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How to buy Quidel Corporation stock | $189.97

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Quidel Corporation is a diagnostics & research business based in the US. Quidel Corporation shares (QDEL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Quidel Corporation employs 1,250 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1 billion.

How to buy shares in Quidel 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 Quidel Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: QDEL. 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 Quidel 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. At last close price of USD$189.97, 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 Quidel Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Quidel 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.

Quidel Corporation share price

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Quidel Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-03.
Latest market closeUSD$189.97
52-week rangeUSD$68.66 - USD$306.72
50-day moving average USD$228.2183
200-day moving average USD$218.133
Wall St. target priceUSD$285.25
PE ratio 23.308
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$8.537

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Is it a good time to buy Quidel Corporation stock?

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Quidel Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $189.97 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-07) -2.55%
1 month (2020-12-15) -5.42%
3 months (2020-10-15) -28.61%
6 months (2020-07-15) -22.83%
1 year (2020-01-15) 145.53%
2 years (2019-01-15) 256.22%
3 years (2018-01-13) N/A
5 years (2016-01-15) 973.28%

Is Quidel Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Quidel Corporation's P/E ratio

Quidel 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 23x. In other words, Quidel Corporation shares trade at around 23x 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.

Quidel Corporation's PEG ratio

Quidel Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.19. 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 Quidel 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.

Quidel Corporation's EBITDA

Quidel Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$537.4 million.

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

Quidel Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$1 billion
Operating margin TTM 48.41%
Gross profit TTM USD$320.8 million
Return on assets TTM 28.72%
Return on equity TTM 53.6%
Profit margin 36.91%
Book value $20.202
Market capitalisation USD$8.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Quidel Corporation shares

There are currently 2.5 million Quidel Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Quidel Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 3% up from 2.4 million last month.

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

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

Quidel Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Quidel Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Quidel Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 946523.01886792). Quidel Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.65. In other words for every 100,000 Quidel Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2650 shares are currently held short.

However Quidel Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Quidel Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Quidel Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Quidel Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.06% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Quidel Corporation shares in existence, roughly 60 shares are currently held short) or 0.0974% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Quidel Corporation shares, roughly 97 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 Quidel Corporation.

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

Quidel Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Quidel Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Quidel Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Quidel Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $68.66 up to $306.72. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Quidel Corporation's is 0.495. This would suggest that Quidel Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Quidel Corporation overview

Quidel Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets diagnostic testing solutions for applications in infectious diseases, cardiology, thyroid, women's and general health, eye health, gastrointestinal diseases, and toxicology worldwide. It offers Sofia and Sofia 2 fluorescent immunoassay systems; QuickVue, a lateral flow immunoassay products; and InflammaDry and AdenoPlus, a point-of-care products for the detection of infectious and inflammatory diseases and conditions of the eye. The company also provides Triage MeterPro, a portable testing platform that enables physicians to promote enhanced health outcomes, as well as the detection of certain drugs of abuse; Triage BNP test for use on Beckman Coulter lab analyzers; and Triage TOX drug screen, which provides results for the determination of the presence of drug and/or the major metabolites in urine. In addition, the company offers traditional cell lines, specimen collection devices, media, and controls for use in laboratories that culture and test for various human viruses, including respiratory and herpes family viruses; and cell-based products comprising tubes, shell vials, and multi-well plates. Further, it provides biomarkers, which include clinical and research products for the assessment of osteoporosis and the evaluation of bone resorption/formation; and enzyme linked immunosorbent assays and reagents for the detection of activation products. Additionally, it offers AmpliVue hand-held molecular diagnostic assay platform for the detection of the pathogen; Solana, an amplification and detection system; and Lyra molecular real-time polymerase chain reaction assays. The company markets its products through distributors and direct sales force for use in physician offices, hospitals, clinical laboratories, reference laboratories, leading universities, retail and urgent care clinics, pharmacies, and wellness screening centers. Quidel Corporation was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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