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How to buy NortonLifeLock stock

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NortonLifeLock Inc is a software-infrastructure business based in the US. NortonLifeLock shares (NLOK) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. NortonLifeLock employs 3,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.5 billion.

How to buy shares in NortonLifeLock

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

NortonLifeLock share price

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NortonLifeLock shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$14.7618 - USD$24.0913
50-day moving average USD$20.8615
200-day moving average USD$20.8742
Wall St. target priceUSD$25.88
PE ratio 14.0538
Dividend yield USD$0.5 (2.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.7018

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Is it a good time to buy NortonLifeLock stock?

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Is NortonLifeLock under- or over-valued?

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

NortonLifeLock's P/E ratio

NortonLifeLock's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, NortonLifeLock shares trade at around 14x 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.

NortonLifeLock's PEG ratio

NortonLifeLock's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.6135. 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 NortonLifeLock's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

NortonLifeLock's EBITDA

NortonLifeLock's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$987 million.

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

NortonLifeLock financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 39.19%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.9%
Return on equity TTM 15.56%
Profit margin 23.71%
Book value N/A
Market capitalisation USD$11.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting NortonLifeLock shares

There are currently 21.0 million NortonLifeLock shares held short by investors – that's known as NortonLifeLock's "short interest". This figure is 7.1% up from 19.6 million last month.

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

NortonLifeLock's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

NortonLifeLock's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of NortonLifeLock shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of NortonLifeLock shares traded daily (recently around 5.9 million). NortonLifeLock's SIR currently stands at 3.54. In other words for every 100,000 NortonLifeLock shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3540 shares are currently held short.

However NortonLifeLock's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of NortonLifeLock shares, or, against the total number of tradable NortonLifeLock shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case NortonLifeLock's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 NortonLifeLock shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0503% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable NortonLifeLock shares, roughly 50 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 NortonLifeLock.

Find out more about how you can short NortonLifeLock stock.

NortonLifeLock'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 NortonLifeLock.

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

NortonLifeLock's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.31

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and NortonLifeLock's overall score of 21.31 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

NortonLifeLock's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.67/100

NortonLifeLock's environmental score of 2.67 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that NortonLifeLock is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

NortonLifeLock's social score

Social score: 14.22/100

NortonLifeLock's social score of 14.22 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that NortonLifeLock is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

NortonLifeLock's governance score

Governance score: 9.42/100

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

NortonLifeLock's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

NortonLifeLock Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.31
Total ESG percentile 15.86
Environmental score 2.67
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 14.22
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.42
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

NortonLifeLock share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 38.17% of net profits

Recently NortonLifeLock has paid out, on average, around 38.17% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.54% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), NortonLifeLock shareholders could enjoy a 2.54% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In NortonLifeLock's case, that would currently equate to about $0.5 per share.

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

NortonLifeLock's most recent dividend payout was on 17 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have NortonLifeLock's shares ever split?

NortonLifeLock's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 December 2004. 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 NortonLifeLock shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for NortonLifeLock shares which in turn could have impacted NortonLifeLock's share price.

NortonLifeLock share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, NortonLifeLock's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.7618 up to $24.0913. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NLOK.US volatility(beta: 1.03)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 NortonLifeLock's is 1.0299. This would suggest that NortonLifeLock'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).

NortonLifeLock overview

NortonLifeLock Inc. provides cyber safety solutions for consumers worldwide. The company offers Norton security solutions as a subscription service providing protection for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices against malware, viruses, adware, ransomware, and other online threats on various platforms; and LifeLock identity theft protection solution that offers monitoring, alerts, and restoration services to its customers. It also provides Norton Secure VPN and SurfEasy VPN for online privacy, as well as Norton family, a solution for home and family, which offers protection and security, parental control, and GPS location monitoring services. NortonLifeLock Inc. markets and sells its products and related services through retailers, telecom service providers, hardware original equipment manufacturers, and employee benefit providers, as well as e-commerce platform. The company was formerly known as Symantec Corporation and changed its name to NortonLifeLock Inc. in November 2019. NortonLifeLock Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

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