How to buy J D Wetherspoon (JDW) shares

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J D Wetherspoon PLC (JDW) is a publicly traded restaurants business based in the UK. In the week up to 1 February J D Wetherspoon shares surged 12.08% to a closing position of 501p. However, over the last 12 months, J D Wetherspoon's share price has fallen by an alarming 43.65% from 885.5p. J D Wetherspoon is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 42,748 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in J D Wetherspoon

  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: JDW in this case.
  5. Research J D Wetherspoon shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your J D Wetherspoon 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 100x J D Wetherspoon 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 $50 £0.00
£499.00 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£507.00 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £0.00
£499.00 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£499.00 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£510.95 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.82
£500.82 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£506.99 total
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iWeb logo £0 £1 £0.00
£499.00 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£508.50 total
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J D Wetherspoon share price (LSE:JDW)

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

J D Wetherspoon price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 499p

1 week (2023-02-01) 4.31%
1 month (2023-01-05) 5.45%
3 months (2022-11-08) 2.21%
1 year (2022-02-08) -43.65%
2 years (2021-02-08) -60.58%
3 years (2020-02-07) -67.41%
5 years (2018-02-08) -57.71%

Is it a good time to buy J D Wetherspoon stock?

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is J D Wetherspoon 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

J D Wetherspoon's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, J D Wetherspoon shares trade at around 30x 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, J D Wetherspoon's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the restaurants industry or those of similar companies.

EBITDA

J D Wetherspoon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £92.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a J D Wetherspoon'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.

J D Wetherspoon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-02-08.
Open500p
High503p
Low491.8p
Close499p
Previous close491.8p
Change7.2p
Change %1.464%
Volume1,906,780
Information last updated 2023-01-31.
52-week range388.4p - 950p
50-day moving average453.18p
200-day moving average546.2825p
Wall St. target price554.09p
PE ratio30.28
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)0.15p

Do J D Wetherspoon shares pay dividends?

1.4%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1.38% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 October 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, J D Wetherspoon's shares have ranged in value from as little as 388.4p up to 950p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

JDW.LSE volatility(beta: 1.36)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 J D Wetherspoon's is 1.3616. This would suggest that J D Wetherspoon's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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

Frequently asked questions

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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