NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of LinkedIn  (LNKD)  were falling this afternoon as the company prepares to report 2016 second-quarter results following the closing bell on Thursday.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect that the Mountain View, CA-based professional networking company will report earnings of 78 cents per share on revenue of $898.3 million.

In 2015, LinkedIn earned 55 cents per share on revenue of $711.74 million in the second quarter.

In mid-July, Microsoft (MSFT) revealed plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion or $196 per share in cash.

Pending approval by regulators and LinkedIn's shareholders, the deal should close by year end.

LinkedIn was reportedly considering bids from at least five other companies including Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google, Facebook (FB) and Salesforce.com (CRM) before agreeing to Microsoft's offer, according to an SEC filing.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "sell" with a ratings score of D+.

The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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