Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Facebook

(

FB

) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Facebook as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • FB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $3.6 billion.
  • FB is up 3.8% today from today's close.

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More details on FB:

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It provides a set of development tools and application programming interfaces that enable developers to integrate with Facebook to create mobile and Web applications. FB has a PE ratio of 98. Currently there are 28 analysts that rate Facebook a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Facebook has been 26.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Facebook has a market cap of $220.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. The stock has a beta of 0.93 and a short float of 1% with 0.58 days to cover. Shares are down 7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Facebook as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 40.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • FB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 9.96, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 75.64% to $2,192.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FACEBOOK INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.76%.
  • FACEBOOK INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, FACEBOOK INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.10 versus $0.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.17 versus $1.10).
  • The gross profit margin for FACEBOOK INC is currently very high, coming in at 94.80%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.90% trails the industry average.

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