FB Stock: Facebook Q116 Whisper Number


All eyes will be on FB stock after today’s close as the company gears up for its latest quarterly report. Wall Street analysts are on average expecting the social media giant to post $5.25 billion in sales during the first quarter of 2016. This would show a 10.10% decline from the Q415 revenue of $5.84 billion, and an increase of 48.31% from the same period in Q115. EPS in Q116 are expected to come in at $0.62, a growth rate of 47.62% from $0.42 per share a year earlier. Meanwhile, EarningsWhisper.com reports a whisper number of $0.65 per share.

As a quick reminder, Facebook easily beat Wall Street’s earnings expectations in the fourth quarter, reporting EPS of $0.79, $0.11 better than the Street’s consensus estimate. Revenue came at $5.84 billion versus the $5.37 billion consensus.

Fundamentally, Facebook Inc. (FB)  shows the following financial data:

  • $18.43 billion in cash in most recent quarter
  • $49.41 billion t-12 total assets
  • $44.22 billion total equity
  • $17.93 billion t-12 revenue
  • $3.67 billion annual net income
  • $6.08 billion free cash flow

FB Stock Valuation Metrics

Facebook Inc. Cl A shares are currently priced at 83.25x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them quite expensive compared to the industry’s 16.73x earnings multiple. Ticker has a forward P/E of 26.14 and a t-12 price-to-sales ratio of 17.27. EPS for the same period is $1.29.

Trading Measures

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 the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $111.46 and $105.66 levels, respectively. Additionally, shares of Facebook trade at a P/E ratio of 1.03 and have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) and MACD indicator of 42.50 and -1.59, respectively.

FB closed Tuesday at $108.76, down 1.22%. In early morning trading on Wednesday the stock has suffered an additional decline of 1.70%, reaching a low of $106.84.

FB stock currently prints a one year return of about 33% and a year-to-date return of around 4%.

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