How to buy Balfour Beatty shares

Balfour Beatty shares have fallen -1.00% from their previous closing price (356.4p). Learn how to easily invest in Balfour Beatty shares.

Balfour Beatty plc (BBY) is a publicly traded engineering and construction business based in the UK which employs around 26,150 staff. Balfour Beatty is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and traded in sterling. Its current price of 356.4p is 5.3% down on its price a month ago (376.4p).

How to buy shares in Balfour Beatty

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share trading platform picks below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. Provide your personal information and sign up.
  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: BBY in this case.
  5. Research shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your shares. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of 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.

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Alternative ways to invest in Balfour Beatty

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including Balfour Beatty), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

Balfour Beatty is a major part of the London stock exchange, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

IconFund5-year performanceLink to invest
Invesco iconInvesco S&P 500 (SPXP)70.17%Capital at risk
DWS Xtrackers iconXtrackers S&P 500 Swap (XSPX)69.98%Capital at risk
HSBC iconHSBC S&P 500 (HSPX)68.59%Capital at risk
Vanguard iconVanguard S&P 500 (VUSA)68.24%Capital at risk
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SPDR iconSPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPX5)67.96%Capital at risk
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Vanguard iconVanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF Distributing (VMID)1.77%Capital at risk
Invesco iconInvesco FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (S250)1.20%Capital at risk
DWS Xtrackers iconXtrackers FTSE 250 UCITS ETF 1D (XMCX)1.08%Capital at risk
HSBC iconHSBC FTSE 250 UCITS ETF GBP (HMCX)0.22%Capital at risk
iShares iconiShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (MIDD)0.16%Invest with eToroCapital at risk

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 it a good time to buy Balfour Beatty stock?

Only you can make the decision on the time to leap... but here's some supporting information and analysis.

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

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Balfour Beatty's shares have ranged in value from as little as 291.6 up to 394.1286. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BBY.LSE volatility(beta: 0.79)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 Balfour Beatty's is 0.794. This would suggest that Balfour Beatty's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Historical closes compared with the last close of 356.4

1 week (2024-04-10)-3.26%
1 month (2024-03-17)-5.31%
3 months (2024-01-17)6.77%
6 months (2023-10-17)16.70%
1 year (2023-04-17)-6.01%
2 years (2022-04-12)36.66%
3 years (2021-04-15)13.36%
5 years (2019-04-17)36.97%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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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 Balfour Beatty 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. Check out the Balfour Beatty P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Balfour Beatty'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, Balfour Beatty shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United Kingdom stock market as of 09 November, 2023 (10). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Balfour Beatty's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 9.71. 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 Balfour Beatty's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Balfour Beatty's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is Β£186 million.

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

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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.

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