Shares of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the forty-two research firms that are covering the firm. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, thirty-three have given a hold recommendation and five have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $186.46.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $220.00 price target on shares of LinkedIn Corp in a report on Monday, October 31st. RBC Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $196.00 target price on shares of LinkedIn Corp in a report on Friday, October 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of LinkedIn Corp from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 5th. Vetr lowered shares of LinkedIn Corp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $178.04 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, November 8th. Finally, Argus reissued a “hold” rating on shares of LinkedIn Corp in a report on Tuesday, November 8th.

Shares of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) opened at 195.96 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $195.80 and its 200 day moving average is $192.42. LinkedIn Corp has a 12 month low of $98.25 and a 12 month high of $208.89.

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 27th. The social networking company reported $1.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.91 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $960 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $955.55 million. LinkedIn Corp had a negative net margin of 4.56% and a positive return on equity of 1.77%. The firm’s revenue was up 23.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.78 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that LinkedIn Corp will post $4.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other LinkedIn Corp news, VP Susan J.S. Taylor sold 428 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $193.35, for a total transaction of $82,753.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Patricia L. Wadors sold 1,065 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $191.00, for a total transaction of $203,415.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 44,010 shares in the company, valued at $8,405,910. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 12.72% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of LNKD. NEXT Financial Group Inc boosted its position in shares of LinkedIn Corp by 26.2% in the third quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 534 shares of the social networking company’s stock worth $102,000 after buying an additional 111 shares during the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its position in shares of LinkedIn Corp by 0.9% in the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 640 shares of the social networking company’s stock worth $121,000 after buying an additional 6 shares during the last quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC boosted its position in shares of LinkedIn Corp by 5.8% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 713 shares of the social networking company’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 39 shares during the last quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of LinkedIn Corp by 91.3% in the third quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC now owns 725 shares of the social networking company’s stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 346 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Krilogy Financial LLC boosted its position in shares of LinkedIn Corp by 157.5% in the second quarter. Krilogy Financial LLC now owns 811 shares of the social networking company’s stock worth $153,000 after buying an additional 496 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 63.98% of the company’s stock.

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LinkedIn Corp Company Profile

LinkedIn Corporation (LinkedIn) is a professional network on the Internet with approximately 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. The Company provides the majority of its products at no cost to its members. It offers approximately three product lines: Talent Solutions, which includes Hiring, and Learning and Development; Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions.

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