Analysts rate Meta Platforms Inc. (FB:NSD) with a Strong Buy, $352 Target

STA Research
by: STA Research

Analysts rate Meta Platforms Inc. stock with a consensus Strong Buy rating and a 12-month average target price of $352.78 per share.

RBC Royalbank maintains Meta Platforms Inc. with an Outperform rating and lowers the target price to $240 from $245 on the company’s stock.

Based on the Meta Platforms Inc. stock forecasts from 44 analysts, the average analyst target price for Meta Platforms Inc. is USD 352.78 over the next 12 months. Meta Platforms Inc.’s average analyst rating is Strong Buy. Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of Meta Platforms Inc. is Bullish , which is based on 12 positive signals and 2 negative signals. At the last closing, Meta Platforms Inc.’s stock price was USD 214.14Meta Platforms Inc.’s stock price has changed by -17.70% over the past week, +26.53% over the past month and -30.87% over the last year.

What we like:

High market capitalization

This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.

Superior risk adjusted returns

This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

Low volatility

The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.

Underpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.

Superior return on equity

The company management has delivered better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Superior capital utilization

The company management has delivered better return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Superior return on assets

The company management has delivered better return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Positive free cash flow

The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Superior Earnings Growth

This stock has shown top quartile earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

Superior Revenue Growth

This stock has shown top quartile revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

High Gross Profit to Asset Ratio

This stock is in the top quartile compared to its peers on Gross Profit to Asset Ratio. This is a popular measure among value investors for showing superior returns in the long run.

What we don’t like:

Overpriced compared to book value

The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.

Overpriced on cashflow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

 

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