How to buy BP (BP) shares

Learn how to easily invest in BP shares.

- p25.15 ( - 5.49%)

BP plc is a British oil and gas company, it is best known for its fuel service stations. BP stands as one of the world’s seven oil and gas supermajors. As of 2022 BP is involved in leading one of the worlds largest hydrogen hubs based in western Australia.

BP PLC (BP) is a publicly traded oil and gas integrated business based in the UK. It opened the day at 453.25p after a previous close of 458.25p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 428.35p to a high of 456.2p. The latest price was 433.1p (25 minute delay). BP is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 65,900 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in BP

  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: BP in this case.
  5. Research BP shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your BP 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 100x BP 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
£433.10 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£441.10 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£433.10 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£445.05 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.81
£434.91 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £0.00
£433.10 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£441.09 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£442.60 total
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BP share price (LSE:BP)

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

BP price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 433.1p

1 week (2022-09-16) -4.19%
1 month (2022-08-26) -5.40%
3 months (2022-06-24) 12.06%
6 months (2022-03-24) 11.28%
1 year (2021-09-23) 36.30%
2 years (2020-09-25) 85.64%
3 years (2019-09-26) -15.79%
5 years (2017-09-26) -8.15%

Is it a good time to buy BP stock?

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Is BP 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.

PEG ratio

BP's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 12.8874. 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 BP'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 BP's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


BP's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £36.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a BP'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 BP.

Total ESG risk score

BP's total ESG risk: 39.4

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BP's overall score of 39.4 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 82nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Environmental score

BP's environmental score: 21.01/100

BP's environmental score of 21.01 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

BP's social score: 11.95/100

BP's social score of 11.95 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

BP's governance score: 11.44/100

BP's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

BP's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, BP scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that BP has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 39.4
Total ESG percentile 81.56
Environmental score 21.01
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 11.95
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 11.44
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

BP shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-23.
Previous close458.25p
Change %-5.4883%
Information last updated 2022-09-19.
52-week range305.0776p - 469.6p
50-day moving average422.746p
200-day moving average394.1328p
Wall St. target price4.63p
Dividend yield22.4p (3.9%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-71.5p

BP share dividends


Dividend yield: 3.9% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 3.9% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 19.89% of net profits

BP has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 3.90% of its share value annually.

BP has paid out, on average, around 19.89% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.9% 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 3.9% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BP's case, that would currently equate to about 22.4p per share.

While BP'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 11 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BP's shares have ranged in value from as little as 305.0776p up to 469.6p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BP.LSE volatility(beta: 0.67)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 BP's is 0.6749. This would suggest that BP's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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

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    MichaelAugust 7, 2018

    which Broker should I invest buying BPshares?

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      JoshuaAugust 15, 2018Staff

      Hi Michael,

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

      Whilst we are unable to give a recommendation on a specific option, let me help you make the right decision. By assessing your current and future needs, preference, and budget, you will be able to know which broker is the right one for you.

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