I use the readers of Motley Fool to gauge the sentiment of the average individual investor and they strongly disagree. The 1,414 reader that gave their opinion only gave the stock a 49.78% vote of confidence to beat the market. While Cantor Fitzgerald, Piper Jaffrey and Normura are still positive, Jim Cramer has his reservations.
Conclusion: At the present time Facebook continues to be a speculative play for traders, not a calculated risk for investors. Although the price has appeared to have bottomed out, no one can forecast if the company will be able to monetize its page views at a faster rate than it can spend for the R&D costs necessary to compete for users.
My personal opinion is that Mark Zuckerberg has proven himself to be the smartest techno-geek around but has yet to prove he has the business skills to run an S&P 500 company.
Investors should look elsewhere for investments, and traders and speculators should review the turtle channel graph above to see if you want to place a bet at this time.At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned. This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.