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How to buy Square stock | $269.74

Learn how to easily invest in Square stock.

Square Inc (SQ) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. It opened the day at $266.54 after a previous close of $265.94. During the day the price has varied from a low of $263.68 to a high of $270.63. The latest price was $269.74 (25 minute delay). Square is listed on the NYSE and employs 5,477 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Square

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – SQ – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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Square stock price (NYSE: SQ)

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Square shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-03.
Open$266.54
High$270.63
Low$263.68
Close$269.74
Previous close$265.94
Change $3.80
Change % 1.4289%
Volume 4,908,525
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$139.31 - $289.23
50-day moving average $263.78
200-day moving average $241.07
Wall St. target price$302.93
PE ratio 230.8574
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.11

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Square price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $269.74 from 2021-09-23

1 week (2021-09-13) N/A
1 month (2021-08-24) -0.16%
3 months (2021-06-24) 10.48%
6 months (2021-03-24) 26.34%
1 year (2020-09-24) 77.10%
2 years (2019-09-24) 369.11%
3 years (2018-09-24) 213.51%
5 years (2016-09-23) 2,180.14%

Is Square under- or over-valued?

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

Square's P/E ratio

Square's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 231x. In other words, Square shares trade at around 231x recent earnings.

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

Square's PEG ratio

Square's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3999. 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 Square's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Square's EBITDA

Square's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $433.3 million.

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

Square financials

Revenue TTM $15.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.21%
Gross profit TTM $2.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.04%
Return on equity TTM 24.58%
Profit margin 3.6%
Book value $5.87
Market capitalisation $117.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Square shares

There are currently 36.6 million Square shares held short by investors – that's known as Square's "short interest". This figure is 14.3% up from 32.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Square shares can be evaluated.

Square's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Square's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Square shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Square shares traded daily (recently around 9.2 million). Square's SIR currently stands at 3.96. In other words for every 100,000 Square shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3960 shares are currently held short.

However Square's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Square shares, or, against the total number of tradable Square shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Square's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Square shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.093% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Square shares, roughly 93 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Square.

Find out more about how you can short Square stock.

Square'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 Square.

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

Square's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.42

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Square's overall score of 20.42 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Square 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.).

Square's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.84/100

Square's environmental score of 1.84 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Square is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Square's social score

Social score: 11.53/100

Square's social score of 11.53 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Square is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Square's governance score

Governance score: 8.22/100

Square's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Square is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 20.42
Total ESG percentile 22.32
Environmental score 1.84
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 11.53
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 8.22
Governance score percentile 1

Square share dividends

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

Square share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Square's shares have ranged in value from as little as $139.31 up to $289.23. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SQ.US volatility(beta: 2.42)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Square's is 2.4247. This would suggest that Square's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Square overview

Square, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, creates tools that enables sellers to accept card payments and provides reporting and analytics, and next-day settlement. It provides hardware products, including Magstripe reader, which enables swiped transactions of magnetic stripe cards; Contactless and chip reader that accepts Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip cards and Near Field Communication payments; Square Stand, which enables an iPad to be used as a payment terminal or full point of sale solution; Square Register that combines its hardware, point-of-sale software, and payments technology; Square Terminal, a payments device and receipt printer to replace traditional keypad terminals, which accepts tap, dip, and swipe payments. The company also offers various software products, including Square Point of Sale; Square Appointments; Square for Retail; Square for Restaurants; Square Online and Square Online Checkout; Square Invoices; Square Virtual Terminal; Square Team Management; Square Contracts; Square Loyalty, Marketing, and Gift Cards; and Square Dashboard. In addition, it offers a developer platform, which includes application programming interfaces and software development kits. Further, the company provides Cash App, which enables to send, spend, and store money; and Weebly that offers customers website hosting and domain name registration solutions. It serves in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Square is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.204% of Square shares are held by insiders and 74.703% by institutions.
How many people work for Square?
Latest data suggests 5,477 work at Square.
When does the fiscal year end for Square?
Square's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Square based?
Square's address is: 1455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
What is Square's ISIN number?
Square's international securities identification number is: US8522341036
What is Square's CUSIP number?
Square's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 852234103

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