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How to buy Barclays (BCS) stocks in Canada

Learn how to easily invest in Barclays stocks.

Barclays is a banks-diversified business based in the US. Barclays stocks (BCS.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $10.14 – an increase of 6.52% over the previous week. Barclays employs 83,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $22 billion.

How to buy shares in Barclays

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  2. Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – BCS – 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.

Is it a good time to buy Barclays stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Barclays's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Barclays's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $12.09, which is 23.33% up on its pre-crash value of $9.27 and 254.55% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $3.41.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Barclays stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $438.37 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 $1,380.19.

Barclays stock price (NYSE:BCS)

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Barclays shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-10.
Latest market close$12.09
52-week range$7.09 - $11.40
50-day moving average $10.37
200-day moving average $10.24
Wall St. target price$12.44
PE ratio 6.6765
Dividend yield $0.03 (1.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.70

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Barclays price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $12.09 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-07) 6.52%
1 month (2021-12-16) 23.62%
3 months (2021-10-15) 9.02%
6 months (2021-07-16) 31.84%
1 year (2021-01-15) 50.56%
2 years (2020-01-16) 30.56%
3 years (2019-01-16) 44.79%
5 years (2017-01-13) 6.24%

Is Barclays under- or over-valued?

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

Barclays's P/E ratio

Barclays's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Barclays shares trade at around 7x 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.

Barclays's PEG ratio

Barclays's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2927. 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 Barclays's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Barclays financials

Revenue TTM $22 billion
Operating margin TTM 37.16%
Gross profit TTM $17.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.45%
Return on equity TTM 9.14%
Profit margin 28.61%
Book value $16.25
Market capitalisation $47.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Barclays share dividends

40%

Dividend payout ratio: 40.23% of net profits

Recently Barclays has paid out, on average, around 40.23% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.47% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Barclays shareholders could enjoy a 1.47% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Barclays's case, that would currently equate to about $0.03 per share.

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

Barclays's most recent dividend payout was on 17 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Barclays's shares ever split?

Barclays's shares were split on a 1085:1000 basis on 19 September 2013. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1085 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Barclays shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 7.8% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Barclays shares which in turn could have impacted Barclays's share price.

Barclays share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Barclays's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.091 up to $11.4. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BCS.US volatility(beta: 1.49)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 Barclays's is 1.4922. This would suggest that Barclays's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Barclays overview

Barclays PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The company operates through Barclays UK and Barclays International divisions. It offers financial services, such as retail banking, credit cards, wholesale banking, investment banking, wealth management, and investment management services. The company also engages in securities dealing activities; and issues credit cards. The company was formerly known as Barclays Bank Limited and changed its name to Barclays PLC in January 1985. Barclays PLC was founded in 1690 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. .

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