Riding the Trend or Protecting Profits | Square Inc. (SQ)

Square Inc. (NYSE:SQ) went down by -3.07% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $283.19. The company’s stock price has collected -1.71% of loss in the last five trading sessions. Barron’s reported on 02/19/21 that PayPal Stock Passes Mastercard and Looks to a High-Growth Future.

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Is It Worth Investing in Square Inc. (NYSE :SQ) Right Now?

Square Inc. (NYSE:SQ) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 579.01 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for SQ is at 2.64. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 24 analysts out of 46 who provided ratings for Square Inc. declared the stock was a “buy,” while 2 rated the stock as “overweight,” 16 rated it as “hold,” and 3 as “sell.”


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The average price from analysts is $244.93, which is -$38.88 below the current price. SQ currently public float of 378.52M and currently shorts hold a 7.66% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of SQ was 9.33M shares.

SQ’s Market Performance

SQ stocks went down by -1.71% for the week, with a monthly jump of 22.07% and a quarterly performance of 44.49%, while its annual performance rate touched 221.09%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 4.10% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 4.81% for Square Inc.. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is 10.52% for SQ stocks with a simple moving average of 63.64% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of SQ

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for SQ stocks, with Deutsche Bank repeating the rating for SQ by listing it as a “Buy.” The predicted price for SQ in the upcoming period, according to Deutsche Bank is $330 based on the research report published on February 17th of the current year 2021.

Bernstein, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see SQ reach a price target of $266. The rating they have provided for SQ stocks is “Outperform” according to the report published on January 27th, 2021.

Robert W. Baird gave a rating of “Neutral” to SQ, setting the target price at $245 in the report published on December 23rd of the previous year.

SQ Trading at 15.34% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought SQ to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -5.34% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 4.81%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 4.10%, as shares surge +20.28% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +25.85% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, SQ fell by -1.71%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +293.66% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $244.82. In addition, Square Inc. saw 23.18% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at SQ starting from McKelvey James Morgan Jr., who sale 200,000 shares at the price of $277.45 back on Feb 16. After this action, McKelvey James Morgan Jr. now owns 2,683 shares of Square Inc., valued at $55,489,771 using the latest closing price.

Dorsey Jack, the President, CEO & Chairman of Square Inc., sale 100,000 shares at $277.59 during a trade that took place back on Feb 16, which means that Dorsey Jack is holding 0 shares at $27,759,279 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for SQ

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +3.26 for the present operating margin
  • +38.65 for the gross margin

The net margin for Square Inc. stands at +7.97. The total capital return value is set at 6.38, while invested capital returns managed to touch 15.70. Equity return is now at value 16.50, with 4.70 for asset returns.

Based on Square Inc. (SQ), the company’s capital structure generated 62.82 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 38.58. Total debt to assets is 23.67, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 61.09. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 37.52.

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When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 6.08, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.04. The receivables turnover for the company is 8.39 and the total asset turnover is 1.20. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.90.

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