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LinkedIn shares soar after stellar results

Feb 09, 2013 at 02:04pm IST

New Delhi: Shares of LinkedIn climbed nearly 21 per cent in midday trading on Friday on results that beat analysts' estimates for the seventh quarter in a row.

The social networking website for professionals reported on Thursday an 81 per cent increase in fourth-quarter revenue and raised its forecast for the current first quarter.

Several research firms raised their price targets for the company.

LinkedIn shares soar after stellar results

Shares of LinkedIn climbed nearly 21 per cent in midday trading on Friday.

"If execution continues, we struggle to see how margin expansion can't approach (and possibly exceed) 2012 levels," wrote Macquarie analyst Tom White in a note to investors.

White raised his forecast for 2013 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization margin to 25.4 per cent from 24.7 per cent.

In contrast to widely watched consumer Internet companies like Facebook Inc, Groupon Inc and Zynga Inc, all of which went public not too long ago, LinkedIn continues to trade well above its debut price of $45.

LinkedIn was co-founded in 2002 by Reid Hoffman, who serves as the company's executive chairman. His stake in LinkedIn is now worth about $2.6 billion, according to company filings.

Shares of the company were up 20.9 per cent at $150.00 on the New York Stock Exchange in early afternoon.


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