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How to buy Northrop Grumman Corporation stock

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Northrop Grumman Corporation is an aerospace & defense business based in the US. Northrop Grumman Corporation shares (NOC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Northrop Grumman Corporation employs 97,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$36.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Northrop Grumman Corporation

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

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Northrop Grumman Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$281.5213 - USD$350.7942
50-day moving average USD$308.8147
200-day moving average USD$305.841
Wall St. target priceUSD$366.39
PE ratio 17.6626
Dividend yield USD$5.67 (1.7%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$19.03

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Is Northrop Grumman Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation's P/E ratio

Northrop Grumman 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 18x. In other words, Northrop Grumman Corporation shares trade at around 18x 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.

Northrop Grumman Corporation's PEG ratio

Northrop Grumman Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.7275. 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 Northrop Grumman 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.

Northrop Grumman Corporation's EBITDA

Northrop Grumman Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$5.5 billion.

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$36.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.49%
Gross profit TTM USD$7.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.18%
Return on equity TTM 32.88%
Profit margin 8.67%
Book value $63.455
Market capitalisation USD$54.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Northrop Grumman Corporation shares

There are currently 4.6 million Northrop Grumman Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Northrop Grumman Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 32.8% down from 6.9 million last month.

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Northrop Grumman Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Northrop Grumman Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Northrop Grumman Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). Northrop Grumman Corporation's SIR currently stands at 4.1. In other words for every 100,000 Northrop Grumman Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4100 shares are currently held short.

However Northrop Grumman Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Northrop Grumman Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Northrop Grumman Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Northrop Grumman Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Northrop Grumman Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0349% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Northrop Grumman Corporation shares, roughly 35 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 Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Northrop Grumman Corporation stock.

Northrop Grumman 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 Northrop Grumman Corporation.

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.16

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Northrop Grumman Corporation's overall score of 33.16 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 64th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 11.84/100

Northrop Grumman Corporation's environmental score of 11.84 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Northrop Grumman Corporation's social score

Social score: 17.49/100

Northrop Grumman Corporation's social score of 17.49 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Northrop Grumman Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.83/100

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Northrop Grumman Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Northrop Grumman Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Northrop Grumman Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.16
Total ESG percentile 63.95
Environmental score 11.84
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 17.49
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 8.83
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

Northrop Grumman Corporation share dividends

25%

Dividend payout ratio: 24.53% of net profits

Recently Northrop Grumman Corporation has paid out, on average, around 24.53% 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), Northrop Grumman Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.73% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Northrop Grumman Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $5.67 per share.

While Northrop Grumman Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Northrop Grumman Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Northrop Grumman Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 16 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Northrop Grumman Corporation's shares ever split?

Northrop Grumman Corporation's shares were split on a 10000:9035 basis on 30 March 2011. So if you had owned 9035 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Northrop Grumman Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Northrop Grumman Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Northrop Grumman Corporation's share price.

Northrop Grumman Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Northrop Grumman Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $281.5213 up to $350.7942. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NOC.US volatility(beta: 0.81)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 Northrop Grumman Corporation's is 0.8092. This would suggest that Northrop Grumman Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Northrop Grumman Corporation overview

Northrop Grumman Corporation operates as an aerospace and defense company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems, and Space Systems. The Aeronautics Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, and sustains aircraft systems for strategic and tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; and long-range strike aircraft systems, tactical fighter aircrafts, and airborne battle management systems. The Defense Systems segment offers weapon and mission systems for the U.S. military and civilian agency customers. Its principal products and services include integrated battle management systems, weapons systems, information technology services, and intelligence operations. This segment provides command and control and weapons systems, including munitions and missiles; precision strike weapons; propulsion, such as air-breathing systems; and gun systems and precision munitions. It also offers life cycle service and support for software, weapons systems, and aircraft; security services, including information and cyber operations; intelligence analysis and support; and IT infrastructure, such as cloud. The Mission Systems segment offers command, control, communications, and computers ISR systems; radar, electro-optical/infrared, and acoustic sensors; electronic warfare systems; communications and network systems; processing systems; navigation; and maritime power, propulsion, and payload launch systems. This segment also provides airborne sensors and networks; cyber and intelligence mission solutions; maritime/land systems and sensors; and navigation, targeting, and survivability solutions. The Space Systems segment offers satellites and payloads; ground systems; missile defense systems and interceptors; launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; and strategic missiles. Northrop Grumman Corporation was founded in 1939 and is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

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