How to buy Commonwealth Bank of Australia shares

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia is a banks-diversified business based in Australia. Commonwealth Bank of Australia shares (CBA) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Commonwealth Bank of Australia has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $21.5 billion..

How to buy shares in Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  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 Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CBA. 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 Commonwealth Bank of Australia 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 of $85.09, 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 Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 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.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia share price

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$52.6969 - $87.7946
50-day moving average $83.8761
200-day moving average $73.8209
Target price$73.17
PE ratio 16.2479
Dividend yield $2.98 (3.5%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.237

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Name Product Standard brokerage fee Inactivity fee Markets
IG Share Trading
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IG Share Trading
AUD 8 or 0.1%
AUD 50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Margin trading
$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, forex and CFDs, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
Bell Direct Share Trading
AUD 15
No
ASX shares, Options trading, mFunds, ETFs, Warrants
Invest in Australian shares, options and managed funds from the one account with no inactivity fee.
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.
Superhero share trading
AUD 5
No
ASX shares, ETFs
Pay zero brokerage on all Australian ETFs.
Trade ASX stocks with a flat $5 commission fee and a low minimum investment of just $100.
CMC Markets Stockbroking
AUD 11 or 0.1%
No
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Options trading, mFunds, ETFs, Warrants
$0 brokerage on global shares including US, UK and Japan markets.
Trade up to 9,000 products, including shares, managed funds, forex, commodities and cryptocurrencies, plus access up to 15 major global and Australian stock exchanges.
SelfWealth Share Trading (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.
ANZ Share Investing
AUD 19.95
No
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, mFunds, ETFs, Warrants
Earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$3 spent on brokerage fees on certain instruments.
Access Morningstar reports, company announcements and and live pricing via ANZ’s share investing platform. Available for desktop and mobile.
Westpac Online Investing Account
AUD 19.95 or 0.11%
USD 63.50 per year on the global markets account
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, ETFs
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Is it a good time to buy Commonwealth Bank of Australia stock?

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of A$85.09 on 2021-01-22

1 week (2021-01-21) -0.27%
1 month (2020-12-24) 2.33%
3 months (2020-10-28) 24.31%
6 months (2020-07-28) 17.84%
1 year (2020-01-28) 1.27%
2 years (2019-01-25) 17.30%
3 years (2018-01-25) 8.19%
5 years (2016-01-28) 9.33%

Is Commonwealth Bank of Australia under- or over-valued?

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

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's P/E ratio

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Commonwealth Bank of Australia shares trade at around 16x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's PEG ratio

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.54. 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 Commonwealth Bank of Australia's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia financials

Revenue TTM $21.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 53.72%
Gross profit TTM $21.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.75%
Return on equity TTM 10.53%
Profit margin 44.81%
Book value 40.725
Market capitalisation $151 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Commonwealth Bank of Australia'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 Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

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

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.97

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia's overall score of 22.97 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 43rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.14/100

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's social score

Social score: 10.25/100

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's governance score

Governance score: 9.86/100

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Commonwealth Bank of Australia scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Commonwealth Bank of Australia has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Commonwealth Bank of Australia was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.97
Total ESG percentile 42.55
Environmental score 2.14
Social score 10.25
Governance score 9.86
Level of controversy 4

Commonwealth Bank of Australia share dividends

73%

Dividend payout ratio: 72.86% of net profits

Recently Commonwealth Bank of Australia has paid out, on average, around 72.86% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.5% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Commonwealth Bank of Australia shareholders could enjoy a 3.5% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Commonwealth Bank of Australia's case, that would currently equate to about A$2.98 per share.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia'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 19 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Commonwealth Bank of Australia's shares ever split?

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's shares were split on 6 October 1999.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Commonwealth Bank of Australia's shares have ranged in value from as little as $52.6969 up to $87.7946. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CBA.AU volatility(beta: 0.7)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Commonwealth Bank of Australia's is 0.6992. This would suggest that Commonwealth Bank of Australia's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Commonwealth Bank of Australia overview

Commonwealth Bank of Australia provides integrated financial services in Australia, New Zealand, and internationally. It offers retail, premium, business, and institutional banking; and funds management, insurance, and share-broking products and services. The company operates through five segments: Retail Banking Services, Business and Private Banking, Institutional Banking and Markets, New Zealand, and International Financial Services and Corporate Centre. It offers transaction and savings accounts, term deposits, personal and business loans, credit cards, insurance products, international payment, and private banking services, as well as home, car, and personal loans. The company also provides advisory services for high net worth individuals; equities trading and margin lending services; debt capital, transaction banking, working capital, and risk management services; and merchant, international and foreign exchange, and risk management services. It operates through 1,118 branches and 3,542 ATMs. The company was founded in 1911 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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