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How to buy Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) stock

Learn how to easily invest in Meta Platforms stock.

Editor’s note: Some data on this page may not reflect the name change from Facebook.

Meta Platforms Inc. (META) is a leading internet content & information business based in the US. It opened the day at $140.35 after a previous close of $138.61. During the day the price has varied from a low of $139.34 to a high of $142.39. The latest price was $140.56 (25 minute delay). Meta Platforms is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 83,553 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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Latest updates

Thursday, April 28: Meta Platform shares surged today after a mixed earnings report that included news that average daily users increased in the most recent quarter. Shares had tumbled after the previous earnings report included the first-ever decline in users for the former Facebook.

Meta Platforms stock price (NASDAQ: META)

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Meta Platforms shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-04.
Previous close$138.61
Change $1.95
Change % 1.4032%
Volume 23,634,580
Information last updated 2022-10-01.
52-week range$134.12 - $353.83
50-day moving average $161.16
200-day moving average $210.40
Wall St. target price$224.29
PE ratio 11.3921
Dividend yield $0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $11.91

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Is it a good time to buy Meta Platforms stock?

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Meta Platforms price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $140.555 from 2022-10-03

1 week (2022-09-27) 4.58%
1 month (2022-09-02) -12.33%
3 months (2022-07-01) -12.17%
6 months (2022-04-04) -39.91%
1 year (2021-10-04) -56.92%
2 years (2020-10-02) -45.93%
3 years (2019-10-04) 180.45
5 years (2017-10-04) 168.42

Is Meta Platforms stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Meta Platforms stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Meta Platforms's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Meta Platforms's P/E ratio

Meta Platforms's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, Meta Platforms shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Meta Platforms's PEG ratio

Meta Platforms's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6114. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Meta Platforms's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Meta Platforms's EBITDA

Meta Platforms's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $48 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Meta Platforms's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Meta Platforms financials

Revenue TTM $119.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 33.41%
Gross profit TTM $95.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.65%
Return on equity TTM 25.48%
Profit margin 28.16%
Book value $46.63
Market capitalisation $364.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Meta Platforms's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Meta Platforms.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Meta Platforms's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 29.4

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Meta Platforms's overall score of 29.4 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 59th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Meta Platforms is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Meta Platforms's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.07/100

Meta Platforms's social score

Social score: 13.68/100

Meta Platforms's governance score

Governance score: 8.28/100

Meta Platforms's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Meta Platforms scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Meta Platforms has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Meta Platforms Inc. was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 29.4
Total ESG percentile 59.14
Environmental score 0.07
Social score 13.68
Governance score 8.28
Level of controversy 4

Meta Platforms share dividends

We're not expecting Meta Platforms to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Meta Platforms share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Meta Platforms's shares have ranged in value from as little as $134.12 up to $353.83. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

META.US volatility(beta: 1.3)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Meta Platforms's is 1.2956. This would suggest that Meta Platforms's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Meta Platforms overview

Meta Platforms, Inc. develops products that enable people to connect and share with friends and family through mobile devices, personal computers, virtual reality headsets, wearables, and in-home devices worldwide. It operates in two segments, Family of Apps and Reality Labs. The Family of Apps segment's products include Facebook, which enables people to share, discover, and connect with interests; Instagram, a community for sharing photos, videos, and private messages, as well as feed, stories, reels, video, live, and shops; Messenger, a messaging application for people to connect with friends, family, groups, and businesses across platforms and devices through chat, audio and video calls, and rooms; and WhatsApp, a messaging application that is used by people and businesses to communicate and transact privately. The Reality Labs segment provides augmented and virtual reality related products comprising virtual reality hardware, software, and content that help people feel connected, anytime, and anywhere. The company was formerly known as Facebook, Inc. and changed its name to Meta Platforms, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Meta Platforms is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.547% of Meta Platforms shares are held by insiders and 75.692% by institutions.
How many people work for Meta Platforms?
Latest data suggests 83,553 work at Meta Platforms.
When does the fiscal year end for Meta Platforms?
Meta Platforms's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Meta Platforms based?
Meta Platforms's address is: 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States, 94025
What is Meta Platforms's ISIN number?
Meta Platforms's international securities identification number is: US30303M1027
What is Meta Platforms's CUSIP number?
Meta Platforms's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 30303M102

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