3 Buzzing Social Media Stocks: Twitter’s Big Gains, Facebook Debuts Anti-Bullying Resources, Groupon’s Shares Rally
Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR): Twitter managed to pack on a healthy 73 percent gain during its first day of trading on Thursday, reaching a substantial $31 billion valuation after factoring in options and RSUs. Analysts have jumped on the stock with a few downgrades, to Hold and Sell, and an initiation at Sell from Hudson Square after the run-up. Twitter stock is cooling somewhat, down around 4 percent amid a see-sawing trading session.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): Facebook debuted a “bullying prevention hub” on Wednesday, a step that cyberbullying experts call a beneficial if belated first step. The hub is essentially an online resource center that provides suggestions for teens and adults on how to address and resolve issues of bullying, both online and in person. The site is also making it easier for teens to report when posts are making them uncomfortable. The new resources come after a recent report suggested that teens were migrating away from Facebook; this fall, 23 percent of teens thought Facebook was “the most important social network,” down from 43 percent last fall.
Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN): Shares of Groupon rallied in after-hours trading, even after a 12 percent-plus dip, as the company released its quarterly report. The shares are now reaching 8 percent gains in early trading on Friday; North American sales (61 percent of the total) saw growth of 24 percent, as declines in the rest of the world slowed greatly over the quarter prior. Gross billings of $1.34 billion grew 10 percent over the same period of last year.