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Meta Platforms Inc. (META) Stock: A SWOT Analysis

The price-to-earnings ratio for Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: META) is above average at 34.33x, while the 36-month beta value is 1.23.Analysts have differing opinions on the stock, with 46 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 5 as “overweight,” 6 as “hold,” and 1 as “sell.”

The average price point forecasted by analysts for Meta Platforms Inc. (META) is $370.31, which is $59.46 above the current market price. The public float for META is 2.22B, and currently, short sellers hold a 1.37% ratio of that floaft. The average trading volume of META on September 15, 2023 was 23.67M shares.

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META) stock’s latest price update

Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: META)’s stock price has gone decline by -2.54 in comparison to its previous close of 311.72, however, the company has experienced a 1.99% increase in its stock price over the last five trading days. Proactive Investors reported 2023-09-15 that Almost a decade after buying it, Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is still not ready to monetise WhatsApp with adverts, it says. But the company is close to launching its WhatsApp Channels broadcast service in 150 countries, enabling users them to receive private updates from celebrities, sports teams and thought leaders.

META’s Market Performance

META’s stock has risen by 1.99% in the past week, with a monthly rise of 3.23% and a quarterly rise of 7.80%. The volatility ratio for the week is 2.55% while the volatility levels for the last 30 days are 2.95% for Meta Platforms Inc. The simple moving average for the past 20 days is 2.82% for META’s stock, with a 37.01% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of META

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for META stocks, with Wedbush repeating the rating for META by listing it as a “Outperform.” The predicted price for META in the upcoming period, according to Wedbush is $350 based on the research report published on August 22, 2023 of the current year 2023.

META Trading at 0.62% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought META to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -6.86% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 2.95%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 2.55%, as shares surge +7.22% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +4.69% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, META rose by +2.61%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +181.00% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $296.52. In addition, Meta Platforms Inc. saw 152.46% 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 META starting from Newstead Jennifer, who sale 670 shares at the price of $306.34 back on Sep 12. After this action, Newstead Jennifer now owns 37,680 shares of Meta Platforms Inc., valued at $205,248 using the latest closing price.

Newstead Jennifer, the Chief Legal Officer of Meta Platforms Inc., sale 670 shares at $297.45 during a trade that took place back on Sep 05, which means that Newstead Jennifer is holding 38,350 shares at $199,292 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for META

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +28.78 for the present operating margin
  • +79.63 for the gross margin

The net margin for Meta Platforms Inc. stands at +19.90. The total capital return value is set at 22.96, while invested capital returns managed to touch 16.02. Equity return is now at value 17.70, with 11.90 for asset returns.

Based on Meta Platforms Inc. (META), the company’s capital structure generated 21.70 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 17.83. Total debt to assets is 14.69, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 20.50. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 16.84.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 6.54, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.09. The receivables turnover for the company is 8.48 and the total asset turnover is 0.66. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 2.20.


In a nutshell, Meta Platforms Inc. (META) has experienced a better performance in recent times. The stock has received mixed “buy” and “hold” ratings from analysts. It is worth mentioning that the stock is currently trading in close proximity to its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.

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