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Basf shares

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Differences between Investing vs Trading



Differences between Investing vs Trading

Basf is a German chemical company that went public in 1895. The company was founded by Friedrich Engelhorn and has its headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Basf's main businesses are chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, and oil and gas. As of Nov 2022, the company had a market capitalization of €48.2 billion.

Basf is one of the world's leading chemical companies. The company's products are used in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, construction, electronics, and textile. Basf has a strong presence in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is a component of the DAX index.

The stock hit its highest point in April 2015, at around €96 per share. However, it has seen some volatility since then and the lowest point in recent years was in Sept 2022, at around €39 per share.

There have been a number of events that have affected the BASF share price over the past year. In July 2018, the company announced that it was selling its construction chemicals business to Advent International for €3 billion. Investors saw this sale as a positive move, as it showed that BASF was willing to divest non-core businesses to focus on its core chemical operations.

There are a number of risks to consider before investing in BASF shares. For example, the company’s share price is exposed to the volatility of the global economy. If the global economy weakens, this could cause demand for chemicals to declining, which would negatively impact BASF’s financial performance.

Investing is all about buying assets and holding them for the long term, in order to generate income or capital gains. Trading CFDs, on the other hand, are all about buying and selling assets in the short term, in order to make a profit.Investing typically involves buying assets and holding them for extended periods of time, which can be years or even decades. Trading CFDs, on the other hand, tend to be much shorter in duration, often lasting only minutes or hours.

Investors typically seek to generate income or capital gains from their investments, while traders typically seek to make a profit from their trades. Investing typically involves buying assets when they are undervalued and selling them when they are overvalued. Trading CFDs, on the other hand, often involve taking advantage of price discrepancies in the market in order to make a profit.

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* The spreads provided are a reflection of the time-weighted average. Though Skilling attempts to provide competitive spreads during all trading hours, clients should note that these may vary and are susceptible to underlying market conditions. The above is provided for indicative purposes only. Clients are advised to check important news announcements on our Economic Calendar, which may result in the widening of spreads, amongst other instances.

The above spreads are applicable under normal trading conditions. Skilling has the right to amend the above spreads according to market conditions as per the 'Terms and Conditions'.

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What are the key drivers affecting BASF's stock price?

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BASF’s stock price is affected by a variety of factors, both internal and external. Internally, the company's performance in terms of revenue growth, earnings per share, product development and innovation are key drivers for its stock price. Externally, the global economic environment, geopolitical events and changes in commodity prices can all have an impact on BASF’s stock price.

In addition, macroeconomic and technological trends such as increasing demand for digitalization can also affect the company’s performance and its stock price. Overall, these factors are key drivers that play a role in determining BASF’s stock price.

Who owns most BASF shares?

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The largest shareholder, Vanguard Group Inc., holds 24.7 million BASF stocks (2.69%). Amundi Asset Management SA and Norges Bank Investment Management hold 15.8 million and 15.7 million shares (1.72% and 1.71%, respectively). About 45% of the company’s share capital mainly held by private investors, with a small percentage going to institutional and government-related entities.

It should be noted that BASF shares also feature in several indices such as MDAX, Germany 30 and EU Stocks 50. Additionally, its ADRs are part of the OTCQX International Premier index.

Do BASF shares pay dividends?

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Yes, BASF SE (BASF) shares pay dividends. In 2020, the company paid out 3.3 EUR per share in dividends, followed by 3.4 EUR per share in 2021 and 2022. This equates to a dividend yield of 7% for investors who hold their shares on or before the ex-dividend date. The current market capitalization of BASF is 43.45 billion EUR (as of March 2023). Thus, investing in BASF shares provides a generous dividend yield and the potential for attractive returns over the long-term.

It should be noted though that dividends are declared at the discretion of the board and can be changed or suspended at any time. Therefore, investors should research any company they plan to invest in thoroughly before investing.

Why Trade [[data.name]]

Make the most of price fluctuations - no matter what direction the price swings and without capital restrictions that come with buying the underlying asset.


Capitalise on rising prices (go long)


Capitalise on falling prices (go short)


Trade with leverage
Hold larger positions than the cash you have at your disposal


Trade on volatility
No need to own the asset


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Just low spreads


Manage risk with in-platform tools
Ability to set take profit and stop loss levels