How to buy ASX (ASX) shares

Learn how to easily invest in ASX shares.

ASX Limited
AU: ASX - AUD
FINANCIAL DATA & STOCK EXCHANGES
A$81.39
- A$0.19 ( - 0.23%)

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ASX Limited is a financial data & stock exchanges business based in Australia. ASX shares (ASX) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian Dollars. ASX has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in ASX

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for ASX. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ASX. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until ASX reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ASX. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

ASX stock price (ASX:ASX)

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

ASX shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-23.
52-week range$64.7612 - $87.6151
50-day moving average $81.9986
200-day moving average $78.0966
Target price$77.93
PE ratio 32.8422
Dividend yield $2.236 (2.76%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.484

Compare share trading platforms

The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no indication of future results.
Name Product Standard brokerage fee Inactivity fee Markets
IG Share Trading
AUD $8 or 0.1%
$50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
ASX shares, Global shares
$0 brokerage for US and global shares plus get an active trader discount of $5 commission on Australian shares.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
Superhero share trading
AUD $5
No
ASX shares, US shares
Australia’s lowest-cost broker for ASX shares and ETFs.
Pay zero brokerage on US stocks and all ETFs and just $5 (flat fee) to trade Australian shares from your mobile or desktop.
ThinkMarkets Share Trading
AUD $8
No
ASX shares
Limited-time offer: Get 10 free ASX trades ($0 brokerage) when you open a share trading account with ThinkMarkets before 31 December 2021(T&Cs apply). $8 flat fee brokerage for CHESS Sponsored ASX stocks (HIN ownership), plus free live stock price data on an easy to use mobile app.
Bell Direct Share Trading
AUD $15
No
ASX shares, mFunds, ETFs
Finder Exclusive: Get 5 free stock trades and unlimited ETF trades until 31 Dec 2021, when you join Bell Direct. T&Cs apply.
Bell Direct offers a one-second placement guarantee on market-to-limit ASX orders or your trade is free, plus enjoy extensive free research reports from top financial experts.
SelfWealth (Basic account)
AUD $9.5
No
ASX shares, US shares
Trade ASX and US shares for a flat fee of $9.50, regardless of the trade size.
New customers receive free access to Community Insights with SelfWealth Premium for the first 90 days. Follow other investors and benchmark your portfolio performance.
Saxo Capital Markets (Classic account)
AUD $5
No
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Margin trading, Options trading, ETFs
Access 19,000+ stocks on 40+ exchanges worldwide
Low fees for Australian and global share trading, no inactivity fees, low currency conversion fee and optimised for mobile.
CMC Markets Invest
AUD $11 or 0.1%
No
ASX shares, Global shares, mFunds, ETFs
$0 brokerage on global shares including US, UK and Japan markets.
Trade up to 9,000 products, including shares, ETFs and managed funds, plus access up to 15 major global and Australian stock exchanges.
HSBC Online Share Trading
AUD $19.95
No
ASX shares, mFunds, ETFs, Bonds
Limited time offer: Get up to $100 in brokerage rebates on your first 5 trades when you sign up to a HSBC Online Share Trading account (T&Cs apply). Make trades online with brokerage fees starting from just $19.95 with an HSBC Online Share Trading account. Plus gain access to complimentary expert research, trading ideas and tools.
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Is it a good time to buy ASX stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

ASX price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$81.58

1 week (2021-10-15) 2.56%
1 month (2021-09-24) -2.98%
3 months (2021-07-23) 5.03%
6 months (2021-04-23) 11.81%
1 year (2020-10-23) 0.32%
2 years (2019-10-24) -1.98%
3 years (2018-10-24) 38.48%
5 years (2016-10-24) 71.24%

Is ASX under- or over-valued?

Valuing ASX stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of ASX's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

ASX's P/E ratio

ASX's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 33x. In other words, ASX shares trade at around 33x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14).

ASX's EBITDA

ASX's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $719 million (£0.0 million).

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

ASX financials

Revenue TTM $1 billion
Operating margin TTM 69.01%
Gross profit TTM $971.7 million
Return on assets TTM 2.58%
Return on equity TTM 12.9%
Profit margin 47.28%
Book value 19.3
Market capitalisation $15.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

ASX's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like ASX.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

ASX's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.6

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and ASX's overall score of 25.6 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 20th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like ASX is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

ASX's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.71/100

ASX's environmental score of 10.71 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that ASX is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

ASX's social score

Social score: 11.29/100

ASX's social score of 11.29 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that ASX is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

ASX's governance score

Governance score: 12.59/100

ASX's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that ASX is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

ASX Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.6
Total ESG percentile 20.08
Environmental score 10.71
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 11.29
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 12.59
Governance score percentile 9

ASX share dividends

90%

Dividend payout ratio: 89.8% of net profits

Recently ASX has paid out, on average, around 89.8% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.73% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ASX shareholders could enjoy a 2.73% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ASX's case, that would currently equate to about A$2.236 per share.

ASX's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have ASX's shares ever split?

ASX's shares were split on 20 March 2000.

ASX share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ASX's shares have ranged in value from as little as $64.7612 up to $87.6151. 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 (AU average) beta is 1, while ASX's is 0.1998. This would suggest that ASX's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

ASX overview

ASX Limited operates as a multi-asset class and integrated exchange company in Australia and internationally. The company provides listings, trading, clearing, settlement, technical and information services, and other post-trade services; securities and derivatives exchange, and ancillary services; and central counterparty clearing services. It also operates markets for a range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, commodities, and energy; provides data and technology services to intermediaries, banks, information vendors, and software developers to enable them to make decisions, offer services to their clients, and connect with one another; and is involved in the registry, depository, and settlement activities, as well as delivery-versus-payment clearing of financial products. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Frequently asked questions

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