Pfizer Stock: Everything You Need to Know


Among the largest biopharmaceutical companies, New York-based Pfizer continues to grab headlines on the monumental development of its successful Covid vaccine, now called Comirnaty, with BioNTech.

Pfizer started as a manufacturer of fine chemicals by German cousins Charles Pfizer and Charles Earhart in 1849 in Brooklyn. They discovered citric acid, the ingredient in Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

An Overview of The Company And Its Fundamental

Are Pfizer (PFE) shares appropriate for your portfolio? We will provide you with some of the investing attributes as of January 18, 2022, from Yahoo Finance:

Pfizer Stock Characteristic

Market Capitalization

Pfizer (PFE) is considered a large-cap stock with a market capitalization of over $300 billion and is included in the S&P 500 index and the S&P Healthcare sector. You can calculate the market capitalization by multiplying its stock price by the number of shares outstanding.

Price-to-Earnings Ratio

The price-earnings or PE ratio is the current market price divided by the company’s earnings per share or EPS. This ratio is the primary benchmark of valuing a stock, demonstrating how expensive the shares are relative to the company’s profits. You can compare the PE multiple to its historical ratio, respective sector, and the S&P 500 market proxy.

Pfizer’s dividend yield is the annual cash dividend paid of $1.60 per share to an investor as a percentage of its current market price, or 2.96%. This yield is above average compared to the S&P 500’s rate.

Dividend Yield

The beta value measures the volatility of a particular stock relative to the overall market. For large-cap stocks like PFE, the S&P 500 serves as the best benchmark and has a beta of 1.0. If a stock had a beta of 1, it would move in lockstep with the market. PFE’s beta of 0.64 indicates lower than market volatility.

Beta Value

Just as real estate agents and their clients will look at comparable (“comps”) homes to help them judge the prospective home they may buy, so should investors when buying into a specific sector, like healthcare. The comparable peers that serve as Pfizer’s are:

Comparable Peers To Pfizer

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