Facebook Enters Sophomore Stock Year with Fewer Skeptics

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"We believe rising estimates will pull up the multiple and 45x still comfortably falls between GOOG's 15x multiple and LNKD's 100x," writes Salmon.

Facebook shares rose 2% in Monday afternoon trading to $26.43, an over 50% increase share price lows hit in early September. Year-to-date Facebook's shares are off over 30%, even after a late year stock rebound on an improving earnings outlook.

For more on Facebook, see why the company's valuation shouldn't be a trick question on Wall Street . Also see why a venture capital investor suggests thinking long term on Facebook after its weak post-IPO performance.

-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York