How to buy Nestlé shares

Nestlé shares have fallen -0.63% from their previous closing price (CHF92.5). Learn how to easily invest in Nestlé shares in the UK.

Nestlé S.A. (NESN) is a publicly traded packaged foods business based in Switzerland which employs around 270,000 staff. Nestlé is listed on the SW and traded in Swiss Franc. Its current price of CHF91.92 is 3.5% down on its price a month ago (CHF95.23).

How to buy shares in Nestlé

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  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: NESN 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 Nestlé

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

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

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Is Nestlé 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 Nestlé P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Nestlé's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Nestlé shares trade at around 22x recent earnings.

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

Nestlé's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.347. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Nestlé'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 Nestlé's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Nestlé's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping CHF18.2 billion (£16 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Nestlé'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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