How to buy General Dynamics Corporation (GD) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in General Dynamics Corporation shares.

General Dynamics Corporation
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General Dynamics Corporation (GD) is a leading aerospace and defence business based in the US. It opened the day at $197.8 after a previous close of $198.14. During the day the price has varied from a low of $194.94 to a high of $197.84. The latest price was $196.03 (25 minute delay). General Dynamics Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 100,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in General Dynamics Corporation

  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: GD in this case.
  5. Research General Dynamics Corporation shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your General Dynamics Corporation shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted General Dynamics Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, General Dynamics Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $195.12, which is 3.85% up on its pre-crash value of $187.6 and 94.05% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $100.55.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of General Dynamics Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $603.36 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 $1,104.38.

General Dynamics Corporation share price (NYSE:GD)

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General Dynamics Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-30.
Previous close$198.14
Change %-1.0649%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$126.6078 - $206.46
50-day moving average$198.9821
200-day moving average$189.2698
Wall St. target price$216.11
PE ratio16.964
Dividend yield$4.58 (2.35%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$11.502
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Is it a good time to buy General Dynamics Corporation stock?

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General Dynamics Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $196.03

1 week (2021-09-13) -1.70%
1 month (2021-08-20) -0.64%
3 months (2021-06-18) 5.88%
6 months (2021-03-19) 10.36%
1 year (2020-09-18) 37.09%
2 years (2019-09-20) 4.62%
3 years (2018-09-20) -3.37%
5 years (2016-09-20) 29.09%

Is General Dynamics 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.

P/E ratio

General Dynamics 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 17x. In other words, General Dynamics Corporation shares trade at around 17x 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.

PEG ratio

General Dynamics Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2875. 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 General Dynamics 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.


General Dynamics Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $5.3 billion (£3.8 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a General Dynamics Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $38.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.37%
Gross profit TTM $6.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.4%
Return on equity TTM 22.46%
Profit margin 8.52%
Book value $54.904
Market capitalisation $54.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell General Dynamics Corporation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "GD.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 2.2 million General Dynamics Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 7.3% down from 2.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting General Dynamics Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

General Dynamics Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of General Dynamics Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of General Dynamics Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 685759.38461538). General Dynamics Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.25. In other words for every 100,000 General Dynamics Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3250 shares are currently held short.

However General Dynamics Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of General Dynamics Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable General Dynamics Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case General Dynamics Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 General Dynamics Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0092% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable General Dynamics Corporation shares, roughly 9 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 General Dynamics Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short General Dynamics 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 General Dynamics Corporation.

Total ESG risk score

General Dynamics Corporation's total ESG risk: 35.89

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Dynamics Corporation's overall score of 35.89 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 81st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like General Dynamics 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.).

Environmental score

General Dynamics Corporation's environmental score: 9.86/100

General Dynamics Corporation's environmental score of 9.86 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

General Dynamics Corporation's social score: 18.69/100

General Dynamics Corporation's social score of 18.69 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

General Dynamics Corporation's governance score: 8.34/100

General Dynamics Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

General Dynamics Corporation's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, General Dynamics Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that General Dynamics Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

General Dynamics Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 35.89
Total ESG percentile 80.8
Environmental score 9.86
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 18.69
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 8.34
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 3

General Dynamics Corporation share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.35% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 2.44% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 40.68% of net profits

General Dynamics Corporation has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.35% of its share value annually.

General Dynamics Corporation has paid out, on average, around 40.68% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.44% 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 2.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Dynamics Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.58 per share.

While General Dynamics 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.

General Dynamics Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 12 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have General Dynamics Corporation's shares ever split?

General Dynamics Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 March 2006. 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 General Dynamics Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Dynamics Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted General Dynamics Corporation's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Dynamics Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $126.6078 up to $206.46. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GD.US volatility(beta: 1.13)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 General Dynamics Corporation's is 1.1277. This would suggest that General Dynamics 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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