How to buy Barclays (BARC) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Barclays shares.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many leading stocks have suffered significant falls in 2020. Investors looking for promising stock may consider the current Barclays share price to be a good investing opportunity. Barclays Bank PLC (LON: BARC) is one of the UK’s “Big Four” banks and part of the FTSE 100.

How to buy shares in Barclays

  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: BARC in this case.
  5. Research Barclays shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Barclays shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Barclays's share price?

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

Its last market close was 203.55p, which is 11.76% up on its pre-crash value of 179.62p and 178.68% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 73.04p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Barclays shares at the start of February 2020, those shares 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 £1,199.60.

Barclays share price (LSE:BARC)

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

Barclays shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close167.64p
Change %3.4121%
Information last updated 2022-01-24.
52-week range111.8151p - 219.6p
50-day moving average192.63p
200-day moving average185.1537p
Wall St. target price250.35p
PE ratio6.0818
Dividend yield3p (1.51%)
Earnings per share (TTM)31.3p
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Fees for buying 100x Barclays shares with popular platforms

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 £0.00
£173.36 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.77
£175.13 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£181.36 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£185.31 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£181.35 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£173.36 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£182.86 total
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Is it a good time to buy Barclays stock?

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Is Barclays 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

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 6x. In other words, Barclays shares trade at around 6x 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.

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

PEG ratio

Barclays's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2871. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued 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 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.

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


Revenue TTM £22 billion
Operating margin TTM 37.16%
Gross profit TTM £17.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.45%
Return on equity TTM 9.14%
Profit margin 28.61%
Book value 4.063p
Market capitalisation £31.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

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.

Total ESG risk score

Barclays's 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 01/01/2019) 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.).

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

Environmental score

Barclays's 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.

Social score

Barclays's 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.

Governance score

Barclays's 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.

Controversy score

Barclays's controversy score: 4/5

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

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Barclays PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 30.07
Total ESG percentile 62.22
Environmental score 0.02
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.24
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 14.85
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 4

Barclays share dividends


Dividend yield: 1.51% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.51% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 9.38% of net profits

Barclays has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.51% of its share value annually.

Barclays has paid out, on average, around 9.38% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.51% 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 1.51% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Barclays's case, that would currently equate to about 3p per share.

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

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Have Barclays's shares ever split?

Barclays's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 29 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.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Barclays's shares have ranged in value from as little as 111.8151p up to 219.6p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BARC.LSE 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while Barclays's is 1.4922. 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).

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

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Barclays overview

Barclays is a British multinational bank and financial services company, and one of the "Big Four" British banks. It offers a large range of financial products, including personal loans, credit cards, and bank accounts, as well as mortgages and share dealing.

Originally founded in London in 1690, Barclays soon grew to be one the most powerful banks in the UK, and deployed the world's first cash machine (ATM) in 1967. It has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Today, Barclays is organised into two separate divisions - Corporate, Investment Banking, Wealth and Investment Management, and Retail and Business Banking, with branches in more than 50 countries.

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