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Western Digital’s Fundamentals Higher than Industry Median

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Nov. 26 2015, Updated 12:05 p.m. ET

Current and quick ratios

Western Digital (WDC) has a current ratio of 2.68x, higher than the industry median of 1.93x. WDC’s quick ratio is 2.29x, higher than the industry median of 1.45x.

In comparison, SanDisk (SNDK) has a current ratio of 3.17x and a quick ratio of 2.48x. Seagate (STX) has a current ratio of 1.80x and a quick ratio of 1.39x, which is lower than the industry median. Current and quick ratios measure a company’s ability to pay its short-term obligations.

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Price to earnings and other ratios

Western Digital’s trailing 12-month price-to-earnings (or PE), price-to-sales (or PS), and price-to-book (or PB) ratios are 11x, 1.04x, and 1.52x, respectively. The PE, PS, and PB ratios for SanDisk are 36.40x, 2.86x, and 2.67x, respectively.

Seagate’s trailing 12-month price-to-earnings, price-to-sales, and price-to-book ratios are 8.20x, 0.87x and 5.41x, respectively. The industry median for the PE, PS, and PB ratios are 16.95x, 0.90x, and 1.47x, respectively.

Dividend and buyback

Western Digital (WDC) has a dividend yield of 3.08%, a dividend payout ratio of 0.34x, and a share buyback rate of 1.10. SanDisk has a dividend yield of 1.6% and a dividend payout ratio of 0.58x. It has a share buyback rate of 0.90.

Seagate has a dividend yield of 6.54% and a dividend payout ratio of 0.50x. Its share buyback rate is 9.10. In comparison, the industry medians for dividend yield, dividend payout, and share buyback rate stand at 2.11%, 0.39x, and -1.30, respectively.

Western Digital makes up 0.50% of the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) and 0.35% of the Powershares QQQ ETF (QQQ).

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