How to buy Cairn Energy (CNE) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Cairn Energy shares.

Cairn Energy PLC (CNE) is a leading oil and gas e&p business based in the UK. It opened the day at 167p after a previous close of 158.5p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 160.4p to a high of 179.4455p. The latest price was 168.2p (25 minute delay). Cairn Energy is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 178 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Cairn Energy

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

How has coronavirus impacted Cairn Energy's share price?

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

Its last market close was 190p, which is 99.04% down on its pre-crash value of 19819.09p (accounting for the 10 January 2021 split) and 180.32% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 67.78p (accounting for the 10 January 2021 split).

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Cairn Energy shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £410.14 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 £9.63.

Cairn Energy share price (LSE:CNE)

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

Cairn Energy shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-06.
Previous close158.5p
Change %6.1199%
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range122p - 211p
50-day moving average187.538p
200-day moving average174.967p
Wall St. target price2.22p
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-25.2p
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Fees for buying 100x Cairn Energy shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£168.20 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.77
£169.97 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£176.20 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£180.15 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£176.19 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£168.20 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£177.70 total
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Is it a good time to buy Cairn Energy stock?

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Is Cairn Energy 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

Cairn Energy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.61. 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 Cairn Energy'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 Cairn Energy's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Cairn Energy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £102.1 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Cairn Energy'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 £395 million
Gross profit TTM £267.1 million
Return on assets TTM -1.05%
Return on equity TTM -12.14%
Profit margin -43.16%
Book value 1.612p
Market capitalisation £965.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Cairn Energy share dividends

We're not expecting Cairn Energy 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 Cairn Energy's shares ever split?

Cairn Energy's shares were split on a 11:13 basis on 10 January 2021. So if you had owned 13 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cairn Energy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 18.2% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cairn Energy shares which in turn could have impacted Cairn Energy's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cairn Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as 122p up to 211p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNE.LSE volatility(beta: 2.09)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 Cairn Energy's is 2.0865. This would suggest that Cairn Energy's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

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

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