Facebook Shares Hit All-Time High, Network Nears $250 Billion Market Valuation

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Share Prices

Facebook closed on Wednesday with stock prices reaching a record $88.86 per share, valuing the company at just under $250 billion.

Analysts have been very bullish on Facebook in recent months thanks to stronger than expected mobile revenue, an increase in Instagram profits, and the soon-to-arrive Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Last Friday Facebook shares were trading at $82 per share. Adding $6.86 per share provided Facebook will billions of dollars in additional revenue.

Piper Jaffray raised its Facebook share price target to $120, while RBC Capital indicated that it currently believes Facebook is worth $105 per share.

The increase in share prices appears to indicate┬áthat investors believe Facebook’s past acquisitions are finally beginning to reap benefits for the world’s largest social network.

When Facebook debuted its IPO in 2012 the company was marred with disappointing share prices following a dismal NASDAQ debut that was wrought with opening day technical issues. The company’s shares immediately plummeted to the $20 mark for much of its debut year. Following a shift to a mobile device focus and various smart acquisitions by Zuckerberg and company, the social media behemoth looks like a much more mature and stable company with a lot to offer customers beyond social media platform access.

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose is the Editor-In-Chief at BusinessPundit. He received his degree in Economics in 1998 and a second degree in Journalism in 2004. He has served as a financial adviser, market trader, and freelance journalist for the last 11 years. When he's not investigating market conditions and reporting on workplace news, he can be found traveling with his wife, dog, and laptop. He can be reached at OnlineDegree.com.