How to buy RELX (REL) shares

Learn how to easily invest in RELX shares.

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RELX PLC (REL) is a leading publishing business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2000p after a previous close of 1986p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1994.5p to a high of 2012p. The latest price was 2008p (25 minute delay). RELX is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 33,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in RELX

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

How has coronavirus impacted RELX's share price?

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

Its last market close was 2227p, which is 6.96% up on its pre-crash value of 2072p and 59.81% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 1393.5p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of RELX shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £735.02 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 £1,104.15.

RELX share price (LSE:REL)

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

RELX shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close1986p
Change %1.1078%
Information last updated 2021-10-24.
52-week range1504.6402p - 2274p
50-day moving average2183.9714p
200-day moving average2032.9546p
Wall St. target price2206.72p
PE ratio32.4567
Dividend yield47.7p (2.12%)
Earnings per share (TTM)69.2p
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Fees for buying 20x RELX shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£401.60 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £0.00
£401.60 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£401.60 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.81
£403.41 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£413.55 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£409.59 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£411.10 total
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Is it a good time to buy RELX stock?

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Is RELX 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

RELX's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, RELX shares trade at around 32x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

RELX's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0624. 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 RELX's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


RELX's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £2.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a RELX's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM £7 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.53%
Gross profit TTM £4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.9%
Return on equity TTM 58.85%
Profit margin 19.14%
Book value 1.255p
Market capitalisation £43.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

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 RELX.

Total ESG risk score

RELX's total ESG risk: 9.21

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and RELX's overall score of 9.21 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like RELX 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.).

Environmental score

RELX's environmental score: 1.92/100

RELX's environmental score of 1.92 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that RELX is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

RELX's social score: 3.33/100

RELX's social score of 3.33 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that RELX is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

RELX's governance score: 2.8/100

RELX's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that RELX is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

RELX's controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, RELX scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that RELX has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 9.21
Total ESG percentile 2.86
Environmental score 1.92
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 3.33
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 2.8
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

RELX share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.12% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 2.12% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 69.13% of net profits

RELX has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.12% of its share value annually.

RELX has paid out, on average, around 69.13% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.12% 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 2.12% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In RELX's case, that would currently equate to about 47.7p per share.

RELX'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 5 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have RELX's shares ever split?

RELX's shares were split on a 58:67 basis on 7 January 2008. So if you had owned 67 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 58 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your RELX shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 15.5% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for RELX shares which in turn could have impacted RELX's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, RELX's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1504.6402p up to 2274p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

REL.LSE volatility(beta: 0.51)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 RELX's is 0.511. This would suggest that RELX's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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