Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, social networking giant Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Facebook's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Menlo Park, Calif. (2004)|
|Market Cap||$72.8 billion|
|Industry||Internet software and services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$4.0 billion|
|Management||Founder/Chairman/CEO Mark Zuckerberg
CFO David Ebersman
|Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin||43.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.9 billion / $706.0 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 57% of the 547 members who have rated Facebook believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Overvalued. ... It's a good and useful business and there are additional opportunities to monetize for them, but it simply doesn't make rational sense to spot them 5 years or so worth of premium valuation while they "grow into it." This stock is sideways at best in the 2-4 year horizon of my pick and possibly a whole lot worse. ... And don't get me started on all the control rights that have been stripped away from this stock. If there is one thing the executives of these tech firms (like Google, etc.) do not suffer from it is a lack of self-esteem. Holding one's self in such high regard might be considered hubris in certain circles, but apparently not among the legions of investors that enthusiastically gobbled down this offering.
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