Argus Increases Facebook (FB) Price Target to $237.00

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) had its price objective upped by Argus from $215.00 to $237.00 in a report issued on Friday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the social networking company’s stock.

A number of other brokerages also recently issued reports on FB. Vetr upgraded Facebook from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $209.16 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a buy rating on shares of Facebook in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Aegis boosted their price objective on Facebook from $215.00 to $220.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. UBS Group set a $208.00 price objective on Facebook and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a buy rating and set a $230.00 price objective on shares of Facebook in a research note on Thursday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, forty-three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Facebook presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $214.57.

Shares of Facebook (FB) opened at $190.28 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $552,920.00, a PE ratio of 35.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 0.58. Facebook has a 52 week low of $130.30 and a 52 week high of $195.32.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The social networking company reported $2.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.96 by $0.24. The company had revenue of $12.97 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.58 billion. Facebook had a return on equity of 26.49% and a net margin of 39.16%. equities analysts forecast that Facebook will post 7.16 EPS for the current year.

In other news, VP Colin Stretch sold 750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.35, for a total transaction of $135,262.50. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 88,091 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,887,211.85. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Christopher K. Cox sold 16,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.27, for a total value of $2,884,320.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 49,816 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,980,330.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 1,564,763 shares of company stock worth $281,520,506 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 17.23% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Country Trust Bank raised its holdings in Facebook by 550.6% during the 4th quarter. Country Trust Bank now owns 566 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $100,000 after buying an additional 479 shares during the period. Armbruster Capital Management Inc. grew its position in Facebook by 358.4% in the 4th quarter. Armbruster Capital Management Inc. now owns 573 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $101,000 after acquiring an additional 448 shares during the last quarter. Price Wealth Management Inc. bought a new position in Facebook in the 4th quarter valued at $105,000. Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo LLC bought a new position in Facebook in the 3rd quarter valued at $111,000. Finally, Goodman Financial Corp bought a new position in Facebook in the 4th quarter valued at $115,000. Institutional investors own 57.80% of the company’s stock.

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