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Chicago, IL - May 01, 2015 - Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the LinkedIn ( LNKD ), Skyworks ( SWKS ) and Expedia ( EXPE ).

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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

LinkedIn Crashes, Expedia and Skyworks Miss Too

After the closing bell on a down-trading Thursday, three Internet-based stocks -- LinkedIn ( LNKD ), Skyworks ( SWKS ) and Expedia ( EXPE ) -- reported earnings, and for LinkedIn, at least, the results were not kind. Earnings per share (accounting for stock-based compensation) reached -18 cents, lower than the -$0.03 expected, and revenues of $638 million in the quarter missed expectations of $645 million. Guidance for Q2 was lowered to a range of $670-675 million, far below the $725 million in the Zacks consensus estimate.

These results have sent LNKD shares plummeting 25 percent in after-hours trading, after a 2 percent loss in regular-day trading. This has, in effect, given away LinkedIn's entire gains for the year, and then some. LinkedIn is known for low-balling their guidance numbers, so a humbler number than the Zacks consensus may have been no real surprise. However, with ending membership for LinkedIn in the quarter reaching only 350 million -- a big miss from the 362 million anticipated -- then perhaps investors have good reason to send shares into a nosedive at present.

Expedia has reported a big miss on the bottom line, as well: -25 cents per share (accounting for stock-based compensation), as opposed to -6 cents expected. Revenues of $1340 million narrowly missed the Zacks consensus of $1345 million. Shares are up 7 percent in the after-market, however -- Room Night Growth zoomed up 32 percent year over year, as revenues grew 15 percent, and total gross bookings were up 19 percent.

Skyworks Solutions narrowly missed earnings expectations of $1.03 per share by 2 cents. This is the first earnings miss for the company in the past 5 quarters, which include 2 break-even reports. Skyworks is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock prior to the report, whereas LinkedIn and Expedia are Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) companies.

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