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Is Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) A Good Stock To Invest In Right Now?

Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) price on Friday, March 17, fall -3.30% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $6.75.

A look at the stock’s price movement, the close in the last trading session was $6.98, moving within a range at $6.71 and $6.84. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 1.33 while the PE ratio in trailing twelve months stood at 4.75. Turning to its 52-week performance, $9.44 and $5.89 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, BCS moved -20.12% over the past month.

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Barclays PLC’s market cap currently stands at around $27.55 billion. The company has a Forward Dividend ratio of 0.56, with its dividend yield at 8.25%. As such, investors might be keen on an upside in the stock’s price ahead of the scheduled earnings report.

Revisions could be used as tool to get short term price movement insight, and for the company that in the past seven days was no upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that BCS is a 50% Sell. On the other hand, the stock is on average a 50% Buy as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 50% Sell category.

BCS’s current price about -15.80% and -21.39% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 23.43, while 7-day volatility ratio is 3.27% and 2.03% in the 30-day chart. Further, Barclays PLC (BCS) has a beta value of 1.41, and an average true range (ATR) of 0.26. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $11.23, forecast between a low of $7.74 and high of $15.30. Looking at the price targets, the low is -14.67% off current price level while to achieve the yearly target high, price needs to move -126.67%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -66.37% jump to $11.23 which is the analysts’ median price.

In the market, a comparison of Barclays PLC (BCS) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows BCS’s intraday price has changed -3.30% in last session and -27.58% over the past year. Comparatively, Lloyds Banking Group plc (LYG) has moved -5.22% on the day and only -13.83% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Banco Santander S.A. (SAN) price has dipped -6.53% on the day. However, the stock is -4.08% off its price a year ago. Moreover, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (DB) is also down -4.17% in trading on the day while keeping a a downtrend of -19.00% over the past year. If we look at the PE ratio, we find that Barclays PLC’s ratio stands at 4.75 compared to Lloyds Banking Group plc’s 6.34 and Banco Santander S.A.’s 5.46. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are down -1.10% and -1.19% respectively in the last trading.

If we refocus on Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 11.87 million over the past 10 days and 5.56 million over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 4.00 billion shares.

The 12.00% of Barclays PLC’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 3.50% of the company’s shares. Also important is the data on short interest which shows that short shares stood at 6.91 million on Jan 30, 2023, giving us a short ratio of 1.74. The data shows that as of Jan 30, 2023 short interest in Barclays PLC (BCS) stood at 0.17% of shares outstanding, with shares short falling to 8.61 million registered in Dec 29, 2022. Current price change has pushed the stock -13.46% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the BCS stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.

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