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LinkedIn IPO Opens For Trading At $83, 980x Annualized P/E

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And so the internet bubble is back. The market cap of LinkedIn at this price, based on 94.5 million shares is $7,843 million. Taking out $297.6 million in cash means $7,546 million in Enterprise Value. The relevant metrics are:

  • Revenues (pro rated annualized): $375.6 million or Price/Revenue 20.9x
  • EBITDA (pro rated annualized): $53.2 million or EV/EBITDA 141.8x
  • Net Income (pro rated annualized): $8 million or P/E 980x

LNKD hits an intraday high of $92.99...

Does anyone have a chart of


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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:09 | 1291186 FreeNewEnergy
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It's bidniss, bitchez!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:22 | 1291252 Dr. Richard Head
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LinkedIn is really only useful to headhunters/job seekers.  I see no value in this structure other than another administrative task to keep salesmen, on B2B sales, away making sales calls. Perhaps some networking opportunities too.  Then agian I am old school.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:26 | 1291271 Fish Gone Bad
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Yahoo! was brought public by Goldman.  What a pile of worthless crap that still is.  Linkedin is another fleecing on the way.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:28 | 1291291 Dr. Richard Head
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GOldman behind this IPO too?  What ever happened to productive capital being used to be productive?  I guess when debt is considered to be debt IPOs for belly button lint smoking operations makes complete sense.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:13 | 1291523 Vendetta
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productive capital investment does not make markets 'efficient', only scams and massive malinvestment.  Didn't you get the memo?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:45 | 1291393 dwdollar
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I think you underestimate how many unemployed/underemployed college educated wannabe yuppies there are.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:56 | 1291436 Dr. Richard Head
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You are spot on. I forgot the young still believe that the yuppies are the elite.  I would fall into yuppy territory, but have realized that the only thing that has entitled me to is a prettier prison cell and a nicer prison bus that transports me to the prison yard shop.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:23 | 1291563 Manthong
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Don't forget the extra ration of lube.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:05 | 1291478 YHC-FTSE
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I'd bet more than half the people here are on LinkedIn. As others have said, it's a yuppy thing, a platform to show off one's credentials and little different from the premise of other social networks. I prefer the 80's interface chic of Bloomberg people search, and there's fat chance LNKD is actually worth $83, but hey! We live in a QEx world so the money has to go somewhere.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:29 | 1291593 TruthInSunshine
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Ya think it's not worth $83, let alone $45, let alone anything over 15x a truly honest EBITDA basis, on a good day?

...which means is it really worth $8?

Let's just see how they further 'monetize' it, lest its non-publicly traded tenure of lower costs distort what will soon to be its much higher cost structure as a publicly traded, regulated company (with the legions of accountants, attorneys and other necessary red tape compliance cost baked in).

Wait until imbeciles buying in realize that publicly traded companies have a cost structure that in on the order of many multiples higher than non publicly-traded ones, and that the meager earnings of this POS can be vaporized faster than Goldman can go from 'conviction buy' to 'conviction sell.'

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:36 | 1291635 YHC-FTSE
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You have to wonder just wtf a clunky "social" internet site, whose true operating costs can't be more than what they pay their janitor, is going to do with the $353 million they raised last night. Buy $353M worth of office supplies and servers? If it didn't make me laugh so hard, it'd be tragic.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 14:26 | 1292585 equity_momo
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it will all find its way into the "right" peoples pockets.     this stock isnt worth   8 bucks let alone 80.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:48 | 1291699 Dr. Richard Head
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So what does it mean if I posted this particular thread from ZH on LinkedIn?  A pissed off yuppy I believe.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:29 | 1291293 MisterAmbassador
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All that QE money has to go somewhere.  Social Networking is annoying.  Anyone with more than 300 or so "friends" is lonely and over-compensating.

Anyway, I came across this interesting data in the 18 May 2011 "Things that make you go Hmmm..." and thought it was worth posting here for more to see.

Since Nixon closed the gold window in 1971, thus removing the last remaining check on the fourth branch of government, some interesting things have happened.  You want to know why the middle class has been disappearing?  Nixon is why.  Although, conspiracy fans probably will say he would have been shot or something had he refused.  When closing the gold window, his Treasury Secretary announced to the world something along the lines of, "while it's our currency, it's your problem."  Riding an empire wave can be fun.  Spending all that $$$ in Vietnam seems like such a waste.  But, I digress.  Here's the data from page 12.

The American dollar has lost 95.6% of its value since the creation of the Fed.  Apparently, you used to actually be able to buy things with only pennies.

In 1971, the average new house cost $28,000, now it's $273,000 - inflation of 975%.

In 1971, the average monthly rent was $150, now it's $750 - inflation of 500%.

In 1971, the average cost of a gallon of gas was $0.40, now it's $3.80 - inflation of 950%.

In 1971, the average new car price was $3,430, now it's $29,200 - inflation of 851%.

In 1971, a US First Class Postage Stamp was $0.08, now it's $0.44 - inflation of 550%.

In 1971, a movie ticket ran about $1.50, now it's about $7.89 on average - inflation of 526%.

Now, here's the kicker: in 1971, the median household income was $10,300, now it's $47,000 - wage inflation of only 456%.  Hmmm, indeed.

The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:06 | 1291479 tmosley
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This is an excellent post.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:27 | 1291580 VisualCSharp
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I think it's accurate to say the dollar has lost nominal value. Actual value relative to wages is not as extreme. Were people making $50k/yr teaching in 1971? I'd like to see the same numbers compared to wage inflation, then compare the two ratios.

EDIT: Ah I see you provided that number as well. I guess my point stands. :)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:37 | 1291625 tmosley
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It doesn't. The average worker has lost half his purchasing power in terms of housing and gasoline. This is not confidence inspiring.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:45 | 1291695 Calculated_Risk
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And much more in taxes.. cause the more you "make", the more they can take!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:18 | 1292261 malek
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And if he was wise enough to keep renting, and downsized to a car with better mileage (which not necessary has to be a much smaller car) bought two years old instead of new, he could break even.

As long as you don't factor in health/insurance costs and your kids tuition.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:09 | 1291821 Philippe
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Now compare the average number of people having a job in 1971 and today in a household. My mother was at home. My wife is not. Wage infaltion is not 456%, but probably closer to half of this. The loss in income has been partially compensated by women now working. 

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:15 | 1291870 TruthInSunshine
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It is only by having both parents working (for those who are employed) that Amerikans have been able to quadruple their debt and simultaneously lower their living standards and indebt their children, compared to the 60s and 70s.

That's how fractional reserve PonziCreditBubbleNomics banking works!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 14:30 | 1292606 equity_momo
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Exactly. Watch the Jones interview with Russo and see what the latter has to say about Womens Lib , 2 parents working and our old friendly family the Rockefellaaaaaaaaaaaaarghs.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:13 | 1292210 Pegasus Muse
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Still as relevant as when it first aired:


A Mises Media Classic: Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve


Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – by Mises Institute

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood "The Monster". But to most Americans today, Federal Reserveis just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates.

Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary new film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority.

Alan Greenspan is not, we're told, happy about this 42-minute blockbuster. Watch it, and you'll understand why. This is economics and history as they are meant to be: fascinating, informative, and motivating. This movie could change America.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:27 | 1293662 StychoKiller
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Thanks, I'll watch it once it's saved to my hard disk.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:57 | 1293757 fabian
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Good comment. Printed for future reference.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:30 | 1291304 bobby02
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The metrics mentioned are completely irrelevant. P/E?!? Passe! We don't need no stinking earnings!


On a price per clicks basis, the only relevant metric in this modern, digital age, LNKD is baaagin, baybe! To Jupiter and beyond!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:21 | 1291187 TruthInSunshine
Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:43 | 1291390 Hansel
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LinkedIn Files For IPO; Revenue $161 Million For The First Nine Months Of 2010

“We expect our revenue growth rate to decline, and as we continue to invest for future growth, we do not expect to be profitable on a GAAP basis in 2011.”

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:07 | 1291190 tpberg7
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What did PT Barnum say?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:11 | 1291197 Temporalist
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Pull my finger?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:31 | 1293667 StychoKiller
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"Never give a sucker an even break!"

"There's a sucker born every minute."

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:10 | 1291193 Temporalist
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Up nearly 100%.  Where are those breaks to stop the massive speculation?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:24 | 1291267 Dr. Richard Head
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Do IPO margin hikes even exist?  I would be curious to see what insiders are selling into this IPO and leaving the bag to the fools buying and willing to hold?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:39 | 1291359 Libertarian777
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NYSE will be raising margins 5x over the next 2 weeks...


(yes yes I know there is no margin in the cash market...bear with me here)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:51 | 1292044 MarketMakersMark
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It's only speculation if the banks are on the wrong side of it.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:11 | 1291195 Americant Expat
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I add you all. For the profit.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:08 | 1291196 Eireann go Brach
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And what does this company even do? useless...

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:09 | 1291201 John Law Lives
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LinkedIn is not even that good of a service.  It is mediocre (imo).  Nothing special about it.                  

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:12 | 1291221 Robot Traders Mom
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Agreed 100%. Even other professionals still use Facebook to stay in touch as opposed to Linkedin. I'm connected to somewhere between 50-100 people on Linkedin but I have no clue exactly how many because I haven't checked in months. I don't know ANYBODY that checks it regularly. I wouldn't even call this a fad.

What a fucking joke. Somebody is going to get left holding the bag on this piece of shit stock...

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:15 | 1291233 Temporalist
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I hope it's your son.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:25 | 1291289 Robot Traders Mom
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he actually did well in his H.S. business class for the fictional portfolio he talks about. he was only down 12.7% but he got a D+ in the class so he passed.

that being said, we are holding him back another year.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:42 | 1291374 TruthInSunshine
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It was the lead paint in the house.

Did you often find him chewing on lead paint chips?

That poor bastard.

Do not take that reverse mortgage out on your house and go all in on a leveraged LinkedIn buy. Even if it means having his feelings hurt.

C'mon. You can't protect him forever, and when your gone, who will take care of him, feed him and change his diaper?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 14:35 | 1292618 equity_momo
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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:30 | 1293677 StychoKiller
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Maybe they can do a "stock" swap with a Chinese reverse merger...

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:09 | 1291203 slaughterer
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Can't wait for the lock-up date on those IPO shares expires.  This is going to be one BIG SHORT I do not want to miss.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:09 | 1291205 Oniram
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But it is "social" on the web!! 980x P/E be dammed...!!! GET IN!!! AAARRRGHHHH>>>



I am sure this will end well. Whatever happened to IPO's being for capital investment? All this does is let the VC capital out at rich valuations, who ever buys this stock here deserves being separated from all his money.


Also, this is a great day for all the IPO flippers of the world. They are providing a great service and for sure adding "value" to this rigged, hilarious market. I am going to move to Africa.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:37 | 1291345 ebworthen
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I hear MySpace is really popular in Africa, and it's a screaming deal right now, it's going to EXPLODE, I just know it.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:05 | 1291474 writingsonthewall
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I've got a giant turd - it makes no money and it's got little potential - however it certainly will float.


I have been advised by Goldman that it's worth $50 Billion - so please invest at the float.


You don't want to be the only one without shit on your hands.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:13 | 1291206 Temporalist
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This is the news they need to make people forget that housing is down another .08% and the Philly Fed manufacturing went from 18.5 to 3.9.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:30 | 1291325 Dr. Richard Head
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True, but when I get a chance to buy some Facebook stock I am going to sell my metals, get a HELOC, charge up my credit cards, and find some signature loans to lock in on that winner.  Facebook, now there is where productive capital should go.  The Chinese ain't got nothing on our social world of egomaniacal delusion. 

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:40 | 1291364 Libertarian777
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do you have a facebook group for that "sell all buy facebook"tm that I can join?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:28 | 1291594 VisualCSharp
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It's amazing to see so much money being thrown at things that are so inherently unnecessary and virtually worthless. One would think the world didn't even exist before Facebook. It's as if the mere fact so much money can be thrown at these companies justifies throwing money at them.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:27 | 1291938 Dejean Splicer
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"One would think the world didn't even exist before Facebook"

Only for those with a fagbook perspective for the rest of us we don't give a shit about your iPhones, fagbooks, twitter, iPads, and for that matter VC#.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:12 | 1291208 Jack Mayoffer
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And just imagine if RedTube went least that site is actually worth visiting.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:34 | 1291329 fuu
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That would make an interesting IPO.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:38 | 1291350 Dr. Richard Head
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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:14 | 1291213 max2205
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Back to drunk on IPO's? Red Flag... Com'on Ben Pour it on!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:34 | 1291217 hedgeless_horseman
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Internet bubbles...

Remember Interworld's IPO?  Didn't the CEO/Co-Founder (BoZo just sold a home) get "ill" and cash-out before the lock-up expired?

Ultimate support is eventually $0.0006 for LNKD too?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:34 | 1291349 TruthInSunshine
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The Winners of the New World - TheStreet

By Jim Cramer 02/29/00 - 09:42 AM EST

Editor's Note: James J. Cramer is the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Internet and Electronic Commerce Conference and Exposition, held today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. We're running the full text of that speech here.

You want winners? You want me to put my Cramer Berkowitz hedge fund hat on and just discuss what my fund is buying today to try to make money tomorrow and the next day and the next? You want my top 10 stocks for who is going to make it in the New World? You know what? I am going to give them to you. Right here. Right now.

OK. Here goes. Write them down -- no handouts here!: 724 Solutions (SVNX), Ariba(ARBA_), Digital Island (ISLD), Exodus (EXDS), (INSP_), Inktomi (INKT), Mercury Interactive (MERQ), Sonera (SNRA), VeriSign (VRSN_) and Veritas Software(VRTS_).

We are buying some of every one of these this morning as I give this speech. We buy them every day, particularly if they are down, which, no surprise given what they do, is very rare. And we will keep doing so until this period is over -- and it is very far from ending. Heck, people are just learning these stories on Wall Street, and the more they come to learn, the more they love and own! Most of these companies don't even have earnings per share, so we won't have to be constrained by that methodology for quarters to come.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:59 | 1291358 hedgeless_horseman
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In hind sight, Cramer's last sentence is sad, funny, and oh so prophetic:

Most of these companies don't even have earnings per share, so we won't have to be constrained by that methodology for quarters to come.


Synchronized Sinking: Once Again, All 'Net Sectors Fall ________________________________________________ 

For the third consecutive week, all 13 Internet sectors tumble as earnings fears grip investors.

TOP 10 LOSERS              7-Day % Loss      Category

INTW    InterWorld            -62.50%        E-Commerce Enablers
PCLN         -54.10%        E-tailers
EPRS    Eprise                -44.70%        Performance Software
SQSW    Sequoia Software      -42.60%        Performance Software
LUMT    Luminant Worldwide    -42.40%        Consultants/Designers
ARTD    Artistdirect          -42.00%        Content/Communities
AWEB           -39.70%        E-Commerce Enablers
IPIX    Internet Pictures     -34.90%        Performance Software
IVIL    iVillage              -34.70%        Content/Communities
BWAY    Breakaway Sol.        -34.50%        Internet Services

Although, should have BTFD in PCLN.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:01 | 1291472 TruthInSunshine
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I can't find the link now, but I do believe the total losses one would have incurred buying and holding Cramer's recommendations at that time, over a one year period, would have been 94%.

Of course, many of the companies he recommended went lights out over a longer horizon, so it would have been even worse, as hard as that is to believe.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:04 | 1291483 writingsonthewall
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The man is clearly a genius - nobody can be that wrong by sheer chance alone.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:15 | 1291518 TruthInSunshine
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I can't find the link now, but I do believe the total losses one would have incurred buying and holding Cramer's recommendations at that time, over a one year period, would have been 94%.

Of course, many of the companies he recommended went lights out over a longer horizon, so it would have been even worse, as hard as that is to believe.

p.s. and OT, but Goldman just went from conviction (convicted?) high to sell (and sell in a big way, calling for "storm clouds of oversupply of CPUs") on Intel, and in a big way, in a matter of a mere 2 weeks. See how transparent the game is once people actually observe basic, plain facts?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:32 | 1292321 malek
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Some people have been shorting PCLN for almost 2 years now and are not the happiest ones... :-)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:16 | 1291224 JimBobOMG
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Woohoo! So when do we get on the short bus?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 14:37 | 1292636 equity_momo
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Now.   This is like the Blackstone IPO.   

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:16 | 1291228 oogs66
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what happened to circuit breakers?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:21 | 1291249 alien-IQ
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they broke.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:14 | 1291229 Dr. Engali
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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:17 | 1291230 Cvillian
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Who knows when I will be able to buy some puts?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:18 | 1291234 TradingJoe
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Ahhh Another Nice Short In The Making!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:20 | 1291238 alien-IQ
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stocks with 4 digit PE ratios will be the "must have" stocks of 2012. No doubt Robo is chasing this pig with a massive hard on (a la DSK) so he can tell all the boys at the club that he owns this junker.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:29 | 1291317 SheepDog-One
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What mean Robo got a month pass gift card at the YMCA?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:40 | 1291367 alien-IQ
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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:20 | 1291239 The Axe
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As a company it is a joke! The valuation is a joke! But the stock could...I say could trade higher..why...controlled IPO  limited flow, to strong hands.. careful

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:20 | 1291240 doomandbloom
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not a internet bubble...its the social internet bubble...

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:39 | 1291987 Dejean Splicer
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Those are the best kinds of bubbles. Ones with a narrow focus and based on a fad. All revenue is from selling real estate to advertisers.

The next new fad wipes them out.

Remember myspace? It wasn't that long ago. It's a social network too, now dead.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 14:43 | 1292651 equity_momo
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The social internet. What an oxy fucking moron that is.   Generation Y and whatever fledging fuckwads are coming through now are pricks.  If youre in your teens or 20s and you aint a prick , you must be home schooled. (granted i was a prick then and by and large still am  but thats not the point)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:20 | 1291244 Franken_Stein
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So time to buy some puts on this hollow and substanceless crock of crap.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:18 | 1291247 zaknick
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"In the age of lies, even the clumsiest frankness is preferable to the best-orchestrated ruse." - Albert Camus

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:21 | 1291248 RobotTrader
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John Hathaway is probably going to have nightmares from now on about watching LNKD go parabolic while his PM stocks get crushed 40% repeatedly every spring, and seem to be permanent underperformers.

Oh, the horror!!

That said, I'm expecting a vicious short-covering rally in the XAU any day now.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:34 | 1291331 SheepDog-One
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Whatever, troll.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:19 | 1291250 mfoste1
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loading up my puts

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:23 | 1291256 FreeNewEnergy
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I have a couple of parked domains. Should I go public? Sure could use a few $billion or so.

Web 2.5, here we go!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:23 | 1291257 The Navigator
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Yeah, give me some of that Linkin stuff and a dozen iPads to go please. I can still pay with FRNs, right?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:27 | 1291278 Printfaster
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How high would PE need to be in order to reach the moon?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:28 | 1291290 Missiondweller
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I'm sure they'll raise the margin requirements to curb this excessive speculation.......




Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:26 | 1291296 walcott
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linkedin is bullshit plain and simple. It's a poachers dream.

Throw out all your sources for work to complete strangers.

Great idea if you want to loose work. A great site

for snakes.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:26 | 1291298 I did it by Occident
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Is there any indirect way to short this before the lock ends?  Can't wait to buy some puts on this.  Just to see what happens.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:27 | 1291301 I am a Man I am...
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how do i get me some put options???

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:32 | 1291315 youngman
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this is what the new ecomomy is all trading...quick money...China is laughing....and gold is down....

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:29 | 1291319 ebworthen
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Cotton Candy!


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:38 | 1293703 StychoKiller
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What are those Bozos®(Clowngress) doing in the center ring? :>D

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:29 | 1291322 moonstears
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news fm Rooters: "LNKD halted by NYSE, due to 80% run in matter of seconds. All trade will be cancelled and reversed"...kidding, kidding, buy some more.>

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:19 | 1291879 atoast2toast
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+1 good article from marketwatch 

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:38 | 1291355 dvsteenk
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what a joke, who's buying this fata morgana at over 1000 x PE ???

HFT already throwing it back and forth in a zero sum loop, I suppose...

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:40 | 1291363 Alex Kintner
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LNKD up 88%. RoboTraiter is a gawd dammed genius. I'm buying everything he recommends from now on. I'm gonna be one of the Morbidly Rich. Woohoo!! (although too bad I missed this rocketship)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:43 | 1291377 moonstears
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Good play long or short for a few days, maybe some actual humans on the other side of the trade?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:44 | 1291385 P-K4
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Decades ago, many feared that "big brother" would have all our personal data on a computer. The irony now is that the sheeple willing give much of their data to the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. and provide daily GPS data via cell phones.

Once its written, its there forever. You can bet a significant and grwoing part of energy consumption is due to data storage farms.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:50 | 1291409 indio007
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There's a sucker born every minute.

90% of them are thinking about buying this IPO.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:51 | 1291414 Crispy
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You do know options dont trade on a issues IPO day, right? Im sure you are just being sarcastic and not plain ol ignorant, right?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:59 | 1291450 YHC-FTSE
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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:54 | 1291426 moonstears
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Me? I know there are no options available for this stock, yet. The jest was the "human" quip as opposed to HFT 'puters. 

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:00 | 1291453 somethingelse
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the twits better face book their profits before they are linked out

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:20 | 1291500 TruthInSunshine
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$45 or whatever was the insider lock up price offered to buyers of big blocks by the brokerage firm (or firms, I haven't followed this POS) that were hired as underwriters to handle taking this IPO to market - aka the subscription.

IOW, anyone not a preferred client of the brokerage firms able to offer the true IPO price to clients, and who is buying in at market open, got in closer to the $90, or whatever.

Now, those people are (and I'm almost certain of this) going to get annihilated if they hold this POS, and even the true IPO insiders, getting in at the $45 level may be damaged, as they have to wait out the lock up period before selling.

Ass pounding games invented by the shysters of Wall Street are all fun and games until people lose significant sums on POS hot stocks.

This thing is a giant pig of an ugly, disease infested stock, and I am continually amazed by the capacity for human stupidity, especially when in the form of herd behavior.


Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:45 | 1293716 StychoKiller
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Reminds me of how dolphins (the mammalian kind) swim in a circle, releasing bubbles to form a virtual net around a group of's snack-time!

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:24 | 1291562 Ratscam
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Remember, they IPO'd early 2000 without a running website on which their business concept was built on!

Indeed some investors asked Que Pasa?

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:23 | 1291576 Nick Fecteau
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Happy days are here again!  Yahooooo!!!  (No pun intended...)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:34 | 1291613 assumptionblindness
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CNBC is desperately trying to make the Linkedin IPO a suckers' proxy for the overall market.  The second-by-second stock price is prominently displayed where individual stock information has NEVER been shown (the upper ticker).  Ugh...desperate desperation.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:39 | 1291653 FortyTwoIsTheAnswer
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IPOs such as this seem to be a huge Ponzi scheme. The initial investors will make out very, very well but the last guy holding the shares (mainly the public) will get stuck with nothing when the true value of the company is discovered over time. You can see the same pattern being set up with Facebook as well. Seems to me like this is part of the playbook for VCs.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:50 | 1291726 TruthInSunshine
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The equity markets have been range bound for a while now, despite some volatile months here and there, for about a year.

In past break downs of equity markets, tech or hot IPO stocks fade quickly and usually mark the top before the fall, with increasing buy backs of large blocks of company stock and dividend raising (coupled with high levels of insider selling), which is a perfect and parallel pattern to what we are observing now - it may or may not be this POS (I think it will be, but we shall see), but we are in that historically solid and repeating pattern here.

The one exception I will note is that multinationals have driven earnings higher on the strategy of cutting costs to the bone (a smart strategy in these times of low capacity utilization, ability to offshore/outsource and issue/refinance debt at record low yields, and hedge currencies), but that these same multinationals that thrived off this strategy will be severely and adversely impacted when markets (especially credit markets) revert to historically normal patterns.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:52 | 1291742 Hunch Trader
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It just hit 122. Unbelievable. Turd without earnings, where nobody hangs out unless desperately searching for a new job. Not a buy even at 12.2 or 1.22.



Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:11 | 1291846 Piranhanoia
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I have wondered about linkedin for some time.  I guess I am/was a member, but it appears to be a perpetual advertising spot ala facebook.  I get messages about people going on vacation or that they are now connected to someone outside of the 6º that I don't tread.  I have to agree with T,  this is likely to end badly.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:53 | 1292062 MarketMakersMark
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What a move!  It went from $90 to $122 in about 15 minutes.  (then pulled back to $101)

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:09 | 1292203 MonsterZero
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To mark the occassion I closed my account.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:12 | 1292207 MonsterZero
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To mark the occassion I closed my account.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:32 | 1292328 Scribbles
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It actually makes sense when you figure the business model is to help people find jobs.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 13:59 | 1292455 Smiddywesson
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Dolt's!  When adjusting for inflation those P/E ratios are actually quite reasonable.



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