How to buy Square (SQ) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Square shares.

Square Inc
NYSE: SQ - USD
SOFTWARE-INFRASTRUCTURE
$249.00
+ $1.59 ( + 0.64%)

Square Inc (SQ) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. In the week up to 4 October Square shares plunged 13.81% to a closing position of $226.25. However, over the last 12 months, Square's share price has risen by 44.75% from $186.35. Square is listed on the NYSE and employs 5,477 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Square

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: SQ in this case.
  5. Research Square shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Square shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Square's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Square's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $249, which is 66.47% up on its pre-crash value of $83.49 and 670.18% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $32.33.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Square shares at the start of February 2020, those shares 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 $3,119.97.

Square share price (NYSE:SQ)

Use our graph to track the performance of SQ stocks over time.

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$3.8
Change %1.4289%
Volume4,908,525
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week range$151.1 - $289.23
50-day moving average$251.2356
200-day moving average$243.7376
Wall St. target price$301.1
PE ratio224.7292
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$1.108
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Fees for buying 5x Square 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
Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £4.42
£986.00 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £4.91
£986.49 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £9.82
£991.40 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.42
£983.00 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £4.92
£986.51 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £21.78
£1,003.36 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £22.73
£1,004.31 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £21.78
£1,003.37 total
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Is it a good time to buy Square 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.

Square price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $269.74

1 week (2021-10-11) 16.10%
3 months (2021-07-16) 13.57%
6 months (2021-04-16) 5.33%
1 year (2020-10-16) 44.75%
2 years (2019-10-17) 325.46%
3 years (2018-10-17) 245.60%
5 years (2016-10-17) 2,367.89%

Is Square 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.

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 225x. In other words, Square shares trade at around 225x 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.

PEG ratio

Square's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9992. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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.

EBITDA

Square's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $433.3 million (£0.0 million).

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

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 $5.873
Market capitalisation $114.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Square shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "SQ.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 38.5 million Square shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 5.2% up from 36.6 million last month.

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

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 6.2 million). Square's SIR currently stands at 6.16. In other words for every 100,000 Square shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6160 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 0.0977% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Square shares, roughly 98 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly 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.

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.

Total ESG risk score

Square's 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.).

Environmental score

Square's 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.

Social score

Square's 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.

Governance score

Square's 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. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Square's shares 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".

SQ.US volatility(beta: 2.43)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 2.427. This would suggest that Square's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

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