How to buy Rockwell Automation shares

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Rockwell Automation, Inc (ROK) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Rockwell Automation is listed on the NYSE and employs 23,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Rockwell Automation

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

Rockwell Automation share price

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Rockwell Automation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-24.
52-week range$113.7435 - $268.91
50-day moving average $252.9712
200-day moving average $237.1082
Wall St. target price$252.05
PE ratio 30.3273
Dividend yield $4.28 (1.61%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.77
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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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Access unlimited commission-free trading on 3,800+ US stocks and ETFs with Stake. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Rockwell Automation stock?

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Is Rockwell Automation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Rockwell Automation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Rockwell Automation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Rockwell Automation's P/E ratio

Rockwell Automation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Rockwell Automation shares trade at around 30x 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.

Rockwell Automation's PEG ratio

Rockwell Automation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.6661. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

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

Rockwell Automation's EBITDA

Rockwell Automation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.2 billion.

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

Rockwell Automation financials

Revenue TTM $6.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.05%
Gross profit TTM $2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.09%
Return on equity TTM 116.87%
Profit margin 16.17%
Book value $8.845
Market capitalisation $30.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Rockwell Automation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "ROK.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 2.0 million Rockwell Automation shares held short by investors – that's known as Rockwell Automation's "short interest". This figure is 13.9% down from 2.3 million last month.

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

Rockwell Automation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Rockwell Automation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Rockwell Automation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Rockwell Automation shares traded daily (recently around 595195.87020649). Rockwell Automation's SIR currently stands at 3.39. In other words for every 100,000 Rockwell Automation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3390 shares are currently held short.

However Rockwell Automation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Rockwell Automation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Rockwell Automation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Rockwell Automation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Rockwell Automation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0194% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Rockwell Automation shares, roughly 19 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 Rockwell Automation.

Find out more about how you can short Rockwell Automation stock.

Rockwell Automation's 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 Rockwell Automation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Rockwell Automation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Rockwell Automation's overall score of 28.2 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 34th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Rockwell Automation's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.28/100

Rockwell Automation's environmental score of 8.28 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rockwell Automation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Rockwell Automation's social score

Social score: 13.08/100

Rockwell Automation's social score of 13.08 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rockwell Automation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Rockwell Automation's governance score

Governance score: 11.84/100

Rockwell Automation's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Rockwell Automation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Rockwell Automation's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Rockwell Automation scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Rockwell Automation has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Rockwell Automation, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28.2
Total ESG percentile 33.7
Environmental score 8.28
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 13.08
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.84
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Rockwell Automation share dividends

54%

Dividend payout ratio: 53.78% of net profits

Recently Rockwell Automation has paid out, on average, around 53.78% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Rockwell Automation shareholders could enjoy a 1.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Rockwell Automation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.28 per share.

Rockwell Automation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Rockwell Automation's most recent dividend payout was on 10 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Rockwell Automation's shares ever split?

Rockwell Automation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 April 1987. 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 Rockwell Automation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Rockwell Automation shares which in turn could have impacted Rockwell Automation's share price.

Rockwell Automation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Rockwell Automation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $113.7435 up to $268.91. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ROK.US volatility(beta: 1.37)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 Rockwell Automation's is 1.3692. This would suggest that Rockwell Automation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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Rockwell Automation overview

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation and digital transformation solutions. The company operates in two segments, Architecture & Software, and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment offers a portfolio of automation and information platforms, including hardware and software. Its products include programmable automation controllers; design, visualization, and simulation software; and human machine interface products, networking products, industrial computers, sensing devices, machine safety devices, motion control products, and independent cart technology products. This segment also offers manufacturing execution system and analytics software to enhance operational productivity and meet regulatory requirements. The Control Products & Solutions segment provides low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, AC/DC variable frequency drives, motor control and circuit protection devices, operator and signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers, and electrical control accessories. This segment also offers pre-configured line and load power solutions, packaged drives, motor control centers, and intelligent packaged power and engineered to order automation equipment solutions; and professional lifecycle services, such as safety, security, and digital transformation consulting, as well as automation and information project delivery capabilities, plant network, cloud, cybersecurity, asset management and predictive analytics, and remote, on-site, and managed support services. The company primarily serves a range of industries, which include the automotive, semiconductor, and warehousing and logistics; food and beverage, and life sciences; and oil and gas, metals, and chemicals through independent distributors and direct sales force worldwide. Rockwell Automation, Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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