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How to buy News Corporation (NWS) shares

Learn how to easily invest in News Corporation shares.

News Corporation is a broadcasting business based in the US. News Corporation shares (NWS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. News Corporation employs 24,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$9.4 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted News Corporation's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $22, which is 32.77% up on its pre-crash value of $14.79 and 177.78% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $7.92.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of News Corporation stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $580.63 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 $1,569.26.

Is it a good time to buy News Corporation stock?

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News Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-10.
Latest market close$22.00
52-week range$12.63 - $26.21
50-day moving average $22.67
200-day moving average $23.95
Wall St. target price$32.60
PE ratio 38.8193
Dividend yield $0.2 (0.93%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.56

News Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: NWS)

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

News Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $24.16 from 2021-09-16

1 week (2021-09-10) 12.69%
1 month (2021-08-17) 8.24%
3 months (2021-06-17) -0.17%
6 months (2021-03-17) -3.05%
1 year (2020-09-17) 59.37%
2 years (2019-09-17) 65.25%
3 years (2018-09-17) 89.49%
5 years (2016-09-16) 72.57%

Is News Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

News Corporation's P/E ratio

News Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 39x. In other words, News Corporation shares trade at around 39x 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.

News Corporation's PEG ratio

News Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.5448. 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 News 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.

News Corporation's EBITDA

News Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1 billion.

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

News Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $9.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.48%
Gross profit TTM $4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.44%
Return on equity TTM 4.44%
Profit margin 3.53%
Book value $13.90
Market capitalisation $13.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting News Corporation shares

There are currently 1.2 million News Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as News Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 8.1% up from 1.1 million last month.

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

News Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

News Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of News Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of News Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 508037.55458515). News Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.29. In other words for every 100,000 News Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2290 shares are currently held short.

However News Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of News Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable News Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case News Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 News Corporation shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0023% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable News Corporation shares, roughly 2 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 News Corporation.

News Corporation share dividends

45%

Dividend payout ratio: 44.78% of net profits

Recently News Corporation has paid out, on average, around 44.78% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.93% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), News Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In News Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.2 per share.

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

News Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 12 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have News Corporation's shares ever split?

News Corporation's shares were split on a 2:3 basis on 15 November 2010. So if you had owned 3 shares 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 News Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for News Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted News Corporation's share price.

News Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, News Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.6287 up to $26.21. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NWS.US volatility(beta: 1.54)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 News Corporation's is 1.5409. This would suggest that News 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).

News Corporation overview

News Corporation, a media and information services company, focuses on creating and distributing content for consumers and businesses worldwide. It operates in six segments: Digital Real Estate Services, Subscription Video Services, Dow Jones, Book Publishing, News Media, and Other. The company distributes content and data products, including The Wall Street Journal, Factiva, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, Barron's, MarketWatch, and Investor's Business Daily through various media channels, such as newspapers, newswires, websites, applications for mobile devices, tablets and e-book readers, newsletters, magazines, proprietary databases, live journalism, videos, and podcasts. It also owns and operates daily, Sunday, weekly, and bi-weekly newspapers comprising The Australian, The Weekend Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Herald Sun, Sunday Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Sunday Mail, The Advertiser, Sunday Mail, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday, The Times, The Sunday Times, and New York Post, as well as digital mastheads and other websites. In addition, the company publishes general fiction, nonfiction, children's, and religious books; provides video sports, entertainment, and news services to pay-TV subscribers and other commercial licensees primarily through cable, satellite, and internet distribution; and broadcasts rights to live sporting events. Further, it offers property and property-related advertising and services on its websites and mobile applications; online real estate services; and professional software and service products, as well as financial services. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.

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