Top Stock News: Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) Records New High As Earning Beats Expectation

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Owing to strong advertising gains, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) has posted earnings per share of $0.42 on revenue of $2.91 billion excluding one-time items. After an initial decline following the results, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) is presently trading at $74.07 up $2.78 or 3.91% in extended trading. Prior to the earnings call the company was up $2.02 on the day closing at $71.29 for a gain of nearly 3% in Wednesday’s trading.

Both earnings and revenue beat the consensus’ expectations on Wednesday driving Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) to new heights. Active mobile use was up nearly 40% from this time last year while total daily active users grew 19% year-over-year.

To translate, in June Facebook saw an average of 650 million mobile users according to the company. Year-over-year mobile advertising sales were up 30% and now represent 62% of Facebook’s total advertising revenue.

Facebook Inc: Record High

“Strong performance across the board shows personalized marketing at scale is working,” said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB). She added that Instagram is “seeing great results” in advertising but is “still taking it really slow.” In addition to the upside that still exists on Instagram ads, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) now has 1.5 million active advertisers up 50% from the 1 million active advertisers it had last June.

The Street was calling for earnings of $0.32 per share and anticipated sales of $2.81 billion according to Thomson Reuters. The after-close announcement and gains weren’t limited to Facebook as LinkedIn, Twitter, Yelp and Weibo all posted gains following Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB)’s earnings beat in after hours trading.

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) Business News

Echoing Ms. Sandberg, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB)’s CEO seemed equally at ease. “We had a good second quarter,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder. “Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world.”

While Twitter Inc (NYSE TWTR) relies on mobile advertising as much or more than Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB), the company has yet to make a profit. Presently, only Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) is bringing in more mobile advertising revenue than Facebook with 50% of the market though that number has fallen. Facebook is now taking in 22% of the total mobile ad market while Twitter can only claim a touch above 2%.

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