Recent Research Analysts’ Ratings Updates for Facebook (FB)

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 2/5/2018 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $210.11 price target on the stock.
  • 2/2/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Argus from $215.00 to $237.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Mizuho from $230.00 to $250.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $225.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $225.00 price target on by analysts at Atlantic Securities. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $198.00 price target on by analysts at Morningstar, Inc.. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $235.00 price target on by analysts at JMP Securities. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.. They now have a $225.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $220.00.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $225.00 price target on by analysts at Robert W. Baird. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $214.00 price target on by analysts at UBS Group AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $250.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $175.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $170.00.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $230.00 price target on by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corp from $230.00 to $265.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. to $225.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. They now have a $240.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $230.00.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush. They now have a $260.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $230.00.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at KeyCorp from $220.00 to $245.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $240.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $232.00.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $210.00 price target on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $230.00 price target on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc. They now have a $220.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. They noted that the move was a valuation call.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $215.00 to $225.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2018 – Facebook was given a new $242.00 price target on by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Aegis from $215.00 to $220.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $209.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/29/2018 – Facebook was given a new $225.00 price target on by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/29/2018 – Facebook had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. They now have a $147.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “We wanted to update our perspective on whether large brand marketers will eventually react, and so reached out to a number of practitioners within marketing organizations across a wide range of categories in recent day. Our take-away is that so long as there is no expectation of a negative brand impact from running ads on those platforms and so long as near- term user or usage trends aren’t impacted by negative news, ad budget plans will not change in any meaningful way.””
  • 1/26/2018 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 1/25/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush. They now have a $230.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/25/2018 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $209.16 price target on the stock.
  • 1/23/2018 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $208.60 price target on the stock.
  • 1/19/2018 – Facebook was given a new $163.00 price target on by analysts at Morningstar, Inc.. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 1/19/2018 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 1/15/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co..
  • 1/12/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. to $240.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/12/2018 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 1/12/2018 – Facebook was given a new $215.00 price target on by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/11/2018 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $210.22 price target on the stock.
  • 1/11/2018 – Facebook was given a new $215.00 price target on by analysts at UBS Group AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/10/2018 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $210.43 price target on the stock.
  • 1/10/2018 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating.
  • 1/8/2018 – Facebook had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. They now have a $147.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/8/2018 – Facebook had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. They now have a $230.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $215.00.
  • 1/8/2018 – Facebook was given a new $230.00 price target on by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/8/2018 – Facebook had its price target raised by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $230.00 to $232.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 1/8/2018 – Facebook had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $232.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $230.00.
  • 1/4/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen Inc. They now have a $220.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/3/2018 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $203.53 price target on the stock.
  • 1/2/2018 – Facebook had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. They now have a $230.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/2/2018 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $198.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Facebook shares have vastly outperformed the industry in the past 12-months. The company's efforts in mobile and live videos continue to pay off big time. Instagram remains another important revenue stream. Apart from mobile and video, the monetization opportunities of the company’s other subsidiaries – Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus – and a huge user base/higher engagement levels are expected to drive growth going ahead. Facebook is also dabbling in AR/VR and AI technologies, which bodes well for long term growth.  However, due to the recent uproar caused by apparent usage of the platform by Russian elements for interfering in the election process has put Facebook in a spot. As a result, Facebook CEO has said that it will make sizable investments to tighten security on the platform which along with continued investments in video, AR/VR and AI, will dent operating margins going ahead.”
  • 12/19/2017 – Facebook was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $202.09 price target on the stock.
  • 12/14/2017 – Facebook was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $199.43 price target on the stock.

Facebook Inc (FB) traded up $1.07 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $177.18. 23,452,943 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 25,860,000. Facebook Inc has a 12-month low of $132.55 and a 12-month high of $195.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $514,910.00, a P/E ratio of 32.87, a P/E/G ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 0.58.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The social networking company reported $2.20 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.96 by $0.24. Facebook had a net margin of 39.16% and a return on equity of 26.49%. The firm had revenue of $12.97 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.58 billion. analysts anticipate that Facebook Inc will post 7.22 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, VP Colin Stretch sold 750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $177.68, for a total value of $133,260.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 87,341 shares in the company, valued at $15,518,748.88. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Jan Koum sold 594,246 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $179.35, for a total transaction of $106,578,020.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 1,548,013 shares of company stock worth $278,500,923. Corporate insiders own 17.23% of the company’s stock.

Facebook, Inc is focused on building products that enable people to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers and other surfaces. The Company’s products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus. Facebook enables people to connect, share, discover and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers.

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