October 13, 2012
The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which analyst John Reeves and advisor David Meier discuss topics around the investing world.
LinkedIn shares pulled back a bit recently, but that's hasn't stopped lots of people from saying it's overvalued. John and David disagree with that outlook. In fact, they have three reasons LinkedIn is worth buying today.
LinkedIn has a huge, growing network of professionals. Sure, there's competition from salesforce.com and Oracle's Taleo. But they are significantly smaller networks. LinkedIn is the place to be right now. LinkedIn's purpose is to change the way people work, and it has started with the hiring process. LinkedIn brings recruiters and candidates together, unlike the job listing services from Monster Worldwide or Gannett's CareerBuilder.
LinkedIn's core business prospects are very bright. The growth options the company has are even more attractive. LinkedIn also has the data to go in a number of different directions. Recently, it has been helping employers manage their brands and rolled out Sales Navigator, a tool that helps salespeople manage and navigate their networks.
Looking at LinkedIn's P/E ratio doesn't tell the whole story. The company spends 25% of its revenue on R&D to fuel its future growth. Evaluating LinkedIn on its quality and its options makes its shares very attractive today.
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