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Postby winston » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:14 pm

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U.S. regulators discuss fining Facebook for privacy violations: report[/b]

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a fine against Facebook Inc (FB.O) for violating a legally binding agreement with the government, to protect the privacy of personal data, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing three people familiar with the discussions.

The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook since last year. It has not finalized its findings in the probe or the total amount of the penalty, according to the newspaper.

Facebook has talked with FTC staff about the investigation, one of the people familiar with the matter told the Post.

However, it is unclear if the company would settle with the FTC by accepting a significant financial penalty, which is expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fine the agency imposed on Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google in 2012, the report said.

Facebook declined to comment.

The FTC, which is affected by the U.S. government shutdown, did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Generally secretive, it took the unusual step last March of announcing the opening of an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices.

The announcement followed news reports that revealed lax oversight by the social media company had enabled a quiz app on Facebook to gather details on 87 million users and share it with now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since acknowledged several other lapses in protecting user data, drawing additional scrutiny from regulators around the world.

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Re: Facebook (FB)

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Britain’s New Instagram Rules Could Make Facebook Money

A U.K. crackdown on sponsored posts could pave the way for the social media giant to earn more from its celebrities.

By Alex Webb

Facebook receives a straightforward fee for each classic ad on its platforms, which also include WhatsApp and Messenger.

It also keeps a 30 percent cut of ads displayed alongside news stories in its Instant Articles.

But when the likes of Ellie Goulding show off a new pair of sneakers, bottled water or wannabe hot new widget in a picture or post, the tech giant doesn’t receive a penny.


While user growth at Instagram has helped offset declines at Facebook, it has also posed a challenge, because its ad offering is, so far, less profitable.

That difficulty has been heightened by Instagram Stories, the short, disappearing videos which are a hit among Generation Z audiences, but where ads are less frequent and easier to skip.


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Re: Facebook (FB)

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Analysts expect record Facebook profits in final quarter

At the end of a 2018 filled with scandals and negative headlines, Facebook Inc. is expected to report its most profitable quarter in history.

When Facebook releases results Wednesday after the closing bell, the empire of websites and apps controlled by the company is expected to report nearly US$6.4 billion in profit for the final three months of the year, over US$1 billion more than it has ever reported in a quarter previously, MarketWatch reports.

Calendar fourth-quarter advertising sales are typically the highest of the year, as advertisers attempt to attract holiday shoppers but Facebook is still expected to beat the holiday quarter last year by more than US$2 billion.

On average, analysts polled by FactSet estimate fourth-quarter earnings of US$2.18 a share, up from US$1.44 a year ago, though that profit total was shaved down from changes to the U.S. tax code.

Contributors to Estimize, which crowdsources estimates from analysts, fund managers and academics, predict earnings of US$2.21 a share.

Sell side analysts on average model fourth-quarter revenue of $16.4 billion, up from $12.97 billion in the year-earlier period. Estimize contributors predict revenue of US$16.41 billion.

The bulk of Facebook’s revenue is from mobile ad sales, which analysts on average estimate at US$14.94 billion in the fourth quarter, according to FactSet.

Desktop ad sales are expected to decline to US$1.27 billion from US$1.41 billion in the year-earlier quarter.

The company’s Oculus virtual reality hardware is included along with revenue from Marketplace in "Payments and Other Fees,” which analysts expect to be US$197 million.

On average, analysts expect Facebook to collect an average of US$7.11 in revenue for each user. Wall Street expects European daily active user growth to remain flat compared with the third quarter; analysts expect modest daily member growth U.S. and Canada to 185.3 million, up from 185 million in the third quarter.

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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

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Facebook plans content oversight board, tightens paid ad rules

by Foo Yun Chee, Katie Paul

“We now have more than 30,000 people working on safety and security across the company, three times as many as we had in 2017”.

The new tools are similar to those adopted for the U.S. mid-term elections, Clegg said, with all political ads stored in a publicly searchable library for up to seven years.

This will contain information such as the amount of money spent and the number of impressions displayed, who paid for them and the demographics of those who saw them, including age, gender and location.


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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

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The huge social media leader’s stock has been incredibly volatile recently, but it posted outstanding results for the quarter.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is the largest social network with over 2.0 billion monthly active users and over 1.4 billion daily active users.

The company generates revenue from advertising and from payments, with over 95% of revenue from advertising. It generates close to half of revenues in the United States and Canada and is expanding rapidly in international markets.

The company’s solutions also include Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application for mobile and web on various platforms and devices, which enable people to reach others instantly, as well as enable businesses to engage with customers; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application.

Jefferies loved the results and noted this:

Company reported last week and delivered a larger than anticipated fourth quarter beat. Ad impressions were up 34% year-over-year, though average price per ad fell 2%. We now believe ~80% of estimate cuts are complete and though revenue is expected to decelerate further in 2019, we think it will moderate throughout the year and believe it will continue to be a 20%+ grower.

We see upside to Instagram growth (potential for 60%+ growth) as Stories improve monetization. We look for 23% revenue growth in 2019, a deceleration from 37% but we don’t expect much further moderation, with 2020 growth expected to be 22%, faster than 20% operating expense growth.

Jefferies has a $200 price target and the consensus target is $184.67. The shares closed at $165.71 on Friday.

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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

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While Facebook stock looks relatively cheap at the surface level, Kelley says investors looking to buy the dip in Facebook should make sure they understand the risks.

In addition to potential regulatory headwinds, Kelley says Facebook is lacking long-term financial visibility as it transitions from news feed ads to Instagram ads and story- and video-based ads.

Returns on Facebook's early-stage efforts to monetize Whatsapp and Messenger likely won't come for at least another year, and user growth on the legacy Facebook platform will remain challenged.

Nomura has a "neutral" rating and $148 price target for FB stock.

Source: US News
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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

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Facebook

The huge social media leader’s stock has been incredibly volatile recently, but it posted outstanding results for the quarter.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is the largest social network with over 2.0 billion monthly active users and over 1.4 billion daily active users.

The company generates revenue from advertising and from payments, with over 95% of revenue from advertising.

It generates close to half of revenues in the United States and Canada and is expanding rapidly in international markets.

The company’s solutions also include Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application for mobile and web on various platforms and devices, which enable people to reach others instantly, as well as enable businesses to engage with customers; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application.

Jefferies loved the results and noted this:

Company reported last week and delivered a larger than anticipated fourth quarter beat. Ad impressions were up 34% year-over-year, though average price per ad fell 2%.

We now believe ~80% of estimate cuts are complete and though revenue is expected to decelerate further in 2019, we think it will moderate throughout the year and believe it will continue to be a 20%+ grower.

We see upside to Instagram growth (potential for 60%+ growth) as Stories improve monetization. We look for 23% revenue growth in 2019, a deceleration from 37% but we don’t expect much further moderation, with 2020 growth expected to be 22%, faster than 20% operating expense growth.

Jefferies has a $200 price target and the consensus target is $184.67. The shares closed at $165.71 on Friday.

Source: 24/7 Wall Street
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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

Postby winston » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:19 pm

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The long-awaited Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) turnaround has finally arrived and it will persist throughout 2019.

Calendar 2018 was arguably Facebook’s ugliest year ever. The company was hit by a plethora of political and social challenges amid mounting scrutiny regarding the company’s data privacy and protection policies.

Those challenges coupled with economic challenges (revenue growth slowed, usage growth slowed, and margins compressed) and FB stock dropped 40% off its highs.

Calendar 2019 is off to a very different start. FB stock is up 30% year-to-date already, as a huge double-beat fourth-quarter earnings report eased slowing growth and compressing margin concerns. The takeaway is that Facebook didn’t suffer any lasting damage from 2018.

The worst is over for Facebook, and 2019 will form a base year from which revenues and profits can continue to grow at a robust pace.

If this does prove to be the case, FB stock will continue to rally in 2019. The stock is still well off its all-time highs. There’s no reason the stock can’t get back to those all-time highs in 2019.

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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

Postby winston » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:02 am

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The bullish case for Facebook is about to get even better

By Mark Hulbert

Wall Street analysts typically are slow to react to new information, which could lead to upgrades

The shares eventually bottomed on Christmas Eve at $124.


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Re: Facebook (FB) 02 (Oct 17 - Dec 19)

Postby winston » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:44 am

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Is Facebook Undervalued Today?

Say what you will about the issues that users have with it, it's an excellent platform for advertisers.

It's at $162 a share right now. Do you think it is significantly undervalued like I do?"

If Ben thinks it's undervalued at $162, then he definitely thinks it's undervalued today at $160, down a little bit from when he sent his email.


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