Barclays Share Price Has Collapsed. Is it a Buy Ahead of Earnings?

Barclays share price has been in a strong bearish trend in the past few months. The stock was trading at 143p, which was slightly above last week’s low of 132p. It has crashed by more than 35% year-to-date as the bank navigates several key challenges. Focus now shifts on the ongoing bank earnings season. So, is BARC a good bank stock to buy?

Bank earnings season continues

Barclays is a major bank that has been around for more than 325 years. The company aperates in 39 countries, including the United States and the UK. It serves its customers in areas like personal banking, business banking, corporate banking, and investment banking. 

Barclays has divided its business operations in two key segments: Barclays UK and Barclays Internatinal. Its international business includes products like consumer cards, consumer and investment bank, global markets, investment banking, and corporate banking. 

Barclays makes most of its money from the UK and the US. The others come from the Asia Pacific and European markets. The company’s diversified business helps them to offset each other. For example, the collapse of investment banking revenue has been offset by higher interest rates.

Barclays Bank will publish its quarterly results later this month. Before that, its shares will react to the ongoing bank earnings season. These results are important because they will provide more details about the state of global banking as interest rates rise. 

On Friday, the JP Morgan stock price jumped after the company published strong results. The company earned $9.7 billion as its profit fell by 17% this year. Citigroup also had a better quarter than expected while Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley disappointed as investment banking revenue crashed. 

Therefore, analysts believe that Barclays had a mixed quarter as investment banking revenue crashed. This year, the volume of deals has crashed by double-digits as rates rise. 

Barclays share price forecast

The daily chart shows that the BARC stock price made a strong comeback after the mixed bank earnings. It moved from a low of 132p to a high of 149p. As it rose, the stock moved above the important resistance level at 145p, which was the lowest level on July 14. The shares moved below the 25-day and 50-day moving averages while the MACD has moved below the neutral point.

Therefore, the stock will likely resume the bearish trend as sellers target this month’s low at 130p. A move above the resistance at 150p will invalidate the bearish view.

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