Spread Betting on AstraZeneca Shares (AZN)

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Where Can I Spread Bet on AstraZeneca?

A FinancialSpreads account offers investors a wide array of shares spread trading and contracts for difference markets like AstraZeneca, BHP Billiton, Microsoft and Total, along with a host of other UK, US and international stocks.

Where Can I Access Live Prices for the AstraZeneca Market?

When using a FinancialSpreads account clients are able to speculate on over 1,000 real-time prices including markets like AstraZeneca and an array of other equities, stock market indices, commodities and FX markets.

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How to Spread Bet on AstraZeneca

For example, let's say that you log on to the Financial Spreads website and see the live quote is:

  AstraZeneca Rolling Cash Sell

4534.8
Buy

4542.2


Here's a guide to how the market works.

The MarketAstraZeneca Rolling Cash
The Quote4534.8p - 4542.2p
What This MeansYou can speculate on the AstraZeneca Rolling Cash market to move:

  Spread Betting Higher than 4542.2p, or
  Spread Betting Lower than 4534.8p

This spread betting market is a Rolling market which means that there is no expiry date. If you haven't closed your trade and the session ends then your position will automatically roll over into the next session.

If a trade rolls over then you will normally either be charged or credited for overnight financing based on whether you are speculating on the market to go down or up. For more information see Rolling Spread Bets.
Units (Points) TradedSpread betting trades on the AstraZeneca market are made in £x per penny price movement.

E.g. if AstraZeneca moves 45p then you would win/lose 45 multiples of your stake.
Stake Size per UnitYou decide how much you are going to trade per penny, e.g. £3 per penny, £8 per penny, £20 per penny etc.
Brief Staking ExampleIf, for example, you decided on a stake of £4 per penny and AstraZeneca moves by 32p, you would lose / win £4 per penny x 32p = £128.


Worked Spread Betting Example - Taking a Long Position on AstraZeneca

Financial spread betting on the UK equity to go higher

You Now Consider Whether to Buy or Sell AstraZeneca to go:

  Spread Betting Higher than 4542.2p? or
  Spread Betting Lower than 4534.8p?

You Might Decide to Go Long   Spread Betting Higher than 4542.2p
You Select How Much to Risk, Let's Assume You Choose £1 per penny
Now What?
  • You will make £1 for each penny AstraZeneca moves higher than 4542.2p
  • Your trade loses £1 for every penny AstraZeneca pushes lower than 4542.2p
If You Are Buying a Spread Bet Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
 
Trading Scenario 1
AstraZeneca goes higher and the market is adjusted and moved to 4678.5p - 4685.9p, therefore you'd see:   4678.5   4685.9
Take Your Profit? You could decide to let your spread bet run or close it for a profit. In this instance you choose to settle your position and sell at 4678.5p.
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
(4678.5p - 4542.2p) x £1 per penny
136.3p x £1 per penny
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = £136.30 profit
 
Trading Scenario 2
AstraZeneca slips and the financial spread betting market moves to 4383.2p - 4390.6p, i.e. on Financial Spreads you'd see:   4383.2   4390.6
Limit Your Loss? You can choose to let your spread bet run or close it, i.e. close your spread bet and limit your loss. In this instance you choose to settle your bet by selling the market at 4383.2p.
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
(4383.2p - 4542.2p) x £1 per penny
-159.0p x £1 per penny
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = -£159.00 loss


Trading Example - Going Short of AstraZeneca

Financial spread trading on the UK equity to fall

You Now Work Out Whether to Go Long or Short AstraZeneca going:

  Spread Betting Higher than 4542.2p? or
  Spread Betting Lower than 4534.8p?

Let's Assume You Go Short   Spread Betting Lower than 4534.8p
You Decide Your Stake, Selecting £1 per penny
So Now What?
  • Your trade loses £1 for every penny AstraZeneca increases above 4534.8p
  • You will make £1 for every penny AstraZeneca goes below 4534.8p
When You Sell a Market Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = (Initial Price - Settlement Price) x stake
 
Trading Scenario 3
AstraZeneca drops and the spread trading market changes to 4357.3p - 4364.7p:   4357.3   4364.7
Time to Take a Profit? At this point, you can opt to keep your trade open or close it and take a profit. In this instance you choose to close your trade by buying at 4364.7p.
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = (Initial Price - Settlement Price) x stake
(4534.8p - 4364.7p) x £1 per penny
170.1p x £1 per penny
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = £170.10 profit
 
Trading Scenario 4
AstraZeneca climbs and the spread betting market is revised and is set at 4725.8p - 4733.2p. Therefore you would see this on Financial Spreads:   4725.8   4733.2
Time to Restrict the Loss?You may opt to leave your bet open or close it, i.e. close your trade and limit your loss. In this example you choose to settle your trade and buy at 4733.2p.
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = (Initial Price - Settlement Price) x stake
(4534.8p - 4733.2p) x £1 per penny
-198.4p x £1 per penny
Your Trading Profits (or Losses) = -£198.40 loss

Where Can I Practice Financial Spread Betting on AstraZeneca?

Financial Spreads provide a free Demo Account that allows investors to try out trading orders, practice CFD trading and spread betting, try out new trading strategies and view charts on markets including AstraZeneca.

The Practice Account has a wide range of markets including shares, indices, commodities and forex.


More on AstraZeneca plc (AZN)



A common ticker code for AstraZeneca is 'AZN' however 'AZN.L' and 'LON:AZN' are also used.

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