Spread Betting on Barclays Shares (BARC)

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A Guide to Financial Spread Betting on Barclays

Let's say that you look at the Financial Spreads site and see the live price is:

  Barclays Rolling Cash Sell

257.07
Buy

257.53


Here's a brief guide to how it works

The Market:Barclays Rolling Cash
Spread Betting Quote:257.07p - 257.53p
How the Spread Works:You can take a position on the Barclays Rolling Cash market moving:

  Spread Betting Above 257.53p, or
  Spread Betting Below 257.07p

This market is a Rolling market and so there is no final closing date. If you don't close your trade and the trading session ends then your position will roll over into the next trading day.

Note that if a trade does roll over then you will normally either be credited or charged for overnight financing based on whether you are speculating on the market to move lower or higher. For further details also see Rolling Spread Betting.
Units Traded:Spread trades on the Barclays market are made in £x per penny price movement.

E.g. if Barclays changes by 35p then you would win or lose 35 times your stake.
Trade Size:You work out what to risk per penny, e.g. £2 per penny, £5 per penny, £10 per penny etc.
Quick Staking Exercise:With that in mind, if your stake was £5 per penny and Barclays moves by 30p, you would win / lose £5 per penny x 30p = £150.


Worked Spread Betting Example - Taking a Long Position on Barclays

Spread trading on the UK equity to increase

You Decide to Go Long or Short: Barclays to go:

  Spread Betting Above 257.53p? or
  Spread Betting Below 257.07p?

Let's Assume You Want to Buy:   Spread Betting Above 257.53p
You Choose How Much to Risk, Opting for: £10 per penny
So What Happens Now?
  • You will make £10 for every penny Barclays rises above 257.53p
  • Your spread bet loses £10 for each penny Barclays goes lower than 257.53p
If You Are Spread Betting on a Market to Go Up Your P/L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
 
Trading Situation 1
Barclays increases and the market is revised and is set at 270.41p - 270.87p, therefore Financial Spreads would show:   270.41   270.87
Close for a Profit? At this point, you could decide to keep your spread bet open or close it in order to lock in your profit. In this case you decide to settle your position by selling at 270.41p.
Your P/L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
(270.41p - 257.53p) x £10 per penny
12.88p x £10 per penny
Your P/L = £128.80 profit
 
Trading Situation 2
Barclays falls and the spread betting market is revised and set at 242.08p - 242.54p, therefore you'd see:   242.08   242.54
Time to Limit the Loss? At this point, you could choose to let your trade run or close it in order to restrict your losses. For this example, you choose to settle your position and sell at 242.08p.
Your P/L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
(242.08p - 257.53p) x £10 per penny
-15.45p x £10 per penny
Your P/L = -£154.50 loss


Worked Spread Trading Example - Going Short of Barclays

Spread betting on the UK equity to decrease in value

You Now Consider Whether to Buy or Sell: Barclays to push:

  Spread Betting Above 257.53p? or
  Spread Betting Below 257.07p?

Let's Say You Decide to Sell:   Spread Betting Below 257.07p
You Decide Your Stake, Choosing: £15 per penny
Now What?
  • Your spread bet loses £15 for each penny Barclays goes higher than 257.07p
  • You will make £15 for each penny Barclays moves below 257.07p
When Betting on a Market to Decrease Your P/L = (Opening Price - Closing Price) x stake
 
Trading Situation 3
Barclays goes lower and the spread trading market is revised to 247.61p - 248.07p. Therefore Financial Spreads would show:   247.61   248.07
Close and Take Your Profit? You can opt to leave your position open or close it, i.e. close your trade to lock in a profit. In this example you opt to close your position by buying at 248.07p.
Your P/L = (Opening Price - Closing Price) x stake
(257.07p - 248.07p) x £15 per penny
9.00p x £15 per penny
Your P/L = £135.00 profit
 
Trading Situation 4
Barclays moves higher and the financial spread betting market is moved to 267.41p - 267.87p, i.e. on Financial Spreads you'd see:   267.41   267.87
Restrict the Loss?You could decide to let your spread bet run or close it, i.e. close your trade to restrict your loss. In this case you opt to close your trade and buy at 267.87p.
Your P/L = (Opening Price - Closing Price) x stake
(257.07p - 267.87p) x £15 per penny
-10.80p x £15 per penny
Your P/L = -£162.00 loss

Where Can I Practice Financial Spread Betting on Barclays?

Financial Spreads provides a free Practice Account that allows investors to check the candlestick charts, try out new trading strategies, test trading orders and practice trading on spread betting and CFD markets like Barclays.

The Demo Account offers more than the market above; investors can also gain trading experience with a wide range of FX, equities, commodities and stock market indices.


More on Barclays plc (BARC)



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

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