Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been pushing very hard as of late, to provide free internet to those individuals living in India. However, this free internet did come with some stipulations which favored Zuckerberg’s company. Now India has made a move that should prevent Facebook’s Free Basic internet from operating in the country for good. Investors are reacting a bit bearish this morning as the stock is down around 3% in the pre-market
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has banned what they refer to as “zero-rated internet”. These are services which allow their users to access just some websites and applications without using any mobile data allowances. India evidently doesn’t want outside companies like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to dictate which internet destinations are free and which are not. Facebook obviously was hoping that providing free internet to those who use their apps and websites would be of great benefit. After all, the population in India could help grow the social networking site tremendously.
The stock closed at $104.07 during the last trading session. It is up 19.22% since July 2, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 26.52%.
From a total of 34 analysts covering Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock, 33 rate it a “Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 0 a “Hold”. This means that 97% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $170 while the lowest target price is $88. The mean of all analyst targets is $125.06 which is 20.17% above today’s ($104.07) stock price. Facebook was the topic of 66 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Piper Jaffray maintained shares on January 28 with a “Overweight” rating. Suntrust Robinson maintained shares with a”Buy” rating and a $120 target share price in their report from a January 25. Stifel Nicolaus maintained FB stock in a recent report from January 28 with a “Buy” rating. Morgan Stanley maintained the rating on November 5. Morgan Stanley has a “Overweight” rating and a $120 price target on shares. Finally, FBR Capital maintained the stock with a “Outperform” rating in a report they issued on a January 28.
The institutional sentiment increased to 1.73 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.01, from 1.72 in 2015Q2. The ratio improved, as 69 funds sold all their Facebook Inc shares they owned while 375 reduced their positions. 126 funds bought stakes while 643 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 1.55 billion shares which is 2.48% more than the previous share count of 1.51 billion in 2015Q2.
Millennium Tvp Management Co. Llc holds 52.76% of its total portfolio in Facebook Inc, equating to 639,552 shares. Parametric Risk Advisors Llc owns 7.97 million shares representing 46.51% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Sc Us (Ttgp) Ltd. has 41.15% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 1.04 million shares. The California-based Meritech Capital Associates Iii L.L.C. has a total of 37.81% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Duquesne Family Office Llc, a New York-based fund reported 4.09 million shares owned.
Since February 25, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 33 sales for a total of $157.49 million in net activity. Athwal Jas sold 30,000 shares worth $3.06 million. Stretch Colin sold 1,000 shares worth $98,710. Cox Christopher K sold 5,778 shares worth $561,622. Schroepfer Michael Todd sold 31,283 shares worth $3.00 million. The insider Fischer David B. sold 15,000 shares worth $1.43M.
Facebook, Inc. is a social networking company. The company has a market cap of $279.00 billion. The Firm is engaged in developing products that enables users to connect and share through mobile devices and personal computers. It has 80.68 P/E ratio. It offers various services focused on people, marketers and developers.