How to buy Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (RDSA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A shares.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (RDSA) is a publicly traded oil and gas integrated business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2092.5p after a previous close of 2108.5p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2082.5p to a high of 2121p. The latest price was 2119.5p (25 minute delay). Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 87,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A

  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: RDSA in this case.
  5. Research Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A 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 20x Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A 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.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£423.90 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£431.90 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£423.90 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£435.85 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.81
£425.71 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £0.00
£423.90 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£431.89 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£433.40 total
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Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A share price (LSE:RDSA)

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

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 2119.5p

1 year (2021-09-29) 28.36%
2 years (2020-09-29) 115.44%
3 years (2019-09-27) -12.00%
5 years (2017-09-28) -5.46%

Is it a good time to buy Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A stock?

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Is Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A 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

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 43x. In other words, Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A shares trade at around 43x 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.

However, Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the oil & gas integrated industry or those of similar companies.

EBITDA

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £30.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A'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.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-04-01.
Open2092.5p
High2121p
Low2082.5p
Close2119.5p
Previous close2108.5p
Change11p
Change %0.5217%
Volume23,746,500
Information last updated 2022-04-02.
52-week range1253.9488p - 2122.5p
50-day moving average1771.124p
200-day moving average1578.32p
Wall St. target price20.52p
PE ratio42.6847
Dividend yield82p (3.15%)
Earnings per share (TTM)44.4p

Do Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A shares pay dividends?

3.2%

Dividend yield: 3.15% of stock value

3.2%

Forward annual dividend yield: 3.15% of stock value

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 3.15% of its share value annually.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A has paid out, on average, around 126.03% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.15% 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 3.15% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's case, that would currently equate to about 82p per share.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A'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 11 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1253.9488p up to 2122.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RDSA.LSE volatility(beta: 1.04)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 Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's is 1.0449. This would suggest that Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A'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 Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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