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How to buy Barclays (BARC) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Barclays shares.

Barclays PLC (BARC) is a leading banks-diversified business based in the UK. It opened the day at 168.6p after a previous close of 167.64p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 167.5p to a high of 217.63p. The latest price was 173.36p (25 minute delay). Barclays is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 81,600 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Barclays

  1. Compare share trading platforms. Use our comparison table to help you find a platform that fits you.
  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 – BARC – 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.

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 negative movement.

Its last market close was 152.72p, which is 14.98% down on its pre-crash value of 179.62p and 109.09% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as 73.04p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Barclays stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth £499.17 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 £900.04.

Barclays shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open168.60p
High217.63p
Low167.50p
Close173.36p
Previous close167.64p
Change 5.72p
Change % 3.4121%
Volume 38,077,965
Information last updated 2022-05-18.
52-week range140.06p - 219.55p
50-day moving average 153.14p
200-day moving average 181.76p
Wall St. target price239.00p
PE ratio 4.4091
Dividend yield 0.06p (3.96%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 35.20p

Barclays stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):BARC)

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

Barclays price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of 173.36p from 2022-05-20

1 week (2022-05-13) 15.30%
1 month (2022-04-22) 18.17%
3 months (2022-02-22) -8.83%
6 months (2021-11-22) -10.98%
1 year (2021-05-21) -3.16%
2 years (2020-05-22) 68.08%
3 years (2019-05-22) 13.44%
5 years (2017-05-22) 213.65

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 4x. In other words, Barclays shares trade at around 4x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). 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 0.2225. 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 £23.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 40.49%
Gross profit TTM £22.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.48%
Return on equity TTM 10.24%
Profit margin 29.86%
Book value 4.10p
Market capitalisation £26 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Barclays'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 Barclays.

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

Barclays's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 30.07

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Barclays's overall score of 30.07 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 62nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Barclays's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.02/100

Barclays's environmental score of 0.02 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Barclays is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Barclays's social score

Social score: 14.24/100

Barclays's social score of 14.24 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Barclays is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Barclays's governance score

Governance score: 14.85/100

Barclays's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Barclays is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Barclays's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Barclays scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Barclays has a damaged public profile.

Barclays share dividends

17%

Dividend payout ratio: 16.76% of net profits

Recently Barclays has paid out, on average, around 16.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.96% 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 3.96% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Barclays's case, that would currently equate to about 0.06p per share.

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

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 March 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Barclays's shares ever split?

Barclays's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 28 April 2002. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Barclays shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% 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 140.06p up to 219.5504p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BARC.LSE volatility(beta: 1.45)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Barclays's is 1.4458. 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, 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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