How to buy Adobe (ADBE) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Adobe shares.

Adobe Inc
- $8.13 ( - 1.29%)

Adobe Inc (ADBE) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. It opened the day at $652.52 after a previous close of $652.39. During the day the price has varied from a low of $651.86 to a high of $662.61. The latest price was $658.52 (25 minute delay). Adobe is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 22,516 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Adobe

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: ADBE in this case.
  5. Research Adobe shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Adobe shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Adobe's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Adobe's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $622.71, which is 40.11% up on its pre-crash value of $372.95 and 144.07% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $255.1314.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Adobe shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $857.28 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 $1,737.36.

Adobe share price (NASDAQ:ADBE)

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

Adobe shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-27.
Previous close$652.39
Change %0.9396%
Information last updated 2021-09-25.
52-week range$420.78 - $673.88
50-day moving average$648.0156
200-day moving average$557.5098
Wall St. target price$703.15
PE ratio51.4679
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$12.099
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Fees for buying 5x Adobe shares with popular platforms

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Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £10.84
£2,419.04 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £12.04
£2,420.25 total
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£2,432.29 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £2.85
£2,411.06 total
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£2,420.26 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £36.05
£2,444.25 total
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£2,452.34 total
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Is it a good time to buy Adobe stock?

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Adobe price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $658.52

1 month (2021-08-25) 0.26%
3 months (2021-06-25) 13.60%
6 months (2021-03-25) 46.02%
1 year (2020-09-25) 37.25%
2 years (2019-09-25) 137.36%
3 years (2018-09-25) 145.86%
5 years (2016-09-23) 512.75%

Is Adobe under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

Adobe's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 51x. In other words, Adobe shares trade at around 51x 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.

However, Adobe's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the software-infrastructure industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Adobe's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.446. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Adobe's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Adobe's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Adobe's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $6.1 billion (£4.5 billion).

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.


Revenue TTM $15.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 36.53%
Gross profit TTM $11.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.2%
Return on equity TTM 44.7%
Profit margin 38.67%
Book value $30.218
Market capitalisation $296.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Adobe shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "ADBE.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 4.7 million Adobe shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 5.4% down from 5.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Adobe shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Adobe's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Adobe shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Adobe shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). Adobe's SIR currently stands at 3.6. In other words for every 100,000 Adobe shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3600 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Adobe's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Adobe's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Adobe shares, or, against the total number of tradable Adobe shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Adobe's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Adobe shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0099% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Adobe shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Adobe.

Find out more about how you can short Adobe stock.

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 Adobe.

Total ESG risk score

Adobe's total ESG risk: 14.32

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Adobe's overall score of 14.32 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

To gain some more context, you can compare Adobe's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Adobe's environmental score: 0.05/100

Adobe's environmental score of 0.05 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Adobe is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Adobe's social score: 8.43/100

Adobe's social score of 8.43 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Adobe is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Adobe's governance score: 4.94/100

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

Controversy score

Adobe's controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Adobe scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Adobe has managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Adobe Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 14.32
Total ESG percentile 4.86
Environmental score 0.05
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 8.43
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.94
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

Adobe share dividends

We're not expecting Adobe to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have Adobe's shares ever split?

Adobe's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 23 May 2005. 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 Adobe shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Adobe shares which in turn could have impacted Adobe's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Adobe's shares have ranged in value from as little as $420.78 up to $673.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ADBE.US volatility(beta: 0.97)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Adobe's is 0.9678. This would suggest that Adobe's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

To put Adobe's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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