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LinkedIn Shares Slip on Concerns Lynda Buy Masks a Slowdown

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Breaking Down LinkedIn Latest Earnings

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LinkedIn Corp. shares fell the most in three months after the company attributed a bump in its annual revenue forecast to its acquisition of the education website Lynda.com, raising concerns that growth is slowing in its main business.

LinkedIn said full-year sales would be about $2.94 billion, beating the $2.91 billion average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. As part of the forecast, the company more than doubled expectations for revenue from the Lynda.com acquisition to $90 million for the year, raising questions about whether the professional-networking website’s core business was expected to slow.