Market update: Social media moves the market

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Companies are continuing to report earnings for the first quarter of 2018, and this week the spotlight was on some of our favorite social media channels. Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) reported positive quarterly earnings, while Snapchat (SNAP) is scheduled to announce earnings early next week.

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Digging into the earnings reports

The online news and social networking platform, Twitter, reported first-quarter results that beat most analysts’ expectations. Revenues increased by 21% to $665 million, well above the $605 million that analysts had anticipated. The company’s earnings per share, or EPS, was $0.16, topping Wall Street’s $0.12 EPS expectation.

Facebook appeared to be unshaken by the alleged data-privacy scandal that surfaced in mid-March and by Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress. In fact, Facebook reported huge earnings and revenues in the first quarter. The social media giant earned $11.97 billion in quarterly revenue, exceeding the $11.41 billion predicted by analysts. The company’s EPS was $1.69, topping the $1.35 EPS previously anticipated.

Finally, Snapchat is scheduled to come out with its first-quarter report on May 1. The company recently announced the release of second-generation spectacles (a camera you can wear on your face). In recent months, the company has faced strong competition from Facebook-owned Instagram, which has impacted Snapchat’s user growth and resulted in analysts anticipating a loss of $0.28 per share.

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