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How to buy Qualcomm (QCOM) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Qualcomm shares.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) is a leading semiconductors business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$182.8 after a previous close of USD$183.89. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$182.01 to a high of USD$190.09. The latest price was USD$188.69 (25 minute delay). Qualcomm is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 45,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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Qualcomm shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-14.
Previous close$183.89
Change $4.80
Change % 2.6103%
Volume 9,587,265
Information last updated 2022-01-23.
52-week range$121.34 - $193.58
50-day moving average $180.01
200-day moving average $148.39
Wall St. target price$208.99
PE ratio 20.9568
Dividend yield $2.66 (1.65%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.87

Qualcomm stock price (NASDAQ:QCOM)

Use our graph to track the performance of QCOM stocks over time.

Qualcomm price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $188.69 from 2022-01-27

1 week (2022-01-21) 14.41%
1 month (2021-12-28) 2.09%
3 months (2021-10-28) 41.14%
6 months (2021-07-28) 32.47%
1 year (2021-01-28) 21.31%
2 years (2020-01-28) 111.65%
3 years (2019-01-28) 272.61%
5 years (2017-01-27) 247.88%

Is Qualcomm under- or over-valued?

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

Qualcomm's P/E ratio

Qualcomm's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Qualcomm shares trade at around 21x 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.

Qualcomm's PEG ratio

Qualcomm's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9787. 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 Qualcomm's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Qualcomm's EBITDA

Qualcomm's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $11.4 billion.

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

Qualcomm financials

Revenue TTM $33.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 29.16%
Gross profit TTM $19.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 15.93%
Return on equity TTM 11.28%
Profit margin 26.94%
Book value $8.84
Market capitalisation $185.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm.

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

Qualcomm's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Qualcomm's overall score of 33.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Qualcomm's environmental score

Environmental score: 16.85/100

Qualcomm's environmental score of 16.85 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Qualcomm is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Qualcomm's social score

Social score: 10.95/100

Qualcomm's social score of 10.95 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Qualcomm is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Qualcomm's governance score

Governance score: 16.81/100

Qualcomm's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Qualcomm is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Qualcomm's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Qualcomm scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Qualcomm has a damaged public profile.

Qualcomm share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 31.5% of net profits

Recently Qualcomm has paid out, on average, around 31.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.65% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Qualcomm shareholders could enjoy a 1.65% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Qualcomm's case, that would currently equate to about $2.66 per share.

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

Qualcomm's most recent dividend payout was on 24 March 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 March 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Qualcomm's shares ever split?

Qualcomm's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 August 2004. 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 Qualcomm shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Qualcomm shares which in turn could have impacted Qualcomm's share price.

Qualcomm share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Qualcomm's shares have ranged in value from as little as $121.3396 up to $193.58. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

QCOM.US volatility(beta: 1.27)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 Qualcomm's is 1.2696. This would suggest that Qualcomm's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Qualcomm overview

QUALCOMM Incorporated engages in the development and commercialization of foundational technologies for the wireless industry worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on 3G/4G/5G and other technologies for use in wireless voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses or provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include various patent rights useful in the manufacture and sale of wireless products comprising products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA,LTE and/or OFDMA-based 5G standards and their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including 5G, artificial intelligence, automotive, consumer, enterprise, cloud, and IoT, and investment for supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications, new industries, and applications. It also provides development, and other services and related products to the United States government agencies and their contractors. QUALCOMM Incorporated was incorpotared in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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