How to buy Switch stock - 08 March

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How to buy Switch stock

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Switch, Inc is an information technology services business based in the US. Switch shares (SWCH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Switch employs 789 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$504.3 million.

How to buy shares in Switch

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

Switch share price

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Switch shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$10.2195 - USD$19.8658
50-day moving average USD$17.733
200-day moving average USD$16.2742
Wall St. target priceUSD$20.62
PE ratio 121.9841
Dividend yield USD$0.138 (0.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.126

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Is it a good time to buy Switch stock?

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Is Switch under- or over-valued?

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

Switch's P/E ratio

Switch's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 122x. In other words, Switch shares trade at around 122x 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.

Switch's EBITDA

Switch's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$225.9 million.

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

Switch financials

Revenue TTM USD$504.3 million
Operating margin TTM 17.35%
Gross profit TTM USD$219.6 million
Return on assets TTM 2.94%
Return on equity TTM 5.59%
Profit margin 2.6%
Book value $2.23
Market capitalisation USD$3.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Switch shares

There are currently 5.8 million Switch shares held short by investors – that's known as Switch's "short interest". This figure is 12.7% up from 5.1 million last month.

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

Switch's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Switch's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Switch shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Switch shares traded daily (recently around 1.8 million). Switch's SIR currently stands at 3.19. In other words for every 100,000 Switch shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3190 shares are currently held short.

However Switch's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Switch shares, or, against the total number of tradable Switch shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Switch's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Switch shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0562% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Switch shares, roughly 56 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 Switch.

Find out more about how you can short Switch stock.

Switch share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 89.7% of net profits

Recently Switch has paid out, on average, around 89.7% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.15% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Switch shareholders could enjoy a 1.15% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Switch's case, that would currently equate to about $0.138 per share.

Switch'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.

Switch's most recent dividend payout was on 30 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Switch share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Switch's shares have ranged in value from as little as $10.2195 up to $19.8658. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SWCH.US volatility(beta: 0.7)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 Switch's is 0.7005. This would suggest that Switch's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Switch overview

Switch, Inc., through its subsidiary, Switch, Ltd., provides colocation space and related services primarily to technology and digital media companies in the United States. It develops and operates data centers in Nevada and Michigan. The company also serves cloud and managed service providers, financial institutions, IT and software providers, government agencies, network and telecommunications providers, and others that conduct critical business on the internet. Switch, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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