How to buy Workday stock - 08 March

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How to buy Workday stock

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Workday, Inc is a software-application business based in the US. Workday shares (WDAY) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Workday

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

Workday share price

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Workday shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$107.75 - USD$282.77
50-day moving average USD$250.4388
200-day moving average USD$227.8014
Wall St. target priceUSD$270.4
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-2.229

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Is it a good time to buy Workday stock?

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Is Workday under- or over-valued?

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

Workday's PEG ratio

Workday's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.2544. 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 Workday's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Workday's EBITDA

Workday's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$45.1 million.

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

Workday financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.3 billion
Gross profit TTM USD$3.1 billion
Return on assets TTM -2%
Return on equity TTM -9.8%
Profit margin -6.54%
Book value $13.72
Market capitalisation USD$58.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Workday shares

There are currently 6.6 million Workday shares held short by investors – that's known as Workday's "short interest". This figure is 13.4% up from 5.9 million last month.

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

Workday's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Workday's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Workday shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Workday shares traded daily (recently around 2.2 million). Workday's SIR currently stands at 3. In other words for every 100,000 Workday shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3000 shares are currently held short.

However Workday's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Workday shares, or, against the total number of tradable Workday shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Workday's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Workday shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0425% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Workday shares, roughly 43 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 Workday.

Find out more about how you can short Workday stock.

Workday'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 Workday.

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

Workday's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.25

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Workday's overall score of 18.25 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 12nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Workday's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.18/100

Workday's environmental score of 4.18 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Workday is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Workday's social score

Social score: 11.83/100

Workday's social score of 11.83 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Workday is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Workday's governance score

Governance score: 11.73/100

Workday's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Workday is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Workday, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 18.25
Total ESG percentile 11.86
Environmental score 4.18
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 11.83
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.73
Governance score percentile 7

Workday share dividends

We're not expecting Workday to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Workday share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Workday's shares have ranged in value from as little as $107.75 up to $282.77. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WDAY.US volatility(beta: 1.4)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 Workday's is 1.4013. This would suggest that Workday's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Workday overview

Workday, Inc. provides enterprise cloud applications worldwide. Its applications help its customers to manage critical business functions and optimize their financial and human capital resources. The company offers Workday Financial Management application that provides functions of general ledger, accounting, accounts payable and receivable, cash and asset management, revenue management, and grants management, as well as project and resource management, time and expense tracking, project billing, revenue recognition, financial reporting, and analytics. It also provides Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) application, which includes human resources management, such as workforce lifecycle and organization management, compensation, absence, and employee benefits administration; and global talent management comprising goal and performance management, succession planning, and career and development planning, as well as Skills cloud, a machine-learning-powered universal skills language to help source, utilize, develop, and retain talent. In addition, the company offers business planning, analytics, and other solutions, including Insights Business Planning Cloud, a solution for finance, human resource, and sales planning; Workday Prism Analytics that enables customers to bring together various data with analytics tools for financial and people analytics to make business decisions; Workday Student, a student and faculty lifecycle information system to help colleges and universities; and Workday Data-as-a-Service that provides data to customers to enable informed decision-making. It serves technology, financial services, business and professional services, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, education, and government and non-profit industries. The company was formerly known as North Tahoe Power Tools, Inc. and changed its name to Workday, Inc. in July 2005. Workday, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

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