Morgan Stanley set a $200.00 target price on Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) in a research note released on Thursday morning. The firm currently has a buy rating on the social networking company’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the company. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Facebook in a research report on Thursday. UBS AG set a $208.00 price target on Facebook and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday. JMP Securities set a $225.00 price target on Facebook and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday. Macquarie set a $205.00 price target on Facebook and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $200.00 price target on Facebook and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Thursday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, forty-three have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Facebook has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $196.91.

Shares of Facebook (FB) traded up $1.25 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $180.17. The stock had a trading volume of 13,150,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 17,460,000. Facebook has a one year low of $113.55 and a one year high of $182.90. The firm has a market capitalization of $523,250.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.47, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 0.67.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The social networking company reported $1.59 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.28 by $0.31. Facebook had a return on equity of 23.64% and a net margin of 41.69%. The company had revenue of $10.33 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.84 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.09 earnings per share. Facebook’s revenue for the quarter was up 47.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Facebook will post 5.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, Director Jan Koum sold 2,600,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.09, for a total transaction of $468,234,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Colin Stretch sold 750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $171.88, for a total value of $128,910.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 82,406 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,163,943.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 8,290,683 shares of company stock valued at $1,438,581,045 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 19.08% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of FB. Arcadia Investment Management Corp MI increased its position in Facebook by 20.0% during the first quarter. Arcadia Investment Management Corp MI now owns 721 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $102,000 after acquiring an additional 120 shares during the last quarter. D. Scott Neal Inc. increased its position in Facebook by 1,358.0% during the second quarter. D. Scott Neal Inc. now owns 729 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $110,000 after acquiring an additional 679 shares during the last quarter. Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo LLC purchased a new stake in Facebook during the third quarter valued at $111,000. Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. grew its holdings in Facebook by 4.4% during the second quarter. Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. now owns 809 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $122,000 after purchasing an additional 34 shares during the period. Finally, Pacific Center for Financial Services grew its holdings in Facebook by 10.7% during the first quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services now owns 910 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $129,000 after purchasing an additional 88 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 57.27% of the company’s stock.

About Facebook

Facebook, Inc is focused on building products that enable people to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers and other surfaces. The Company’s products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus. Facebook enables people to connect, share, discover and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers.

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