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How to buy QUALCOMM Incorporated stock | $129.03

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QUALCOMM Incorporated is a semiconductors business based in the US. QUALCOMM Incorporated shares (QCOM) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. QUALCOMM Incorporated employs 41,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$23.5 billion.

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  3. Search for QUALCOMM Incorporated. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: QCOM. 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 QUALCOMM Incorporated 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$129.03, 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 QUALCOMM Incorporated, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of QUALCOMM Incorporated. 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.

QUALCOMM Incorporated share price

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QUALCOMM Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-12.
Latest market closeUSD$129.03
52-week rangeUSD$57.0019 - USD$161.07
50-day moving average USD$150.1755
200-day moving average USD$123.639
Wall St. target priceUSD$165.3
PE ratio 34.5376
Dividend yield USD$2.6 (1.67%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.52

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QUALCOMM Incorporated price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $129.03 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2021-01-08) -17.63%
1 month (2020-12-16) -13.83%
3 months (2020-10-16) 129.03
6 months (2020-07-16) 41.48%
1 year (2020-01-16) 40.57%
2 years (2019-01-16) 133.45%
3 years (2018-01-16) 89.05%
5 years (2016-01-15) 181.60%

Is QUALCOMM Incorporated under- or over-valued?

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

QUALCOMM Incorporated's P/E ratio

QUALCOMM Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, QUALCOMM Incorporated shares trade at around 35x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

QUALCOMM Incorporated's PEG ratio

QUALCOMM Incorporated's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9459. 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 QUALCOMM Incorporated's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

QUALCOMM Incorporated's EBITDA

QUALCOMM Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$7.6 billion.

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

QUALCOMM Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM USD$23.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 26.46%
Gross profit TTM USD$14.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 11.35%
Return on equity TTM 94.63%
Profit margin 22.09%
Book value $5.373
Market capitalisation USD$176.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting QUALCOMM Incorporated shares

There are currently 17.1 million QUALCOMM Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as QUALCOMM Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 26.7% up from 13.5 million last month.

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

QUALCOMM Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

QUALCOMM Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of QUALCOMM Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of QUALCOMM Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 9.2 million). QUALCOMM Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 1.85. In other words for every 100,000 QUALCOMM Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1850 shares are currently held short.

However QUALCOMM Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of QUALCOMM Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable QUALCOMM Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case QUALCOMM Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 QUALCOMM Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0151% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable QUALCOMM Incorporated shares, roughly 15 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 QUALCOMM Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short QUALCOMM Incorporated stock.

QUALCOMM Incorporated'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 QUALCOMM Incorporated.

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

QUALCOMM Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and QUALCOMM Incorporated's overall score of 33.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

QUALCOMM Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 16.85/100

QUALCOMM Incorporated's environmental score of 16.85 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that QUALCOMM Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

QUALCOMM Incorporated's social score

Social score: 10.95/100

QUALCOMM Incorporated's social score of 10.95 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that QUALCOMM Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

QUALCOMM Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 16.81/100

QUALCOMM Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that QUALCOMM Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

QUALCOMM Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. QUALCOMM Incorporated scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that QUALCOMM Incorporated has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

QUALCOMM Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.12
Total ESG percentile 49.14
Environmental score 16.85
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 10.95
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 16.81
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 4

QUALCOMM Incorporated share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 61.48% of net profits

Recently QUALCOMM Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 61.48% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.67% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), QUALCOMM Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 1.67% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In QUALCOMM Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $2.6 per share.

QUALCOMM Incorporated'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.

QUALCOMM Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 17 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have QUALCOMM Incorporated's shares ever split?

QUALCOMM Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 August 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 QUALCOMM Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for QUALCOMM Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted QUALCOMM Incorporated's share price.

QUALCOMM Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, QUALCOMM Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as $57.0019 up to $161.07. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

QCOM.US volatility(beta: 1.37)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 QUALCOMM Incorporated's is 1.365. This would suggest that QUALCOMM Incorporated's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

QUALCOMM Incorporated overview

QUALCOMM Incorporated engages in the development and commercialization of foundational technologies and products are used in mobile devices and other wireless products, including network equipment, broadband gateway equipment, consumer electronic devices, and other connected devices worldwide. It operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on 3G/4G/5G and other technologies for use in wireless voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses or provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include various patent rights useful in the manufacture and sale of wireless products comprising products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD, LTE, and/or 5G standards and their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including artificial intelligence, automotive, digital healthcare, enterprise, IoT, mobile and networking and investment for supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications, and new industry segments. The company also provides development, and other services and related products to the United States government agencies and their contractors. QUALCOMM Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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