Diamonds and Dogs


The more you use social media the more returns you'll see in your account with today's diamond. Facebook Inc. (FB) is surging 8% to a new all-time high following blow out earnings. The company easily beat earnings and sales estimates as total advertisers grew 50% year over year while monthly active users grew to 1.65 billion and monthly mobile active users grew to 1.5 billion. Plenty of upgrades with price targets as high as $166 a share. With a market cap of $344 billion, larger than GE and almost as large as Exxon, you must wonder about the valuation.

The sun is not shinning on the solar stocks. SunEdison recently filed for bankruptcy while today's dog, the largest US solar equipment manufacturer, Frist Solar (FSLR) dropped 7% following disappointing sales. Earnings easily beat estimates, but revenue missed coming in nearly $100 million below last year's sales.  First Solar blamed the quarter-to-quarter decline on delays affecting when it can book revenue on "multiple projects." There is a lot of room for accounting manipulation so while the company reaffirmed earnings estimates, shareholders aren't happy with the current prospects. The CEO is also stepping down at the end of June. Is this a signal of a short term top?

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