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Facebook shares could hit $160 in 2019: Citron

Facebook has been under the spotlight amid reports of data scandals and privacy issues.
Facebook has been under the spotlight amid reports of data scandals and privacy issues.

Short-seller Citron Research on Wednesday backed Facebook, saying the stock could hit $160 in 2019 as the company's revenue and user base have seen little impact from the reported data scandals and privacy issues this year.

Shares of the social network rose as much as 4.4% to $129.57 after Citron's report. They are down 28% this year.

"We believe investors will be rewarded by the shift of user behaviour to Instagram shopping and the personalisation of the commerce process," according to Citron's research note here.

Citron said Facebook has come a long way, turning the short-seller from a "one-time sceptic to a major bull".

"As investors have become overly concerned about the short-term noise of privacy and propaganda, they have forgotten to look at the earnings power and potential of the most advanced advertising tool with global reach in messaging, networking, and the future of shopping," the short-seller said.

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