How to buy Square (SQ) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Square shares.
Block Inc is a software - infrastructure business with stocks listed in the US. Square shares (SQ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$68 – an increase of 4.55% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Square
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Square. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: SQ. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Square reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$68, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Square, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Square. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights.
What's in this guide?
Square stock price (NYSE:SQ)Use our graph to track the performance of SQ stocks over time.
Square shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$38.85 - US$89.97|
|50-day moving average||US$48.8246|
|200-day moving average||US$61.0625|
|Dividend yield||US$0 (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$-0.46|
Square price performance over time
|1 week (2023-12-01)||4.55%|
|1 month (2023-11-08)||30.09%|
|3 months (2023-09-08)||28.11%|
|6 months (2023-06-08)||4.47%|
|1 year (2022-12-08)||7.31%|
|2 years (2021-12-08)||-65.09%|
|3 years (2020-12-08)||-68.08%|
|5 years (2018-12-07)||11.88%|
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Is it a good time to buy Square stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. However, this is not a recommendation. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Is Square under- or over-valued?
Valuing Square stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Square's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Square's PEG ratio
Square's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8326. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Square's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Square's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$53.4 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Square's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.
Square share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Square's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$38.85 up to US$89.97. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Square's is 2.515. This would suggest that Square's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.
|Revenue TTM||US$20.8 billion|
|Gross profit TTM||US$6.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||-0.69%|
|Return on equity TTM||-1.73%|
|Market capitalisation||US$39.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Square share dividends
We're not expecting Square to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Square's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Square.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Square's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 20.42
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Square's overall score of 20.42 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Square is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Square's environmental score
Environmental score: 1.84/100
Square's environmental score of 1.84 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Square is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Square's social score
Social score: 11.53/100
Square's social score of 11.53 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Square is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Square's governance score
Governance score: 8.22/100
Square's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Square is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||20.42|
|Total ESG percentile||22.32|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
Block, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, creates tools that enables sellers to accept card payments and provides reporting and analytics, and next-day settlement. The company provides hardware products, including Square Register that combines its hardware, point-of-sale software, and payments technology; Square Terminal, a payments device and receipt printer to replace traditional keypad terminals, which accepts tap, dip, and swipe payments; Square Stand, which enables an iPad to be used as a payment terminal or full point of sale solution; Square Reader for contactless and chip that accepts EMV chip cards and NFC payments, enabling acceptance through Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other mobile wallets; and Square Reader for magstripe, which enables swiped transactions of magnetic-stripe cards by connecting with an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet through the headphone jack or Lightning connector. It also offers various commerce products, including Square for Restaurants; Square Appointments; Square for Retail; Square Point of Sale; Square Online; Square Online Checkout; Square Invoices; Square Virtual Terminal; Risk Manager; Order Manager; Payment application programming interfaces (APIs); and Commerce APIs. In addition, the company provides Cash App, an ecosystem of financial products and services that enables customers to store, send, receive, spend, or invest their money. It serves in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Spain. The company was formerly known as Square, Inc. and changed its name to Block, Inc. in December 2021. Block, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is based in San Francisco, California.
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