Facebook Steps Up Investment Plans and 4 Stock Analyses to Follow

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (NYSE:TMO): Current price $70.40

Thermo Fisher reported a fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.36 and a consensus of $1.28.

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QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM): Current price $66.31

Citing the company’s strong quarter and increased guidance, Piper Jaffray raised their estimates and price target for Qualcomm Incorporated. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.

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Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $30.19

Following the company’s fourth quarter results, Piper Jaffray said that the theme of mobile as the future of Facebook remains intact. Piper maintains an Overweight rating on the stock with a $38 price target, pointing out the company’s ad revenue growth accelerated in the second straight quarter to 41% year-over-year. The firm believes Facebook is following an Amazon-like strategy through stepped up investment plans for 2013.

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Bottomline Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:EPAY): Current price $28.93

Canaccord expects Bottomline Technologies Inc. to beat Street expectations when they report next Monday. The analyst believes management has positioned the company for growth and noted their strong customer base, award-winning technology, scalability, and broad product solutions. Shares are Buy rated with a $34 price target, raised to $26.

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Manpower Inc. (NYSE:MAN): Current price $51.04

Following solid fourth quarter results, Baird raised their price target on Manpower Inc. The firm cited signs of stabilization in Europe, restructuring efforts, and the potential for a legislative boost to profitability in two of the company’s largest markets. Shares are Outperform rated.

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