How to buy Disney (DIS) shares in the UK

With plenty of Buzz (Lightyear) around the entertainment giant's move into TV streaming, if you're thinking of investing, here's what you need to know.

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22 September 2022: Disney has dropped a trailer for its new movie Strange World. The movie takes inspiration fromKing Kong and Journey to the Center of the Earth, following a family of explorers and a sentient being called Splat. The movie features Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid and Jaboukie Young-White.

Disney is one of the most recognizable entertainment companies in the world, and that reputation contributes to the popularity of its stock. But that popularity only goes so far — the stock lost value last year.

Its five-year history is much rosier, and the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected a lot of companies. If you're confident in the future of the company, you can buy shares in just a few steps.

Walt Disney Company (DIS) is a publicly traded entertainment business based in the US. It opened the day at $95.69 after a previous close of $94.33. During the day the price has varied from a low of $94.504 to a high of $96.68. The latest price was $96.67 (25 minute delay). Disney is listed on the NYSE and employs 152,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Disney

  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: DIS in this case.
  5. Research Disney shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Disney 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 10x Disney 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.

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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £4.29
£861.94 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £13.20
£870.86 total
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£866.23 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £20.53
£878.18 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £0.86
£858.51 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £20.85
£878.51 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £4.29
£861.94 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £20.22
£877.88 total
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Disney share price (NYSE:DIS)

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

Disney price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $96.67

6 months (2022-04-01) -29.44%
1 year (2021-10-01) -45.08%
2 years (2020-10-02) -21.12%
3 years (2019-10-03) -24.56%
5 years (2017-10-03) -4.09%

Is it a good time to buy Disney stock?

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Is Disney 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

Disney's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 58x. In other words, Disney shares trade at around 58x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

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

PEG ratio

Disney's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.6063. 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 Disney'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 Disney's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

Disney's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $11.9 billion (£10.6 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Disney'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 Disney.

Total ESG risk score

Disney's total ESG risk: 23.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Disney's overall score of 23.2 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Environmental score

Disney's environmental score: 6.53/100

Disney's environmental score of 6.53 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Disney is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Disney's social score: 13.06/100

Disney's social score of 13.06 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Disney is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Disney's governance score: 15.61/100

Disney's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Disney is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Disney's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Disney scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Disney 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

Walt Disney Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 23.2
Total ESG percentile 15.68
Environmental score 6.53
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 13.06
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 15.61
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Disney shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-03.
Open$95.69
High$96.68
Low$94.504
Close$96.67
Previous close$94.33
Change$2.34
Change %2.4807%
Volume4,124,375
Information last updated 2022-09-27.
52-week range$90.23 - $179.63
50-day moving average$110.2496
200-day moving average$123.6839
Wall St. target price$184.11
PE ratio58.0592
Dividend yield$0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$1.69

Do Disney shares pay dividends?

We're not expecting Disney to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Disney's shares have ranged in value from as little as $90.23 up to $179.63. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DIS.US volatility(beta: 1.2)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Disney's is 1.2022. This would suggest that Disney'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 Disney's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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