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As Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) keeps climbing from its all-time low last week of $17.55 a share, business-oriented networking site LinkedIn has introduced some new features that resemble those of Facebook.
LinkedIn last week rolled out a new notification system and launched an update for its iPhone, iPad and Android apps. The updates now inform a member when someone likes or comments on one of their status updates - just like Facebook, the social networking leader.
In the past LinkedIn only sent notifications if someone sent a member a message or extended an invitation to become a connection.
In a statement, the company gushed, "You'll never miss a comment or update to an engaging discussion about a news article or trending topic on LinkedIn."
LinkedIn's head of mobile products Joff Redfern said in an interview that the update will also let a member peruse company pages and job postings on smartphones and tablets. According to Redfern, users requested the feature so they could covertly browse for jobs while at work.
The latest moves highlight how LinkedIn is morphing from a headhunting and career-networking site into something bigger. Facebook big.
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The end of the lockup period (used to reduce trading volatility immediately after an IPO) will kick off with up to 271 million shares flooding the market on the sell-side. More shares will become available over the next few months, compared with less than 500 million currently authorized for trading.
Investors who got in early and paid a mere pittance for the stock may race to cash in despite Facebook's steady decline since its legendary May 18 initial public offering at $38 a share. Since the fabled IPO, which morphed into a trading fiasco, shares have lost some 40% of their value.
The flood of shares ready to be unlocked is off-putting for some potential buyers.
"It's one of the No. 1 issues on investor's minds right now," Herman Leung of Susquehanna International Group told Bloomberg News. "Even the investors that I talk to who want to buy the stock and like the company are not sure if they can stomach the lockups."
Facebook Q2 earnings will come out after market close Thursday, in the Menlo Park, CA-based company's first report since going public.
There is no doubt that Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) would love to put its fiasco of an initial public offering behind it. But since the company's disappointing IPO was marred by technical glitches and concerns about its valuation, Facebook will be under intense scrutiny.
Analysts polled by Thomas Reuters expect Facebook Q2 earnings of 12 cents a share on revenue of $1.1 billion. Those are the minimum numbers needed to hit the lofty $100 billion valuation Facebook claimed it was worth when it debuted on May 18.
Since expectations have been lowered, analysts think Facebook earnings will hit the Q2 target.
"We think it is unlikely that Facebook will miss Q2 consensus estimates, which dropped after May 9's revised Form S-1," investing firm Wedbush said in an earnings preview report on the social network. "The underwriters likely advised Facebook to beat Street expectations for its first public quarter; this became more achievable now that estimates have declined."
Just as important as the numbers will be if Facebook delivers answers to all the questions that shareholders have been dying to ask.
Here are the three things- besides how Facebook stock reacts - you should watch when the Facebook earnings report comes out Thursday.
Today (Wednesday) marked the end of a 40-day quiet period for dozens of analysts who work for the 33 underwriters of the Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) initial public offering. That means these analysts now have released their first opinions and outlooks for shares of the social networking behemoth.
In an effort not to artificially inflate the stock price of a "hot" IPO, major Wall Street firms are prohibited for the first 40 days following a stock's debut from issuing analyst reports on stocks they underwrite. Smaller banks that are part of such an offering usually follow suit.
The universal opinion prior to Wednesday's Facebook releases was that the majority of analysts would "like" FB shares, and predict a 20% rally or more could be expected over the next 12-month period.
That was mainly the case among its lead underwriters, although some were bearish, bringing the average price target down. Price targets for analysts who provided them Wednesday ranged from $25 to $45, with the average $37.71.
But investors should consider the source before acting on the first analyst opinion they see. Some may be more interested in getting attention than guiding investors in the right direction.
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