The bank, which operates in more than 50 countries with nearly 150,000 employees, seems to have impressed investors with a series of encouraging statements.
During July, Barclays announced half-year results for 2012 that showed adjusted profits before tax gaining 13% to 4.2 billion pounds alongside an adjusted return on average shareholder equity of 9.9%.
The half-year results also revealed what the bank called a "resilient" Tier 1 capital ratio of 10.9%, down from 11% at at December 2011.
During October, Barclays' third-quarter statement revealed a further improvement to adjusted profits before tax, which were up 18% to almost 6 billion pounds, as well as a 4% reduction in operating expenses to less than 14 billion pounds.
Then in January, Barclays' full-year statement revealed a rise for both basic earnings per share and dividends per share, at a rate of 24.5% to 34.5 pence, and 8.3% to 6.5 pence, respectively.
Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive for Barclays, said:
We committed last year to a journey to bring down our compensation ratio and have made good progress this year, with the Group compensation to net income ratio declining to 38% (2011: 42%). While this is progress, not the destination, we believe a ratio in the mid-30s is a sustainable position in the medium term which will ensure that we can continue to pay our people competitively for performance while also enabling us to deliver a greater share of the income we generate to shareholders.
Jenkins affirmed that, under his leadership, Barclays would become the "Go-To bank" for shareholders by building a culture embedded with five core values: respect, integrity, service, excellence, and stewardship.
Barclays' first-quarter update for 2013 will be published on 24 April, which may reveal further positive news that can encourage investors.
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