How to buy Tesco (TSCO) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Tesco shares.

Tesco PLC (TSCO) is a publicly traded grocery stores business based in the UK. It opened the day at 234.6p after a previous close of 235p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 232.4p to a high of 235.3p. The latest price was 232.6p (25 minute delay). Tesco is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 345,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

What you'll need to buy Tesco shares

In order to get started in buying Tesco shares, you'll need:
  • To be aged 18 or over
  • Your national insurance number
  • ID, such as a driving licence or passport
  • Your bank details
  • Internet connection

How to buy shares in Tesco

  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: TSCO in this case.
  5. Research Tesco shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Tesco 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.

Where to buy Tesco shares

To buy Tesco shares, you'll need a share trading platform that lets you trade stocks that are listed on the LSE, as these are likely to offer Tesco shares. You can filter by stock exchange on our comparison table to find the exchanges that you want to trade. Sometimes providers will have a list of stocks available on the website that you can search through before you sign up - double check these lists for Tesco shares.

What's the cheapest place to buy shares?

Here's a guideline for how much it'll cost you to buy 100 Tesco shares with some popular platforms. Foreign exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. These fees don't include stamp duty reserve tax. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing, which may differ from our information.

Fees for buying 100x Tesco shares with popular platforms

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£232.60 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£240.60 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £0.00
£232.60 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£232.60 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£244.55 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.78
£234.38 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£240.59 total
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iWeb logo £0 £1 £0.00
£232.60 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£242.10 total
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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.

Full comparison of share dealing platforms

Tesco share price (LSE:TSCO)

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

Tesco price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 232.6p

1 month (2022-10-28) 9.36%
3 months (2022-08-26) -7.95%
6 months (2022-05-26) -9.84%
1 year (2021-11-26) -16.68%
2 years (2020-11-27) -19.39%
3 years (2019-11-28) -22.65%
5 years (2017-11-28) -5.93%

Is it a good time to buy Tesco stock?

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Can you buy Tesco shares with a debit card?

Most share dealing providers in the UK will let you use your debit card to top up your account and buy shares. The main ways are with a debit card, bank transfer or with Apple/Google Pay.

What's the easiest way to buy Tesco shares?

The easiest way to get hold of some Tesco shares is to sign up for a share trading app and place a market order or basic order. This type of order tells the platform that you're interested, so it'll try to execute it as quickly as it can. It could take some time for the order to go through, especially if there's a lot of volatility in Tesco shares.

Should I buy Tesco shares?

There are some useful principles you can use to analyse stocks that can give you some insight into whether now is the best time to buy. These include moving averages, oscillators and pivots, as well as calculations like the price/earnings ratio, the PEG ratio and the EBITDA. Another way of deciding whether or not to buy shares is by looking at environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk scores. These give you insight into how closely the company's values line up with your own.

Is Tesco 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

Tesco's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Tesco shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71).

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

PEG ratio

Tesco's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0806. 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 Tesco'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 Tesco's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

Tesco's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £3.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Tesco'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 Tesco.

Total ESG risk score

Tesco's total ESG risk: 16.54

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Tesco's overall score of 16.54 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 15th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Environmental score

Tesco's environmental score: 1.36/100

Social score

Tesco's social score: 5.97/100

Governance score

Tesco's governance score: 3.72/100

Controversy score

Tesco's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Tesco scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Tesco 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

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

Total ESG score 16.54
Total ESG percentile 15.28
Environmental score 1.36
Social score 5.97
Governance score 3.72
Level of controversy 3

Tesco shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-11-28.
Open234.6p
High235.3p
Low232.4p
Close232.6p
Previous close235p
Change-2.4p
Change %-1.0213%
Volume17,741,250
Information last updated 2022-11-22.
52-week range194.35p - 289.5916p
50-day moving average217.319p
200-day moving average254.5193p
Wall St. target price261.5p
PE ratio19.6417
Dividend yield11.6p (4.98%)
Earnings per share (TTM)0.12p

Do Tesco shares pay dividends?

5.0%

Dividend yield: 4.98% of stock value

5.0%

Forward annual dividend yield: 4.98% of stock value

96.3%

Dividend payout ratio: 96.25% of net profits

Tesco has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 4.98% of its share value annually.

Tesco has paid out, on average, around 96.25% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.98% 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 4.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Tesco's case, that would currently equate to about 11.6p per share.

Tesco'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 12 October 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Tesco's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Tesco's shares have ranged in value from as little as 194.35p up to 289.5916p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TSCO.LSE volatility(beta: 0.63)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 Tesco's is 0.6266. This would suggest that Tesco's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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

How to sell Tesco shares

It's as easy to sell Tesco as it is to buy! Here's how to sell Tesco that you already own.
  1. Open your investment app. If you've got one with desktop access, you can log in online
  2. Go to your portfolio. This should be in the main menu
  3. Find your TSCO shares. You may be able to search your portfolio
  4. Choose how many you'd like to sell. You'll be able to review the price and see how much you'll receive
  5. Sell your Tesco shares. Your investment platform will let you know when your shares are sold

What stock exchanges is Tesco listed on?

In this guide, we've focused on Tesco's London Stock Exchange (LSE) listing. However, Tesco shares can be traded on multiple exchanges.

Country Exchange Stock Code
UK London Exchange LSE: TSCO
US US Stocks US: TSCDY
US US Stocks US: TSCDF
Mexico Mexican Exchange MX: TSCON
Germany XETRA Exchange XETRA: TCO
Germany Frankfurt Exchange F: TCO
Germany Stuttgart Exchange STU: TCO
Germany Dusseldorf Exchange DU: TCO
Tesco is the third-biggest retailer in the world by gross revenue.

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2 Responses

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    MendelMarch 13, 2020

    How much can I invest?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      CharisseMarch 20, 2020Staff

      Hi Mendel,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      The limit on how much you can invest in Tesco shares will depend on the platform you choose to invest with. You may want to contact the share-dealing platform and inquire with them directly.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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