Roland Head | Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 | More on: BARC I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Could the Barclays share price double in a stock market recovery? Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Should we be buying shares in Barclays (LSE: BARC) ahead of a market recovery? Barclays’ share price crashed hard in March, but has outpaced the FTSE 100 over the last three months. This suggests that some investors believe the shares could be too cheap to ignore.The bank certainly faces some challenges, but Barclays’ first-quarter results looked solid to me. 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If Barclays’ share price returns to that levels, anyone buying at current levels could see a 135% gain.Is Barclays going under?We have to ask why the shares are so cheap. Is Barclays heading for serious financial trouble? I don’t think so. The bank’s balance sheet looks a lot stronger to me than it did a few years ago. It’s certainly much stronger than it was ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.Barclays has been in business for more than 300 years and while it’s not perfect, I’m pretty sure it’ll survive and prosper in the future. I think the problem with the bank’s shares lies elsewhere. Let me explain.Why is Barclays’ share price so low?According to the bank’s first-quarter accounts, Barclays’ tangible shareholder equity is worth about £47bn. That represents the surplus value of the bank’s assets that would be available to shareholders, after subtracting the bank’s liabilities.Given this, you might wonder why the market is valuing Barclays’ shares at just £20bn. I think there are two likely answers to this question. One is that a decade of ultra-low interest rates means big UK banks just aren’t very profitable today. Barclays’ 2019 return on tangible equity — a key measure of profit — was just 5.3%.The second problem is potentially more serious. Without going into too much detail, my sums suggest that if the value of Barclays’ outstanding loans fell by 5%, the bank’s net asset value per share could fall from 284p to around 200p.With a major global recession potentially looming, it’s easy to see why investors might be nervous about bidding Barclays’ share price too high.Buy, sell, or hold Barclays shares?Despite my concerns, I don’t expect the bank’s equity to be wiped out by loan losses. For a long-term investor, I think that Barclays’ shares probably are a good buy at the moment.The main risk I can see is that the bank’s Covid-19 recovery could be longer and slower than expected. The shares could stay cheap for several years. 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