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How to buy Verizon Communications stock | $56.07
Learn how to easily invest in Verizon Communications stock.
Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) is a leading telecom services business based in the US. It opened the day at $55.70 after a previous close of $55.68. During the day the price has varied from a low of $55.62 to a high of $56.23. The latest price was $56.07 (25 minute delay). Verizon Communications is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 129,300 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Verizon Communications
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- Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
- Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – VZ – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
- Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.
What's in this guide?
- VZ shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is VZ stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Can I short VZ shares?
- Is VZ suitable for ethical investing?
- Are VZ shares over-valued?
- Verizon Communications's financials
- How volatile are VZ shares?
- Does Verizon Communications pay a dividend?
- Have VZ shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Verizon Communications stock price (NASDAQ: VZ)Use our graph to track the performance of VZ stocks over time.
Verizon Communications shares at a glance
|52-week range||$52.67 - $59.97|
|50-day moving average||$56.28|
|200-day moving average||$56.74|
|Wall St. target price||$60.51|
|Dividend yield||$2.51 (4.5%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$4.83|
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Verizon Communications price performance over time
|1 week (2021-07-23)||N/A|
|1 month (2021-07-02)||-0.66%|
|3 months (2021-05-03)||-3.19%|
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|2 years (2019-07-30)||N/A|
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Is Verizon Communications under- or over-valued?
Valuing Verizon Communications stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Verizon Communications's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Verizon Communications's P/E ratio
Verizon Communications's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Verizon Communications shares trade at around 12x 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.
Verizon Communications's PEG ratio
Verizon Communications's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.066. 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 Verizon Communications's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Verizon Communications's EBITDA
Verizon Communications's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $49.1 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Verizon Communications's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Verizon Communications financials
|Revenue TTM||$132.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||24.51%|
|Gross profit TTM||$77.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.34%|
|Return on equity TTM||29.52%|
|Market capitalisation||$231.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Verizon Communications shares
There are currently 50.3 million Verizon Communications shares held short by investors – that's known as Verizon Communications's "short interest". This figure is 5.8% up from 47.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Verizon Communications shares can be evaluated.
Verizon Communications's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Verizon Communications's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Verizon Communications shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Verizon Communications shares traded daily (recently around 15.3 million). Verizon Communications's SIR currently stands at 3.29. In other words for every 100,000 Verizon Communications shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3290 shares are currently held short.
However Verizon Communications's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Verizon Communications shares, or, against the total number of tradable Verizon Communications shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Verizon Communications's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Verizon Communications shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0126% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Verizon Communications shares, roughly 13 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 Verizon Communications.
Find out more about how you can short Verizon Communications stock.
Verizon Communications'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 Verizon Communications.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Verizon Communications's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 17.59
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Verizon Communications's overall score of 17.59 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 18th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Verizon Communications 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.).
Verizon Communications's environmental score
Environmental score: 5.21/100
Verizon Communications's environmental score of 5.21 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verizon Communications is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Verizon Communications's social score
Social score: 13.2/100
Verizon Communications's social score of 13.2 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verizon Communications is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Verizon Communications's governance score
Governance score: 6.18/100
Verizon Communications's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Verizon Communications is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Verizon Communications's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Verizon Communications scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Verizon Communications hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||17.59|
|Total ESG percentile||17.88|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||3|
Verizon Communications share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 48.83% of net profits
Recently Verizon Communications has paid out, on average, around 48.83% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.48% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Verizon Communications shareholders could enjoy a 4.48% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Verizon Communications's case, that would currently equate to about $2.51 per share.
While Verizon Communications's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Verizon Communications may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Verizon Communications's most recent dividend payout was on 1 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Verizon Communications's shares ever split?
Verizon Communications's shares were split on a 1000000:93 basis on 1 July 2010. So if you had owned 93 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1000000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Verizon Communications shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 100% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Verizon Communications shares which in turn could have impacted Verizon Communications's share price.
Verizon Communications share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Verizon Communications's shares have ranged in value from as little as $52.6663 up to $59.9693. 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 Verizon Communications's is 0.4597. This would suggest that Verizon Communications's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Verizon Communications overview
Verizon Communications Inc. offers communications, technology, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental entities worldwide. Its Consumer segment provides postpaid and prepaid service plans; internet access on notebook computers and tablets; wireless equipment, including smartphones and other handsets; and wireless-enabled internet devices, such as tablets, and other wireless-enabled connected devices, such as smart watches. It also provides residential fixed connectivity solutions, including internet, video, and voice services; and sells network access to mobile virtual network operators. As of December 31, 2020, it had approximately 94 million wireless retail connections, 7 million broadband connections, and 4 million Fios video connections. The company's Business segment provides network connectivity products, including private networking, private cloud connectivity, virtual and software defined networking, and internet access services; and internet protocol-based voice and video services, unified communications and collaboration tools, and customer contact center solutions. This segment also offers a suite of management and data security services; domestic and global voice and data solutions, including voice calling, messaging services, conferencing, contact center solutions, and private line and data access networks; customer premises equipment; installation, maintenance, and site services; and Internet of Things products and services.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Verizon Communications is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.022% of Verizon Communications shares are held by insiders and 66.64% by institutions. How many people work for Verizon Communications?
Latest data suggests 129,300 work at Verizon Communications. When does the fiscal year end for Verizon Communications?
Verizon Communications's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Verizon Communications based?
Verizon Communications's address is: 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States, 10036 What is Verizon Communications's ISIN number?
Verizon Communications's international securities identification number is: US92343V1044 What is Verizon Communications's CUSIP number?
Verizon Communications's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 077853109
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