How to buy British American Tobacco shares

British American Tobacco shares have fallen 1.62% from their previous closing price (2424p). Learn how to easily invest in British American Tobacco shares.

British American Tobacco PLC (BATS) is a publicly traded tobacco business based in the UK which employs around 46,750 staff. British American Tobacco is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and traded in sterling. Its current price of 2424p is 3.3% up on its price a month ago (2346p).

How to buy shares in British American Tobacco

  1. Open a brokerage account. Choose from our top broker picks or compare brokers in depth. Then, complete an application.
  2. Fund your account. Add money to your account via bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  3. Search the platform by ticker symbol. BATS in this case.
  4. Choose an order type. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares or dollar amount.
  5. Submit the order. 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 British American Tobacco

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 British American Tobacco), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

British American Tobacco 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
HSBC iconHSBC FTSE 100 (HUKX)22.16%Capital at risk
Vanguard iconVanguard FTSE 100 (VUKE)22.05%Capital at risk
iShares iconiShares Core FTSE 100 (CUKX)21.95%Invest with eToroCapital at risk
Xtrackers iconXtrackers FTSE 100 (XDUK)21.88%Capital at risk
Lyxor iconLyxor FTSE 100 (100D)21.18%Capital at risk
Invesco iconInvesco FTSE 100 (S100)21.09%Capital at risk

Is it a good time to buy British American Tobacco stock?

Review technicals and fundamentals to help you determine if now's a good time for you to invest.

Technical analysis

View British American Tobacco's price performance, share price volatility, historical data and technicals.

Use our graph to track the performance of BATS stock over time.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, British American Tobacco's shares have ranged in value from as little as 2124.273 up to 2551.1214. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while British American Tobacco's is 0.258. This would suggest that British American Tobacco's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Historical closes compared with the last close of 2424

1 week (2024-05-16)-2.06%
1 month (2024-04-23)3.32%
3 months (2024-02-22)1.51%
6 months (2023-11-23)-5.13%
1 year (2023-05-22)-11.48%
3 years (2021-05-23)-13.37%
5 years (2019-05-23)-18.78%

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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Is British American Tobacco 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 British American Tobacco P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA.

British American Tobacco's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.1544. 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 British American Tobacco'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 British American Tobacco's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

British American Tobacco's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £13.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of British American Tobacco'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.

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    KaraboJanuary 14, 2019

    How to buy shares?

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      JoshuaJanuary 17, 2019Finder

      Hi Karabo,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      If you want to buy shares in British American Tobacco, you are on the right page. One of the best ways for you to buy shares is to use a trading platform. Please check the table above and compare your options based on price per trade, frequent trade rate, and platform fee. Once you found the right one for you, click on the “Go to site” green button to learn more.

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