FB Stock : Has Facebook More Upside Fuel?


FB Stock Sinks on Google, Microsoft Earnings Miss

FB stock lost $3.70 to $109.20 in morning trading on Friday following weaker-than-expected earnings results from tech giants Microsoft Corp (MSFT) and Google-parent Alphabet (GOOGL). Those stocks are sharply lower in early Nasdaq trading.

Facebook is set to report fiscal Q1 2016 results this coming Wednesday, April 27 after the closing bell. So far this year, the biggest gain in FB stock was due to its Q415 – Jan. 27 earnings report that completely crushed Street’s expectations. Facebook raked in $5.84 billion in revs (a big 52% increase YoY) and EPS of $0.79, compared to EPS of $0.68 and $5.37 billion in revenue. Following the release of its financial results, Facebook stock came out the gate swinging and in just three trading sessions was catapulted by investors with an impressive 21.85% spike. If the social networking giant manages to deliver another massive earnings beat, we might see another spike in FB shares.

Wall Street analysts are on average expecting Facebook to post $5.25 billion in sales during the Q116 quarter. This would show a 10.10% decline from the Q415 revenue of $5.84 billion and a jump of nearly 49% from the same period in Q115. The company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock is expected to come in at 62 cents a share.

As a quick reminder, FB reported Q415 EPS of $0.79, $0.11 better than the Street’s consensus estimate.

Facebook Valuation Metrics

On valuation-measures, shares of Facebook, Inc. have a trailing-12 and forward P/E of 86.02 and 26.81, respectively. P/E to growth ratio is 1.06, while t-12 profit margin is 20.57%. EPS registers at 1.29. The company has a market cap of $326.25B and a median Street price target of $135.50 with a high target of $170.00.

On trading-measure, approximately 18 million shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 34.57 million shares. FB has a beta of 0.79 and a short float of 26.4 million. In the past 52 weeks, shares of Menlo Park, California-based company have traded between a low of $72.00 and a high of $117.59 with its 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $111.30 and $105.11 levels, respectively.

FB stock currently prints a one year return of about 34 percent and a year-to-date return of around 9 percent.

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