How to buy Align Technology (ALGN) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Align Technology shares.

Align Technology Inc (ALGN) is a publicly traded medical devices business based in the US. In the week up to 22 September Align Technology shares plunged 13.51% to a closing position of $217.95. Over the last 12 months, Align Technology's share price has fallen by an alarming 64.72% from $648.58. Align Technology is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 24,020 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Align Technology

  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: ALGN in this case.
  5. Research Align Technology shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Align Technology shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Fees for buying 5x Align Technology 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.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £5.05
£1,015.13 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £13.92
£1,024.01 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £10.10
£1,020.18 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £22.05
£1,032.13 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.01
£1,011.09 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £23.14
£1,033.22 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £5.05
£1,015.13 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £22.13
£1,032.21 total
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Align Technology share price (NASDAQ:ALGN)

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

Align Technology price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $228.81

1 week (2022-09-28) 7.88%
1 month (2022-09-02) -6.42%
3 months (2022-07-05) -9.96%
6 months (2022-04-04) -48.63%
1 year (2021-10-05) -64.72%
2 years (2020-10-05) -28.39%
3 years (2019-10-04) 26.00%
5 years (2017-10-05) 22.61%

Is it a good time to buy Align Technology stock?

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Is Align Technology 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.

P/E ratio

Align Technology's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, Align Technology shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

However, Align Technology's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the medical devices industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Align Technology's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6447. 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 Align Technology'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 Align Technology's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Align Technology's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $985.4 million (£870 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Align Technology'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.

Align Technology shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-05.
Previous close$229.91
Change %-0.4784%
Information last updated 2022-10-04.
52-week range$204.32 - $713.33
50-day moving average$256.4416
200-day moving average$364.6649
Wall St. target price$339.2
PE ratio26.5567
Dividend yield$0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$8.12

Align Technology share dividends

We're not expecting Align Technology to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Align Technology's shares have ranged in value from as little as $204.32 up to $713.33. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALGN.US volatility(beta: 1.8)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 Align Technology's is 1.799. This would suggest that Align Technology's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put Align Technology's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

Frequently asked questions

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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