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How to buy Wells Fargo (WFC) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Wells Fargo shares.

Wells Fargo & Company is a banks - diversified business with stocks listed in the US. Wells Fargo shares (WFC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$57.4 – a decrease of 1.64% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in Wells Fargo

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. 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, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Wells Fargo. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WFC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Wells Fargo reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$57.27, 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 Wells Fargo, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Wells Fargo. 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.

Wells Fargo stock price (NYSE:WFC)

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

Have Wells Fargo's shares ever split?

Wells Fargo's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 August 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Wells Fargo shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Wells Fargo shares which in turn could have impacted Wells Fargo's share price.

Wells Fargo shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-06-13.
52-week rangeUS$37.7853 - US$62.55
50-day moving average US$59.3052
200-day moving average US$49.883
Target priceUS$63.2
PE ratio 11.9375
Dividend yield US$1.35 (2.45%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$4.8

Wells Fargo share growth calculator

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Use the fields above to explore the returns from a historical investment. Please refer to the charts further up this page to see performance over 5 years, or other periods. Past performance doesn't indicate future results. Capital is at risk.

Wells Fargo price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $57.4

1 week (2024-06-06) -0.57%
1 month (2024-05-16) -5.99%
3 months (2024-03-15) -0.19%
6 months (2023-12-15) 14.09%
1 year (2023-06-16) 36.08%
2 years (2022-06-16) 52.46%
3 years (2021-06-16) 25.96%
5 years (2019-06-14) 25.90%

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Is it a good time to buy Wells Fargo stock?

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Is Wells Fargo under- or over-valued?

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

Wells Fargo's P/E ratio

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

Wells Fargo's PEG ratio

Wells Fargo's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 23.6771. 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 Wells Fargo's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Wells Fargo share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Wells Fargo's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$37.7853 up to US$62.55. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WFC.US volatility(beta: 1.17)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Wells Fargo's is 1.171. This would suggest that Wells Fargo's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Wells Fargo financials

Revenue TTM US$77.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 29.47%
Gross profit TTM US$72.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.98%
Return on equity TTM 10.26%
Profit margin 24.19%
Book value 46.359
Market capitalisation US$199.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Wells Fargo share dividends

27%

Dividend payout ratio: 27.29% of net profits

Recently Wells Fargo has paid out, on average, around 27.29% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.45% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Wells Fargo shareholders could enjoy a 2.45% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Wells Fargo's case, that would currently equate to about $1.35 per share.

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

Wells Fargo's most recent dividend payout was on 31 May 2024. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 May 2024 (the "ex-dividend date").

Wells Fargo'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 Wells Fargo.

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

Wells Fargo's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.31

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Wells Fargo's overall score of 34.31 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 63rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Wells Fargo's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.65/100

Wells Fargo's environmental score of 2.65 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Wells Fargo is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Wells Fargo's social score

Social score: 15.06/100

Wells Fargo's social score of 15.06 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Wells Fargo is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Wells Fargo's governance score

Governance score: 16.6/100

Wells Fargo's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Wells Fargo is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Wells Fargo's controversy score

Controversy score: 5/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Wells Fargo scored a 5 out of 5 for controversy – the lowest score possible, reflecting that Wells Fargo's public profile has been damaged by multiple incidents.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Wells Fargo & Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 34.31
Total ESG percentile 62.92
Environmental score 2.65
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 15.06
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 16.6
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 5

Wells Fargo overview

Wells Fargo & Company, a financial services company, provides diversified banking, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Consumer Banking and Lending; Commercial Banking; Corporate and Investment Banking; and Wealth and Investment Management. The Consumer Banking and Lending segment offers diversified financial products and services for consumers and small businesses. Its financial products and services include checking and savings accounts, and credit and debit cards, as well as home, auto, personal, and small business lending services. The Commercial Banking segment provides financial solutions to private, family owned, and certain public companies. Its products and services include banking and credit products across various industry sectors and municipalities, secured lending and lease products, and treasury management services. The Corporate and Investment Banking segment offers a suite of capital markets, banking, and financial products and services, such as corporate banking, investment banking, treasury management, commercial real estate lending and servicing, equity, and fixed income solutions, as well as sales, trading, and research capabilities services to corporate, commercial real estate, government, and institutional clients. The Wealth and Investment Management segment provides personalized wealth management, brokerage, financial planning, lending, private banking, and trust and fiduciary products and services to affluent, high-net worth, and ultra-high-net worth clients. It also operates through financial advisors in brokerage and wealth offices, consumer bank branches, independent offices, and digitally through WellsTrade and Intuitive Investor. The company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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