How to buy Apple (AAPL) stock in the UK

How do you like them Apples? Learn how to invest in the iconic tech company with more money than the US treasury.

Apple Inc
NASDAQ: AAPL - USD
$138.20
- $4.28 ( - 3.00%)
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12 September 2022: Apple is releasing iOS16, its new software for Apple devices. The update, which will hit devices today, includes new lockscreen designs, photo editing updates and enhanced use of digital keys. For the Apple Watch, there's additional running metrics and medication reminders. There's some talk that these "brand new" features are already offered on Android devices.

8 September 2022: Apple has launched bushels of new products at its launch event, including 4 iPhones, 3 Apple Watches and a new set of AirPods. New features include crash detection, which sends emergency messages if it believes you might be in trouble. A brand new Apple Watch, the "Ultra", is designed for athletes or those who partake in more adventurous sports, such as mountain climbing, diving and trail running. It has an emergency siren, better battery life and a range of new bands.

5 September 2022: Apple has added a mysterous "far out" tagline to its invitations to this Wednesday's launch event, which has spurred online conversation as to what it could mean. Guesses include emergency satellite connectivity or that it will update the telephoto lens, giving the camera better zoom. Apple has always added small hints at the upcoming launches to its invitations.

Apple is an American tech company, best known for the development of the iPhone. With tech upgrades coming out every year, the company has, on occasion, been twice as rich as the US government.

Apple Inc (AAPL) is a publicly traded consumer electronics business based in the US. In the week up to 29 September Apple shares plunged 9.19% to a closing position of $142.48. Over the last 12 months, Apple's share price has fallen by 3.12% from $142.65. Apple is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 154,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Apple

  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: AAPL in this case.
  5. Research Apple shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Apple shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Fees for buying 5x Apple shares with popular platforms

Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £3.11
£624.52 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £12.15
£633.56 total
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£627.63 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £18.16
£639.58 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £0.62
£622.04 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £17.31
£638.73 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £3.11
£624.52 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £17.27
£638.68 total
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Apple share price (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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

Apple price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $138.2

1 month (2022-08-29) -14.36%
3 months (2022-07-01) -0.53%
1 year (2021-10-01) -3.12%
2 years (2020-10-02) 22.28%
3 years (2019-10-02) 152.47%
5 years (2017-10-02) 259.40%

Is it a good time to buy Apple stock?

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Is Apple 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

Apple's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Apple shares trade at around 25x 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.

However, Apple's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the consumer electronics industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Apple's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7466. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Apple'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 Apple's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

Apple's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $129.6 billion (£116.5 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Apple'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.

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 Apple.

Total ESG risk score

Apple's total ESG risk: 26.15

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Apple's overall score of 26.15 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Apple 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 Apple's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Apple's environmental score: 0.99/100

Apple's environmental score of 0.99 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Apple is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Apple's social score: 13.98/100

Apple's social score of 13.98 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Apple is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Apple's governance score: 11.18/100

Apple's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Apple is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Apple's controversy score: 3/5

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

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 26.15
Total ESG percentile 36.8
Environmental score 0.99
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 13.98
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 11.18
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

Apple shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-30.
Open$141.22
High$143.1
Low$138.765
Close$138.2
Previous close$142.48
Change$-4.28
Change %-3.0039%
Volume119,284,983
Information last updated 2022-09-26.
52-week range$128.861 - $182.1861
50-day moving average$160.2058
200-day moving average$160.5922
Wall St. target price$182.01
PE ratio24.8645
Dividend yield$0.89 (0.61%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$6.05

Apple share dividends

0.6%

Dividend yield: 0.61% of stock value

0.6%

Forward annual dividend yield: 0.61% of stock value

14.9%

Dividend payout ratio: 14.85% of net profits

Apple has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.61% of its share value annually.

Apple has paid out, on average, around 14.85% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 0.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Apple's case, that would currently equate to about $0.89 per share.

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

Apple's most recent dividend payout was on 10 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Apple's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Apple's shares have ranged in value from as little as $128.861 up to $182.1861. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AAPL.US volatility(beta: 1.23)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 Apple's is 1.2341. This would suggest that Apple's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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

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    NickOctober 3, 2018

    Hi

    How do I buy stocks, preferably apple shares ? Can you recommend any stock brokers?

    Thanks

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      JoshuaOctober 4, 2018Staff

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

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