How to buy Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (VRTX) is a leading biotechnology business based in the US. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 3,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

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

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated share price

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$197.47 - $306.08
50-day moving average $231.4367
200-day moving average $249.7419
Wall St. target price$285.65
PE ratio 23.284
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $10.204
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
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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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
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Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
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£0
£0
Zero platform fee
Join and receive a free share worth up to £100
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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated stock?

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Is Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated under- or over-valued?

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

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's P/E ratio

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares trade at around 23x 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.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's PEG ratio

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.3575. 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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's EBITDA

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $2.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM $6 billion
Operating margin TTM 44.67%
Gross profit TTM $1.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 17.78%
Return on equity TTM 40.2%
Profit margin 44.91%
Book value $31.262
Market capitalisation $61.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "VRTX.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 3.4 million Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 4% up from 3.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares can be evaluated.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 2.18. In other words for every 100,000 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2180 shares are currently held short.

However Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.013% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares, roughly 13 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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated stock.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated'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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.

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

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 30.84

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's overall score of 30.84 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 44th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 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.).

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.65/100

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's environmental score of 5.65 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's social score

Social score: 24.22/100

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's social score of 24.22 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 12.46/100

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 30.84
Total ESG percentile 44
Environmental score 5.65
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 24.22
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 12.46
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated share dividends

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

Have Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's shares ever split?

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 24 August 2000. 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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's share price.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as $197.47 up to $306.08. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VRTX.US volatility(beta: 0.78)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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's is 0.781. This would suggest that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated overview

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in developing and commercializing therapies for treating cystic fibrosis. The company markets SYMDEKO/SYMKEVI, ORKAMBI, and KALYDECO to treat patients with cystic fibrosis who have specific mutations in their cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene; and TRIKAFTA for the treatment of patients with CF 12 years of age or older who have at least one F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, or CFTR, gene. Its pipeline includes Pipeline for Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency that is in Phase 2 clinical trial; VX-864, a second investigational small molecule corrector for the treatment of AAT deficiency, which is in Phase 1 clinical trial; and VX-147 that completed a Phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of APOL1-mediated focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS, and other serious kidney diseases. The company sells its products primarily to specialty pharmacy and specialty distributors in the United States, as well as specialty distributors and retail chains, and hospitals and clinics internationally. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated has collaborations with CRISPR Therapeutics AG; Arbor Biotechnologies, Inc.; Moderna, Inc.; Genomics plc; Merck KGaA; Darmstadt, Germany; X-Chem, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Merck KGaA; Kymera Therapeutics; Ribometrix, Inc.; Molecular Templates, Inc.; and Affinia Therapeutics. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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