News headlines about Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have been trending very negative on Sunday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Facebook earned a news sentiment score of -3.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the social networking company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Facebook’s score:
- National View Column: Is Facebook doing too much or too little regarding political ads? – Duluth News Tribune (duluthnewstribune.com)
- Facebook grant provides $300000 to Rutherford County School for S.T.E.A.M. initiative – WLOS (wlos.com)
- Stephanie Parze disappearance: Facebook posts under investigation – Asbury Park Press (app.com)
- Research reveals hardly anybody shares fake news on Facebook, Twitter (business-standard.com)
- Analysts Expect Facebook Pay To ‘Materially Improve Monetization’ (benzinga.com)
Facebook stock traded up $1.95 on Friday, hitting $195.10. 11,231,800 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 15,253,386. The company has a current ratio of 4.66, a quick ratio of 4.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09. The business’s fifty day simple moving average is $186.12 and its 200 day simple moving average is $187.50. Facebook has a 1 year low of $123.02 and a 1 year high of $208.66. The firm has a market cap of $550.81 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 1.05.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 30th. The social networking company reported $2.12 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.91 by $0.21. The firm had revenue of $17.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $17.35 billion. Facebook had a net margin of 27.08% and a return on equity of 20.39%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 28.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.76 earnings per share. As a group, analysts predict that Facebook will post 8.57 earnings per share for the current year.
Several brokerages recently weighed in on FB. Citigroup increased their target price on Facebook from $212.00 to $240.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 25th. Summit Redstone started coverage on shares of Facebook in a research report on Friday, September 27th. They set a “buy” rating for the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $255.00 price target on shares of Facebook in a research report on Thursday, October 31st. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on shares of Facebook from $235.00 to $250.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 31st. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Facebook from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and forty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $228.33.
In other Facebook news, Director Peter Thiel sold 22,246 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $182.00, for a total transaction of $4,048,772.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 9,948 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,810,536. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold 122,375 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $184.73, for a total transaction of $22,606,333.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 4,373,541 shares of company stock valued at $811,538,392. Company insiders own 14.53% of the company’s stock.
Facebook, Inc provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. The company's products include Facebook that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a community for sharing photos, videos, and messages; Messenger, a messaging application for people to connect with friends, family, groups, and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp, a messaging application for use by people and businesses to communicate in a private way.
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