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How to buy Bank of America shares

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Bank of America Corporation is a banks—diversified business with stocks listed in the US. Bank of America shares (BAC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Bank of America

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  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, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Bank of America. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: BAC. 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 Bank of America 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. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Bank of America, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Bank of America. 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.

Bank of America share price

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Bank of America shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$17.95 - USD$35.72
50-day moving average USD$25.622
200-day moving average USD$23.9422
Target priceUSD$28.69
PE ratio 11.2367
Dividend yield USD$0.72 (3.1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.078

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Is it a good time to buy Bank of America stock?

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Is Bank of America under- or over-valued?

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

Bank of America's P/E ratio

Bank of America'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, Bank of America shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Bank of America's PEG ratio

Bank of America's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5384. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Bank of America's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Bank of America financials

Revenue TTM US$76.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 31.39%
Gross profit TTM US$85.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.79%
Return on equity TTM 7.57%
Profit margin 26.53%
Book value 27.956
Market capitalisation US$202.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Bank of America shares

There are currently 76.7 million Bank of America shares held short by investors – that's known as Bank of America's "short interest". This figure is 6.4% down from 82.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Bank of America shares can be evaluated.

Bank of America's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Bank of America's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Bank of America shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Bank of America shares traded daily (recently around 54.8 million). Bank of America's SIR currently stands at 1.4. In other words for every 100,000 Bank of America shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1400 shares are currently held short.

However Bank of America's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Bank of America shares, or, against the total number of tradable Bank of America shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Bank of America's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Bank of America shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.01% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Bank of America shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Bank of America.

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Bank of America'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 Bank of America.

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

Bank of America's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.53

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Bank of America's overall score of 34.53 (as at 07/31/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 57th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Bank of America 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.).

Bank of America's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.74/100

Bank of America's environmental score of 7.74 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bank of America is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Bank of America's social score

Social score: 23.11/100

Bank of America's social score of 23.11 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bank of America is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Bank of America's governance score

Governance score: 14.68/100

Bank of America's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Bank of America is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Bank of America's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Bank of America scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Bank of America hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Bank of America Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 34.53
Total ESG percentile 56.62
Environmental score 7.74
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 23.11
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 14.68
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 3

Bank of America share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 34.78% of net profits

Recently Bank of America has paid out, on average, around 34.78% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Bank of America shareholders could enjoy a 3.1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Bank of America's case, that would currently equate to about $0.72 per share.

While Bank of America's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Bank of America may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Bank of America's most recent dividend payout was on 24 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Bank of America's shares ever split?

Bank of America's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 29 August 2004. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Bank of America shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Bank of America shares which in turn could have impacted Bank of America's share price.

Bank of America share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Bank of America's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$17.95 up to US$35.72. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BAC.US volatility(beta: 1.55)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Bank of America's is 1.5474. This would suggest that Bank of America's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Bank of America overview

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, large corporations, and governments worldwide. It operates in Consumer Banking, Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM), Global Banking, and Global Markets segments. The Consumer Banking segment offers traditional and money market savings accounts, CDs and IRAs, noninterest- and interest-bearing checking accounts, and investment accounts and products; and credit and debit cards, residential mortgages, and home equity loans, as well as direct and indirect loans, such as automotive, recreational vehicle, and consumer personal loans. The GWIM segment offers investment management, brokerage, banking, and trust and retirement products; and wealth management solutions, as well as customized solutions, including specialty asset management services. The Global Banking segment provides lending products and services, including commercial loans, leases, commitment facilities, trade finance, and real estate and asset-based lending; treasury solutions, such as treasury management, foreign exchange, and short-term investing options; working capital management solutions; and debt and equity underwriting and distribution, and merger-related and other advisory services. The Global Markets segment offers market-making, financing, securities clearing, settlement, and custody services, as well as risk management, fixed-income, and mortgage-related products. As of May 7, 2020, it served approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers; approximately 16,900 ATMs; and digital banking platforms with approximately 39 million active users. Bank of America Corporation was founded in 1784 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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