Guide to Spread Betting on Facebook with Daily Updates and Live FB Prices & Charts
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Facebook Spread Betting Guide

Facebook Spread Betting

Where Can I Spread Bet on Facebook?

You can speculate commission free and with no brokers' fees on Facebook with the following companies:

Where Can I Find Live Prices and Charts for Facebook?

The following CFD trading chart will give you a handy guide to the Facebook share price.

The Plus500 chart above usually shows the near-term Facebook futures contract (not the spot market).

To study spread trading charts and the current prices for Facebook, you might need a spread betting account.

This would also let you access shorter term spot prices. Note: Opening such an account is subject to status, suitability and credit checks.

If your account application is approved, you will be able to log on and check the live trading prices and charts. On most platforms, these will be provided for free. Having said that, you might get the odd call and/or email from the spread trading firm.

Of course, if you want to trade, be aware that spread betting and CFDs involve a high degree of risk to your capital and can result in you losing more than your initial investment.

For more details, see Advanced Facebook Trading Charts below.

Facebook Analysis & News

Date Trading Update
03-Oct-17 [11:49am]

Facebook Share Price Update:

Rising Share Price The shares are above the 20 DMA of $170.21 and above the 50 DMA of $169.91.
  • Closing Price: $172.23
  • Rising Share Price 1 Day Change: Up 0.58%
  • Rising Share Price 5 Day Change: Up 0.80%

Long-Term FB Data

  • 52 Week High 52 Week High: $175.49
  • 52 Week Low 52 Week Low: $113.55
  • EPS(i): $4.60
  • PE Ratio(i): 37.41
  • Volume / Average Volume(i): 0.001m / 14.230m
  • Market Cap(i): $500,190m
  • Shares Outstanding(i): 2,904m
Price data from Google Finance. Also see Live FB Share Price & Charts and About Facebook for more information.

Update by Jenna Cutly, Editor, CleanFinancial
22-Jul-15 [5:03pm] Facebook Targeting 'Big Ad' Revenue

Update by Joshua Mahony, Research Analyst, IG Index
23-Jul-14 [6:39am]

Key Elements of Facebook's Earnings

Ahead of the latest round of results, IG considers what traders should look out for when the social media giant announces its figures.

Update by IG Index
02-Jul-14 [2:21pm]

$100 Facebook Shares?

Yes, FB looks like it's been a little naughty and conducted a psychological study on its users without their consent but what about the share price?

The shareholders are certainly not cashing in just yet.

The stock has seen a steady climb since it was stuck around the $25/26 area in July 2013. The share price is currently trading around the $80 mark.

The video below takes a quick look at whether we'll hitting the $100 level.

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
20-Feb-14 [1:02pm]

Facebook Foots a Large Bill for WhatsApp

It is true, I have been wrong in the past.

I thought that Google overpaid when it bought YouTube for $1.65bn in 2006. That now looks like a shrewd piece of business.

When Facebook bought Instagram for $1bn, I also thought that was toppy. Trading US Tech Stocks

However, Facebook have now agreed to buy WhatsApp, the messaging service for $19bn.

Is there any way of putting the valuation into perspective? I am not so sure.

Having said that, and it's far from a direct comparison, when Twitter IPO'd it had 218m monthly users sending up to 500m tweets per day.

WhatsApp has 450m monthly active users sending 19bn messages per day

The Twitter stock hit $49.90 on its first day of trading and therefore a valuation of $26bn. Nearly 4 months on from the IPO, Twitter is valued at a little over $30bn.

For some alternative views, see the BBC story on this.

Facebook / WhatsApp Merger in Numbers - Key Commercial Terms:

  • Total deal value ~ $19bn:
    • $4 billion cash
    • ~$12 billion in Facebook stock (184 million shares)
    • ~$3 billion in Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)

Other Interesting Facts:
  • Including RSUs, WhatsApp shareholders and employees will own 7.9% of FB
  • If Facebook pulls out of the deal, e.g. because they are forced by regulatory problems, then the social network will have to pay an amazing $1bn in cash, and a further $1bn in stock, to WhatsApp
  • WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook's board of directors.
  • According to Facebook, the "WhatsApp core messaging product and Facebook's existing messenger app will continue to operate as standalone applications."

Key WhatsApp User Data

  • 450m Monthly Active Users
  • Circa 70% of users are active on a given day
  • The service is growing by more than 1m registered users per day
  • Messaging volumes:
    • 19bn sent per day
    • 34bn received per day
    • Total messaging volumes are 'close' to total global SMS message volumes
    • 200m voice messages sent per day
    • 100m video messages sent per day
    • 100% YoY growth for all of the above KPIs
For more details, see the official Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp press release.

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial
31-Jan-14 [2:05pm]

Investors Give Facebook Stock the Thumbs-Up

Traders bought heavily into the Facebook story yesterday as the social network released its 4Q earnings report.

FB shares closed up +14.1% to $61.08 after stating the 4Q adjusted EPS would be $0.31 vs $0.27 expected and $0.17 a year earlier.

Revenues were $2.59bn vs $2.35bn expected and $1.06bn a year ago.

Revenue from advertising was up 76% YoY to $2.34bn.

Importantly, the company looks to have made solid headway with mobile ad revenues which accounted for 53% of all advertising revenue in 4Q, up from 23% of advertising revenue last year.

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial
24-Jan-14 [2:19pm]

Should Investors Worry that 'FB' is Losing its Teens?

In the tech sector, what's 'cool' and what's 'naff' can be very important, just look at Apple and MySpace.

As such, FB investors might want to pay attention to, or at least read, a new report on

The report looks at the shifting demographics:
  • 3m teens (13-17) have left Facebook in the last 3 years, a decline of 25%
  • The over 55s group has grown by +80% over the same period
For more details see The 2014 Facebook Demographic Report.

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial
05-Nov-13 [11:40am] The latest post on our spread betting blog takes a detailed technical look at a range of important markets including Facebook.

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Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
01-Nov-13 [2:05pm] There is a new trading video on our blog which covers the latest movements in several key markets including Facebook shares.

Euro Tumbles on Less Dovish Fed Comments Despite US Shutdown

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
10-Oct-13 [11:21am] Longer Facebook Trading Hours

One of the problems of spread betting on US companies is the fact that the trading hours are often quite short and inconvenient, particularly if you're based in Europe.

IG have looked to solve that problem and will soon be offering longer trading hours on Facebook, Apple, Bank of America and Google.

From 15 Oct 2013, IG trading hours for these US firms will be: 9am to 1am (Mon to Thur) and 9am to 10pm (Fri), London time.

Update by Jenna Cutly, Editor, CleanFinancial
25-Sep-13 [2:20pm]

How Facebook Shares Turned Around

Facebook shares listed on the NASDAQ with a lot of well publicised technical problems.

They actually IPO'd at $38 on 18 May 2012, valuing the firm at $104bn.

The stock then sunk to a low of $17.58 on 4 Sep 2012. Attached to this large fall were fears over how many 'real' users the network had, how to grow in a potentially saturated market, increasing use of Facebook via mobile phones (and therefore less ad space = lower revenues) and how to successfully monetise all those users.

After the stock hit $17.58 there was a period of relative stability, with the odd peak and trough, and the shares slowly made their way to about $26.50.

Encouraging Earnings and KPIs

Then, on 25 July 2013, Facebook posted strong earnings and encouraging KPIs.

Whilst Facebook made inroads into making it more difficult to create fake accounts, the US company primarily answered its critics by improving the monetisation of its mobile users.

As feared, the number of people accessing Facebook via mobile and tablets increased by 51% to 819m, year-on-year. However, the social network proved that they could monetise mobile users as mobile ad sales accounted for 41% of Facebook's total ad revenue.

At the same time, active monthly users increased, 21% year-on-year, to 1.15bn. All this good news caused the shares to spike $7 to around $34.50.

The shares then climbed further and hit the $40 mark on 28 Aug 2013.

Yesterday, 24 Sep 2013, Citigroup upgraded the stock to "buy" from "neutral" and the shares hit their all-time high at $49.66.

Looking at the Facebook share price on the NASDAQ, the stock is currently trading around $49.26, a little lower that yesterday but still putting Facebook's value at about $120bn.

Facebook 10 Minute Chart

Facebook 10 Minute Chart

Facebook 1 Week Chart

Facebook 1 Week Chart

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
24-Sep-13 [5:24pm]

Facebook Broker Upgrade to 'Buy'

Citigroup have upgraded the Facebook stock to 'Buy' from 'Neutral'.

Update by Jenna Cutly, Editor, CleanFinancial
24-Jul-13 [10:49pm]

Positive Q2 2012 Results for Facebook

Facebook have released some rather positive results for Q2.

For the official report see Facebook Q2 2013 results.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
01-May-13 [11:21pm]

Facebook Q1 2013 Results

Facebook have released their Q1 results.

Q1 revenue was $1.46bn, an increase of 38%, compared with $1.06bn for Q1 2012.

For more see Facebook Q1 2013 results.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
30-Jan-13 [11:02pm]

Facebook Full Year 2012 Results

Facebook have released their Q4 and full year results.

Q4 revenue was $1.585bn, an increase of 40%, compared with $1.13bn for Q4 2011.

2012 revenues were $5,089bn, an increase of 37%, compared with $3,711bn, for 2011.

For more see Facebook Q4 and Full Year 2012 results.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
18-May-12 [8:03am]

Current Facebook Owners Retain 96% of Votes

No economic news is scheduled for today, but all eyes will be on the eagerly anticipated Facebook flotation, due to take place this afternoon.

Despite continuing questions about the firm's ability to generate profit, the shares are in high demand and being valued at around $38.

This would make the 8 year old firm worth over $100bn and represents one of the highest valued US share IPOs in history.

However, the new shareholders will not have much of a say in how the company is run...the current owners will retain 96% of the voting power.

Update by Financial Spreads
17-May-12 [10:14am]

The Day Before the IPO

Just a couple of days before launching its IPO on the Nasdaq index, Facebook revised its price target to $34-$38 per share. This was up significantly from its earlier $28-$35 price target.

The rise came on the back of strong investor demand and left traders waiting with bated breath to find out whether Facebook shares will rise higher or plateau in the days following the IPO launch on Friday.

Facebook prices its shares today, May 17, and begins trading on Friday May 18.

The social network, owned by Mark Zuckerburg, is currently valued at between $93bn and $104bn.

Update by Finspreads
10-Feb-12 [3:33pm]

Spread Betting on the Facebook IPO

After the floating of LinkedIn and Groupon, bankers and analysts have been optimistic about the performance of the imminent Facebook IPO.

Spread betting firm, Spreadex, is offering a market that lets investors spread bet on the percentage change of Facebook's shares on its first day of trading.

Spreadex spokesman Andy MacKenzie said: "This is already a popular market with a heavy bias of buyers pushing our spread up from 50%-55% to 60%-65%.

"Clients are expecting Facebook to follow in the footsteps of LinkedIn which floated at $45 but closed the first day up 109% at $94.25.

"Investors should be wise to remember other floats though. Groupon closed its first day up 31% closing at $26.11 after it floated at $20. Zygna was actually down 5% on its first day, closing at $9.50 after floating at $10."

'Facebook IPO Share Price Market'

Financial spread betting normally lets investors take a position on the monetary value of a company's share price and therefore try and profit from either a rise or fall in the value of the stock.

The new Facebook market is based purely on the percentage change from the IPO price to the closing price on its first day on the open market.

Having said that, once the IPO is complete, a normal financial spread betting market on the price of Facebook shares will be available on the Spreadex website.

Trading the the Facebook IPO

Spread betting on the 'Facebook First Day of Trading Percentage Change' market:

Facebook Buy Example:

  • Let's say that you think the Facebook shares will soar and buy at 65%
  • Demand for the social network's share is bigger than Bono's bank balance and they close the day up 86%
  • You make a profit of 21 times your stake, 86% - 65% = 21%
  • However, should Facebook close the day 25% up you would lose 40 times your stake, 25% - 65% = -40%

Facebook Sell Example:

  • Let's say you don't believe the hype and you sell at 60%
  • Your pessimism may be well founded, let's say the shares finish the day friendless and down 6% from the IPO price
  • In this case you would make a profit of 66 times your stake, 60% - (- 6%) = 66%
  • If shares closed up 86% as per the above example, you would lose 26 times your stake, 60% - 86% = -26%

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial
03-Feb-12 [8:22am]

Will We See Facebook Flop When it IPOs?

The market has seen the anticipated IPO of Facebook gather momentum and the debate is raging as to whether it'll be a Google type float or a flop.

Until we know more about exactly what price they're looking to float at it's a tricky one to evaluate.

Advertising revenue from social media sites still remains largely untested and hasn't quite established itself yet.

The big names are yet to have ramped build big advertising campaigns for the likes of Facebook, so for now it looks like a bit of a punt on whether this potential will be realised in the next couple of years.

But with 850m users there are plenty of attractions and many people will be eager not to miss the party when the float does happen.

Update by Financial Spreads

Readers please note:

About Facebook

For official updates, reports and investor news see

Also see the NASDAQ Facebook page, this page has data on the share price, the P/E ratio, the EPS, dividend data, the Market Cap etc.

Professional Level Charts for Facebook

Even though charting software and packages can differ across the various platforms, to help your trading, most charts usually have useful tools that include:
  • A large range of time periods such as 3 minutes, 2 hours, 1 day etc.
  • Various chart views such as line charts and candlestick charts
  • Drawing options such as trendlines, Fibonacci arcs, time zones and fans

Charts on Capital Spreads also offer other benefits such as:
  • BackTesting tools and Custom Indicators
  • Helpful overlays such as Bollinger Bands, Exponential Moving Average, Wilder's Smoothing etc.
  • A wide selection of indicator charts such as RSI, Chaikin Money Flow, Projection Bands etc.
  • Custom alerts for when the markets hit a pre-set level

Example trading chart

Facebook Trading Guide - Example Chart

The spread trading companies in the list below offer account holders live trading charts and prices:
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You can spread bet on Facebook with Financial Spreads.

Where Can I Spread Bet on Facebook for Free?

Investing does involve risks, but if you'd like to try a Practice Account (free), where you can trial financial spread betting and access charts, then see below for further details.

When deciding which trading option might work for you, also remember that, in the UK, spread betting is currently free of income tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty*.

If you are trying to find a free online spread trading platform then keep in mind that investors can financial spread bet on Facebook without brokers' fees or commissions via providers like:

Free Demo Account

If you are looking for a completely free Practice Account where users can try out online spread betting, including trading markets like EUR/USD, the DAX 30 and Facebook, then you could always look at: Each of the firms listed above currently offer a Demo Account that lets users apply a variety of trading orders, try out new trading theories and access professional level charts, such as bar and candlestick charts.

How to Spread Bet on Facebook

How to Spread Bet on Facebook?

If an investor decides to invest in firms like Facebook then one option could be to place a spread bet on the Facebook share price.

Looking at a site like Selftrade Markets, you can see they are currently showing the Facebook Rolling Daily market at $28.93 - $28.98. Therefore, an investor can spread trade on the Facebook share price:

  Facebook Spread Trading Example Going above $28.98, or
  Facebook Trading Example Going below $28.93

When spread betting on S&P 500 equities you trade in £x per cent. As a result, if you chose to have a stake of £4 per cent and the Facebook shares move $0.32 then that would alter your profits (or losses) by £128. £4 per cent x $0.32 = £128.

Note that you are also able to spread bet on this market in Dollars or Euros, e.g. €x per cent.

Rolling Daily Equities Markets

You should note that this is a Rolling Daily Market which means that in contrast with futures markets, there is no settlement date. If a trade is still open when the markets close at the end of the day, it just rolls over into the next session.

If you do roll over a trade and you are spread betting that the market will:

  Facebook Trading Example Rise - then you will pay a small overnight financing fee, or
  Facebook Trading Example Fall - then you will usually receive a small credit to your account

For a more detailed guide to Rolling Daily Markets, including a fully worked example, please read our feature Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

Facebook Rolling Daily - US Shares Trading Example

So, if you continue with the above spread of $28.93 - $28.98 and make the assumptions that:
  • You have done your stock market research, and
  • Your research leads you to think the Facebook share price is likely to go higher than $28.98
Then you might decide to buy a spread bet at $28.98 and risk, for example, £4 per cent.

With such a spread bet you make a profit of £4 for every cent that the Facebook shares increase and go above $28.98. Nevertheless, you will lose £4 for every cent that the Facebook market falls below $28.98.

Looking at this from another angle, should you ‘Buy’ a spread bet then your P&L is calculated by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the price you bought the market at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

If after a few days the share price moved higher then you might want to close your trade to lock in your profit. So if the market moved up then the spread, determined by the spread betting company, might change to $29.39 - $29.44. In order to close/settle your position you would sell at $29.39. As a result, with the same £4 stake this trade would make you a profit of:

Profit / loss = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
Profit / loss = ($29.39 - $28.98) x £4 per cent stake
Profit / loss = $0.41 x £4 per cent stake
Profit / loss = 41¢ x £4 per cent stake
Profit / loss = £164 profit

Trading equities, whether by spread betting or otherwise, is not always simple. In the above example, you wanted the share price to increase. Naturally, the share price could decrease.

If the Facebook shares decreased, contrary to your expectations, then you might decide to close/settle your spread bet to limit your losses.

So if the spread dropped to $28.61 - $28.66 then this means you would sell back your position at $28.61. If so, that would mean you would lose:

Profit / loss = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
Profit / loss = ($28.61 - $28.98) x £4 per cent stake
Profit / loss = -$0.37 x £4 per cent stake
Profit / loss = -37¢ x £4 per cent stake
Profit / loss = -£148 loss

Note - Facebook Rolling Daily spread betting price taken as of 06-Feb-13.

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'Facebook Spread Betting' edited by DB, updated 03-Oct-17

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