NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of LinkedIn (LNKD) were slightly up in early-morning trading Friday after the professional networking company posted results that exceeded analysts' expectations for the 2016 second quarter.
After yesterday's closing bell, the Mountain View, CA-based company reported adjusted earnings of $1.13 per share, well above analysts' forecasts of 78 cents per share.
Revenue came in at $932.7 million for the quarter, topping Wall Street's estimates of $898.3 million.
Cumulative members jumped 18% to 450 million year-over-year and unique visiting members rose 9% to an average of 106 million members per month. Member page views also climbed 32%.
In June, LinkedIn agreed to be acquired by Microsoft (MSFT) for $26.2 billion.
Due to the deal, LinkedIn did not update its outlook for fiscal 2016 and did not hold an earnings conference call.
MKM Partners maintained its "neutral" rating and $196 price target on the stock after the results.
"LNKD reported a very strong quarter with solid upside to revenue and significantly higher EBITDA. Results will not likely have any impact on the stock with the $196 per share offer from Microsoft...which is widely expected to reach a successful close," the firm wrote in an analyst note.
MKM added that each segment topped expectations, with core hiring revenue the highlight, growing 27% vs. expectations for an increase of 22%.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "Sell" rating with a score of D+ on the stock.
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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