LinkedIn Corp Class A (LNKD) Marked As A Dead Cat Bounce Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified LinkedIn Corp Class A ( LNKD) as a "dead cat bounce" (down big yesterday but up big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified LinkedIn Corp Class A as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • LNKD has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $674.6 million.
  • LNKD has traded 3.3 million shares today.
  • LNKD is up 3.1% today.
  • LNKD was down 8.4% yesterday.

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More details on LNKD:

LinkedIn Corporation operates an online professional network. LNKD has a PE ratio of 860.2. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate LinkedIn Corp Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

The average volume for LinkedIn Corp Class A has been 3.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. LinkedIn Corp Class A has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are down 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates LinkedIn Corp Class A as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The share price of LINKEDIN CORP has not done very well: it is down 17.25% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 67.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $11.51 million to $3.78 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, LINKEDIN CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LINKEDIN CORP is currently very high, coming in at 87.06%. Regardless of LNKD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LNKD's net profit margin of 0.84% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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