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When it comes to social media stocks to invest in, the potential for massive profits – like the 140% return Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) has seen over the last nine months – is tempered by wariness over mass hype and the real risk of failure.
For instance, two recent, hyped social media initial public offerings (IPOs) have both dipped below their initial offering price. Social media mobile gaming firm King Digital Entertainment Plc (NYSE: KING) is 10.63% under its March 2014 initial offering price. KING stock was trading slightly up 0.77% at $17 per share on Wednesday afternoon.
And Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is nearly 14% under its November 2013 initial offering price and has fallen 39.28% so far in 2014. It was down as much as 14.22% in premarket trading this morning (Wednesday) after it released a troubling Q1 2014 earnings report after the bell on Tuesday. TWTR shares were trading down 10.72% at $38.05 per share as of 1:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
On top of these, even Facebook stock experienced a volatile ride after its infamously disastrous May 2012 IPO, despite its ultimate recent gains. Through mid-2013, Facebook shares slumped 35% under its initial offering price.
Investors are always faced with a "reward versus risk" dilemma, but due to the sector's volatility, the predicament is heightened when it comes to social media stocks.
That's why we asked Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson if there are any social media stocks worth the risk. Robinson is a 34-year Silicon Valley veteran and one of the top technology financial analysts working today.
He answered our question by naming two social media stocks that are among his favorite investments right now. Both have proven track records and massive upside potential – a way to "beat" the reward versus risk dilemma…