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How to buy Vale S-A stock

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Vale S.A is an other industrial metals & mining business based in the US. Vale S-A shares (VALE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Vale S-A

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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 Vale S-A. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: VALE. 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 Vale S-A 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 Vale S-A, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Vale S-A. 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.

Vale S-A share price

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Vale S-A shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$6.2412 - USD$19
50-day moving average USD$17.4603
200-day moving average USD$14.0763
Wall St. target priceUSD$20.94
PE ratio 151.9828
Dividend yield USD$0.273 (1.52%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.116

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Is it a good time to buy Vale S-A stock?

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Is Vale S-A under- or over-valued?

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

Vale S-A's P/E ratio

Vale S-A's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 152x. In other words, Vale S-A shares trade at around 152x 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.


Vale S-A's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$9.6 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Vale S-A's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Vale S-A financials

Revenue TTM USD$27.5 billion
Gross profit TTM USD$64.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.52%
Return on equity TTM 6.79%
Profit margin 9.07%
Book value $6.706
Market capitalisation USD$90.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Vale S-A shares

There are currently 78.6 million Vale S-A shares held short by investors – that's known as Vale S-A's "short interest". This figure is 16.3% down from 93.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Vale S-A shares can be evaluated.

Vale S-A's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Vale S-A's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Vale S-A shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Vale S-A shares traded daily (recently around 26.3 million). Vale S-A's SIR currently stands at 2.99. In other words for every 100,000 Vale S-A shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2990 shares are currently held short.

However Vale S-A's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Vale S-A shares, or, against the total number of tradable Vale S-A shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Vale S-A's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Vale S-A shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Vale S-A shares, roughly 0 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 Vale S-A.

Find out more about how you can short Vale S-A stock.

Vale S-A share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 73.08% of net profits

Recently Vale S-A has paid out, on average, around 73.08% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.83% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Vale S-A shareholders could enjoy a 3.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Vale S-A's case, that would currently equate to about $0.273 per share.

Vale S-A'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.

Vale S-A's most recent dividend payout was on 7 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Vale S-A's shares ever split?

Vale S-A's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 September 2007. 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 Vale S-A shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Vale S-A shares which in turn could have impacted Vale S-A's share price.

Vale S-A share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Vale S-A's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.2412 up to $19. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VALE.US volatility(beta: 0.79)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 Vale S-A's is 0.7931. This would suggest that Vale S-A's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Vale S-A overview

Vale S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells iron ore and iron ore pellets for use as raw materials in steelmaking in Brazil and internationally. The company operates through Ferrous Minerals, Base Metals, and Coal segments. The Ferrous Minerals segment produces and extracts iron ore and pellets, manganese, ferroalloys, and other ferrous products; and provides related logistic services. The Base Metals segment produces and extracts nickel and its by-products, such as copper, gold, silver, cobalt, precious metals, and others. The Coal segment is involved in the extraction of metallurgical and thermal coal; and provides related logistic services. It also offers platinum group metals. The company was formerly known as Companhia Vale do Rio Doce and changed its name to Vale S.A. in May 2009. Vale S.A. was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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