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How to buy Shell stock

Learn how to easily invest in Shell stock.

Shell is an oil & gas integrated business based in the US. Shell shares (RDS-B) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Shell employs 87,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $220.2 billion.

How to buy Shell stock

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  3. Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol – RDS-B. It's that simple.

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Shell stock price (NYSE: RDS-B)

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Shell shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-02-28.
Latest market close$51.06
52-week range$50.29 - $51.16
50-day moving average $45.50
200-day moving average $41.91
Wall St. target price$66.00
PE ratio 42.9798
Dividend yield $0.82 (3.21%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.19

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Is it a good time to buy Shell stock?

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Shell price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $51.06 from 2022-01-28

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1 year (2022-01-29) N/A
2 years (2021-02-02) 50.75%
3 years (2020-01-31) 53.28
5 years (2018-02-02) 68.81

Is Shell stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

Shell's P/E ratio

Shell's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 43x. In other words, Shell shares trade at around 43x 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.

Shell's PEG ratio

Shell's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4071. 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 Shell's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Shell's EBITDA

Shell's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $30.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Shell's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Shell financials

Revenue TTM $220.2 billion
Gross profit TTM $39.4 billion
Return on assets TTM -1.4%
Return on equity TTM 3.1%
Profit margin 2.1%
Book value $42.04
Market capitalisation $195.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shell share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 52.7% of net profits

Recently Shell has paid out, on average, around 52.7% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.21% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Shell shareholders could enjoy a 3.21% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Shell's case, that would currently equate to about $0.82 per share.

Shell'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.

Shell's most recent dividend payout was on 19 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Shell's shares ever split?

Shell's shares were split on a 100:116 basis on 19 July 2005. So if you had owned 116 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 100 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Shell shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 16% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Shell shares which in turn could have impacted Shell's share price.

Shell share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Shell's shares have ranged in value from as little as $50.29 up to $51.16. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RDS-B.US volatility(beta: 1.04)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 Shell's is 1.0449. This would suggest that Shell's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Shell overview

Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. The company operates through Integrated Gas, Upstream, Oil Products, Chemicals segments. It explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; markets and transports oil and gas; produces gas-to-liquids fuels and other products; and operates upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market. The company also markets and trades natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, electricity, carbon-emission rights; and markets and sells LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and marine vessels. In addition, it trades in and refines crude oil and other feed stocks, such as gasoline, diesel, heating oil, aviation fuel, marine fuel, biofuel, lubricants, bitumen, and sulphur; produces and sells petrochemicals for industrial use; and manages oil sands activities. Further, the company produces base chemicals comprising ethylene, propylene, and aromatics, as well as intermediate chemicals, such as styrene monomer, propylene oxide, solvents, detergent alcohols, ethylene oxide, and ethylene glycol. The company was formerly known as Royal Dutch Shell plc and changed its name to Shell plc in January 2022.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Shell is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.027% of Shell shares are held by insiders and 7.606% by institutions.
How many people work for Shell?
Latest data suggests 87,000 work at Shell.
When does the fiscal year end for Shell?
Shell's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Shell based?
Shell's address is: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30, The Hague, Netherlands, 2596 HR
What is Shell's ISIN number?
Shell's international securities identification number is: US7802591070
What is Shell's CUSIP number?
Shell's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 780259107

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