Facebook (FB) Stock Rises After Announcing Standalone Groups App

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Facebook (FB) were gaining 0.5% to $74.61 after the social media company announced a standalone mobile app for its Facebook Groups feature.

The new Facebook Groups app for iOS and Android breaks groups out into their own app for easier access. From the new app users can look through their groups more easily than on the main Facebook mobile app, and also create new groups.

The new Groups app also includes a Discover tab which will let users find groups they may want to join based on Pages they've liked on Facebook and groups their friends are a part of.

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While the app makes groups easier to use on smartphones, the feature is still available in the main app as well as on the desktop. In a blog post announcing the new app Facebook said it will continue to improve the groups experience on those other platforms as well.

TheStreet Ratings team rates FACEBOOK INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FACEBOOK INC (FB) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. 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 analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • FB's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 27.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 59.0%. 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 0.01 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 12.65, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 76.47% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 52.43% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FB Ratings Report

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