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How to buy HSBC stock

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HSBC Holdings plc is a banks—diversified business based in the US. HSBC shares (HSBC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. HSBC employs 232,764 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$45 billion.

How to buy shares in HSBC

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  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 HSBC Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HSBC. 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 HSBC 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. 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 HSBC, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of HSBC. 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.

HSBC share price

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HSBC shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$18.2 - USD$39.685
50-day moving average USD$21.1274
200-day moving average USD$24.2112
Wall St. target priceUSD$22.56
PE ratio 25.2889
Dividend yield USD$2.55 (10.03%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.895

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Is it a good time to buy HSBC stock?

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HSBC price performance over time

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Is HSBC under- or over-valued?

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

HSBC's P/E ratio

HSBC's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, HSBC shares trade at around 25x 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.

HSBC's PEG ratio

HSBC's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.39. 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 HSBC's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

HSBC financials

Revenue TTM USD$45 billion
Operating margin TTM 29.03%
Gross profit TTM USD$53.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.07%
Return on equity TTM 0.96%
Profit margin 1.79%
Book value $41.195
Market capitalisation USD$75.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting HSBC shares

There are currently 11.2 million HSBC shares held short by investors – that's known as HSBC's "short interest". This figure is 25.2% down from 15.0 million last month.

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

HSBC's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

HSBC's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of HSBC shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of HSBC shares traded daily (recently around 3.3 million). HSBC's SIR currently stands at 3.36. In other words for every 100,000 HSBC shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3360 shares are currently held short.

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

Find out more about how you can short HSBC stock.

HSBC share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 166.67% of net profits

Recently HSBC has paid out, on average, around 166.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 10.03% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), HSBC shareholders could enjoy a 10.03% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HSBC's case, that would currently equate to about $2.55 per share.

HSBC'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.

HSBC's most recent dividend payout was on 14 April 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have HSBC's shares ever split?

HSBC's shares were split on a 6:1 basis on 7 July 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 6 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your HSBC shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 83.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for HSBC shares which in turn could have impacted HSBC's share price.

HSBC share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, HSBC's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.2 up to $39.685. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while HSBC's is 0.4139. This would suggest that HSBC's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

HSBC overview

HSBC Holdings plc provides banking and financial products and services worldwide. The company operates through Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking segments. The Retail Banking and Wealth Management segment offers personal banking products and services, such as current and savings accounts, mortgages and personal loans, credit and debit cards, and local and international payment services; and wealth management services, including insurance and investment products, global asset management services, and financial planning services. The Commercial Banking segment provides credit and lending, treasury management, payment, cash management, commercial insurance, and investment services, as well as commercial cards, and international trade and receivables finance services; and foreign exchange products, and capital raising and advisory services to small and medium sized enterprises, mid-market enterprises, and corporates. The Global Banking and Markets segment is involved in the provision of financing, advisory, and transaction services, including credit, rates, foreign exchange, equities, money markets, and securities services, as well as principal investment activities to government, corporate and institutional clients, and private investors. The Global Private Banking segment provides a range of services to high net worth individuals and families with complex and international needs. HSBC Holdings plc was founded in 1865 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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