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Royal Bank of Canada is a banks—diversified business based in the US. Royal Bank of Canada shares (RY) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Royal Bank of Canada employs 83,734 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$105.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Royal Bank of Canada

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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 Royal Bank of Canada. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: RY. 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 Royal Bank of Canada 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$73.7, 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 Royal Bank of Canada, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Royal Bank of Canada. 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 Royal Bank of Canada's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Royal Bank of Canada's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$73.7, which is 10.80% down on its pre-crash value of USD$82.62 and 48.74% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$49.55.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Royal Bank of Canada shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$629.55 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$935.25.

Royal Bank of Canada share price

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Royal Bank of Canada shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-14.
Latest market closeUSD$73.7
52-week rangeUSD$49.55 - USD$82.74
50-day moving average USD$73.308
200-day moving average USD$67.9999
Wall St. target priceUSD$88.28
PE ratio 12.6421
Dividend yield USD$3.28 (4.43%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.286

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Is it a good time to buy Royal Bank of Canada stock?

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Royal Bank of Canada price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $73.7 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-22) -0.54%
1 month (2020-09-29) 5.11%
3 months (2020-07-29) 5.54%
6 months (2020-04-29) 15.79%
1 year (2019-10-29) -8.91%
2 years (2018-10-29) 2.92%
3 years (2017-10-27) -6.59%
5 years (2015-10-29) 26.96%

Is Royal Bank of Canada under- or over-valued?

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

Royal Bank of Canada's P/E ratio

Royal Bank of Canada's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Royal Bank of Canada shares trade at around 13x 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.

Royal Bank of Canada's PEG ratio

Royal Bank of Canada's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.84. 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 Royal Bank of Canada's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Royal Bank of Canada financials

Gross profit TTM USD$44.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.74%
Return on equity TTM 13.51%
Profit margin 26.46%
Book value $38.428
Market capitalisation USD$105.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Royal Bank of Canada shares

There are currently 5.0 million Royal Bank of Canada shares held short by investors – that's known as Royal Bank of Canada's "short interest". This figure is 5.7% down from 5.3 million last month.

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

Royal Bank of Canada's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Royal Bank of Canada's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Royal Bank of Canada shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Royal Bank of Canada shares traded daily (recently around 623955.03778338). Royal Bank of Canada's SIR currently stands at 7.94. In other words for every 100,000 Royal Bank of Canada shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7940 shares are currently held short.

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

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Royal Bank of Canada.

Find out more about how you can short Royal Bank of Canada stock.

Royal Bank of Canada's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Royal Bank of Canada.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Royal Bank of Canada's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.95

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Royal Bank of Canada's overall score of 23.95 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 24th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Royal Bank of Canada is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Royal Bank of Canada's environmental score

Environmental score: 6.8/100

Royal Bank of Canada's environmental score of 6.8 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Royal Bank of Canada is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Royal Bank of Canada's social score

Social score: 16.36/100

Royal Bank of Canada's social score of 16.36 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Royal Bank of Canada is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Royal Bank of Canada's governance score

Governance score: 8.8/100

Royal Bank of Canada's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Royal Bank of Canada is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Royal Bank of Canada's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Royal Bank of Canada scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Royal Bank of Canada hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Royal Bank of Canada was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 23.95
Total ESG percentile 24.4
Environmental score 6.8
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 16.36
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 8.8
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Royal Bank of Canada share dividends

31%

Dividend payout ratio: 31.32% of net profits

Recently Royal Bank of Canada has paid out, on average, around 31.32% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.43% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Royal Bank of Canada shareholders could enjoy a 4.43% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Royal Bank of Canada's case, that would currently equate to about $3.28 per share.

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

Royal Bank of Canada's most recent dividend payout was on 24 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Royal Bank of Canada's shares ever split?

Royal Bank of Canada's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 April 2006. 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 Royal Bank of Canada shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Royal Bank of Canada shares which in turn could have impacted Royal Bank of Canada's share price.

Royal Bank of Canada share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Royal Bank of Canada's shares have ranged in value from as little as $49.55 up to $82.74. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RY.US volatility(beta: 0.74)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 Royal Bank of Canada's is 0.7428. This would suggest that Royal Bank of Canada's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Royal Bank of Canada overview

Royal Bank of Canada operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company's Personal & Commercial Banking segment offers check and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages, loans, investment products, payments, international trade, and business advice services. This segment offers financial products and services through branches, automated teller machines, and mobile sales network. Its Wealth Management provides a suite of advice-based solutions and strategies. The company's Insurance segment offers life, health, home, auto, travel, wealth, annuities, and reinsurance advice and solutions; and creditor and business insurance services to individual, business, and group clients through its field sales force, advice centers, and online, as well as through independent insurance advisors and affinity relationships. Its Investor & Treasury Services segment provides asset, cash management, transaction banking, and treasury services to institutional clients; correspondent banking and trade finance services for financial institutions; and short-term funding and liquidity management services. The company's Capital Markets segment offers corporate and investment banking, as well as equity and debt origination, distribution, sale, and trading services for corporations, institutional investors, asset managers, governments, and central banks. The company was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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