THE HOUSING MARKET CONTINUES TO SHINE
After yesterday's news that new home sales rose nearly 16 percent in January, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a much bigger than expected increase in its pending home sales index today, which reached its highest level since April of 2010 in January. NAR said its pending home sales index rose by 4.5 percent to 105.9 in January after falling by 1.9 percent to 101.3 in December. Economists had expected the index to increase by 3.0 percent.
Wait a minute...is it 2011 or 1999? LinkedIn's (LNKD) IPO was originally priced at $45. However, it opened at $83 yesterday morning and was at $90 in no time (where it remained for most of the morning). It sky rocketed to $120 later on, and then dipped to a closing of nearly $95!
At $90 per share, LinkedIn would be valued at $8.5 billion...one of the largest tech IPOs since Google (GOOG) in 2004. If you were to factor those numbers in for your calculations, LinkedIn is trading at nearly 570 times last year's earnings! This adds some controversy over the worthiness of its current price tag considering that LinkedIn valued itself at a mere $2.32 a share in the spring of 2009.