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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.

How has Coronavirus impacted Barclays's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Barclays's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 114.96p, which is 36.00% down on its pre-crash value of 179.62p and 57.39% up on the lowest point reached during the March 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 £677.51.

Barclays share price

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

Barclays shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-07-02.
Open115.06p
High119.5404p
Low113.9p
Close117.9p
Previous close113.54p
Change 4.36p
Change % 3.84%
Volume 49,306,696
Information last updated 2020-08-02.
52-week range73.04p - 192.99p
50-day moving average 108.1959p
200-day moving average 121.214p
Wall St. target price221.84p
PE ratio 15.2404
Dividend yield 0.09p (3.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 6p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Your first 50 trades are free with Fineco, until 30/09/2020. T&Cs apply. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
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Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor Pension
£25/month
Over 2,500 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
Moneyfarm Pension
0.35%-0.75%
7 funds
£1,500 (initial investment)
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Barclays stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

Barclays price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 117.9p

1 week (2020-08-03) N/A
1 month (2020-07-14) -1.22%
3 months (2020-05-14) 21.37%
6 months (2020-02-10) N/A
1 year (2019-08-10) N/A
2 years (2018-08-10) N/A
3 years (2017-08-10) N/A
5 years (2015-08-10) N/A

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 15x. In other words, Barclays shares trade at around 15x 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.

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 1.7905. 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.

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

Barclays financials

Revenue TTM £17.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.47%
Gross profit TTM £19.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.16%
Return on equity TTM 2.96%
Profit margin 11.05%
Book value 3.946p
Market capitalisation £17.4 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: 32.32

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Barclays's overall score of 32.32 (as at 07/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 63rd 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.

Barclays's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.47/100

Barclays's environmental score of 0.47 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: 11.59/100

Barclays's social score of 11.59 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: 14.75/100

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.

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: 2020-07-01.

Total ESG score 32.32
Total ESG percentile 62.68
Environmental score 0.47
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 11.59
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 14.75
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 4

Barclays share dividends

45%

Dividend payout ratio: 45.37% of net profits

Recently Barclays has paid out, on average, around 45.37% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.47% 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 3.47% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Barclays's case, that would currently equate to about 0.09p per share.

While Barclays's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Barclays may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Barclays's dividend payout ratio 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.

Barclays share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Barclays's shares have ranged in value from as little as 73.04p up to 192.99p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BARC.LSE 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while Barclays's is 1.2302. This would suggest that Barclays'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 Barclays's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

Barclays overview

Barclays PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services in the United Kingdom, other European countries, 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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