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How to buy HSBC (HSBC) stock

Learn how to easily invest in HSBC stock.

HSBC Holdings plc
+$0.14 (+0.50%)

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 224,652 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

How to buy shares in HSBC

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  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – HSBC – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

HSBC stock price (NYSE: HSBC)

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HSBC shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-23.
Latest market close$32.38
52-week range$17.52 - $32.43
50-day moving average $29.47
200-day moving average $29.45
Wall St. target price$32.93
PE ratio 18.785
Dividend yield $0.15 (0.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.47

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Is it a good time to buy HSBC stock?

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HSBC price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $32.38 from 2021-05-28

1 week (2021-07-17) N/A
1 month (2021-06-28) 10.47%
3 months (2021-04-28) 5.03%
6 months (2021-01-24) N/A
1 year (2020-07-24) N/A
2 years (2019-07-24) N/A
3 years (2018-07-24) N/A
5 years (2016-07-24) N/A

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 19x. In other words, HSBC shares trade at around 19x 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 0.2641. 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 $44.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.02%
Gross profit TTM $41.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.28%
Return on equity TTM 4.02%
Profit margin 16.5%
Book value $43.29
Market capitalisation $112.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting HSBC shares

There are currently 8.2 million HSBC shares held short by investors – that's known as HSBC's "short interest". This figure is 19.4% down from 10.2 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 1.9 million). HSBC's SIR currently stands at 4.37. In other words for every 100,000 HSBC shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4370 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 0.002% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable HSBC shares, roughly 2 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: 60.58% of net profits

Recently HSBC has paid out, on average, around 60.58% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.71% 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 2.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HSBC's case, that would currently equate to about $0.15 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 28 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have HSBC's shares ever split?

HSBC's shares were split on a 6:1 basis on 6 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 $17.5169 up to $32.43. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HSBC.US volatility(beta: 0.63)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 HSBC's is 0.6336. 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 Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking and Markets segments. The Wealth and Personal Banking segment offers retail banking products and services, such as current and savings accounts, mortgages and personal loans, credit and debit cards, and local and international payment services for ultra high net worth individuals; and wealth management services, including insurance and investment products, global asset management services, investment management, and private wealth solutions. 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.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of HSBC is owned by institutions?
Currently 1.268% of HSBC shares are held by institutions.
How many people work for HSBC?
Latest data suggests 224,652 work at HSBC.
When does the fiscal year end for HSBC?
HSBC's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is HSBC based?
HSBC's address is: 8 Canada Square, London, United Kingdom, E14 5HQ
What is HSBC's ISIN number?
HSBC's international securities identification number is: US4042804066
What is HSBC's CUSIP number?
HSBC's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 404280406

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