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Relative Value Play: Long Facebook & Short Linkedin

|Includes:Facebook (FB), LNKD
  • Linkedin (NYSE:LNKD) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have significantly diverged over the last three months with former down nearly 15% and the latter up nearly 25%.
  • For all the post IPO fallout of FB shares being overvalued the running outperformance by LNKD has been nearly erased.
  • Credit the FB management team, including Mr. Zuckerberg, for addressing the changing landscaping and looking to monetize new channels for social networking. I suspect ultimately the retail, casual user market offers far better commercial avenues for FB to exploit than LNKD. Therefore I would suspect the FB will continue to outperform.

We recommend a pair trade going long FB and short LNKD with equal market value.

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Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Stocks: FB, LNKD