Guide to Spread Betting on Barclays Shares with Analysis, Broker Ratings, Live BARC Charts & Prices
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Barclays Spread Betting

Barclays Spread Betting

Where Can I Spread Bet on Barclays?

You are able to spread bet on Barclays, in addition to a wide variety of similar spread betting markets, with companies such as:

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Barclays Broker Ratings

A look at the latest Barclays broker ratings:

DateBroker Rating Broker Last Price Target Price Potential Upside / Downside
16-Mar-16Brokers Tips - Market PerformMarket PerformKeefe, Bruyette & Woods163.9520022.00%
14-Mar-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyHaitong165.325051.20%
10-Mar-16Brokers Tips - UnderperformUnderperformExane BNP Paribas1631704.30%
09-Mar-16Brokers Tips - Sector PerformSector PerformRBC Capital Markets172.120016.20%
08-Mar-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyBankhaus Lampe171.0525046.20%
07-Mar-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuySociete Generale171.424542.90%
03-Mar-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyNatixis164.5521228.80%
24-Feb-16Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformMacquarie158.1523045.40%
22-Feb-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuySociete Generale164.5530585.40%
16-Feb-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyInvestec156.924556.20%
11-Feb-16Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightJ.P. Morgan150.326073.00%
10-Feb-16Brokers Tips - Market PerformMarket PerformBernstein159.618012.80%
09-Feb-16Brokers Tips - Buy/NeutralBuy/NeutralGoldman Sachs160.3531093.30%
08-Feb-16Brokers Tips - Sector PerformSector PerformRBC Capital Markets174.629066.10%
05-Feb-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyJefferies174.8528764.10%
04-Feb-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyAlphaValue172.5529369.80%
26-Jan-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyGrupo Santander178.129565.60%
22-Jan-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyInvestec188.926037.60%
21-Jan-16Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformKeefe, Bruyette & Woods181.9528053.90%
19-Jan-16Brokers Tips - HoldHoldBankhaus Lampe192.328045.60%
15-Jan-16Brokers Tips - Market PerformMarket PerformBernstein195.7525530.30%
13-Jan-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyGrupo Santander205.334065.60%
12-Jan-16Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightJ.P. Morgan201.3529044.00%
11-Jan-16Brokers Tips - Sector PerformSector PerformRBC Capital Markets202.8525525.70%
07-Jan-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyAlphaValue204.731453.40%

For the latest UK broker ratings see Daily Trading Tips.

This is Not Investment Advice

Where Can I Find Live Prices and Charts for Barclays?

The real-time CFD trading chart below provides users with a handy view of the Barclays market.

The Plus500 chart that we use above typically uses the Barclays futures market (not the spot price).

To look at real time financial spread betting prices/charts for Barclays, you will normally require a spread betting account.

You can also use a spreads account to speculate on shorter term spot markets. Opening an account is subject to credit, suitability and status checks.

Should your application be approved then, when you log on, you will be able to view the prices and charts. These are normally provided as part of the service. The catch? You are likely to get the odd sales letter or call from your chosen online spread betting provider.

If you do trade then, before starting, you should note that spread trading and CFDs do carry a high degree of risk to your funds and it's possible to lose more than your initial deposit.

See below for more on advanced Barclays charts.

Barclays Analysis & News

Date Trading Update
03-Oct-17 [11:49am]

Barclays Share Price Update:

Falling Share Price The UK stock is lower than the 20-day MA of 190.1p and lower than the 50-day MA of 194.8p.
  • Current Price(i): 188.8p
  • Closing Price: 190.2p
  • Rising Share Price 1 Day Change: Up 0.03%
  • Falling Share Price 5 Day Change: Down -1.63%

Long-Term BARC.L Data

  • 52 Week High 52 Week High: 267.3p
  • 52 Week Low 52 Week Low: 164.4p
  • EPS(i): £0.10
  • PE Ratio(i): 18.29
  • Volume / Average Volume(i): 4.073m / 26.154m
  • Market Cap(i): £32,183m
  • Shares Outstanding(i): 17,043m
Price data from Google Finance. Also see Live BARC.L Share Price & Charts and About Barclays for more information.

Update by Jenna Cutly, Editor, CleanFinancial
23-Jul-15 [11:04am] Analysts Still Bullish About Barclays Shares

Update by IG Index
08-Jul-15 [9:56am] Barclays Stock Could Continue Upwards

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
06-Jun-14 [11:38am]

Trading Sectors and Using Barclays to Trade the FTSE 100

In this technical analysis video, Trevor Neil, from BetaGroup, talks to IG about using the RRG function to analyse European sector movements.

The video also discusses why Barclays might be a useful way of speculating on the performance of the FTSE 100 index.

Update by IG Index
07-Apr-14 [7:50am]

Technical Analysis of FTSE 100 Shares

In a quick look at some key shares on the FTSE 100, IG Live asks Zak Mir from Zak's Trading Cafe for his technical opinion on Barclays, Lloyds and Anglo American.

Update by IG Index

Readers please note:

About Barclays

Professional Charting Packages for Barclays

Whilst the charts differ across the industry, they often have user friendly features and tools such as:
  • A variety of time periods - 2 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 day etc.
  • Different displays - OHLC and candle charts
  • Tools for drawing/adding features - Fibonacci time zones, arcs and fans

Charts on FinancialSpreads also offer:
  • Tailored Indicators and BackTesting tools
  • Key chart overlays - Parabolic SAR, Ichimoku Kinko Hyo, Envelopes etc.
  • A wide selection of secondary charts - Elder Rays, Relative Volatility Index, Forecast Oscillator etc.
  • Customised alerts that trigger when the markets hit a specific price

Sample Financial Spreads equity trading chart

Barclays Trading Guide - Example Chart

The financial spread betting firms in the following list provide their account holders with live trading charts/prices:
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Where Can I Spread Bet on Barclays for Free?

By its very nature, speculating is not without its risks, but if you would like to try a (free) Demo Account, that allows you to try spread betting on a host of markets, see below for further details.

When thinking about which trading option might work for you, also remember that spread betting in the UK is currently tax free*, i.e. it is exempt from capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty.

If you are trying to find a low cost spread trading platform then you should note that investors are able to take a position on Barclays commission free with providers like:

Free Demo Account

If you'd like to open a completely free Practice Account where users can try spread betting, including markets like the FTSE 100, EUR/USD and Barclays, then you could have a look at: Each of these spread trading companies currently offer a Demo Account which lets users practice with orders, test new trading ideas and check charts, such as candlestick and line charts.

How to Spread Bet on Barclays

How to Spread Bet on Barclays?

If you are going to speculate on UK companies such as Barclays then one possibility could be to place a spread bet on the Barclays share price.

Looking at a website like Tradefair, we can see that they are currently valuing the Barclays Rolling Daily market at 243.3p - 243.8p. This means that you can put a spread bet on the Barclays share price:

  Barclays Spread Trading Example Rising above 243.8p, or
  Barclays Trading Example Falling below 243.3p

When financial spread trading on UK equities you trade in £x per penny. As a result, if you risked £5 per penny and the Barclays share price changes by 24p then that would change your profits (or losses) by £120. £5 per penny x 24p = £120.

Rolling Daily Equities Markets

One thing to note is that this is a Rolling Daily Market which means that there is no set closing date for this market. As a result, if your trade is still open at the end of the trading day, it will roll over to the next session.

If you allow your trade to roll over and are spread betting on the market to:

  Barclays Trading Example Increase - then you'll be charged a small overnight financing fee, or
  Barclays Trading Example Decrease - then you'll usually receive a small credit to your account

To learn more about Rolling Daily Markets please see Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

Barclays Rolling Daily - Shares Trading Example

So, if you take the above spread of 243.3p - 243.8p and assume that:
  • You have analysed the stock market, and
  • Your research leads you to think the Barclays share price looks like it will go higher than 243.8p
Then you may buy a spread bet at 243.8p and risk, for the sake of argument, £10 per penny.

Therefore, you win £10 for every penny that the Barclays shares move above 243.8p. Of course, it also means that you will make a loss of £10 for every penny that the Barclays market decreases below 243.8p.

Considering this from another angle, if you were to buy a spread bet then your profit/loss is worked out by taking the difference between the final price of the market and the initial price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

Therefore, if after a few days the stock started to move upwards then you could choose to close your position so that you can guarantee your profit. As an example, if the market increased then the spread might change to 252.9p - 253.4p. You would close your trade by selling at 252.9p. Accordingly, with the same £10 stake your profit would be calculated as:

Your profits (or losses) = (Settlement Price - Opening Price) x stake
Your profits (or losses) = (252.9p - 243.8p) x £10 per penny stake
Your profits (or losses) = 9.1p x £10 per penny stake
Your profits (or losses) = £91.00 profit

Speculating on equities, by spread trading or otherwise, can fail to go to plan. In this example, you had bet that the share price would go up. Nevertheless, it might decrease.

If the Barclays share price had fallen then you might choose to close your position in order to restrict your losses.

Should the spread drop to 233.4p - 233.9p then this means you would settle/close your trade by selling at 233.4p. If so, that would mean you would lose:

Your profits (or losses) = (Settlement Price - Opening Price) x stake
Your profits (or losses) = (233.4p - 243.8p) x £10 per penny stake
Your profits (or losses) = -10.4p x £10 per penny stake
Your profits (or losses) = -£104.00 loss

Note - Barclays Rolling Daily spread accurate as of 17-Oct-12.

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Applying Technical Analysis to Barclays Shares

Below, an older but useful case study on the Barclays share price by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 25-Oct-2011.

Three months ago, at the end of July 2011, Barclays was still trading at close to 240p. Since then it has taken a rather sharp nosedive and, at one stage, the share traded at well below 140p.

Looking at the chart below, we can see that the Barclays share price was just below 240p towards the end of July.

At that stage the 10-day Exponential Moving Average was already somewhat below the 20-day level, showing us that the share was in a bear phase.

After that, the 10-day EMA remained well below the 20-day EMA and the price dropped consistently, except for a few instances where the bulls tried in vain to push the price up.

At the beginning of September, it dipped below the 140p level for the first time, followed by a concerted effort by the bulls that momentarily saw the price rise above the 20-day EMA.

Then it dropped below both moving averages again and also dropped below the 140p level again, at which stage we see a classic hammer pattern forming.

Since then the spread betting price has failed to form a new low. By the middle of October, it had in fact moved above the previous high we saw round the end of September.

Barclays Daily Candlestick Chart

Currently, the UK bank’s shares are trading above both the 10-day and 20-day EMA. The 10-day EMA has also broken through the 20-day EMA line for the first time, which is another confirmation that we are seeing a mini bull run.

Whether this will last remains to be seen. Fundamental factors, such as the Euro debt crisis will no doubt play a role here.

Having said that, technical analysis suggests that any close above the 190p level could indicate, at least in the short term, a continuation of the bullish market.

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'Barclays Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 03-Oct-17

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