Facebook valuation 'extremely compelling' despite risks, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Lloyd Walmsley sees three key risks for Facebook surrounding the Cambridge Analytica issue: ongoing headline risk that perpetuates a negative news cycle, direct risk around Facebook's perceived data security, and potential indirect impact from data regulations/legislation that ultimately curbs the company's ability to serve hyper targeted ads. The analyst, however, takes comfort in Facebook's "improving handling of other recent issues and its best-in-class overall execution." He sees a "large distance" between the current issues and any legislation that would curb Facebook's ad targeting in a meaningful way. As such, Facebook's valuation is "extremely compelling despite the increased risks," Walmsley tells investors in a research note.