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BGC Partners, Inc is a capital markets business based in the US. BGC Partners shares (BGCP) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. BGC Partners employs 5,200 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.1 billion.

How to buy shares in BGC Partners

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for BGC Partners. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BGCP. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until BGC Partners reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$3.75, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of BGC Partners, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of BGC Partners. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted BGC Partners's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, BGC Partners's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$3.75, which is 31.82% down on its pre-crash value of USD$5.5 and 74.42% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$2.15.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of BGC Partners shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$481.10 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$644.33.

BGC Partners share price

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BGC Partners shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$3.75
52-week range USD$2.07 - USD$6.145
50-day moving average USD$2.5274
200-day moving average USD$2.693
Wall St. target price USD$7
PE ratio 47.3333
Dividend yield USD$0.04 (1.41%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.064

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Is it a good time to buy BGC Partners stock?

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BGC Partners price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $3.75 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) -0.53%
1 month (2020-10-30) 27.12%
3 months (2020-08-28) 43.68%
6 months (2020-05-29) 45.63%
1 year (2019-11-29) -35.34%
2 years (2018-11-30) -64.42%
3 years (2017-11-30) -77.04%
5 years (2015-11-30) -58.72%

Is BGC Partners under- or over-valued?

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

BGC Partners's P/E ratio

BGC Partners's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 47x. In other words, BGC Partners shares trade at around 47x 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.

BGC Partners's PEG ratio

BGC Partners's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.22. 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 BGC Partners's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

BGC Partners financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.12%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.74%
Return on equity TTM 4.4%
Profit margin 1.1%
Book value $1.942
Market capitalisation USD$989 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting BGC Partners shares

There are currently 12.2 million BGC Partners shares held short by investors – that's known as BGC Partners's "short interest". This figure is 14.4% down from 14.3 million last month.

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

BGC Partners's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

BGC Partners's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of BGC Partners shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of BGC Partners shares traded daily (recently around 2.7 million). BGC Partners's SIR currently stands at 4.54. In other words for every 100,000 BGC Partners shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4540 shares are currently held short.

However BGC Partners's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of BGC Partners shares, or, against the total number of tradable BGC Partners shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case BGC Partners's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 BGC Partners shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0403% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable BGC Partners shares, roughly 40 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 BGC Partners.

Find out more about how you can short BGC Partners stock.

BGC Partners share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 49.18% of net profits

Recently BGC Partners has paid out, on average, around 49.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.41% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), BGC Partners shareholders could enjoy a 1.41% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BGC Partners's case, that would currently equate to about $0.04 per share.

While BGC Partners's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that BGC Partners may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

BGC Partners's most recent dividend payout was on 2 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have BGC Partners's shares ever split?

BGC Partners's shares were split on a 1555:1000 basis on 3 December 2018. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1555 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BGC Partners shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 35.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BGC Partners shares which in turn could have impacted BGC Partners's share price.

BGC Partners share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BGC Partners's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.07 up to $6.145. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BGCP.US volatility(beta: 1.96)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 BGC Partners's is 1.9592. This would suggest that BGC Partners's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

BGC Partners overview

BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage and financial technology company in the United States, the United Kingdom, rest of Asia, France, the Middle East, Africa, rest of Europe, and internationally. It offers various brokerage products, such as fixed income, foreign exchange, equities, energy and commodities, insurance, and futures. The company also provides other services that include trade execution, broker dealer, clearing, trade compression, post-trade, information, and other back office services to financial and non-financial institutions. In addition, it offers fully electronic brokerage, financial technology solutions, market data, post-trade services, and analytics related to financial instrument and markets under the Fenics, BGC Trader, CreditMatch, Fenics Market Data, BGC Market Data, kACE2, EMBonds, Capitalab, Swaptioniser, CBID, and Lucera brand names. Further, the company provides screen-based market solutions, which enable its clients to develop a marketplace, trade with their customers, issue debt, trade odd lots, access program trading interfaces, and access its network and intellectual property; software and technology infrastructure for the transactional and technology related elements; and option pricing and analysis tools. It primarily serves banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, and corporations, as well as investment firms. BGC Partners, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

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