How to buy GameStop (GME) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in GameStop shares.

GameStop Corp
NYSE: GME - USD
SPECIALTY RETAIL
$180.36
+$1.51 (+0.84%)

GameStop is a game retailer in the US. It captured the attention of people around the world in January 2021 leading to huge volatility in the price of GME stocks. GME shares started 2021 trading around $17.25, before rocketing to higher than $300 in late January thanks to a concerted push by Reddit’s WallStreetBets investing community, and the stock remains extremely volatile. Its share price surged again on February 24 2021 in the last couple of hours of trading.

How to buy shares in GameStop

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

How has coronavirus impacted GameStop's share price?

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

Its last market close was $248.36, which is 98.37% up on its pre-crash value of $4.04 and 7,698.05% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $3.1849.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of GameStop shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $964.54 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 $62,874.82.

GameStop share price (NYSE:GME)

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

GameStop shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open$190.88
High$194.78
Low$186.75
Close$191.23
Previous close$191.38
Change$-0.15
Change %-0.0784%
Volume1,582,925
Information last updated 2021-07-23.
52-week range$3.92 - $483
50-day moving average$213.4897
200-day moving average$159.6418
Wall St. target price$88.33
Dividend yield$0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$-1.78
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Fees for buying 5x GameStop 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.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $200 £3.48
£698.69 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £6.95
£702.17 total
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Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £3.13
£698.35 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.14
£696.35 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £3.49
£698.71 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £18.92
£714.13 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £18.43
£713.65 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £18.20
£713.42 total
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Is it a good time to buy GameStop stock?

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GameStop price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $191.23

1 month (2021-06-24) -9.93%

Is GameStop 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

GameStop's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.86. 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 GameStop'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 GameStop's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

GameStop's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $111.3 million (£0.0 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a GameStop'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.

Financials

Revenue TTM $5.3 billion
Gross profit TTM $1.3 billion
Return on assets TTM -4.62%
Return on equity TTM -17.7%
Profit margin -2.18%
Book value $12.691
Market capitalisation $13.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell GameStop shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "GME.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 8.2 million GameStop shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 31.3% down from 12.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting GameStop shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

GameStop's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of GameStop shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of GameStop shares traded daily (recently around 8.4 million). GameStop's SIR currently stands at 0.98. In other words for every 100,000 GameStop shares traded daily on the market, roughly 980 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare GameStop's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However GameStop's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of GameStop shares, or, against the total number of tradable GameStop shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case GameStop's short interest could be expressed as 0.11% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 GameStop shares in existence, roughly 110 shares are currently held short) or 0.1458% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable GameStop shares, roughly 146 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against GameStop.

Find out more about how you can short GameStop stock.

GameStop share dividends

We're not expecting GameStop 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 GameStop's shares ever split?

GameStop's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 March 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your GameStop shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for GameStop shares which in turn could have impacted GameStop's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, GameStop's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.92 up to $483. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while GameStop's is -2.0044. This would suggest that GameStop's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, GameStop has bucked the trend.

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

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