Autodesk Inc (ADSK) is a leading software-application business based in the US. It opened the day at $318.3 after a previous close of $320.5. During the day the price has varied from a low of $317.005 to a high of $321.725. The latest price was $321.13 (25 minute delay). Autodesk is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 11,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Autodesk
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- Search the platform for stock code: ADSK in this case.
- Research Autodesk shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Autodesk shares. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Autodesk?
- Has coronavirus impacted Autodesk shares?
- Autodesk shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Autodesk stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Can I short Autodesk shares?
- Is Autodesk suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Autodesk shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Autodesk shares?
- Does Autodesk pay a dividend?
- Have Autodesk shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Autodesk's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Autodesk's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $294.67, which is 31.48% up on its pre-crash value of $201.91 and 135.02% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $125.38.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Autodesk shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $723.58 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 $1,479.24.
Autodesk share price (NASDAQ:ADSK)Use our graph to track the performance of ADSK stocks over time.
Autodesk shares at a glance
|52-week range||$223.51 - $344.39|
|50-day moving average||$308.9079|
|200-day moving average||$292.6142|
|Wall St. target price||$349.74|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$5.918|
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Is it a good time to buy Autodesk stock?
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Autodesk price performance over time
|1 month (2021-08-25)||-6.18%|
|3 months (2021-06-25)||11.22%|
|6 months (2021-03-25)||22.48%|
|1 year (2020-09-25)||40.97%|
|2 years (2019-09-25)||117.82%|
|3 years (2018-09-25)||106.65%|
|5 years (2016-09-23)||348.07%|
Is Autodesk 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.
Autodesk's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, Autodesk shares trade at around 50x 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, Autodesk's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the software-application industry or those of similar companies.
Autodesk's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0897. 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 Autodesk'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 Autodesk's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Autodesk's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $761.5 million (£557 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Autodesk'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||$4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||16.46%|
|Gross profit TTM||$3.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.31%|
|Return on equity TTM||188.47%|
|Market capitalisation||$64.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Autodesk shares
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "ADSK.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 2.3 million Autodesk shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 5.6% up from 2.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Autodesk shares can be evaluated.
Short interest ratio (SIR)
Autodesk's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Autodesk shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Autodesk shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). Autodesk's SIR currently stands at 1.73. In other words for every 100,000 Autodesk shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1730 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Autodesk's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However Autodesk's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Autodesk shares, or, against the total number of tradable Autodesk shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Autodesk's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Autodesk shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0103% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Autodesk shares, roughly 10 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 Autodesk.
Find out more about how you can short Autodesk 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 Autodesk.
Total ESG risk score
Autodesk's total ESG risk: 20.93
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Autodesk's overall score of 20.93 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 20th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Autodesk 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 Autodesk's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Autodesk's environmental score: 0.28/100
Autodesk's environmental score of 0.28 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Autodesk is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Autodesk's social score: 12.27/100
Autodesk's social score of 12.27 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Autodesk is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Autodesk's governance score: 4.87/100
Autodesk's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Autodesk is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.93|
|Total ESG percentile||19.58|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
Autodesk share dividends
We're not expecting Autodesk to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.
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Have Autodesk's shares ever split?
Autodesk's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 December 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 Autodesk shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Autodesk shares which in turn could have impacted Autodesk's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Autodesk's shares have ranged in value from as little as $223.51 up to $344.39. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Autodesk's is 1.321. This would suggest that Autodesk'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 Autodesk's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Adobe (ADBE.US): 0.9678
- AVEVA Group (AVV.LSE): 0.4833
- ANSYS (ANSS.US): 1.2276
- Apple (AAPL.US): 1.202
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