The trading price of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) closed higher on Friday, October 08, closing at $330.05, 0.25% higher than its previous close.
Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it fluctuated between $328.71 and $333.40. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 24.47, while its 5Y monthly beta was 1.32. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $384.33 and a 52-week low of $244.61. Over the past month, the stock has lost -12.69% in value.
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Facebook Inc., whose market valuation is $928.22 billion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Oct 25, 2021. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $3.17 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $14.14 for 2021 and $16.13 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 40.10% this year and 14.10% next year.
Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $29.53 billion for the current quarter, with the likely lows of $27.28 billion and highs of $30.81 billion. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2021 is $119.47 billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by 39.00% over what it did in 2021.
A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of Facebook Inc. No upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest FB has a 50% Sell on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 50% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently Hold.
Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned FB a recommendation rating is 51. Out of them, 11 rate it a Hold, while 34 recommend Buy, whereas 5 assign an Overweight rating. 0 analyst(s) have tagged Facebook Inc. (FB) as Underweight, while 1 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Overweight, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.
If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 0.86, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that FB’s price is currently -6.20% off the SMA20 and -8.37% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 33.91, and weekly volatility stands at 2.78%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 2.29%. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s beta value is currently sitting at 1.33, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 8.54. With analysts defining $300.00-$500.00 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $421.09 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about 9.1% off the estimated low and -51.49% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if FB’s share price rises to $425.00, which is the median consensus price. At that level, FB’s share price would be -28.77% below current price.
To see how Facebook Inc. stock has been performing in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: FB stock’s performance was 0.25% in the latest trading, and 25.13% in the past year, while Apple Inc. (AAPL) has traded -0.27% on the day and positioned 24.29% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) saw its stock close 0.00% lower in the most recent trading session but was up 40.02% in a year. Furthermore, Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) showed an increase of 0.63% on the day while its price kept inclining at 88.51% over the past year. Facebook Inc. has a P/E ratio of 24.47, compared to Apple Inc.’s 27.99 and Microsoft Corporation’s 36.60. Also in last trading session, the S&P 500 Index has plunged -0.19%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a negative session, down -0.03% on the day.
An evaluation of the daily trading volume of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) indicates that the 3-month average is 15.25 million.
Currently, records show that 2.83 billion of the company’s shares remain outstanding. The insiders hold 0.60% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 80.70%. However, since the stock’s price has seen 20.83% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.