LinkedIn Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. LinkedIn is a professional network on the Internet with more than 90 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

LinkedIn Corporation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from breaking even. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of one cent during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 88.2% versus last year to 2 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported a loss of one cent per share against a mean estimate of net loss of 4 cents, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 9 cents with profit of 5 cents versus a mean estimate of a loss of 4 cents.

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Analyst Ratings: eight out of 14 analysts surveyed (57.1%) have a buy rating on LinkedIn.. This is below the mean analyst rating of nine competitors, which average 68.5% buy ratings. Over the past 90 days, the average rating for the stock has moved up from hold to moderate buy.

Key Stats:

LinkedIn’s loss in the latest quarter followed profits in the previous three quarters. The company reported a profit of $4.5 million in the second quarter, a profit of $2.1 million in the first and a profit of $5.3 million in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: During January 5, 2012 to February 3, 2012, the stock price had risen $15.75 (24.6%) from $64.13 to $79.88. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 9, 2012 and January 19, 2012 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 16.4% (+$10.45) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 17, 2011 and November 29, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 21.2% (-$15.85) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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