How to buy Westlake Chemical shares

Westlake Chemical shares have increased 2.77% from yesterday's closing price ($107.52). Learn how to easily invest in Westlake Chemical shares in the UK.

Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK) is a publicly traded specialty chemicals business based in the US. In the week up to 12 March Westlake Chemical shares plunged 11.35% to a closing position of $110.43. Over the last 12 months, Westlake Chemical's share price has fallen by 14.36% from $125.45. Westlake Chemical is listed on the NYSE and employs 15,920 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Westlake Chemical

  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: WLK in this case.
  5. Research Westlake Chemical shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Westlake Chemical shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.
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Is it a good time to buy Westlake Chemical stock?

Only you can make the decision on the time to leap. The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

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Invest in Westlake Chemical shares

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  • Pay no stamp duty on UK shares
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is Westlake Chemical 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. Check out the Westlake Chemical P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Westlake Chemical's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Westlake Chemical shares trade at around 6x 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.

Westlake Chemical's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.59. 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 Westlake Chemical's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Westlake Chemical's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $4.1 billion (£3.3 billion).

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

What's Westlake Chemical's ESG 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 Westlake Chemical.

Overall Westlake Chemical ESG score

Westlake Chemical's total ESG risk: 43.31

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Westlake Chemical's overall score of 43.31 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 80th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Westlake Chemical's environmental score: 28.32/100

Westlake Chemical's environmental score of 28.32 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Westlake Chemical is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Westlake Chemical's social score: 9.87/100

Westlake Chemical's social score of 9.87 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Westlake Chemical is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Westlake Chemical's governance score: 18.12/100

Westlake Chemical's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Westlake Chemical is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Westlake Chemical's controversy score: 2/5

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

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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