Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) after opening the company’s stock at the price of $144.72, its shares traded on 1.94% above secure line. The stock exchanged hands 22,776,705 shares versus average trading capacity of 15.87M shares. It has a market cap of $413.86B.
Wall Street analysts are predicting that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) will report earnings per share of $1.11 in their quarterly report. The firm is expected to announce results on 7/26/17.
For the current quarter Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has high EPS estimates of $1.21 in contradiction of low EPS estimates of $0.94. However a year ago for the same quarter the company has reported $0.78 EPS. Average estimation for the current quarter has been provided by 36 analysts.
Investors as well as the sell-side will be paying close attention to how the actual numbers compare with the estimates. Earnings surprises can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time. Hence, it’s not surprising that some companies are known for routinely beating earning projections. A negative earnings surprise will usually result in a decline in share price.
A large surprise factor in either direction typically can lead to a significant swing in the stock price in the hours and days after the report. Previously Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter on 5/3/2017 After Market Close, beating the consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.16 with surprise factor of 18.18%.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has average revenue estimates of $9.2B, compared to low analyst estimates of $8.71B and high estimates of $9.57B for the current quarter. A total number of 35 analysts provided estimations over revenues. For the next quarter the company has anticipated average revenues of $9.61B, according to the sentiments of 35 analysts.
Taking a broader look at the analyst consensus, most recently Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s price target was revised on 05/15/17 and according to 40 analysts stock’s price will reach at $169.43 during 52 weeks with standard deviation of 12.91. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s minimum price target estimates has been figured out at $98.00 while the maximum price target forecast is established at $192.00, if we look at the price target with an optimistic approach it has upside potential of 30% from its latest closing price of $147.66.
On the other hand Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 51.91 along with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 2.12, where the relative strength index (RSI) is a technical momentum indicator that compares the magnitude of recent gains to recent losses in an attempt to determine excess buying & selling conditions of an asset, it is one of the most popular technical indicators, computed on the basis of the speed and direction of a stock’s price movement. The RSI value will always move between 0 and 100; the value will be 0 if the stock falls on all 14 days, and 100, if the price moves up on all the days) as suggested by J Welles Wilder. In terms of market analysis and trading signals, RSI moving above the horizontal 30 reference level is viewed as a bullish indicator, while the RSI moving below the horizontal 70 reference level is seen to be a bearish indicator. The level of 50 represents neutral market momentum and corresponds with the center line in other oscillators such as MACD (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence). The average true range (ATR) is a measure of volatility introduced by Welles Wilder. Consequently Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s weekly and monthly volatility is 1.59%, 1.28% respectively.
In terms of Buy, Sell or Hold recommendations, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has an average broker recommendation of 1.25. This is according to a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. There are currently 26 recommendations in total that have been tracked in order to arrive at this number, of those, 21 have given the shares a Strong Buy while 3 are recommending a Buy, 2 have given the stock a Hold rating, 0 a Sell and 0 a Strong Sell.