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  • If this Works, Facebook Stock Could be the "Buy of the Decade" Company Facebook like small

    Facebook stock is one of the most controversial stocks in existence today.

    With one billion users, investors have been waiting to see if Facebook's business model can pay off, especially after its IPO tanked.

    Today, Money Morning's own e-commerce director, Bret Holmes, is going to give you the inside scoop on Facebook stock. Not some theoretical financial analysis, but what the future looks like for Facebook, from a guy who understands e-commerce and can explain how Facebook stock could be the "buy of the decade" for investors.

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  • What is Facebook Home – And Will it Do Anything for Facebook Stock? Company Facebook 2

    The much anticipated announcement from Facebook today (Thursday) has left us investors with two questions.

    The first, what is Facebook Home?

    The second, is this finally the development that CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rally investors behind Facebook stock, and lift it back above its IPO price of $38?

    The social-networking giant Thursday unveiled Facebook Home, a customized homescreen for Android smartphones. Facebook Home highlights all things Facebook - a dream come true for anyone who loves the social media tool.

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  • Facebook IPO Deal Leaves Wall Street Seeing Red Company Facebook dislike

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday approved Nasdaq's plan to pay $62 million in compensation to brokers for mishandling the Facebook IPO. The Nasdaq missteps during Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) debut cost Wall Street a collective $500 million and firms have fought to recoup those losses.

    The amount was cleared by the SEC after Nasdaq offered to pay more than is allowed under its existing bylaws. As a self-regulatory organization, the Nasdaq enjoys certain legal protections which could have resulted in a significantly smaller settlement.

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  • Can Mobile Really Drive a Facebook Stock Rally? Company Facebook 2

    One of the reasons Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) hasn't fared better since it started trading - it's off 25% from its $38 IPO price - is the company's failure to profit from increased mobile activity among users.

    But now, less than a year after Facebook's acknowledgement that it needed to monetize its growing mobile member usage, the company bills itself as a truly mobile company.

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  • Facebook Stock Downgrades Keep Pouring In Company Facebook dislike

    They say third time's the charm, but no such luck for Facebook stock, which fell even though the company's third earnings report since going public beat expectations.

    The numbers failed to charm Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) investors who expected the report would offer more to like, and analysis who found plenty of concern in the expenses.

    The social networking giant posted earnings per share of 17 cents, better than the consensus of 15 cents. Revenue came in at $1.59 billion, up 40% year over year, and ahead of forecasts for $1.53 billion. However, fourth quarter profit slumped 79%, dragged down by higher costs.

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  • Facebook Stock Fails to Rally as Lockup Ends Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) fell more than 5% Friday as some 156 million shares held by early insiders and employees were freed from a lockup period.

    It marked the fourth time a torrent of the social networking giant's shares were let loose for trading since the company's hugely hyped initial public offering (IPO) on May 18 at $38 a share.

    The reaction to the sizable release of shares has been mixed.

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  • Facebook Stock Rises Despite These 852 Million Reasons to Fall It's difficult to think that an additional 852 million shares of Facebook stock hitting the market wouldn't weigh on the already struggling share price.

    That's why, for the third time in nearly as many months, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) on Wednesday braced for what could have been the largest selling spree yet to hit the social networking giant.

    Scores of early investors and employees were at liberty to sell 778 million shares. Another 31 million in restricted stock, awarded to employees who joined the Menlo Park, CA-based company prior to 2011, were also unbound, along with 48 million shares held by former employees.

    The staggering number is almost equal to Facebook's existing 921 million share float, according to data from the company's most current filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    But, a strange thing happened.

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  • Facebook Stock Hits New Low, So What Now for Mark Zuckerberg? Since Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) hugely hyped and highly anticipated initial public offering on May 18 at $38, shares have been sliced in half, hitting a low of $19.01 in trading today (Friday).

    Now, chatter is swirling that CEO Mark Zuckerberg should step down and let a more experienced executive take the helm.

    "There is a growing sense that Mark Zuckerberg, talented though he may be, is in over his hoodies as CEO of a multibillion-dollar public company," Sam Hamadeh, head of research firm PrivCo, told the Los Angeles Times. "While in many cases a company founder can, and does, grow into the job, things are happening so quickly that there is precious little time here for Zuckerberg to do that."

    Fueling the sentiment is Facebook's steady descent since its calamitous IPO. On Thursday, as the first lockup period ended, which allowed early investors and venture capitalists to unburden their portfolio of battered shares, the stock hit a fresh low.

    Facebook's shares closed Thursday at $19.87, a far cry from its debut price and peak of $45 a share.

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  • Will a Weak Facebook Earnings Report Open Doors for these Competitors? We know investors will want a few key details from today's Facebook earnings report, like how much more user growth the site expects, if it can increase ad sales and how it'll tackle mobile usage.

    But something people haven't questioned as much is if there are any competitors lurking in the shadows that could eat away at Facebook's online presence.

    Turns out Facebook has reason to be concerned.

    MarketWatch's David Weidner last week addressed some competition creeping into Facebook's world. In his article "Here's the app that could kill Facebook," Weidner detailed how an up-and-coming app could actually threaten Facebook's hold on social networking.

    Tack this on to the list of reasons to avoid Facebook stock - in case you needed any more.

    Path: A Facebook Threat?

    The app in question is called Path.

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  • Three Reasons the Facebook Earnings Report Will Disappoint The Facebook earnings report for Q2 will be released Thursday after market close - meaning investors have a chance to see if concerns over Facebook's revenue and growth are warranted.

    It's only been two months since Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) long-awaited May 18 IPO. The day didn't exactly turn out as planned with Nasdaq's technical problems delaying trading and a measly one-day gain of 23 cents.

    The result has been a lingering frustration among investors who hoped they were buying the next big tech stock - and are now in the red.

    Since then, Facebook stock has fallen 24%.

    A lot of expectations and answers should come with the Q2 earnings Thursday, but we're not so sure they'll be the answers investors have hoped to hear.

    Here are three reasons we think the Facebook earnings report will disappoint.

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  • Facebook Stock Options: Bears Come out to Play It's been an interesting ride so far since the Facebook stock options left the starting gate Tuesday.

    Expected to hit the 400,000 contract mark on their first trading day, the options closed with a total volume of 369,478 contracts, according to The Options Clearing Corp (OCC). Only Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) options had more trading volume than Facebook on Tuesday.

    Unfortunately, the underlying Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock price wasn't as charming as it dropped under $29 a share for the first time Thursday. That's more than 23% below its IPO price of $38 on May 18.

    The options market has highlighted investors' lack of faith in the Facebook stock price.

    Put options, usually recognized as a bearish bet, give a holder the right to sell shares at a specific price by a certain date. Call options, on the other hand, are usually considered a bullish bet and give the holder the right to buy shares at a specific price.

    In its first three days of trading, put volume has continued to outdo call volume. It appears that everyone is down on this stock.

    Until Facebook stock stops falling, most investors remain too wary to buy.

    "Short-term we are still cautious but there should be reasons for optimism later this year and next," Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wiesner told Reuters.

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  • Facebook Stock Options: Proceed with Caution As Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) continues to try to save face after its IPO flop and the myriad mess ups that followed, investors now have a new way to trade the most talked about stock this year.

    Options on the social networking giant started trading today (Tuesday) on the NYSE Amex. BATS Options Exchange will list options starting Wednesday.

    So far, staying with the Facebook stock theme, investor interest has been high.

    As trading began this morning, volume for puts exceeded calls by 1.29-to-1, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. More than 62,000 puts, giving the right to sell, traded by 11 a.m. June $30 puts were the most active contracts, with volume at 10,974, followed by June $34 calls and June $32 calls.

    "Facebook options, like the stock in its debut, post impressive first day volume so far," explained the Dow Jones' Kaitlyn Kiernan to The Wall Street Journal. "Facebook looks poised to become one of the most-traded corporate options today, with a total of 17,232 options - 7,476 puts and 9,756 calls traded in the session's first 15 minutes."

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  • Tech News: Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Scores Big with Both AOL Patent Sale and Instagram Deal Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) topped the tech news today (Monday), benefitting from both a record-making deal with photo-sharing network Instagram, and an AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) patent sale.

    Facebook announced Monday it would pay $1 billion in cash and stock for photo-sharing app maker Instagram.

    The Instagram deal is Facebook's biggest ever in both price and reach. Instagram has more than 30 million active users - which it accumulated in just 18 months - the most of any startup that Facebook has bought.

    "We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post Monday, speaking to the size and scope of the deal. "But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together."

    Instagram, the most popular way for iPhone users to take and share photos, was named iPhone app of the year in 2011. Its features allow picture takers to alter the size, color and style of photographs.

    The Android Instagram app debuted last week to a frenzied audience, with millions downloading the app immediately.

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  • Sorry, NYSE: Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Will Trade on Nasdaq Investors finally have the answer to where Facebook Inc. will choose to list shares when the social media powerhouse starts trading this year.

    Say hello to NASDAQ: FB.

    Facebook had no comment as to why it chose Nasdaq. The news was reported in The New York Times citing a source speaking on anonymity.

    Facebook plans to raise up to $5 billion in its initial public offering (IPO), which it filed for Feb. 1. It's expected to start trading in May.

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  • Facebook IPO: Where's the Love, Mark Zuckerberg? The long-awaited Facebook IPO is finally arriving - and it's time for Mark Zuckerberg to share the love.

    But most of Facebook's 800 million users won't get a chance to grab a piece of the multibillion-dollar deal.

    Instead, the shares will be reserved for the wealthiest investors, not the loyal users who have fueled Zuckerberg's rise to riches.

    Before Facebook, Zuckererg was just a college student....

    Today, Zuckerberg's net worth is $17.5 billion and he's ranked No. 52 on the Forbes list of billionaires - No. 22 in the United States - and No. 9 on the Forbes list of powerful people.

    "Zuckerberg made history with Facebook - and now he's the king of social media and social networking - the man with the Midas touch," said Money Morning Capital Waves Strategist Shah Gilani. "But now it's time for him to give some of the gold that he's earned as the head of Facebook back to the people who helped make that happen. They're the ones who have brought his company to the forefront. They're the ones who should be participating in this."

    So, how could Zuckerberg use the Facebook IPO to give back to those who've helped him become an Internet legend?

    Gilani has a plan for that...

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