Sell-Side Offering Their Recommendations on Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD)

Sell-Side Offering Their Recommendations on Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD)

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) shares are trading +2.2956% thus far today and have traded in the range of 126.4700 – 129.9400 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might headed longer term, we can also look at different sets of data. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one year price target of $153.9500 on the stock according to First Call. This number can often vary from the Zacks or FactSet mean targets. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $1.2400 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $3.9400 per share according to First Call.

Stock Technicals in Focus

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +4.6719% away from its 50 day moving average of $123.6380. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -0.4047% off of its 52-week high of $129.9400 and +50.9732% away from its 52-week low which is $85.7200. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 61.8615. This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock. The price to current year EPS estimates from research analysts currently stands at 32.8462. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 25.6774.

Today, the stock opened at $126.7400 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $129.4142. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $126.4700 and touched $129.9400 as the high point. Facebook, Inc. has a market cap of 371.63B and has seen an average daily volume of 19753700 over the past three months.

Research analysts covering LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) are projecting that the shares reach $194.8 within the next 12-18 months.  This is the consensus number derived from the 20 analyst reports taken into consideration. The most bullish, or aggressive analyst target pins the projected price at $275, while the most bearish, or conservative analyst sees the stock reaching $130.

Broker Rating Update on LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD)

Zacks provides analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. Shares of LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) currently have an ABR of 2.86. This is based on a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  Moving to earnings estimates, for this current fiscal period, Wall Street analysts have projected that the company will post $0.27 earnings per share. This is the current Zacks consensus EPS which was calculated at the time of writing. Analysts will likely revise their estimates leading in to the actual results date.  

taking a look at the most recent period, which closed on 2016-06-30, LinkedIn Corporation reported EPS of $0.06 for a surprise factor of 200%, calculated by being $0.12 away from analyst projections.

Investors will be marking their calendars for 2016-11-03, when the company is planning to release their quarterly results.

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LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) shares have been given an average rating of N/A by Beta Systems research. This rating uses a scale from 1 to 5. A 1 would represent a Strong Sell rating, and a 5 would signify a Strong Buy rating. Currently, there are N/A active ratings. N/A have rated shares as a Strong Buy while N/A have given shares a Moderate Buy rating. 

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