Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) stock price regained momentum in fiscal 2019 after experiencing a steep downtrend during the second half of 2018. Its shares are currently trading around $186 with the 52 weeks trading range of $123 to $208. Market pundits believe the Facebook stock price has further upside potential in the days to come.
MKM, for instance, has set a price target of $245 with a Buy rating. RBC, on the other hand, set the target of $250 for FB shares. RBC analyst Mark Mahaney believes FB could be in a “sustained re-rating period,” as the worst fears “appears not to have been realized.” The analyst claims that intrinsically attractive” valuations along with strong fundamentals are supporting stock price and financial performance.
It’s true that Facebook has been regaining customer’s confidence after experiencing slower growth and privacy-related issues last year. This is evident from robust growth in users and ad revenue in the latest quarter.
Its daily active users grew to 1.59 billion in the second quarter of 2019, up 8% year-over-year. Monthly active users were standing around 2.41 billion, representing a growth of 8% year-over-year. On the other hand, its mobile advertising revenue grew to 94% of total advertising revenue compared to 91% of advertising revenue in the same period last year.
With the growth in daily users and advertising revenue, its consolidated revenue jumped 28% Y/Y in the second quarter. The company’s adjusted earnings per share rose to $1.99 per share from $1.74 per share in the year-ago period.
“We had a strong quarter and our business and community continue to grow,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, and CEO. “We are investing in building stronger privacy protections for everyone and on delivering new experiences for the people who use our services.”
Despite robust Facebook stock price growth, the valuations are receiving support from significant growth in financial numbers. Its stock is trading around 22 times to earnings, in line with the industry average. The company expects similar growth in the following two quarters of this year – which could help in extending the share price momentum.