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QQQ   311.72
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FAANG Stocks List

Compare faang stocks and their fundamentals, performance, price, and technicals. Use this free stock comparison tool to evaluate companies based on their analyst ratings, book value, debt, dividend, MarketRank, news sentiment, price performance, profitability, and more. Enter up to ten stock symbols separated by a comma or space (ex. BAC, JPM, WFC, C, GS).

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Compare Stocks - Price & Volume

CompanyCurrent Price50-Day Moving Average52-Week RangeMarket CapBetaAvg. VolumeToday's Volume
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$150.82
+3.7%
$137.71
$124.17
$179.61
$2.39T1.2874.33 million shs102.38 million shs
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
$112.91
+7.4%
$91.48
$81.43
$170.83
$1.15T1.2279.86 million shs146.42 million shs
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
$108.80
+7.3%
$93.80
$83.45
$149.12
$1.41T1.0827.21 million shs44.73 million shs
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$188.77
+23.3%
$127.74
$88.09
$248.00
$500.53B1.2234.29 million shs149.83 million shs
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
$366.89
+1.4%
$315.35
$162.71
$429.26
$163.39B1.2110.10 million shs7.81 million shs

Price Performance

Company1-Day Performance7-Day Performance30-Day Performance90-Day Performance1-Year Performance
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
+3.71%+4.77%+20.59%+8.99%-14.23%
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
+7.38%+13.80%+31.57%+24.10%-25.03%
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
+7.27%+9.72%+21.29%+25.49%-26.50%
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
+23.28%+28.15%+51.33%+107.92%-41.56%
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
+1.35%+0.55%+24.39%+40.68%-14.57%

MarketRank™

CompanyOverall ScoreAnalyst's OpinionShort Interest ScoreDividend StrengthESG ScoreNews and Social Media SentimentCompany OwnershipEarnings & Valuation
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
2.708 of 5 stars
2.44.03.32.43.61.72.5
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
3.1753 of 5 stars
4.45.00.03.03.02.52.5
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
3.1819 of 5 stars
4.55.00.02.93.02.52.5
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
2.3634 of 5 stars
2.34.00.00.04.43.31.3
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
2.3897 of 5 stars
2.24.00.02.82.92.52.5

Analyst Ratings

CompanyConsensus Rating ScoreConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target% Upside from Current Price
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
2.71
Moderate Buy$163.158.18% Upside
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
2.87
Moderate Buy$145.8129.14% Upside
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
2.95
Moderate Buy$136.2225.20% Upside
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
2.63
Moderate Buy$203.107.59% Upside
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
2.49
Hold$342.36-6.69% Downside

Current Analyst Ratings

Latest FAANG Stocks Analyst Ratings

DateCompanyBrokerageActionRatingPrice TargetDetails
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Roth Capital
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Boost Price TargetBuy$125.00 ➝ $210.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
The Goldman Sachs Group
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Boost Price TargetBuy$164.00 ➝ $215.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
SVB Securities
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Boost Price TargetOutperform$220.00 ➝ $255.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Citigroup
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Boost Price TargetBuy$168.00 ➝ $228.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Monness Crespi & Hardt
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Boost Price TargetBuy$150.00 ➝ $240.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft
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Boost Price TargetBuy$125.00 ➝ $200.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Royal Bank of Canada
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Boost Price TargetOutperform$160.00 ➝ $225.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Guggenheim
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Boost Price TargetBuy$130.00 ➝ $210.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
Canaccord Genuity Group
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Boost Price TargetBuy$170.00 ➝ $220.00
2/2/2023
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
JMP Securities
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Boost Price TargetOutperform$150.00 ➝ $210.00
1/31/2023
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
Bank of America
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Boost Price TargetBuy$116.00 ➝ $119.00
(Data available from 2/2/2020 forward. View 10+ years of historical ratings with our analyst ratings screener.)

Sales & Book Value

CompanyAnnual RevenuePrice/SalesCashflowPrice/CashBook ValuePrice/Book
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$394.33B6.06$7.29 per share20.70$3.19 per share47.28
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
$469.82B2.45$7.28 per share15.51$13.58 per share8.31
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
$257.64B5.47$7.29 per share14.92$19.03 per share5.72
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$117.93B4.24$22.03 per share8.57$45.88 per share4.11
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
$31.62B5.17$43.89 per share8.36$46.65 per share7.86

Profitability & Earnings

CompanyNet IncomeEPSTrailing P/E RatioForward P/E RatioP/E GrowthNet MarginsReturn on Equity (ROE)Return on Assets (ROA)Next Earnings Date
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$99.80B$6.1124.6822.581.8725.31%160.90%28.09%2/2/2023 (Confirmed)
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
$33.36B$1.09103.6371.463.622.25%14.44%4.65%2/2/2023 (Confirmed)
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
$76.03B$5.0421.6121.541.7523.75%26.41%18.74%2/2/2023 (Confirmed)
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$39.37B$10.4918.0023.422.2724.41%23.16%16.99%4/26/2023 (Estimated)
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
$4.49B$9.9536.8725.691.6514.21%23.06%9.57%4/18/2023 (Estimated)

Latest FAANG Stocks Earnings

DateQuarterCompanyConsensus EstimateReported EPSBeat/MissGap EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueDetails
2/2/2023Q1 23
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$1.93$1.88-$0.05N/A$121.67 billion$117.15 billion  
2/2/2023Q4 22
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
$0.15$0.03-$0.12N/A$145.72 billion$149.20 billion  
2/1/2023Q4 2022
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$2.12$3.00+$0.88$4.24$31.69 billion$32.17 billion    
1/19/2023Q4 2022
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
$0.47$0.12-$0.35$0.12$7.85 billion$7.85 billion    

Dividends

CompanyAnnual PayoutDividend Yield3-Year Dividend GrowthPayout RatioYears of Consecutive Growth
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$0.920.61%+6.19%15.06%11 Years
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Latest FAANG Stocks Dividends

AnnouncementCompanyPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
2/2/2023
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
quarterly$0.230.61%2/13/20232/16/2023
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Debt

CompanyDebt-to-Equity RatioCurrent RatioQuick Ratio
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
1.95
0.88
0.85
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
0.43
0.94
0.68
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
0.06
2.52
2.47
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
0.08
2.57
2.57
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
0.69
1.17
1.17

Ownership

Institutional Ownership

CompanyInstitutional Ownership
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
57.6%
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
57.64%
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
28.69%
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
60.92%
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
77.26%

Insider Ownership

CompanyInsider Ownership
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
0.06%
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
12.7%
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
12.99%
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
14.03%
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
2.39%

Miscellaneous

CompanyEmployeesShares OutstandingFree FloatOptionable
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
164,00015.84 billion15.83 billionOptionable
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
1,608,00010.20 billion8.91 billionOptionable
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
156,50012.94 billion11.26 billionOptionable
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
71,9702.65 billion2.28 billionOptionable
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
12,800445.35 million434.70 millionOptionable

FAANG Stocks Headlines

SourceHeadline
Whats Coming to Netflix in March 2023 - Whats on NetflixWhat's Coming to Netflix in March 2023 - What's on Netflix
news.google.com - February 2 at 11:28 PM
Netflix: Every movie and TV show leaving service tomorrow - The IndependentNetflix: Every movie and TV show leaving service tomorrow - The Independent
news.google.com - February 2 at 11:28 PM
When does Netflix password sharing end? How much will it cost you? What you need to know. - USA TODAYWhen does Netflix password sharing end? How much will it cost you? What you need to know. - USA TODAY
news.google.com - February 2 at 11:28 PM
Netflix to feature electric cars from GM and others in programming - ReutersNetflix to feature electric cars from GM and others in programming - Reuters
news.google.com - February 2 at 6:28 PM
Netflixs Pamela Anderson documentary: How fans reacted on social media - Cosmopolitan UKNetflix's Pamela Anderson documentary: How fans reacted on social media - Cosmopolitan UK
news.google.com - February 2 at 6:28 PM
Squid Game reality show accused of being rigged - The A.V. ClubSquid Game reality show accused of being rigged - The A.V. Club
news.google.com - February 2 at 6:28 PM
Netflix Password Sharing Update — Will There Be Financial Penalties?Netflix Password Sharing Update — Will There Be Financial Penalties?
finance.yahoo.com - February 2 at 6:28 PM
Netflix Lets Priciest Plan Download to Extra Devices, Adds More Spatial Audio - CNETNetflix Lets Priciest Plan Download to Extra Devices, Adds More Spatial Audio - CNET
news.google.com - February 2 at 1:27 PM
Will Ferrell Joins Netflix and GM for Super Bowl Ad - AdweekWill Ferrell Joins Netflix and GM for Super Bowl Ad - Adweek
news.google.com - February 2 at 1:27 PM
Kill Boksoon Trailer Reveals Release Date for Korean Assassin Thriller - ColliderKill Boksoon Trailer Reveals Release Date for Korean Assassin Thriller - Collider
news.google.com - February 2 at 1:27 PM
Contestants Claim Netflixs Squid Game Reality Show Was Rigged - GizmodoContestants Claim Netflix's Squid Game Reality Show Was Rigged - Gizmodo
news.google.com - February 2 at 1:27 PM
UPDATE 1-Netflix to feature electric cars from GM and others in programmingUPDATE 1-Netflix to feature electric cars from GM and others in programming
finance.yahoo.com - February 2 at 1:27 PM
Early trials hint at how Netflix plans to stamp out password sharingEarly trials hint at how Netflix plans to stamp out password sharing
fortune.com - February 2 at 12:59 PM
Look of the Week: Pamela Anderson channels Baywatch character at Netflix documentary premiere - CNNLook of the Week: Pamela Anderson channels 'Baywatch' character at Netflix documentary premiere - CNN
news.google.com - February 2 at 8:26 AM
Netflix viewers are saying the same thing about Pamela Andersons new doc - Yahoo Lifestyle UKNetflix viewers are saying the same thing about Pamela Anderson's new doc - Yahoo Lifestyle UK
news.google.com - February 2 at 8:26 AM
Netflixs Freeridge trailer features sibling rivalry, teen romance, and a curse - MashableNetflix's 'Freeridge' trailer features sibling rivalry, teen romance, and a curse - Mashable
news.google.com - February 2 at 8:26 AM
Here’s Why Netflix (NFLX) Outperformed in Q4Here’s Why Netflix (NFLX) Outperformed in Q4
finance.yahoo.com - February 2 at 8:26 AM
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) Director Jay C. Hoag Sells 3,698 Shares of StockNetflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) Director Jay C. Hoag Sells 3,698 Shares of Stock
americanbankingnews.com - February 2 at 6:00 AM
Netflix is getting blasted for using AI art in an anime instead of hiring artists - MashableNetflix is getting blasted for using AI art in an anime instead of hiring artists - Mashable
news.google.com - February 2 at 3:26 AM
‘Freeridge’ Review: Angst and Hijinks an Endearing Mix in Netflix’s Buoyant Teen Series - Hollywood Reporter‘Freeridge’ Review: Angst and Hijinks an Endearing Mix in Netflix’s Buoyant Teen Series - Hollywood Reporter
news.google.com - February 2 at 3:26 AM
Netflix announces new rules in password sharing crackdown that could affect 100 million accountsNetflix announces new rules in password sharing crackdown that could affect 100 million accounts
independent.co.uk - February 2 at 3:26 AM
Soon you will be required to log into your Netflix account every monthSoon you will be required to log into your Netflix account every month
business-standard.com - February 2 at 3:11 AM
Gunthers Millions: the biggest lie in Netflixs new docuseries. - SlateGunther's Millions: the biggest lie in Netflix's new docuseries. - Slate
news.google.com - February 1 at 10:07 PM
Gunthers Millions: Cat reviews Netflix doc on richest dog - Los Angeles Times'Gunther's Millions': Cat reviews Netflix doc on richest dog - Los Angeles Times
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Company Descriptions

Apple logo

Apple

NASDAQ:AAPL
Apple, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables and accessories, and other varieties of related services. It operates through the following geographical segments: Americas, Europe, Greater China, Japan, and Rest of Asia Pacific. The Americas segment includes North and South America. The Europe segment consists of European countries, as well as India, the Middle East, and Africa. The Greater China segment comprises China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Rest of Asia Pacific segment includes Australia and Asian countries. Its products and services include iPhone, Mac, iPad, AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, AppleCare, iCloud, digital content stores, streaming, and licensing services. The company was founded by Steven Paul Jobs, Ronald Gerald Wayne, and Stephen G. Wozniak in April 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, CA.
Amazon.com logo

Amazon.com

NASDAQ:AMZN
Amazon.com, Inc. is a multinational technology company, which engages in the provision of online retail shopping services. It operates through the following business segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The North America segment includes retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through North American-focused websites such as www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca. The International segment is engaged in retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through internationally-focused websites. The Amazon Web Services segment consists of the global sales of compute, storage, database, and AWS service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions. The company was founded by Jeffrey P. Bezos in July 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.
Alphabet logo

Alphabet

NASDAQ:GOOG
Alphabet Inc. provides various products and platforms in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. It operates through Google Services, Google Cloud, and Other Bets segments. The Google Services segment offers products and services, including ads, Android, Chrome, hardware, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Photos, Google Play, Search, and YouTube. It is also involved in the sale of apps and in-app purchases and digital content in the Google Play store; and Fitbit wearable devices, Google Nest home products, Pixel phones, and other devices, as well as in the provision of YouTube non-advertising services. The Google Cloud segment offers infrastructure, platform, and other services; Google Workspace that include cloud-based collaboration tools for enterprises, such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, and Meet; and other services for enterprise customers. The Other Bets segment sells health technology and internet services. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
Meta Platforms logo

Meta Platforms

NASDAQ:META
Meta Platforms, Inc., engages in the development of social media applications. It builds technology that helps people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. It operates through the Family of Apps (FoA) and Reality Labs (RL) segments. The FoA segment consists of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and other services. The RL segment includes augmented and virtual reality related consumer hardware, software, and content. The company was founded by Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris R. Hughes, Andrew McCollum, and Eduardo P. Saverin on February 4, 2004, and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA.
Netflix logo

Netflix

NASDAQ:NFLX
Netflix, Inc. operates as a streaming entertainment service company. The firm provides subscription service streaming movies and television episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. It operates through the following business segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic Streaming segment derives revenues from monthly membership fees for services consisting of streaming content to its members in the United States. The International Streaming segment includes fees from members outside the United States. The Domestic DVD segment covers revenues from services consisting of DVD-by-mail. The company was founded by Marc Randolph and Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. on August 29, 1997, and is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA.

Ready to learn how to invest in FAANG stocks?

What is FAANG, anyway? 

No, they aren't stocks for vampires. FAANG is an acronym representing five of the most successful companies over the last decade: Meta Platforms Inc. (NYSE: META)Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)Amazon.com Inc. (NYSE: AMZN)Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG).

Facebook and Google may have officially changed their company names. Still, FAANG remains a popular acronym for tech stock investors looking to boost their portfolio with some of the biggest winners since the Great Financial Crisis. But what does the future hold for these former market champions?

The FAANG stocks have changed over time. In some instances, FAANG didn't include Apple! Even when considering the five companies under the umbrella, FAANG is outdated. Old acronyms die hard and FAANG remains a popular way to group these five massive components of the U.S. stock market.

The five FAANG companies originated as::

  • Facebook (now Meta Platforms)
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Netflix
  • Google (now Alphabet)

These five stocks were the pinnacle of the tech industry during the bull market that followed the 2008 financial crisis, starting with Facebook's IPO in 2012. FAANG was a coin termed on CNBC broadcasts, popularized by Jim Cramer on his "Mad Money" TV show back in 2013. At the time, all 5 FAANG stocks showed exceptional growth potential through their utilization of innovative technology.

As mentioned above, the FAANG meaning originated on financial TV back in 2013 when all five firms were primed for outsized growth. Despite all five companies in the tech sector, all five have very different business models and goals. 

Recent iterations of the acronym have expanded to include companies like Microsoft Inc. (NYSE: MSFT)

Why no Microsoft? At the time, financial pundits didn't believe Microsoft had the same prospect as the other five companies because the cloud wasn't a central theme of tech growth. In retrospect, Microsoft's exclusion from the tech sector totem pole seems like a mistake, as it's outperformed every FAANG stock but Apple since the start of 2018.

Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook)

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 as a college networking site and grew into the first social media power. Facebook went public in 2012 and the stock was a winner immediately, going from $20 a share to over $200 a share in just six years. Facebook dove headfirst into the metaverse to begin its second decade as a public company, rebranding itself as Meta Platforms and changing its stock ticker to META. The stock reached an all-time high of $377 in early September of 2021 but led the tumble of tech stocks toward the end of the year. By November 2022, the stock had dipped below $100. 

Amazon

Amazon began as an online bookseller during the 1990s internet boom and grew into the largest online retailer the world had ever seen. Additionally, the stock has been one of the biggest success stories in the history of markets. Amazon reached a split-adjusted all-time high at $184 in September of 2021, marking a gain of over 260,000% since its 1997 IPO. Today, Amazon has its hands in far more industries than just retail, such as its Amazon Web Services platform and Prime Video streaming service.

Apple

One of the blue chips of the U.S. stock market, Apple is also the oldest member of the FAANG gang. Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and had immediate success, going public just four years later, on December 12, 1980. Today, almost everyone uses or knows someone who uses Apple products, such as the iPhone or iPod. Like most high-flying tech stocks, Apple reached its all-time high closing price at the end of 2021 and has since dropped, but not nearly as much as the rest of its FAANG brethren.

Netflix

Today, Netflix is one of the dominant streaming services, with hit shows like "Stranger Things" and "Squid Game." However, the company began in 1997 as a rival to movie rental stores like Blockbuster. Instead of streaming, Netflix would mail movies to its customers to watch at home, who would then return them via mail. Netflix began streaming in 2007 and today has customers in over 190 countries. The stock had its IPO in 2002 on NASDAQ and has been one of the more volatile FAANG stocks, especially since 2015. It reached its all-time high of $691 in November 2021.

Alphabet (formerly Google)

More than 70% of internet searches happen on Google, the online search behemoth founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1998. Brin and Page revolutionized how online search produced results by ranking websites using a particular set of factors. 

Google went public in 2004 and trades with two public share classes: GOOG (Class A shares) and GOOGL (Class C shares). The company rebranded as Alphabet Inc. in 2015, but most revenue still comes from Google advertising services.

Buying FAANG stocks is easy since they've been some of the top-rated tech stocks over the last decade. However, consider planning your trades and have goals for your investments.

Step 1: Open a brokerage account.

Check out the features and tools various brokerage firms offer and choose the one that best fits your needs.

Step 2: Fund your account.

How much capital will you devote toward your FAANG stock investments? Buying individual stocks is always risky, especially in the tech sector. Be sure to limit your exposure to any particular stock or group of stocks if you want to build a diverse portfolio.

Step 3: Determine which FAANG stocks to buy.

Which FAANG stocks are choices for your portfolio? You can buy all five in equal proportions, but you don't have to. Buy the stocks you feel most confident about or equally weight your holdings across all five. Another option would be a FAANG ETF, which provides exposure to all five companies through a single security.

Step 4: Plan your trades.

Are you trading for the short term or investing for the long term? Know how long you want to hold your positions and your profit goals and loss limits for each stock.

Step 5: Open your positions.

With your account funded and trades planned, it's time to buy stocks. Look them up on your broker's website or app and open the positions you laid out in your investment plan.

FAANG stocks gained notoriety during the mid-2010s because they were some of the most successful investments. Once Facebook debuted in 2012, the five FAANG stocks often outpaced the market, and many investors recalled the acronym bestowed on the group by Cramer. 

The older stocks like Amazon and Apple have all suffered significant declines, but the FAANG group looked impervious to long drawdowns. However, 2022 was the worst year in a decade for this group. Facebook suffered the worst, but all five companies saw their stocks decline by 30%, even the group's stalwart Apple. The outlook for the FAANG group remains murky, considering current inflation levels and the reversal of cheap money policies.

The FAANG stocks all trade on the NASDAQ Exchange, and locating shares is never a problem. Every major American broker will have access to FAANG stocks; trade execution will be quick and smooth.

FAANG stocks have been a terrific investment if you began buying shares shortly after the origination of the acronym. But now this group is entering an unfamiliar economic environment, especially Meta Platforms, which has never traded publicly during rising interest rates. The tech sector is expecting layoffs and could hit if the U.S. enters a recession in 2023, so the outlook for the FAANG group is cloudier than in years past, just like the broader tech sector.

Yes, you can invest in a FAANG ETF from Direxion, but there are a few important caveats to discuss. First, the securities offered by Direxion that track FAANG stocks are leveraged, meaning they outperform when FAANG stocks do well and underperform when they do poorly. 

Leveraged ETFs also have complex structures and often shift away from their targeted index over time, resulting in tracking errors. Use caution when investing in these FAANG ETFs (or any ETF or security that uses leverage).

Four of the five companies in the FAANG group have all been public for 15+ years, but this type of market environment is unique for all of them. This group of stocks never traded during a period of high inflation and rising interest rates. Matching the gains produced through the pandemic period will be difficult and these stocks could underperform the market if inflation and high rates prove stickier than anticipated.

However, all five companies have substantial footprints in their industry and certainly aren't in mortal danger. The outlook may be uncertain due to economic conditions beyond the control of these firms, but they'll be a mainstay in millions of portfolios for a long time to come.

FAANG is an acronym coined by financial pundits to group Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google in 2013. At the time, these stocks were the darlings of the tech sector and their growth in the decade following Facebook's IPO was nothing short of remarkable. But nothing lasts forever in markets, and all five companies saw their impressive runs cut short as tech melted down toward the end of 2021.

We'll likely still use FAANG's products many years from now. One of the problems of concentrated sector investing (like investing in FAANG stocks) is when economic conditions change. Low borrowing costs and minimal inflation boosted tech giants, but those factors are changing quickly. The stocks themselves will be fine but will FAANG still be synonymous with impressive outperformance in the coming decade?