Facebook Inc Class A (FB) Reaches New Lifetime High Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Facebook Inc Class A ( FB) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Facebook Inc Class A 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 $2.0 billion.
  • FB has traded 1.1 million shares today.
  • FB is trading at a new lifetime high.

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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 80.5. Currently there are 30 analysts that rate Facebook Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Facebook Inc Class A has been 38.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Facebook Inc Class A has a market cap of $150.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. The stock has a beta of 0.88 and a short float of 2.3% with 1.39 days to cover. Shares are up 36.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Facebook Inc Class A as a hold. 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 and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FB's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 19.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 60.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • FB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 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 12.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,341.00 million or 1.43% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, FACEBOOK INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 17.69%.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, FACEBOOK INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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