Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) is a leading entertainment business based in the US. In the week up to 11 October Comcast Corporation shares plunged 8.03% to a closing position of $52.22. However, over the last 12 months, Comcast Corporation's share price has risen by 18.57% from $45.56. Comcast Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 168,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Comcast Corporation
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- 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: CMCSA in this case.
- Research Comcast Corporation shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Comcast Corporation shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Comcast Corporation?
- Has coronavirus impacted Comcast Corporation shares?
- Comcast Corporation shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Comcast Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Can I short Comcast Corporation shares?
- Is Comcast Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Comcast Corporation shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Comcast Corporation shares?
- Does Comcast Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have Comcast Corporation shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Comcast Corporation's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Comcast Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $54.02, which is 15.18% up on its pre-crash value of $45.82 and 70.38% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $31.705.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Comcast Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $800.94 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 $1,266.23.
Comcast Corporation share price (NASDAQ:CMCSA)Use our graph to track the performance of CMCSA stocks over time.
Comcast Corporation shares at a glance
|52-week range||$40.2408 - $61.5279|
|50-day moving average||$57.1303|
|200-day moving average||$56.9159|
|Wall St. target price||$66.46|
|Dividend yield||$0.96 (1.78%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$2.681|
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Is it a good time to buy Comcast Corporation stock?
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Comcast Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2021-10-07)||-5.89%|
|1 month (2021-09-17)||-5.41%|
|3 months (2021-07-16)||-6.13%|
|6 months (2021-04-16)||-1.98%|
|1 year (2020-10-16)||18.57%|
|2 years (2019-10-17)||17.61%|
|3 years (2018-10-17)||48.41%|
|5 years (2016-10-17)||66.16%|
Is Comcast Corporation 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.
Comcast 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 20x. In other words, Comcast Corporation 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.
Comcast Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4642. 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 Comcast 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.
Comcast Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $31.9 billion (£23.2 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Comcast Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$109 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||17.01%|
|Gross profit TTM||$70.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.27%|
|Return on equity TTM||13.53%|
|Market capitalisation||$247.9 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Comcast Corporation shares
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "CMCSA.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 73.0 million Comcast Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 7.1% up from 68.2 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Comcast Corporation shares can be evaluated.
Short interest ratio (SIR)
Comcast Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Comcast Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Comcast Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 17.8 million). Comcast Corporation's SIR currently stands at 4.11. In other words for every 100,000 Comcast Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4110 shares are currently held short.
However Comcast Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Comcast Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Comcast Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Comcast Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Comcast Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.016% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Comcast Corporation shares, roughly 16 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 Comcast Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Comcast Corporation 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 Comcast Corporation.
Total ESG risk score
Comcast Corporation's total ESG risk: 20.17
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Comcast Corporation's overall score of 20.17 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 23rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Comcast Corporation 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.).
Comcast Corporation's environmental score: 4.22/100
Comcast Corporation's environmental score of 4.22 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Comcast Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Comcast Corporation's social score: 11.8/100
Comcast Corporation's social score of 11.8 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Comcast Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Comcast Corporation's governance score: 10.65/100
Comcast Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Comcast Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Comcast Corporation's controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Comcast Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Comcast Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.17|
|Total ESG percentile||22.82|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||2|
Comcast Corporation share dividends
Dividend yield: 1.78% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 1.85% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 34.88% of net profits
Comcast Corporation has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.78% of its share value annually.
Comcast Corporation has paid out, on average, around 34.88% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.85% 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 1.85% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Comcast Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 per share.
While Comcast Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Comcast Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 27 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Comcast Corporation's shares ever split?
Comcast Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 21 February 2017. 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 Comcast Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Comcast Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Comcast Corporation's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Comcast Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $40.2408 up to $61.5279. 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 Comcast Corporation's is 1.0534. This would suggest that Comcast Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
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