How to buy The Trade Desk stock - 03 March

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How to buy The Trade Desk stock

Own The Trade Desk stock in just a few minutes.

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The Trade Desk, Inc is a software-application business based in the US. The Trade Desk shares (TTD) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. The Trade Desk employs 1,545 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$836 million.

How to buy shares in The Trade Desk

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

The Trade Desk share price

Use our graph to track the performance of TTD stocks over time.

The Trade Desk shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-02.
52-week rangeUSD$136 - USD$972.8
50-day moving average USD$818.2876
200-day moving average USD$702.1395
Wall St. target priceUSD$851.76
PE ratio 161.1939
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.95

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Is it a good time to buy The Trade Desk stock?

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Is The Trade Desk under- or over-valued?

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

The Trade Desk's P/E ratio

The Trade Desk's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 161x. In other words, The Trade Desk shares trade at around 161x 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.

The Trade Desk's PEG ratio

The Trade Desk's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.9825. 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 The Trade Desk's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Trade Desk's EBITDA

The Trade Desk's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$167 million.

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

The Trade Desk financials

Revenue TTM USD$836 million
Operating margin TTM 17.25%
Gross profit TTM USD$657.2 million
Return on assets TTM 4.02%
Return on equity TTM 29.81%
Profit margin 28.98%
Book value $21.401
Market capitalisation USD$37.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Trade Desk shares

There are currently 1.0 million The Trade Desk shares held short by investors – that's known as The Trade Desk's "short interest". This figure is 10% down from 1.2 million last month.

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

The Trade Desk's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

The Trade Desk's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Trade Desk shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Trade Desk shares traded daily (recently around 600358.38150289). The Trade Desk's SIR currently stands at 1.73. In other words for every 100,000 The Trade Desk shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1730 shares are currently held short.

However The Trade Desk's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Trade Desk shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Trade Desk shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Trade Desk's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Trade Desk shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0246% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Trade Desk shares, roughly 25 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 The Trade Desk.

Find out more about how you can short The Trade Desk stock.

The Trade Desk share dividends

We're not expecting The Trade Desk to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

The Trade Desk share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Trade Desk's shares have ranged in value from as little as $136 up to $972.8. 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 The Trade Desk's is 2.5871. This would suggest that The Trade Desk's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

The Trade Desk overview

The Trade Desk, Inc. operates as a technology company in the United States and internationally. The company operates a self-service cloud-based platform that allows buyers to create, manage, and optimize data-driven digital advertising campaigns in various ad formats and channels, including display, video, audio, in-app, native and social, and on various devices, such as computers, mobile devices, and connected TV. It also provides data and other value-added services, as well as platform features. The company serves advertising agencies and other service providers for advertisers. The Trade Desk, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Ventura, California.

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