How to buy Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Intuitive Surgical shares.

Intuitive Surgical Inc
+ $3.26 ( + 0.32%)

Intuitive Surgical Inc (ISRG) is a leading medical instruments and supplies business based in the US. It opened the day at $1035.29 after a previous close of $1034.01. During the day the price has varied from a low of $1028.03 to a high of $1040.46. The latest price was $1037.27 (25 minute delay). Intuitive Surgical is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 8,081 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Intuitive Surgical

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

How has coronavirus impacted Intuitive Surgical's share price?

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

Its last market close was $1037.27, which is 40.89% up on its pre-crash value of $613.08 and 187.73% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $360.5.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Intuitive Surgical shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $650.92 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 $1,835.97.

Intuitive Surgical share price (NASDAQ:ISRG)

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Intuitive Surgical shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Previous close$1034.01
Change %0.3153%
Information last updated 2021-09-18.
52-week range$633.29 - $1087.01
50-day moving average$1034.6027
200-day moving average$885.9691
Wall St. target price$1021.8
PE ratio77.4487
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$13.393
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Is it a good time to buy Intuitive Surgical stock?

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Intuitive Surgical price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $1037.27

1 week (2021-09-09) -3.06%
1 month (2021-08-19) -1.74%
3 months (2021-06-18) 18.02%
6 months (2021-03-19) 46.61%
1 year (2020-09-18) 58.22%
2 years (2019-09-19) 95.91%
3 years (2018-09-19) 86.40%
5 years (2016-09-19) 348.68%

Is Intuitive Surgical 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

Intuitive Surgical's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 77x. In other words, Intuitive Surgical shares trade at around 77x 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.

PEG ratio

Intuitive Surgical's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.797. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Intuitive Surgical's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Intuitive Surgical's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.9 billion (£1.4 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Intuitive Surgical's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $5.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 31.24%
Gross profit TTM $2.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 9%
Return on equity TTM 16.68%
Profit margin 31.43%
Book value $91.302
Market capitalisation $123.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Intuitive Surgical shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "ISRG.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 Intuitive Surgical shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 0.3% up from 1.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Intuitive Surgical shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Intuitive Surgical's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Intuitive Surgical shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Intuitive Surgical shares traded daily (recently around 456280.75471698). Intuitive Surgical's SIR currently stands at 2.65. In other words for every 100,000 Intuitive Surgical shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2650 shares are currently held short.

However Intuitive Surgical's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Intuitive Surgical shares, or, against the total number of tradable Intuitive Surgical shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Intuitive Surgical's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Intuitive Surgical shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0103% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Intuitive Surgical 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 Intuitive Surgical.

Find out more about how you can short Intuitive Surgical 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 Intuitive Surgical.

Total ESG risk score

Intuitive Surgical's total ESG risk: 31.63

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Intuitive Surgical's overall score of 31.63 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 60th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Intuitive Surgical 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

Intuitive Surgical's environmental score: 4.47/100

Intuitive Surgical's environmental score of 4.47 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Intuitive Surgical is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Intuitive Surgical's social score: 13.18/100

Intuitive Surgical's social score of 13.18 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Intuitive Surgical is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Intuitive Surgical's governance score: 10.47/100

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

Controversy score

Intuitive Surgical's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Intuitive Surgical scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Intuitive Surgical has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Intuitive Surgical Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 31.63
Total ESG percentile 59.52
Environmental score 4.47
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 13.18
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 10.47
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Intuitive Surgical share dividends

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

Have Intuitive Surgical's shares ever split?

Intuitive Surgical's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 5 October 2017. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Intuitive Surgical shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Intuitive Surgical shares which in turn could have impacted Intuitive Surgical's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Intuitive Surgical's shares have ranged in value from as little as $633.29 up to $1087.01. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ISRG.US volatility(beta: 1.05)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 Intuitive Surgical's is 1.0519. This would suggest that Intuitive Surgical'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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