Facebook (FB) Given Daily News Impact Rating of -1.00

News headlines about Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have trended somewhat negative on Friday, according to InfoTrie. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Facebook earned a media sentiment score of -1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the social networking company an news buzz score of 5 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Facebook’s analysis:

Shares of NASDAQ FB opened at $188.65 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08, a current ratio of 5.38 and a quick ratio of 5.38. The firm has a market cap of $549.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.92, a P/E/G ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 0.93. Facebook has a 1-year low of $123.02 and a 1-year high of $218.62.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 24th. The social networking company reported $0.85 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.65 by ($0.80). The company had revenue of $15.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.97 billion. Facebook had a return on equity of 23.67% and a net margin of 33.17%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 26.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.69 earnings per share. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Facebook will post 8.05 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on FB. Nomura boosted their target price on Facebook from $215.00 to $226.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Raymond James boosted their target price on Facebook from $200.00 to $225.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. DZ Bank raised Facebook from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 30th. Monness Crespi & Hardt reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $250.00 price objective (up previously from $225.00) on shares of Facebook in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Facebook from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and forty-one have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $206.58.

In other Facebook news, VP Colin Stretch sold 750 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $194.78, for a total value of $146,085.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 99,372 shares in the company, valued at $19,355,678.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CAO Susan J.S. Taylor sold 1,442 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $162.02, for a total value of $233,632.84. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 1,569 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $254,209.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 1,551,562 shares of company stock valued at $273,016,133. 14.53% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Facebook

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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