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How to buy British American Tobacco p-l-c stock | $37.86

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British American Tobacco p.l.c is a tobacco business based in the US. British American Tobacco p-l-c shares (BTI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. British American Tobacco p-l-c employs 56,689 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$84.6 billion.

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  3. Search for British American Tobacco p-l-c. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BTI. 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 British American Tobacco p-l-c 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$37.86, 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 British American Tobacco p-l-c, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of British American Tobacco p-l-c. 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.

British American Tobacco p-l-c share price

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British American Tobacco p-l-c shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$37.86
52-week rangeUSD$25.3311 - USD$42.3173
50-day moving average USD$37.1012
200-day moving average USD$35.7357
Wall St. target priceUSD$43.88
PE ratio 1.6813
Dividend yield USD$2.71 (7.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$22.156

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British American Tobacco p-l-c price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $37.86 from 2021-01-11

1 week (2021-01-08) -0.92%
1 month (2020-12-15) -1.20%
3 months (2020-10-15) 11.88%
6 months (2020-07-15) 4.27%
1 year (2020-01-15) -16.75%
2 years (2019-01-15) 17.47%
3 years (2018-01-12) 67.79
5 years (2016-01-15) 101.9

Is British American Tobacco p-l-c under- or over-valued?

Valuing British American Tobacco p-l-c stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of British American Tobacco p-l-c's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

British American Tobacco p-l-c's P/E ratio

British American Tobacco p-l-c's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 2x. In other words, British American Tobacco p-l-c shares trade at around 2x 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.

British American Tobacco p-l-c's PEG ratio

British American Tobacco p-l-c's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9867. 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 British American Tobacco p-l-c's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

British American Tobacco p-l-c financials

Gross profit TTM USD$21.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.64%
Return on equity TTM 9.62%
Profit margin 24.43%
Book value $36.102
Market capitalisation USD$84.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting British American Tobacco p-l-c shares

There are currently 2.1 million British American Tobacco p-l-c shares held short by investors – that's known as British American Tobacco p-l-c's "short interest". This figure is 37.7% down from 3.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting British American Tobacco p-l-c shares can be evaluated.

British American Tobacco p-l-c's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

British American Tobacco p-l-c's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of British American Tobacco p-l-c shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of British American Tobacco p-l-c shares traded daily (recently around 1.8 million). British American Tobacco p-l-c's SIR currently stands at 1.16. In other words for every 100,000 British American Tobacco p-l-c shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1160 shares are currently held short.

However British American Tobacco p-l-c's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of British American Tobacco p-l-c shares, or, against the total number of tradable British American Tobacco p-l-c shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case British American Tobacco p-l-c's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 British American Tobacco p-l-c shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable British American Tobacco p-l-c shares, roughly 0 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 British American Tobacco p-l-c.

Find out more about how you can short British American Tobacco p-l-c stock.

British American Tobacco p-l-c share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 144.25% of net profits

Recently British American Tobacco p-l-c has paid out, on average, around 144.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), British American Tobacco p-l-c shareholders could enjoy a 7.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In British American Tobacco p-l-c's case, that would currently equate to about $2.71 per share.

British American Tobacco p-l-c's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

British American Tobacco p-l-c's most recent dividend payout was on 8 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have British American Tobacco p-l-c's shares ever split?

British American Tobacco p-l-c's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 February 2017. 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 British American Tobacco p-l-c shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for British American Tobacco p-l-c shares which in turn could have impacted British American Tobacco p-l-c's share price.

British American Tobacco p-l-c share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, British American Tobacco p-l-c's shares have ranged in value from as little as $25.3311 up to $42.3173. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BTI.US volatility(beta: 0.59)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while British American Tobacco p-l-c's is 0.5912. This would suggest that British American Tobacco p-l-c's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

British American Tobacco p-l-c overview

British American Tobacco p.l.c. provides cigarettes and other tobacco products worldwide. It manufactures vapour and tobacco heating products; oral tobacco and nicotine products, such as snus, tobacco-free nicotine pouches, and moist snuff; cigars; and e-cigarettes. The company offers its products under the Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Rothmans, Newport, Camel, Natural American Spirit, Vogue, Viceroy, Kool, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven A, Benson and Hedges, 555, Peter Stuyvesant, Double Happiness, Granit, Mocca, and Kodiak brands. The company sells its products to retail outlets. British American Tobacco p.l.c. was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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