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Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: META) Has Outstanding Potential

Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ:META) shares, rose in value on Friday, August 05, with the stock price up by 0.29% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $171.07.

Actively observing the price movement in the recent trading, the stock is buoying the session at $170.57, falling within a range of $166.80 and $172.15. The value of beta (5-year monthly) is 1.41 whereas the PE ratio is 14.14 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $384.33, and the low was $154.25. On the whole, META has fluctuated by 0.47% over the past month.

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As a result, investors might want to see an improvement in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $2.06, which is expected to increase to $5.88 for fiscal year $10.4 and then to about $11.99 by fiscal year 2023. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be -24.50% in 2023, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be 15.30%.

Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $27.87 billion, with a low estimate of $26.02 billion and a high estimate of $34.78 billion. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2023, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $119.35 billion, representing an increase of 1.20% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.

Revisions could be a useful indicator to get insight on short-term price movement; so for the company, there were 1 upward and no downward review(s) in last seven days. We see that META’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 50% Sell on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 100% Sell while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Sell.

The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 1.88, with the price of META currently trading nearly 2.54% and -0.49% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 52.48, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 4.09% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 3.75%. Furthermore, Meta Platforms Inc. (META)’s beta value is 1.35, and its average true range (ATR) is 7.72.

A comparison of Meta Platforms Inc. (META) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. META showed an intraday change of 0.29% in today’s session so far, and over the past year, it shrunk by -52.48%%. In comparison, Apple Inc. (AAPL) has moved lower at -0.08% today and is up 12.83% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has fallen -0.31% today. The stock, however, is off -1.00% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a loss of -0.39% for Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) in recent trading while the stock has seen an overall depriciation of -12.61%% over the past year. The PE ratio stands at 14.14 for Meta Platforms Inc., compared to 27.40 for Apple Inc., and 29.41 for Microsoft Corporation. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the today’s session so far shows that it lost -0.24%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Slipped by -0.15%.

Data on historical trading for Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ:META) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 37.99 million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 30.86 million. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 2.70 billion shares outstanding.

Nearly 0.55% of Meta Platforms Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 76.60% of the company’s shares. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 26.81 million shares as on Jul 14, 2022, resulting in a short ratio of 0.87. According to the data, the short interest in Meta Platforms Inc. (META) stood at 0.99% of shares outstanding as of Jul 14, 2022; the number of short shares registered in Jun 14, 2022 reached 31.44 million. The stock has fallen by -49.29% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the META stock heading into the next quarter.

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