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What Does Institutional Ownership Look Like At Facebook, Inc. (FB)?

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has seen its stock price gain 11.31, or +6.41%, so far in 2017. In the past 3-month period alone, shares of FB have appreciated +15.03 – or +8.70%. The stock’s 52-week range is $124.06 to $188.90, and its 3-month range is $168.89 to $188.90.

The average Wall Street analyst rating for Facebook, Inc. is Strong Buy, according to the average of 27 analyst scores. Of those analysts, 24 rate stock as a Strong Buy, 0 rate it as Hold, and just no analyst rates it as a Moderate Sell.

Insider Trading Activity for Facebook, Inc.

To gain some better insight into how Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is performing, let’s look at some of the company’s recent insider trading activity. Facebook, Inc. has had 72 insider trades in the last 3 months, including 21 open market buys and 51 sells. Of those insider trades, 23.29 million shares of Facebook, Inc. were purchased and 17.73 million shares were sold. The total number of shares traded in the last 90-day period is 41.02 million.

Insider trading over the last 12 months, however, paints a different picture. In the last year there have been a total of 346 insider trades, including 112 open market buys and 234 sells. Of those transactions, there were 42.96 million shares of FB bought and 56.83 million shares sold. The total number of shares traded in the last 12 months is 99.79 million.

The most recent open market insider trade was Automatic Sell of 750 shares on a day where the closing price was 175.93. The insider, STRETCH COLIN, now holds 81,796 shares of FB.

The most recent non open market insider trade was completed by BOWLES ERSKINE B on 12/28/2017, and was a disposition of 2,840 shares with a final price of $0. The insider now holds 36,206 shares of Facebook, Inc. (FB).

Examining Institutional Ownership at Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)

According to Facebook, Inc.’s latest 13F filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), institutional ownership is at 71.05%. The total amount of shares outstanding is 2.87 billion, giving the company a market capitalization of about 538.27 billion.

There are 2,060 institutional holders with active positions, accounting for 1.69 billion shares in total. Of those holders, 974 had increased positions amounting to 67.65 million shares, 854 had decreased positions amounting to 48.33 million shares, and 232 holders have a held position accounting for 1.58 billion shares.

The top 5 institutional holders, in ascending order, are as follows: VANGUARD GROUP INC with 165.92 million shares, BLACKROCK INC. with 141.06 million shares, FMR LLC with 129.49 million shares, STATE STREET CORP with 89.95 million shares, and PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/ with 65.83 million shares.

According to Facebook, Inc. (FB) most recent 13F filing, the company has 126 new institutional holders – accounting for 9.19 million shares of its common stock. There were 61 sold out positions, amounting to 2.6 million shares.

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