How to buy Northrop Grumman (NOC) shares in the UK

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Northrop Grumman Corporation
NYSE: NOC - USD
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE
$350.24
+ $0.58 ( + 0.17%)

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) is a leading aerospace and defence business based in the US. It opened the day at $372.48 after a previous close of $369.94. During the day the price has varied from a low of $369.38 to a high of $373.51. The latest price was $371.82 (25 minute delay). Northrop Grumman is listed on the NYSE and employs 97,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Northrop Grumman

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

How has coronavirus impacted Northrop Grumman's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Northrop Grumman's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $350.24, which is 4.05% down on its pre-crash value of $365.01 and 33.01% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $263.31.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Northrop Grumman shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $742.12 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 $963.16.

Northrop Grumman share price (NYSE:NOC)

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Northrop Grumman shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open$372.48
High$373.51
Low$369.38
Close$371.82
Previous close$369.94
Change$1.88
Change %0.5082%
Volume357,391
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$279.1282 - $376.5611
50-day moving average$361.9929
200-day moving average$352.685
Wall St. target price$412.05
PE ratio12.7271
Dividend yield$5.92 (1.69%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$27.579
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Is it a good time to buy Northrop Grumman stock?

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Northrop Grumman price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $371.82

1 week (2021-09-13) 5.12%
1 month (2021-08-20) 2.43%
3 months (2021-06-18) 1.26%
6 months (2021-03-19) 20.47%
1 year (2020-09-18) 8.88%
2 years (2019-09-20) 0.99%
3 years (2018-09-20) 23.36%
5 years (2016-09-20) 75.30%

Is Northrop Grumman 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

Northrop Grumman's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Northrop Grumman shares trade at around 13x 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

Northrop Grumman's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 8.9173. 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 Northrop Grumman's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

EBITDA

Northrop Grumman's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $5.6 billion (£4.1 billion).

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

Financials

Revenue TTM $37.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.48%
Gross profit TTM $7.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.3%
Return on equity TTM 43.56%
Profit margin 12.1%
Book value $69.658
Market capitalisation $56.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Northrop Grumman shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "NOC.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 1.5 million Northrop Grumman shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 15.6% down from 1.8 million last month.

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

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Northrop Grumman's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Northrop Grumman shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Northrop Grumman shares traded daily (recently around 522890.68965517). Northrop Grumman's SIR currently stands at 2.9. In other words for every 100,000 Northrop Grumman shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2900 shares are currently held short.

However Northrop Grumman's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Northrop Grumman shares, or, against the total number of tradable Northrop Grumman shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Northrop Grumman's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Northrop Grumman shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0095% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Northrop Grumman 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 Northrop Grumman.

Find out more about how you can short Northrop Grumman 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 Northrop Grumman.

Total ESG risk score

Northrop Grumman's total ESG risk: 33.16

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Northrop Grumman's overall score of 33.16 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 64th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Northrop Grumman 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

Northrop Grumman's environmental score: 11.84/100

Northrop Grumman's environmental score of 11.84 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Northrop Grumman is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Northrop Grumman's social score: 17.49/100

Northrop Grumman's social score of 17.49 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Northrop Grumman is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Northrop Grumman's governance score: 8.83/100

Northrop Grumman's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Northrop Grumman is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Northrop Grumman's controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Northrop Grumman Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.16
Total ESG percentile 63.95
Environmental score 11.84
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 17.49
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 8.83
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

Northrop Grumman share dividends

1.7%

Dividend yield: 1.69% of stock value

1.8%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1.8% of stock value

23.7%

Dividend payout ratio: 23.71% of net profits

Northrop Grumman has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.69% of its share value annually.

Northrop Grumman has paid out, on average, around 23.71% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.8% 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 1.8% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Northrop Grumman's case, that would currently equate to about $5.92 per share.

While Northrop Grumman's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

Northrop Grumman's most recent dividend payout was on 15 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Northrop Grumman's shares ever split?

Northrop Grumman's shares were split on a 10000:9035 basis on 31 March 2011. So if you had owned 9035 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Northrop Grumman shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Northrop Grumman shares which in turn could have impacted Northrop Grumman's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Northrop Grumman's shares have ranged in value from as little as $279.1282 up to $376.5611. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NOC.US volatility(beta: 0.84)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 Northrop Grumman's is 0.8373. This would suggest that Northrop Grumman's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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