SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LinkedIn Corp.’s shares climbed more than 6 percent Wednesday after an investment research report weighed in with a favorable opinion about the online professional network’s growth prospects.

THE SPARK: A group of Internet analysts working for Jefferies highlighted their first research report on LinkedIn with a forecast that the company’s stock price will rise to $142 within the next year. That’s 16 percent above LinkedIn’s peak price of $122.70 per share reached within the first few hours of trading during the company’s stock market debut in May 2011.

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