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12/19/14 04:08:37 PM
WORD ON THE STREET

Facebook, Inc., Nike, Inc., Finish Line Inc.

Facebook, Inc.(FB) : Citi raised its price target on Facebook Inc(NASDAQ: FB) Friday from $86 to $91 and maintained a Buy rating. Analysts led by Mark May raised the target price "On the heels of Instagram's announcement last week that it had reached more than 300mn users, we examine its potential financial contribution if it were fully monetized given its user base, growth, and engagement metrics." "Using what we believe to be conservative assumptions around user growth and monetization, we believe Instagram is worth $35bn - up from the $19bn we had previously estimated due to faster growth in its audience as well as continued monetization gains by social media properties" according to May. "Instagram is at the early stages of rolling out advertising, but we believe brands have and will find it an effective channel. To frame the opportunity, assuming 420mn MAUs at YE15 (+120mn from current levels), 12.6 average feed views per day and $1.48 revenue per 1000 feed views (65 percent that of Twitter), we estimate Instagram would generate $2.7bn in revenue in CY15," according to the analyst note. Facebook recently traded at $79.92, up 1.94 percent. View More Analyst Ratings for FBView the Latest Analyst Ratings 2014 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.



Nike, Inc.(NKE) : Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) reported Q2 financial results Thursday and beat expectations, but shares fell over 2.5 percent Friday to $94.59. Analysts commented on the stock following the earnings release and conference call. Below are highlights along with current ratings and price targets. Deutsche Bank - Buy, $105 price target "With NKE stock perched near all-time highs, clearly, the bar into the print was set high. While there are many moving parts to the story, overall, the company met expectations for its core business, though FX does shift to a headwind (as expected). Importantly, FY (May 2015) EPS plan remains 'largely in-line' with the prior ~20 percent y/y guide, though new, incremental FX pressure to revs./GM & an SG&A bump are now offset by mgmt. expectations that core, local revs. are strengthening." Credit Suisse - Outperform, $105 price target "Nike continues to deliver, with strong demand trends across regions and a return to margin expansion following a two-year period of declining margins. We continue to see opportunity for Nike to sustain low-double digit revenue growth, 40-50bp of operating margin expansion annually, and mid-teens or better earnings growth, making Nike one of the strongest large-cap investment opportunities in the global consumer apparel landscape. We adjust estimates to reflect ramping impact of foreign currency, but maintain our $105 target price." Morgan Stanley- Overweight, $105 price target "The stock may lag short term; we think this presents a buying opportunity: The market may have been looking for 100-200 bps higher futures growth. We think this was an unrealistic expectation and not an indication of any negative change in Nike's revenue growth momentum. A potential stock price drop is a chance to buy a name we believe is ultimately headed much higher." Stifel - Buy, $110 price target "Unwavering demand strength affirms our confidence in the power of the NIKE brand and relentless focus on innovation and high growth potential areas (like Women's, global Basketball, China, Western Europe and DTC) to drive earnings power long-term. Continued DTC strength remains a powerful engine of both topline and margin growth, and after outstanding DTC growth in FY14 (+22 percent y/y) and 1H15 (+30 percent y/y in both 1Q/2Q15), we believe the company is on track to exceed its FY17 targets (mid-teens CAGR and growth to 22 percent of sales)." Barclays - Overweight, $100 price target "Despite looming FX headwinds, core trends remain strong for Nike, particularly in its key regions. Specific to China, we remain impressed with the transition in this region, evident by both sales and futures growth, and we remain confident in the company's ability to drive improved profitability for both its wholesale partners and own doors." Citi - Buy, $111 price target "NKE delivered another beat, ~maintained FY15 guidance, & accelerated China futures, demonstrating the ability to continue driving the category offense & brand messaging across global markets, in our view. Outside of f/x, management remains focused on executing on their long-term strategy, driving innovation in product, distribution, & supply chain, & through continued investments in long-term growth through DTC expansion & demand creation. We continue to see further potential upside to our estimates from top-line leverage & repurchases, which should drive the stock over the next 12 months." View More Analyst Ratings for NKEView the Latest Analyst Ratings 2014 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.



Finish Line Inc.(FINL) : Canaccord Genuity downgrades Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) from Buy to Hold and lowers the price target from $32.00 to $25.00, according to Bloomberg. View More Analyst Ratings for FINLView the Latest Analyst Ratings 2014 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.



 

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