How to buy Air Products and Chemicals shares

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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc (APD) is a leading chemicals business based in the US. Air Products and Chemicals is listed on the NYSE and employs 19,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Air Products and Chemicals

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: APD in this case.
  5. Research Air Products and Chemicals shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Air Products and Chemicals shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Air Products and Chemicals share price

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Air Products and Chemicals shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$163.8414 - $326.2693
50-day moving average $275.3082
200-day moving average $285.427
Wall St. target price$308.45
PE ratio 33.4198
Dividend yield $5.36 (1.89%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.486
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Fineco
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Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
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0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Air Products and Chemicals stock?

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Is Air Products and Chemicals under- or over-valued?

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

Air Products and Chemicals's P/E ratio

Air Products and Chemicals's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 33x. In other words, Air Products and Chemicals shares trade at around 33x 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.

However, Air Products and Chemicals's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the chemicals industry or those of similar companies.

Air Products and Chemicals's PEG ratio

Air Products and Chemicals's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7841. 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 Air Products and Chemicals'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 Air Products and Chemicals's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Air Products and Chemicals's EBITDA

Air Products and Chemicals's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $3.4 billion.

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

To put Air Products and Chemicals's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Air Products and Chemicals financials

Revenue TTM $8.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.37%
Gross profit TTM $3 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.37%
Return on equity TTM 16.33%
Profit margin 21.3%
Book value $54.655
Market capitalisation $62.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Air Products and Chemicals shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "APD.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 1.2 million Air Products and Chemicals shares held short by investors – that's known as Air Products and Chemicals's "short interest". This figure is 35.5% down from 1.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Air Products and Chemicals shares can be evaluated.

Air Products and Chemicals's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Air Products and Chemicals's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Air Products and Chemicals shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Air Products and Chemicals shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). Air Products and Chemicals's SIR currently stands at 1. In other words for every 100,000 Air Products and Chemicals shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1000 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Air Products and Chemicals's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Air Products and Chemicals's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Air Products and Chemicals shares, or, against the total number of tradable Air Products and Chemicals shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Air Products and Chemicals's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Air Products and Chemicals shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0053% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Air Products and Chemicals shares, roughly 5 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 Air Products and Chemicals.

Find out more about how you can short Air Products and Chemicals stock.

Air Products and Chemicals'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 Air Products and Chemicals.

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

Air Products and Chemicals's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 13.24

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Air Products and Chemicals's overall score of 13.24 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Air Products and Chemicals 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 Air Products and Chemicals's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

    Air Products and Chemicals's environmental score

    Environmental score: 7/100

    Air Products and Chemicals's environmental score of 7 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Air Products and Chemicals is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

    Air Products and Chemicals's social score

    Social score: 2.56/100

    Air Products and Chemicals's social score of 2.56 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Air Products and Chemicals is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

    Air Products and Chemicals's governance score

    Governance score: 3.68/100

    Air Products and Chemicals's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Air Products and Chemicals is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

    Air Products and Chemicals's controversy score

    Controversy score: 1/5

    ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Air Products and Chemicals scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Air Products and Chemicals has managed to keep its nose clean.

    Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

      Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

      Air Products and Chemicals, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

      Total ESG score 13.24
      Total ESG percentile 5.72
      Environmental score 7
      Environmental score percentile 4
      Social score 2.56
      Social score percentile 4
      Governance score 3.68
      Governance score percentile 4
      Level of controversy 1

      Air Products and Chemicals share dividends

      64%

      Dividend payout ratio: 63.96% of net profits

      Recently Air Products and Chemicals has paid out, on average, around 63.96% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.89% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Air Products and Chemicals shareholders could enjoy a 1.89% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Air Products and Chemicals's case, that would currently equate to about $5.36 per share.

      Air Products and Chemicals'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.

      Air Products and Chemicals's most recent dividend payout was on 8 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

      Air Products and Chemicals's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

      Have Air Products and Chemicals's shares ever split?

      Air Products and Chemicals's shares were split on a 1081:1000 basis on 3 October 2016. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1081 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Air Products and Chemicals shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 7.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Air Products and Chemicals shares which in turn could have impacted Air Products and Chemicals's share price.

      Air Products and Chemicals share price volatility

      Over the last 12 months, Air Products and Chemicals's shares have ranged in value from as little as $163.8414 up to $326.2693. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

      APD.US volatility(beta: 0.79)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

      Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Air Products and Chemicals's is 0.7941. This would suggest that Air Products and Chemicals's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

      To put Air Products and Chemicals's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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      Air Products and Chemicals overview

      Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, equipment, and services worldwide. The company produces atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases, such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production or processing of gases comprising air separation units and non-cryogenic generators for customers in various industries, including refining, chemical, gasification, metals, manufacturing, food and beverage, electronics, magnetic resonance imaging, energy production and refining, and metals. It also designs and manufactures equipment for air separation, hydrocarbon recovery and purification, natural gas liquefaction, and liquid helium and liquid hydrogen transport and storage. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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