Should Facebook Be a Tax-Loss Sale?

Should Facebook Be a Tax-Loss Sale?

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One of the most-viewed stocks on Kapitall is Facebook (FB). From its peak, shares are down 42%, but up nearly 50% from its 52-week low. With just a few trading days remaining for tax-loss selling for 2012, investors need to consider exiting their position on Facebook. There are three things to consider.

Valuation

Facebook rallied from the teens first reached in September 2012. Since proving to the market that its new projects could grow in revenue, Facebook now has a Price of Profitability of 67. Investors still nervous about its valuation have a reason to be worried: advertising spending could moderate in 2013. Rising income taxes and lower government spending in the United States will make it difficult for the company to sell more ads.

Instagram

The immediate uproar over Instagram’s change in its Terms of Use (“TOU”) reminds investors that the company will have difficulty monetizing its most valuable products. After Instagram changed its TOU to give itself the rights for advertisers to use its photos, the company reversed its position. The company initially gave itself the right to share user information with Facebook, outside advertisers, and affiliates. The only way for a user to opt out was to delete the account.

$1 Messaging

To boost revenue, Facebook is testing the effectiveness of charging users $1 to message users not connected to them.

Analysis and Conclusions

Facebook is treading on a high level of distrust with its users. This will limit enormous revenue growth potentials for the company. As Facebook keeps looking for ways to grow at levels seen pre-IPO, investors are holding on richly-valued shares. The three things mentioned need to be considered. Investors should decide if shares bottomed, or if the rally was temporary.

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Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yelp are the most popular companies in the social networking space:

1. Facebook, Inc. (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): The Company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people’s real-world social connections. Market cap at $59.27B, most recent closing price at $27.36.

 

2. LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates an online professional network. Market cap at $12.43B, most recent closing price at $115.66.

 

 

3. Yelp, Inc. (YELP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates a directory services and social networking website. Its online community provides information on urban city guide. Market cap at $1.2B, most recent closing price at $18.91.

 

LinkedIn and Yelp are Facebook’s primary competitors. Google (GOOG) and these others are also considered a competitor:

4. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Google is the world’s most popular search engine. Market cap at $237.36B, most recent closing price at $722.36.

 

 

5. Netflix, Inc. (NFLX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $5.19B, most recent closing price at $93.50.

 

6. Groupon, Inc. (GRPN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): The Company provides daily deal on the stuff to do, eat, see and buy in more than 500 markets in 44 countries. Market cap at $3.14B, most recent closing price at $4.79.

 

 

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