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Why Wall Street Loves Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Right Now

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The demise of momentum stocks, or Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock at least, appears to be greatly exaggerated.

Shares of Facebook, a notable momentum stock over the last 12 months, spiked $4.22, or 7.3%, to $62.41 Wednesday. The move marked the stock's best one-day gain since Jan. 30.

Over the last three months, shares of the social networking leader are up 9%. Year to date, they have logged gains of 14.2%. FB shares were up more than 25% earlier this year, but slipped along with other high-growth stocks over the last few weeks amid a notable shift from growth to value.

Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is Down Today

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Why the sudden slip in Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock?

Shares of the social networking leader slipped some 5% intraday Friday to $56.50. That followed a 5.15% drop on Thursday. The recent slump has nearly wiped out all of 2014's gains and leaves shares close to FB's Jan 2 opening price of $54.83.

While FB shares are still up a modest 5% year to date, they sit roughly 20% off the highs hit less than a month ago.

Why Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Buying Oculus Is Smart Move

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Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) announced yesterday (Tuesday) that it plans to purchase the virtual-reality company Oculus VR Inc. for $2 billion.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has pegged virtual reality as the "platform of tomorrow," and that's what led to the purchase. Still, some analysts are turned off by Facebook's $2 billion commitment.

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Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

Pre-market trading report, March 26, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 91.19 points to finish at 16,367.88 on Tuesday. The Nasdaq increased 7.88 points to finish at 4,234.27, while the S&P 500 hit an intraday all-time high before falling to close at 1,865.62. Global stocks are up on positive U.S. economic data and an improved outlook on Ukraine.

Today's durable goods report is the most important data input of the week. A second solid gain would increase the outlook for the manufacturing sector. Meanwhile, Asian shares struck a two-week high this morning as investors saw good news on improved economic data and expectations that China will ramp up stimulus spending to keep its economy running above 7.5% growth.

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What's Next for Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock

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The big question looming over Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is what its next move will be.

It's going to be tough to trump the social media giant's $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp on Feb. 19. [Almost as hard as it's going to be to beat the 158% price move FB stock has seen over the past year.]

While many balked at the exorbitant price paid for the five-year-old messaging app for smartphones, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees great potential in the acquisition. Referring to WhatApp's soaring growth, Zuckerberg said, "No one in the history of the world has done anything like that."

Where's it headed next? Here's a look.

Why This Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Acquisition Means Huge Profits

When Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) recently announced it was buying the messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion, it touched off an avalanche of controversy and criticism.

We saw comments from the usual market pundits and stock jockeys. But with WhatsApp - thanks to the unique name, and the immense purchase price - even the late-night comedians stepped up.

Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls, These Stocks Soar

U.S. stocks closed mixed today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average incurring losses, while the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq noted modest gains.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.07% or 11 points, to 16,340; the S&P 500 closed up 0.03%, or 0.5 points, at 1,868 points; and the Nasdaq closed up 0.5%, or 16 points, at 4,323 points.

Energy futures fell today, with crude oil, heating oil, and natural gas futures significantly off. Light, sweet crude oil for April delivery is down 2.1% at $97.91 per barrel today; heating oil is down 1.4% at $2.92 per gallon; and natural gas is down 1.7% at $4.52 per million BTUs.

Meanwhile, metals futures rose, with gold trading up 1.5% at $1,367.50 per ounce, platinum trading up 0.7% at $1,475.30 per troy ounce, and silver rising 2.2% at $21.28 per ounce.

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What Pushed Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock to Record Highs This Week

Monday's broad-based rally sent the S&P 500 Index to an intraday record and also helped push Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock to an all-time high of $70.92.

Shares of the social networking giant climbed 3.4%, or 2.33 points, to the new high. Volume was heavy, with 76.63 million shares changing hands - compared to FB's average daily volume of 63 million shares.