How to buy 3M Company (MMM) shares in the UK
Learn how to easily invest in 3M Company shares.
3M Company (MMM) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. It opened the day at $200.51 after a previous close of $199.07. During the day the price has varied from a low of $198.94 to a high of $201.0386. The latest price was $200.49 (25 minute delay). 3M Company is listed on the NYSE and employs 95,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in 3M Company
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: MMM in this case.
- Research 3M Company shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your 3M Company shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in 3M Company?
- Has coronavirus impacted 3M Company shares?
- 3M Company shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is 3M Company stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Can I short 3M Company shares?
- Is 3M Company suitable for ethical investing?
- Are 3M Company shares over-valued?
- How volatile are 3M Company shares?
- Does 3M Company pay a dividend?
- Have 3M Company shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted 3M Company's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, 3M Company's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $206.05, which is 23.84% up on its pre-crash value of $156.93 and 80.68% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $114.04.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of 3M Company shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $753.19 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 $1,316.66.
3M Company share price (NYSE:MMM)Use our graph to track the performance of MMM stocks over time.
3M Company shares at a glance
|52-week range||$143.9391 - $207.4236|
|50-day moving average||$199.1688|
|200-day moving average||$190.5322|
|Wall St. target price||$196.65|
|Dividend yield||$5.89 (2.93%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$9.772|
Fees for buying 5x 3M Company shares with popular platforms
Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.
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Is it a good time to buy 3M Company stock?
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3M Company price performance over time
|1 month (2021-06-24)||3.74%|
|3 months (2021-04-23)||-0.85%|
Is 3M Company under- or over-valued?
Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.
3M Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, 3M Company shares trade at around 20x 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.
However, 3M Company's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the specialty industrial machinery industry or those of similar companies.
3M Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1993. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into 3M Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider 3M Company's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
3M Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $9.4 billion (£6.8 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a 3M Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$33 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||22.63%|
|Gross profit TTM||$15.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.99%|
|Return on equity TTM||47.47%|
|Market capitalisation||$115.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell 3M Company shares
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "MMM.US"
- Choose your position size.
- Select "sell" rather than "buy".
- Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.
There are currently 11.8 million 3M Company shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 12.9% up from 10.4 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting 3M Company shares can be evaluated.
Short interest ratio (SIR)
3M Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of 3M Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of 3M Company shares traded daily (recently around 2.3 million). 3M Company's SIR currently stands at 5.06. In other words for every 100,000 3M Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5060 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare 3M Company's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However 3M Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of 3M Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable 3M Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case 3M Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 3M Company shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0204% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable 3M Company shares, roughly 20 shares are currently held short).
A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against 3M Company.
Find out more about how you can short 3M Company stock.
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 3M Company.
Total ESG risk score
3M Company's total ESG risk: 35.86
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and 3M Company's overall score of 35.86 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 76th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like 3M Company 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.).
To gain some more context, you can compare 3M Company's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
- General Electric Company (GE.US): 48.86
- Honeywell International (HON.US): 40.44
- Danaher Corporation (DHR.US): 32.72
3M Company's environmental score: 12.29/100
3M Company's environmental score of 12.29 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that 3M Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
3M Company's social score: 16/100
3M Company's social score of 16 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that 3M Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
3M Company's governance score: 8.57/100
3M Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that 3M Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
3M Company's controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 3M Company scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that 3M Company hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||35.86|
|Total ESG percentile||75.92|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||3|
3M Company share dividends
Dividend yield: 2.93% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 2.95% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 63.03% of net profits
3M Company has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.93% of its share value annually.
3M Company has paid out, on average, around 63.03% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.95% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 2.95% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In 3M Company's case, that would currently equate to about $5.89 per share.
3M Company's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
3M Company's most recent dividend payout was on 11 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
3M Company's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- General Electric Company (GE.US): 0.31% (0.31% forward annual dividend yield)
- Empresaria Group (EMR.LSE): 1.30% (1.3% forward annual dividend yield)
- Honeywell International (HON.US): 1.58% (1.6% forward annual dividend yield)
- Danaher Corporation (DHR.US): 0.27% (0.3% forward annual dividend yield)
Have 3M Company's shares ever split?
3M Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 29 September 2003. 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 3M Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for 3M Company shares which in turn could have impacted 3M Company's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, 3M Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $143.9391 up to $207.4236. 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 3M Company's is 0.9565. This would suggest that 3M Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put 3M Company's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- General Electric Company (GE.US): 1.0713
- Empresaria Group (EMR.LSE): 1.116
- Honeywell International (HON.US): 1.1736
- Danaher Corporation (DHR.US): 0.6474
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