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How to buy Bank of America Corporation (BAC) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Bank of America Corporation shares.

Bank of America Corporation (BAC) is a leading banks-diversified business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$47.52 after a previous close of USD$48.76. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$47.19 to a high of USD$48.2299. The latest price was USD$47.91 (25 minute delay). Bank of America Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 209,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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Bank of America Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-14.
Open$47.52
High$48.23
Low$47.19
Close$47.91
Previous close$48.76
Change $-0.85
Change % -1.7432%
Volume 72,953,325
Information last updated 2022-01-15.
52-week range$29.01 - $50.08
50-day moving average $45.93
200-day moving average $42.55
Wall St. target price$51.08
PE ratio 14.3443
Dividend yield $0.75 (1.72%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.34

Bank of America Corporation stock price (NYSE:BAC)

Use our graph to track the performance of BAC stocks over time.

Bank of America Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $47.91 from 2022-01-20

1 week (2022-01-14) 47.91
1 month (2021-12-22) 8.20%
3 months (2021-10-22) 0.71%
6 months (2021-07-22) 26.21%
1 year (2021-01-22) 51.85%
2 years (2020-01-21) 39.84%
3 years (2019-01-18) 63.52%
5 years (2017-01-20) 111.62%

Is Bank of America Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Bank of America Corporation's P/E ratio

Bank of America Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, Bank of America Corporation shares trade at around 14x 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.

Bank of America Corporation's PEG ratio

Bank of America Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.973. 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 Bank of America Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Bank of America Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $91.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 35.39%
Gross profit TTM $74.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.05%
Return on equity TTM 11.24%
Profit margin 33.37%
Book value $30.22
Market capitalisation $392.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Bank of America Corporation'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 Bank of America Corporation.

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

Bank of America Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.53

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Bank of America Corporation's overall score of 34.53 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 55th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Bank of America Corporation 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.).

Bank of America Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.74/100

Bank of America Corporation's environmental score of 7.74 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bank of America Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Bank of America Corporation's social score

Social score: 23.11/100

Bank of America Corporation's social score of 23.11 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bank of America Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Bank of America Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 14.68/100

Bank of America Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Bank of America Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Bank of America Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Bank of America Corporation share dividends

23%

Dividend payout ratio: 23.42% of net profits

Recently Bank of America Corporation has paid out, on average, around 23.42% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.72% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Bank of America Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.72% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Bank of America Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.75 per share.

While Bank of America Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Bank of America Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Bank of America Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Bank of America Corporation's shares ever split?

Bank of America Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 30 August 2004. 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 Bank of America Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Bank of America Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Bank of America Corporation's share price.

Bank of America Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Bank of America Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $29.0115 up to $50.08. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BAC.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 Bank of America Corporation's is 1.4911. This would suggest that Bank of America Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Bank of America Corporation overview

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, large corporations, and governments worldwide. Its Consumer Banking segment offers traditional and money market savings accounts, certificates of deposit and IRAs, noninterest-and interest-bearing checking accounts, and investment accounts and products; and credit and debit cards, residential mortgages, and home equity loans, as well as direct and indirect loans, such as automotive, recreational vehicle, and consumer personal loans. The company's Global Wealth & Investment Management segment offers investment management, brokerage, banking, and trust and retirement products and services; and wealth management solutions, as well as customized solutions, including specialty asset management services. Its Global Banking segment provides lending products and services, including commercial loans, leases, commitment facilities, trade finance, and commercial real estate and asset-based lending; treasury solutions, such as treasury management, foreign exchange, and short-term investing options and merchant services; working capital management solutions; and debt and equity underwriting and distribution, and merger-related and other advisory services. The company's Global Markets segment offers market-making, financing, securities clearing, settlement, and custody services, as well as risk management products using interest rate, equity, credit, currency and commodity derivatives, foreign exchange, fixed-income, and mortgage-related products. As of April 15, 2021, it served approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers; approximately 17,000 ATMs; and digital banking platforms with approximately 40 million active users. The company was founded in 1784 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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