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After Crashing 20%, Is Facebook Stock a Good Buy Now?

Just last month, I made a trip to the Facebook HQ in Silicon Valley, and I was very impressed by the work culture and vibe of the whole community there. It made me glad to be a shareholder of Facebook, and since then, I have been waiting for an opportunity to buy more of it. 😀

Yesterday, after a disastrous Q2 earnings call, Facebook’s stock has plunged almost 20% so far; is this the start of something really bad, or the long-awaited chance to buy this stock?

 

Personally, I am a big fan of the tech sector, and I have been accumulating positions in the US tech giants since I liquidated all my Singapore stocks portfolio in 2015. but I am not going to jump in blindly, so let me sum up some of the key considerations:

  • The comment that spooked investors was the CFO’s prediction that revenue growth rates would continue to decelerate in the “high single-digit percentages” in Q3 and Q4.
  • While the results were not as fantastic as in the past, the disparity to analysts’ revenue and user growth forecast were not very major.
  • Facebook is likely being extremely conservative and has plenty of opportunities to gain back the momentum.
  • They are constantly innovating and acquiring new companies, some of these might turn out to be big winners
  • Its valuation based on PE is still ok compared to other stocks in the tech sector (about 30x)

 

The last time there was a plunge in FB shares due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it dropped almost 10% overnight in March. However, prices recovered very quickly, and before long prices were back to hitting all time highs, bringing valuation close to a $1 trillion market cap.

Some of the key risks could include more regulations that will hurt its bottom line, or anti-trust actions that attempt to split up the company.

But there are also upsides, such as the company leveraging on its technological innovations and data to expand to other industries and eat up the value chain.

So, in conclusion, I will not buy in immediately as I do not want to be catching a falling knife, instead I will wait for selling momentum to wane and the dust to settle before scooping up more of this stock. This is to ensure that I can get in at the best price. After all, I am still optimistic for the long run.

Will the Stock Market Crash or Continue Going Up for Another 10 Years?

Since the crash of 2008, and the recovery which started in 2009, the stock markets (especially the US markets), have been on a steady uptrend.

Chart: S&P 500 index (weekly chart)

Many of us have heard about the 10 year cycle, where the market is supposed to crash once every 10 years, for example the Asian markets during the 1997 currency crisis, and the global markets in 2007 during the subprime crisis.

However, in 2017, we did not see any significant crash or correction, which have led many analysts to rethink the theory.

Now, it is 2018, so should we be expecting a delayed crash, or are we experiencing a structural change in the markets?

If we observe the supercycles of major human technological innovations, we see that each major wave of progress is driven by a major technological innovation, such as the steam engine in the 1700’s or the internet and IT advancements in the 1900’s.

And based on the cycles, we could be in the early stages of the 6th wave, which is going to be driven by the upcoming huge advancements in applications of big data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, internet of things, and blockchain technology.

Source: The Market Oracle

This means that we could be on the cusp of a super bull market, if these technological advancements are able to create a quantum leap in productivity for businesses and a huge jump in the standards of living across the globe. All these would translate into stronger stock prices, which instead of crashing the market, would propel it to new heights.

However, there are also major concerns:

  • Unequal gains across companies: the major tech companies may soon dominate all industries via the application of new technologies.
  • High unemployment: If machines take all the jobs, what are humans going to do?
  • High debt and leverage of US and European economies
  • Political risks: clash of superpowers (US and China)

In summary, many retail investors are wary of entering the stock market now because it is at all time highs and has already “gone up a lot” since 2009, hence they are waiting for a “big crash” before going in. However, this big crash may not come if successful widespread application of new technologies and innovation are able to drive a quantum leap in productivity.

P.S. I talked about this during my previous FB live session here, and there are many new exciting topics that we discuss every week!
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