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How to buy BCE stock in Canada
Learn how to buy BCE stock in 5 easy steps.
BCE is a telecom services business based in Canada. BCE stocks (BCE.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$61.24 – a decrease of 0.36% over the previous week. BCE employs 44,610 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$24.4 billion.
How to buy BCE stock
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- Open an account. Provide your personal information and sign up.
- Fund your account. Deposit funds unto your account by linking your banking information or transfer funds from another trading account.
- Search for the stock name – BCE. Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol.
- Buy the stock. Place your order. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in BCE?
- Has coronavirus impacted BCE shares?
- BCE shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is BCE stock a buy or sell?
- BCE performance over time
- Is BCE suitable for ethical investing?
- Are BCE shares over-valued?
- BCE's financials
- How volatile are BCE shares?
- Does BCE pay a dividend?
- Have BCE shares ever split?
- Other common questions
BCE stock price (TO:BCE)Use our graph to track the performance of BCE stocks over time.
BCE shares at a glance
|Latest market close||C$61.24|
|52-week range||C$53.97 - C$65.66|
|50-day moving average||C$62.96|
|200-day moving average||C$62.04|
|Wall St. target price||C$65.21|
|Dividend yield||C$3.728 (6.3%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||C$2.81|
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Is it a good time to buy BCE stock?
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BCE price performance over time
Historical closes compared with the close of C$61.24 from 2023-05-31
|1 week (2023-05-25)||-0.36%|
|1 month (2023-05-02)||-6.30%|
|3 months (2023-03-02)||2.31%|
|6 months (2022-12-02)||-3.79%|
|1 year (2022-06-01)||-10.73%|
|2 years (2021-06-01)||1.37%|
|3 years (2020-06-01)||7.23%|
|5 years (2018-06-01)||13.41%|
Is BCE stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing BCE stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of BCE's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
BCE's P/E ratio
BCE's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, BCE shares trade at around 22x recent earnings.
BCE's PEG ratio
BCE's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.4984. 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 BCE's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
BCE's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is C$8.6 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a BCE's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||C$24.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||22.32%|
|Gross profit TTM||C$10.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.95%|
|Return on equity TTM||12.07%|
|Market capitalisation||C$56.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
BCE'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 BCE.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
BCE's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 23.19
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BCE's overall score of 23.19 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 28th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like BCE 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.).
BCE's environmental score
Environmental score: 5.4/100
BCE's environmental score of 5.4 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BCE is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BCE's social score
Social score: 14.29/100
BCE's social score of 14.29 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BCE is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
BCE's governance score
Governance score: 12.51/100
BCE's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BCE is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BCE's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. BCE scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that BCE has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
BCE share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 112.63% of net profits
Recently BCE has paid out, on average, around 112.63% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.3% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), BCE shareholders could enjoy a 6.3% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BCE's case, that would currently equate to about C$3.728 per share.
BCE'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.
BCE's most recent dividend payout was on 15 July 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 June 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have BCE's shares ever split?
BCE's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 May 1997. 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 BCE shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BCE shares which in turn could have impacted BCE's share price.
BCE share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, BCE's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$53.9653 up to C$65.66. 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 (TO average) beta is 1, while BCE's is 0.4934. This would suggest that BCE's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
BCE Inc. , a communications company, provides wireless, wireline, Internet, and television (TV) services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline, and Bell Media. The Bell Wireless segment offers integrated digital wireless voice and data communication products and services, as well as consumer electronics products. The Bell Wireline segment offers data, including Internet access and Internet protocol television (IPTV), local telephone, and long distance services, as well as other communication services and products; and satellite TV service and connectivity services. This segment also buys and sells local telephone, long distance, data, and other services from or to resellers and other carriers. The Bell Media segment provides conventional TV, specialty TV, pay TV, streaming services, digital media services, radio broadcasting services, and out-of-home advertising services.
BCE in the news
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