Groupon Earnings ANTICIPATION and 4 Social Media Stocks in Focus

Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) stock has been trading near its all-time lows. The stock closed at 7.44, on Friday. That is over 60 percent lower than its November initial public offering price of $20. The shopping website is slated to report earnings after the bell today. The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 2 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 35 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of 3 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at a loss of 2 cents during the last month.

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Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) will have a number of lockup expirations. The first, will be on Aug. 16, and it is for stockholders other than Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg who sold some shares in the IPO. Then other shareholders, including employees, will be allowed to sell at later dates. A final round comes in May 2013.

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LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) was upgraded by analysts at Northland Securities from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating. Currently, they have placed a $125.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $115.00.

Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE:P) shares trade lower Monday morning after Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt reduced his rating on the company to Equal Weight from Overweight. Today, Devitt also upgraded Google to Overweight, as was noted in a previous post. He has a $12 target on Pandora, which closed last week at $10.11.

Zynga, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA) along with The Knight Foundation are delving into digital games intended not only for entertainment, but for social impact as well, as their audience widens. Recent studies indicate that adult women represent a greater portion of the game-playing population than teenage boys.

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