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Monday 18 December 2017

Facebook bucks tech trend with strong Q1

Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park in California. Photo: AP
Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park in California. Photo: AP

Tenzin Pema and Supantha Mukherjee

After underwhelming results from Apple, Google and other big tech names, investors finally found a friend in Facebook after the company beat Wall Street's forecasts for revenue, profit and user growth.

Facebook's shares jumped 11pc to a record high of $120 in early trading yesterday, giving a $30bn boost to the social networking company's market value. Facebook's ad revenue jumped 57pc to $5.2bn in the first quarter. Mobile ad revenue accounted for about 82pc of total ad revenue, up from about 73pc a year earlier. "FB remains in a class by itself across the combination of scale, growth, and profitability," JP Morgan Securities analyst Doug Anmuth said in a research note. "While there are broader concerns of macro softness toward the end of 1Q, Facebook isn't seeing them."

Apple lost about $36bn in market value on Wednesday after it reported disappointing earnings the previous day, while Alphabet shed nearly $30bn after missing expectations.

Analysts say Facebook continues to generate very high and very profitable growth. (Reuters)

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