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Alcon AG
+ $0.37 ( + 0.45%)

Alcon AG is a medical instruments & supplies business based in the US. Alcon shares (ALC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Alcon employs 23,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7.8 billion.

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Is it a good time to buy Alcon stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Alcon's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Alcon's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $81.54, which is 22.20% up on its pre-crash value of $63.44 and 107.11% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $39.37.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Alcon stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $671.24 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,373.13.

Alcon stock price

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Alcon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$81.54
52-week range$55.71 - $87.49
50-day moving average $82.26
200-day moving average $74.42
Wall St. target price$85.83
PE ratio 209.7312
Dividend yield $0.113 (0.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.37

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Alcon price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $81.54 from 2021-10-21

1 week (2021-10-14) 3.25%
1 month (2021-09-19) N/A
3 months (2021-07-23) 14.51%
6 months (2021-04-23) 7.57%
1 year (2020-10-22) 33.30%
2 years (2019-10-22) 40.34%
3 years (2018-10-19) N/A
5 years (2016-10-19) N/A

Is Alcon under- or over-valued?

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

Alcon's P/E ratio

Alcon's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 210x. In other words, Alcon shares trade at around 210x 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.

Alcon's EBITDA

Alcon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.8 billion.

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

Alcon financials

Revenue TTM $7.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.68%
Gross profit TTM $3.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.18%
Return on equity TTM 0.97%
Profit margin 2.34%
Book value $38.91
Market capitalisation $38.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Alcon shares

There are currently 7.5 million Alcon shares held short by investors – that's known as Alcon's "short interest". This figure is 7.7% up from 6.9 million last month.

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

Alcon's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Alcon's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Alcon shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Alcon shares traded daily (recently around 663226.15658363). Alcon's SIR currently stands at 11.24. In other words for every 100,000 Alcon shares traded daily on the market, roughly 11240 shares are currently held short.

However Alcon's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Alcon shares, or, against the total number of tradable Alcon shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Alcon's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alcon shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0152% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Alcon shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Alcon.

Alcon share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 11.32% of net profits

Recently Alcon has paid out, on average, around 11.32% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Alcon shareholders could enjoy a 0.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Alcon's case, that would currently equate to about $0.113 per share.

While Alcon's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Alcon is investing more in its future growth.

Alcon's most recent dividend payout was on 6 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Alcon share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Alcon's shares have ranged in value from as little as $55.708 up to $87.49. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Alcon's is 0.4773. This would suggest that Alcon's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Alcon overview

Alcon, Inc. , an eye care company, researches, develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells eye care products for eye care professionals and their patients worldwide. The company's Surgical segment offers equipment, instrumentation and diagnostics, intraocular lenses (IOLs), and other implantables; and consumables, including viscoelastics, surgical solutions, incisional instruments, surgical custom packs, and other products for use in surgical procedures. Its cataract products include centurion vision system, LenSx femtosecond laser, LuxOR surgical ophthalmic microscope, NGENUITY 3D visualization system, and ORA system for intra-operative measurements; custom pak surgical procedure packs; vitreoretinal products comprising constellation vision systems, procedure packs, lasers and hand-held microsurgical instruments, and grieshaber and MIVS instruments, as well as scissors, forceps and micro-instruments, medical grade vitreous tamponades, and Hypervit vitrectomy probes; refractive surgery products, including WaveLight lasers and Contoura Vision used for LASIK treatment; and EX-PRESS glaucoma filtration device; and implantables products, including AcrySof IQ IOLs products include monofocal IOLs and advanced technology IOLs under PanOptix and ReSTOR brands for the correction of presbyopia and astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. Its Vision Care segment provides daily disposable, reusable, and color-enhancing contact lenses; ocular health products, including devices and over-the-counter products for dry eye, over-the-counter products for contact lens care, and ocular allergies; and ocular vitamins and redness relievers under the TOTAL, PRECISION, DAILIES AquaComfort PLUS, Air Optix, Opti-Free, Clear Care, Tears Naturale, Genteal, ICAPS, and Vitalux brands. The company was formerly known as Alcon Universal S. A.

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