Facebook, Inc (FB) is a leading internet content and information business based in the US. It opened the day at $371.91 after a previous close of $372.46. During the day the price has varied from a low of $364.55 to a high of $373.15. The latest price was $367.81 (25 minute delay). Facebook is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 60,654 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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?
- Performance over time
- Can I short Facebook shares?
- Is Facebook suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Facebook shares over-valued?
- 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 that started in February 2020, Facebook's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $330.35, which is 36.38% up on its pre-crash value of $210.18 and 140.95% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 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 $1,618.72.
Facebook share price (NASDAQ:FB)Use our graph to track the performance of FB stocks over time.
Facebook shares at a glance
|52-week range||$229 - $358.79|
|50-day moving average||$341.6135|
|200-day moving average||$300.7779|
|Wall St. target price||$386.47|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$11.671|
Fees for buying 5x Facebook shares with popular platforms
Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.
|Platform||Platform fee||Min. initial deposit||Trading fee estimate|
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|£9.99 per month||No minimum||£27.89
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|£36 per year||£20||£26.09
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Is it a good time to buy Facebook stock?
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Facebook price performance over time
|1 month (2021-06-28)||3.42%|
|3 months (2021-04-28)||19.77%|
Is Facebook under- or over-valued?
Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.
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 30x. In other words, Facebook shares trade at around 30x 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.
However, Facebook's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the internet content & information industry or those of similar companies.
Facebook's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.153. A PEG ratio close to 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares offer reasonable value for the current rate of growth.
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.
However, it's sensible to consider Facebook's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Facebook's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $45.4 billion (£32.7 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Facebook's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$94.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||40.42%|
|Gross profit TTM||$69.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||15.8%|
|Return on equity TTM||28.24%|
|Market capitalisation||$995.8 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 27.6 million Facebook shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 4.4% up from 26.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Facebook shares can be evaluated.
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 15.7 million). Facebook's SIR currently stands at 1.76. In other words for every 100,000 Facebook shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1760 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Facebook's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
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 0.0116% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Facebook shares, roughly 12 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.
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.
Total ESG risk score
Facebook's 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 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 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.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Facebook's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
- Twitter (TWTR.US): 25.25
- Apple (AAPL.US): 26.15
- Amazon-com (AMZN.US): 33.42
- Netflix (NFLX.US): 21.55
- Alphabet (GOOGL.US): 20.35
Facebook's environmental score: 0.07/100
Facebook's social score: 13.68/100
Facebook's governance score: 8.28/100
Facebook's controversy score: 4/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Facebook scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Facebook has a damaged public profile.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
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.
You may also wish to consider:
- Apple (AAPL.US) (0.56% dividend yield)
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Facebook's shares have ranged in value from as little as $229 up to $358.79. 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 1.2982. 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).
To put Facebook's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Twitter (TWTR.US): 0.7628
- Apple (AAPL.US): 1.2073
- Amazon-com (AMZN.US): 1.1518
- Netflix (NFLX.US): 0.7399
- Alphabet (GOOGL.US): 1.0109
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