Media headlines about Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Facebook, Inc. Common Stock earned a news impact score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the social networking company an impact score of 44.2414122560202 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on FB shares. MKM Partners raised their price objective on Facebook, Inc. Common Stock from $240.00 to $255.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 1st. OTR Global raised Facebook, Inc. Common Stock to a “positive” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 5th. DZ Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Facebook, Inc. Common Stock in a research note on Thursday, June 21st. BidaskClub raised Facebook, Inc. Common Stock from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Facebook, Inc. Common Stock from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $226.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, June 26th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, thirty-seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Facebook, Inc. Common Stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $206.33.

Shares of FB stock opened at $164.18 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $473.63 billion, a PE ratio of 26.65, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.04 and a beta of 0.49. Facebook, Inc. Common Stock has a fifty-two week low of $149.02 and a fifty-two week high of $218.62.

Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 25th. The social networking company reported $1.74 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.75 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $13.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $13.35 billion. Facebook, Inc. Common Stock had a return on equity of 28.16% and a net margin of 39.31%. Facebook, Inc. Common Stock’s quarterly revenue was up 41.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.32 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Facebook, Inc. Common Stock will post 7.08 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, COO Sheryl Sandberg sold 55,000 shares of Facebook, Inc. Common Stock stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $195.53, for a total transaction of $10,754,150.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Colin Stretch sold 750 shares of Facebook, Inc. Common Stock stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $192.55, for a total value of $144,412.50. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 92,365 shares in the company, valued at $17,784,880.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 10,977,828 shares of company stock worth $2,122,047,508 over the last 90 days. 16.25% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

About Facebook, Inc. Common Stock

Facebook, Inc provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. Its products include Facebook Website and mobile application that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a community for sharing visual stories through photos, videos, and direct messages; Messenger, a messaging application to communicate with other people, groups, and businesses across various platforms and devices; and WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application.

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