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Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company. It specialises in wholesale banking, investment banking, credit cards, investment management and wealth management services. The company's business segments include Barclays UK and Barclays International, with headquarters in two world financial centres, London and New York.
Barclays has operations in over 40 countries, employs approximately 83,500 people and serves more than 48 million customers worldwide. The bank has a presence in much of western Europe, including France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy, and in Asia, including China, India, Japan and South Korea. Barclays also has operations across North America and in a number of African and Middle Eastern countries.
Barclays has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and the FTSE Eurotop 100 Index.
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Established in 1896, Barclays has made numerous acquisitions throughout its history, including the London, Provincial and South Western Bank in 1918, British Linen Bank in 1919, Mercantile Credit in 1975, the Woolwich in 2000, the North American operations of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and ING Direct UK in 2012.
Barclays UK, headquartered in London, specialises in UK retail banking, consumer credit cards, wealth management and corporate banking for smaller businesses.
Barclays International, headquartered in New York, is a diversified transatlantic business. It is engaged in corporate and investment banking, Barclaycard, and Barclays’ Private Bank and Overseas Services.
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On November 1, 1953, Barclays held its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. The company started trading its stock under the ticker symbol BARC.
On September 19, 1989, Barclays was cross-listed on the US stock market – the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BCS.
According to the historical Barclays share price chart, the company’s stock had the most impressive rally from the mid-90s, reaching a record high of £7.90 in February 2007. However, following the global financial crisis, the stock quickly lost its value, dropping as low as £0.43 by January 2009.
Ever since, Barclays stock has experienced lots of volatility, characterised by multiple price fluctuations. At the end of 2019, the company’s shares traded in a range of £1.65 and £1.75.
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