted National Grid's share price.

National Grid share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, National Grid's shares have ranged in value from as little as $42.0322 up to $65.5587. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while National Grid's is -0.0227. This would suggest that National Grid's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, National Grid has bucked the trend.

National Grid overview

National Grid plc transmits and distributes electricity and natural gas. It operates through UK Electricity Transmission, UK Gas Transmission, US Regulated, and National Grid Ventures (NGV) and Other segments. The UK Electricity Transmission segment owns and operates electricity transmission networks, which comprise approximately 7,212 kilometers of overhead lines; 2,239 kilometers of underground cables; and 347 substations in England and Wales, as well as Scottish electricity transmission systems. The UK Gas Transmission segment owns and operates gas transmission systems that include approximately 7,630 kilometres of high-pressure pipes; and 24 compressor stations connecting to 8 distribution networks in Great Britain, as well as third-party independent systems and liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities. The US Regulated segments owns and operates transmission facilities across upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Its assets comprise 14,659 kilometres of overhead lines, 169 kilometres of underground cables, and 396 transmission substations; an electricity distribution network of approximately 117,488 circuit kilometres and 730 distribution substations; a network of approximately 57,425 kilometres of gas pipeline; and approximately 801 kilometres of gas transmission pipes. The NGV and Other segment engages in the energy metering business; transporting renewable energy long distances through its electricity interconnectors; and storing LNG, as well as property development and insurance activities in the United Kingdom and United States. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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