What are FAANG stocks and how to buy them?

Publish Date 31 Aug 2021
Shares / 4 Min Read
Desmond Leong / Last Update 21 Mar 2022

In the world of share trading, there are some companies that everyone gravitates to when trying to determine how well tech stocks are doing collectively, these are known as the FAANG stocks.

These are companies that have proven to be some of the largest and most profitable stocks over the past decade or so.

FAANG stocks are a subset of the NASDAQ composite. These stocks were once considered "high-growth" tech companies, which included Facebook, Amazon, Apple Inc., Netflix and Google's Alphabet. FAANG companies have been on a steady rise since November 2016 and have seen ups and downs in the stock market since, making their share CFDs assets an exciting opportunity.

Table of Contents

What are FAANG stocks?

FAANG is an acronym for the five largest companies in the technology sector of the US stock market.

List of FAANG companies

F - Facebook (Ticker: FB)

Facebook, which has recently changed their name to Meta, is the parent organisation of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, some of the largest social media apps in the world. Meta's primary revenue stream comes from online advertising.

A - Amazon (Ticker: AMZN)

Amazon is a multinational technology company that focuses on cloud computing, digital streaming, e-commerce and artificial intelligence to name a few. The organisation also surpassed Walmart to become the world's largest online retailer (outside of China).

A - Apple (Ticker: AAPL)

Founded in 1976, Apple is today most well known for their consumer electronics such as their phones, tablet, computers and laptops. By revenue, Apple is the largest information technology company in the world.

N - Netflix (Ticker: NFLX)

Shifting from a DVD mailing service in 2007 to on-demand streaming service, Netflix now serves more than 200 million global subscribers worldwide.

G - Google (Ticker: GOOG or GOOGL)

Google is best known for it's internet related services, including the search engine, cloud computing, hardware and online advertising technologies. Owned under the parent company Alphabet Inc., it's rapid growth since the early 2000's has allowed massive growth and to offer more services including video sharing, mapping, language translation and internet services to name a few.

As well as being household names due to the nature of the services they provide, these companies will be familiar to most people simply because of how large and profitable they are. But perhaps the most important thing for us as traders and investors is that they continue to have strong potential for growth.

FAANG stocks

Source: Forbes

Why is Microsoft not in the FAANG companies?

With a $2.2 trillion dollar market capitalisation, many investors wonder why Microsoft missed out on being included in this all important acronym.

When the acronym was created, Steve Ballmer had recently become the successor to Bill Gates and while he did a great job at growing the company, the trend perspective of the charts at the time wasn't looking good.

Now that the technology sector has such a big emphasise on cloud computing, the new acronym of FANMAG is becoming prominent thanks to Microsoft having nearly every segment of revenue driven by cloud software.

How large are the FAANG stocks' market capitalisation?

As of 31st December 2021, the US stock market has a market capitalisation of 53 trillion dollars. Now, let’s take a look at just how much of this is made up of FAANG stocks:

  • Facebook: $589 Billion
  • Apple: $2.67 Trillion
  • Amazon: $1.64 Trillion
  • Netflix: $168 Billion
  • Google: $1.80 Trillion

*Market capitalisation as of 21/3/2022

This brings the total market capitalisation of the FAANG stocks to nearly 7 Trillion Dollars. To put that into perspective, that’s almost 13% of the entire US Stock Market.

How to trade FAANG stocks?

To trade FAANG stocks, you can do it through a brokerage account. However, most brokerages only allow you to buy FAANG stocks, meaning you can only play the upside – in other words, you only profit when the share price goes up.

If you want to be able to trade both directions on FAANG stocks (i.e. selling when you believe it will drop in price, or buying when you believe it will rise in price), trading FAANG as share CFDs is a viable option as these allow you to go both long and short. Share CFD trading also allows you to apply leverage to your trades and when trading share CFDs with Axi you will not have to pay a single cent of commission.

Find out more about share CFDs vs share trading.

Facebook chart in MT4

Facebook live price chart in MetaTrader 4

How to invest in FAANG stocks?

To be able to invest in FAANG stocks through stock indices you will need to understand their weighting in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ.

FAANG stocks weighting in S&P 500

You can diversify into FAANG stocks, without buying them directly, by investing in the S&P 500 index. This is because FAANG stocks make up close to 19% of the entire S&P 500, which is a substantial amount considering that the S&P 500 is generally viewed as a good proxy on how the US economy is performing as a whole.

FAANG stocks weighting in NASDAQ

If you’d like a higher weightage of your investment being in FAANG stocks through an index, you can consider the NASDAQ where FAANG stocks make up close to 33% of the entire NASDAQ.

Recommended reading: How to trade indices?

Are FAANG shares a good investment?

There are, of course, many factors that a trader needs to consider when deciding if particular shares are going to be a good investment for their portfolio. But if we’re looking broadly at FAANG stocks, you only need to look at their track record to see that they have grown amazingly over the years; this is a group that has historically outperformed the S&P 500 index.

Quite simply, FAANG stocks are as popular as they are because they have proven to be good investments. They have continued to innovate and push the boundaries of their business model, leading to unrivalled growth over the years.

Are FAANG stocks safe for beginners?

For new traders who are interested in the FAANG stocks, check out our guide on how to buy and sell shares for beginners, and learn the steps needed to open your first share CFD trade in MT4.

What makes FAANG stocks so popular?

The thing making FAANG stocks as popular as they are today is their resilience –  especially throughout the market turmoil created by the COVID pandemic. They have a strong record of growth, matched by their future growth potential.

Other popular US stocks besides FAANG

While FAANG stocks may steal the spotlight, there are a lot of other very popular US stocks for traders to consider.

For instance, there is Tesla (TSLA) that has gone from $80 to $800+ in the space of almost two years – at 1,000% growth, that’s a level not even the FAANG stocks can compete with. Then there’s Pfizer which has seen its price shoot up by almost 100% since January 2020 due to COVID-19.

It just goes to show that when you’re looking to diversify into the stock market, there are options outside of the FAANG stocks.

Which FAANG stocks pay dividends?

Amongst the FAANG stocks, the only company that pays dividends is Apple. The others have never paid a dividend to shareholders, instead choosing to use their available capital to generate high growth through acquisitions and investing in internal businesses.

 

As you can see, the reason why people are so interested in investing in FAANG stocks is because of their explosive growth and potential for future profits. If you're looking to invest into companies in the US tech sector, it may be worth your while to trade share CFDs. This way, if they go up or down in value, you are able to trade and don't have any risk involved with owning the actual stock.

 

Start trading FAANG stocks today with Axi. Sign up for a live trading account!

Live account CTA box

 

 

The information is not to be construed as a recommendation; or an offer to buy or sell; or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security, financial product, or instrument; or to participate in any trading strategy. Readers should seek their own advice. Reproduction or redistribution of this information is not permitted.



Desmond Leong

Market Analyst, Axi

Desmond Leong runs an award-winning research team (2019, 2020, 2021 Finalists for Best FX Research and Best Equity Research) advising the largest banks and brokers on where the markets are heading. He specialises in technical analysis with a focus on Fibonacci, chaos theory, correlations, market structure and Elliott Wave. He is incredibly passionate in helping people become better traders, working closely with Axi on educational content like the eBooks series.


More on this topic

See More News

Open your account. Trade within minutes.

Start your trading journey with a trusted, regulated, multi-award winning broker.

Open Account Try Free Demo