Square is a software-infrastructure business based in the US. Square stocks (SQ.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $265.94 – an increase of 4.9% over the previous week. Square employs 5,477 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $15.9 billion.
How to buy Square stock in Canada
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our stock trading 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: SQ in this case.
- Research Square stocks. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Square stocks. It's that simple.
Is it a good time to buy Square stock?
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Square?
- Has coronavirus impacted Square shares?
- Square shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Square stock a buy or sell?
- Square performance over time
- Can I short Square shares?
- Is Square suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Square shares over-valued?
- Square's financials
- How volatile are Square shares?
- Does Square pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted Square's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Square's stock price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $262.5, which is 68.19% up on its pre-crash value of $83.49 and 711.94% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $32.33.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Square stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $501.33 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 $3,289.13.
Square stock priceUse our graph to track the performance of SQ stocks over time.
Square stocks at a glance
|Latest market close||$262.5|
|52-week range||$151.1 - $289.23|
|50-day moving average||$263.0451|
|200-day moving average||$241.9426|
|Wall St. target price||$303.17|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.108|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Square price performance over time
|1 week (2021-09-20)||4.90%|
|1 month (2021-08-27)||-2.06%|
|3 months (2021-06-25)||9.40%|
|6 months (2021-03-26)||22.89%|
|1 year (2020-09-25)||66.43%|
|2 years (2019-09-27)||332.10%|
|3 years (2018-09-27)||167.97%|
|5 years (2016-09-27)||2,128.35%|
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 237x. In other words, Square stocks trade at around 237x 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 stocks 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 2.276. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Square's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$433.3 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Square's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$15.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||2.21%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$2.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.04%|
|Return on equity TTM||24.58%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$120.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Square stocks
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "SQ.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 36.6 million Square stocks 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 stocks can be evaluated.
Square's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Square's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Square stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Square stocks traded daily (recently around 9.2 million). Square's SIR currently stands at 3.96. In other words for every 100,000 Square stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 3960 stocks are currently held short.
However Square's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Square stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Square stocks (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 stocks (for every 100,000 Square stocks in existence, roughly 80 stocks are currently held short) or 0.093% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Square stocks, roughly 93 stocks are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock 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 01/01/2019) 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
|Total ESG score||20.42|
|Total ESG percentile||22.32|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
Square stock dividends
We're not expecting Square to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying stocks in our guide.
Square stock price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Square's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $151.1 up to $289.23. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks 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 stocks are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.
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. Square, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
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