HSBC Holdings plc (HSBA) is a publicly traded banks-diversified business based in the UK. In the week up to 28 May HSBC shares surged 8.49% to a closing position of 532.4p. However, over the last 12 months, HSBC's share price has fallen by 4.65% from 436.95p. HSBC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 219,763 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
How to buy shares in HSBC
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: HSBA in this case.
- Research HSBC shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your HSBC shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in HSBC?
- Has coronavirus impacted HSBC shares?
- HSBC shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is HSBC stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is HSBC suitable for ethical investing?
- Are HSBC shares over-valued?
- How volatile are HSBC shares?
- Does HSBC pay a dividend?
- Have HSBC shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Fees for buying 100x HSBC 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.
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|£9.99 per month||No minimum||£7.99
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|£36 per year||£20||£9.50
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HSBC share price (LSE:HSBA)Use our graph to track the performance of HSBA stocks over time.
Is it a good time to buy HSBC stock?
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Is HSBC 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.
HSBC's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, HSBC shares trade at around 11x 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, HSBC's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the banks-diversified industry or those of similar companies.
HSBC's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.6606. 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 HSBC'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 HSBC's PEG ratio in relation to those of 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 HSBC.
Total ESG risk score
HSBC's total ESG risk: 26.14
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and HSBC's overall score of 26.14 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 40th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like HSBC 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 HSBC's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
- Citigroup (C.US): 29.34
- Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.LSE): 29.76
- Bank of America (BAC.US): 34.53
- Standard Chartered (STAN.LSE): 32.19
HSBC's environmental score: 4.32/100
HSBC's environmental score of 4.32 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that HSBC is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
HSBC's social score: 14.77/100
HSBC's social score of 14.77 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that HSBC is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
HSBC's governance score: 7.56/100
HSBC's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that HSBC is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
HSBC's controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, HSBC scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that HSBC hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||26.14|
|Total ESG percentile||40.25|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||3|
HSBC shares at a glance
|52-week range||329.4287p - 566.9912p|
|50-day moving average||514.507p|
|200-day moving average||471.2435p|
|Wall St. target price||6.07p|
|Dividend yield||25p (3.58%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||45.3p|
HSBC share dividends
Dividend yield: 3.58% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 3.58% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 54.12% of net profits
HSBC has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 3.58% of its share value annually.
HSBC has paid out, on average, around 54.12% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.58% 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 3.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HSBC's case, that would currently equate to about 25p per share.
HSBC's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 March 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
HSBC's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Citigroup (C.US): 3.97% (3.97% forward annual dividend yield)
- Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.LSE): 5.59% (5.59% forward annual dividend yield)
- Bank of America (BAC.US): 2.32% (2.32% forward annual dividend yield)
- Standard Chartered (STAN.LSE): 2.56% (2.56% forward annual dividend yield)
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, HSBC's shares have ranged in value from as little as 329.4287p up to 566.9912p. 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while HSBC's is 0.5795. This would suggest that HSBC's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put HSBC's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Citigroup (C.US): 1.6098
- Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.LSE): 1.3202
- Bank of America (BAC.US): 1.396
- Standard Chartered (STAN.LSE): 1.1126
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