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How to buy Western Digital Corporation stock | $37.94

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Western Digital Corporation is a computer hardware business based in the US. Western Digital Corporation shares (WDC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Western Digital Corporation employs 63,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.7 billion.

How to buy shares in Western Digital 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 Western Digital Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WDC. 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 Western Digital 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$37.94, 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 Western Digital Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Western Digital 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.

Western Digital Corporation share price

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Western Digital Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-21.
Latest market closeUSD$37.94
52-week rangeUSD$27.4 - USD$71.3
50-day moving average USD$37.7234
200-day moving average USD$40.7977
Wall St. target priceUSD$51.68
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield USD$2 (4.34%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-2.582

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Is it a good time to buy Western Digital Corporation stock?

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Western Digital Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $37.94 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2021-01-05) -28.50%
1 month (2020-12-12) N/A
3 months (2020-10-16) 37.94
6 months (2020-07-16) -13.38%
1 year (2020-01-12) N/A
2 years (2019-01-12) N/A
3 years (2018-01-12) 83.12
5 years (2016-01-12) 52.36

Is Western Digital Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Western Digital Corporation's PEG ratio

Western Digital Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.4335. 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 Western Digital 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.

Western Digital Corporation's EBITDA

Western Digital Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.9 billion.

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

Western Digital Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.2%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.88%
Return on equity TTM -2.56%
Profit margin -1.49%
Book value $31.626
Market capitalisation USD$12.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Western Digital Corporation shares

There are currently 10.5 million Western Digital Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Western Digital Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 13% up from 9.3 million last month.

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

Western Digital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Western Digital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Western Digital Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Western Digital Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 6.6 million). Western Digital Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.59. In other words for every 100,000 Western Digital Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1590 shares are currently held short.

However Western Digital Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Western Digital Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Western Digital Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Western Digital Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Western Digital Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0392% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Western Digital Corporation shares, roughly 39 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 Western Digital Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Western Digital Corporation stock.

Western Digital Corporation'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 Western Digital Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Western Digital Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 15.25

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Western Digital Corporation's overall score of 15.25 (as at 10/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Western Digital Corporation 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.).

Western Digital Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.94/100

Western Digital Corporation's environmental score of 4.94 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Western Digital Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Western Digital Corporation's social score

Social score: 4.09/100

Western Digital Corporation's social score of 4.09 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Western Digital Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Western Digital Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 9.22/100

Western Digital Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Western Digital Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Western Digital Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Western Digital Corporation scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Western Digital Corporation has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Western Digital Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 15.25
Total ESG percentile 6.84
Environmental score 4.94
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 4.09
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 9.22
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 1

Western Digital Corporation share dividends

33%

Dividend payout ratio: 32.89% of net profits

Recently Western Digital Corporation has paid out, on average, around 32.89% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.34% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Western Digital Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 4.34% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Western Digital Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2 per share.

While Western Digital Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Western Digital Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Western Digital Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 17 April 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 April 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Western Digital Corporation's shares ever split?

Western Digital Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 4 June 1997. 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 Western Digital Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Western Digital Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Western Digital Corporation's share price.

Western Digital Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Western Digital Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $27.4 up to $71.3. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WDC.US volatility(beta: 1.48)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Western Digital Corporation's is 1.4826. This would suggest that Western Digital Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Western Digital Corporation overview

Western Digital Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells data storage devices and solutions. It offers client devices, including hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices, such as desktop and notebook personal computers (PCs), smart video systems, gaming consoles, and set top boxes; flash-based embedded storage products for mobile phones, tablets, notebook PCs, and other portable and wearable devices, as well as automotive, Internet of Things, industrial, and connected home applications; flash-based memory wafers; and embedded storage solutions and flash products. The company also provides data center devices and solutions comprising enterprise helium hard drives; enterprise SSDs consisting of flash-based SSDs and software solutions for use in enterprise servers, online transactions, data analysis, and other enterprise applications; data center solutions, including HDDs and drive configurations for use in data storage systems and tiered storage models; and data storage platforms and systems. In addition, it offers client solutions, such as external HDD storage products in mobile and desktop form; client SSDs; removable cards that are used in consumer devices comprising mobile phones, tablets, imaging systems, and still and action video cameras; universal serial bus flash drives for use in the computing and consumer markets; and wireless drive products used in-field back up of created content, as well as wireless streaming of high-definition movies, photos, music, and documents to tablets, smartphones, and PCs. The company sells its products under the G-Technology, SanDisk, and WD brands to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, resellers, and retailers. It operates in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, rest of Asia, and internationally. Western Digital Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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