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Must-Know Updates from Square since 3Q17 Earnings

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Must-Know Updates from Square since 3Q17 Earnings PART 7 OF 8

How Square Stock Is Performing

Shareholder returns and stock trends

As of December 4, Square stock yielded a return of -3.5% on volumes of 29.6 million to close at ~$36.87. Square (SQ) generated investor returns of -0.05% in the trailing-one-month period and 182.3% in the trailing-12-month period. The company’s stock lost 10.1% in the trailing-five-day period.

How Square Stock Is Performing

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Relative strength index

For the last 14 days, Square reported a relative strength index (or RSI) of 44 compared to 43, 52, 48, and 30 recorded by PayPal (PYPL), Twitter (TWTR), eBay (EBAY), and Alibaba (BABA), respectively, within the same period.

Moving averages

Square stock was trading at $36.87, 18.9% above its 100-day moving average of $31, 2.4% above its 50-day average of $36, and 10.4% below its 20-day moving average of $41.

Analyst recommendations

Square was given a “buy” rating by 17 of the 32 analysts covering it. 14 recommended a “hold,” while one recommended a “sell.” Analysts’ stock price target for the company is $38.97, and the median price target for the company is $38. Square is trading at a discount of 3.0% to its median target.

Eye on Square’s price multiple

Square’s book value per share works out to $1.91, while its estimated book value per share is $1.32. The stock is trading at a price-to-book value of 19.5x.

The company’s price-to-sales ratio is 6.9x for 2017, and its estimated price-to-sales ratio for 2018 is 14.8x.

Inside Square’s cash flow metrics

Square has $868 million as cash in hand. The stock is trading at a price-to-cash-flow and a price-to-free-cash-flow of 110.02x and 136.7x, respectively. The trailing 12-month EV-to-cash-flow to the company is 106.1x, while the trailing 12-month EV-to-free-cash-flow is 131.8x.

Eye on Square’s price multiple

Square’s book value per share works out to $1.9, while its estimated book value per share for 2018 is $1.3. The stock is trading at a price-to-book-value of 19.5x.

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