Facebook, Inc is an internet content & information business based in the US. Facebook shares (FB.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $264.9 – a decrease of -INF% over the previous week. Facebook employs 60,654 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $94.4 billion.
How to buy shares in Facebook
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: FB in this case.
- Research Facebook shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Facebook shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Facebook?
- Has coronavirus impacted Facebook shares?
- Facebook shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Facebook stock a buy or sell?
- Facebook performance over time
- Can I short Facebook shares?
- Is Facebook suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Facebook shares over-valued?
- Facebook's financials
- How volatile are Facebook shares?
- Does Facebook pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted Facebook's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Facebook's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $264.9, which is 20.66% up on its pre-crash value of $210.18 and 93.22% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $137.1006.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Facebook shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $725.69 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,298.01.
Facebook share priceUse our graph to track the performance of FB stocks over time.
Facebook shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$264.9|
|52-week range||$200.69 - $329.82|
|50-day moving average||$303.1131|
|200-day moving average||$279.1007|
|Wall St. target price||$381.55|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$11.671|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Is it a good time to buy Facebook stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Facebook price performance over time
|1 week (2021-04-30)||-18.51%|
|1 month (2021-04-09)||-15.22%|
|3 months (2021-02-11)||-2.03%|
|6 months (2020-11-11)||-4.19%|
|1 year (2020-05-11)||24.26%|
|2 years (2019-05-10)||40.65%|
|3 years (2018-05-11)||41.67%|
|5 years (2016-05-11)||121.64%|
Is Facebook under- or over-valued?
Valuing Facebook stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Facebook's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Facebook's P/E ratio
Facebook's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, Facebook shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.
That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).
Facebook's PEG ratio
Facebook's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1367. 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 Facebook's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Facebook's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$45.4 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Facebook's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$94.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||40.42%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$69.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||15.8%|
|Return on equity TTM||28.24%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$907.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Facebook shares
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "FB.US"
- Choose your position size.
- Select "sell" rather than "buy".
- Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.
There are currently 30.6 million Facebook shares held short by investors – that's known as Facebook's "short interest". This figure is 6.6% up from 28.7 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Facebook shares can be evaluated.
Facebook's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Facebook's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Facebook shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Facebook shares traded daily (recently around 20.4 million). Facebook's SIR currently stands at 1.5. In other words for every 100,000 Facebook shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1500 shares are currently held short.
However Facebook's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Facebook shares, or, against the total number of tradable Facebook shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Facebook's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Facebook shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0128% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Facebook shares, roughly 13 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 Facebook.
Find out more about how you can short Facebook stock.
Facebook'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 Facebook.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Facebook'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 Facebook's overall score of 29.4 (as at 01/01/2019) 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 Facebook 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.).
Facebook's environmental score
Environmental score: 0.07/100
Facebook's social score
Social score: 13.68/100
Facebook's governance score
Governance score: 8.28/100
Facebook's controversy score
Controversy score: 4/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Facebook scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Facebook has a damaged public profile.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||29.4|
|Total ESG percentile||59.14|
|Level of controversy||4|
Facebook share dividends
We're not expecting Facebook to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.
Facebook share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Facebook's shares have ranged in value from as little as $200.69 up to $329.82. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Facebook's is 1.3. This would suggest that Facebook's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Facebook, Inc. develops products that enable people to connect and share with friends and family through mobile devices, personal computers, virtual reality headsets, and in-home devices worldwide. The company's products include Facebook that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a community for sharing photos, videos, and private messages; Messenger, a messaging application for people to connect with friends, family, groups, and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp, a messaging application that is used by people and businesses to communicate in a private way. It also provides Facebook Reality Labs, an augmented and virtual reality product that help people feel connected, anytime, and anywhere. Facebook, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
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