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Five Star Equities

February 06, 2012 08:20 ET

Zynga and LinkedIn -- Social Media Stocks on the Upswing as Facebook Files IPO

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Zynga & LinkedIn

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 6, 2012) - Shares of recently IPO'd technology and social networking companies skyrocketed last week following Facebook's long-awaited IPO filing. The New York Times believes that it is "not entirely clear" what's behind the stock jumps of Facebook's peers, "other than investor excitement in Internet companies in general." Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Technology Sector and provides equity research on Zynga, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and LinkedIn Corporation (NASDAQ: LNKD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Last week Facebook filed documents for its initial public offering. Analysts say the initial offer will raise about $5 billion in the first go around, making it one of the biggest in recent history. "Will Facebook's IPO be the biggest IPO in American history? Probably not, but it will certainly be by far the biggest Internet or technology IPO we've ever seen," says David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect. As reported in MarketWatch, Facebook's IPO is expected to be the biggest public trading debut for an Internet company since 2004 when Google went public in a $1.7 billion offering.

Facebook's IPO would rank among the top 10 biggest overall in U.S. history of U.S.-based companies, according to S&P Capital IQ.

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Shares of Zynga skyrocketed more than 15 percent following Facebook's announcement. In its SEC documents, Facebook said Zynga accounted for approximately 12 percent of the company's revenues in 2011. Facebook said its Zynga-related sales came from two areas: advertising that Zynga purchased from Facebook, and a 30% cut of the fees that Zynga makes from the sale of virtual goods over game such as "FarmVille."

Shares of LinkedIn also rose more than 6 percent following Facebook's announcement. LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified business model with revenue coming from member subscriptions, marketing solutions and hiring solutions.

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