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Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group lifted their target price on shares of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) from $60.00 to $80.00 in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, StockRatingsNetwork.com reports. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 49.45% from the company’s current price.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) traded up 14.10% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $61.08. 150,393,104 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Facebook has a one year low of $22.67 and a one year high of $59.31. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $55.69 and its 200-day moving average is $46.67. The company has a market cap of $149.9 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 136.91.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last released its earnings data on Wednesday, January 29th. The company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $2.59 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.35 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 63.1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Facebook will post $1.13 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of other firms have also recently commented on FB. Analysts at Evercore Partners raised their price target on shares of Facebook from $65.00 to $70.00 in a research note to investors on Thursday. Separately, analysts at Citigroup Inc. raised their price target on shares of Facebook from $57.00 to $70.00 in a research note to investors on Thursday. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Canaccord Genuity raised their price target on shares of Facebook from $62.00 to $70.00 in a research note to investors on Thursday. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirty-three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $67.58.

In other Facebook news, COO Sheryl Sandberg sold 283,334 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.74, for a total value of $15,509,703.16. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 10,345,087 shares in the company, valued at approximately $566,290,062. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Facebook, Inc (NASDAQ:FB), is engaged in building products to create utility for users, developers, and advertisers.

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