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Facebook owner Meta Platforms saw its shares down heavily in extended trade after revenue forecasts disappointed. Some analysts are also now questioning the staggering amounts of money Meta is investing in artificial intelligence.

Written by: Jeremy Naylor | Analyst, London
 
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Earnings per share came in at $4.71, comfortably above estimates of $4.32 and revenues up 27% year-on-year, at $36.46bln, above the forecasts of $36.16bln. That was the fastest rate of revenue expansion for any quarter since 2021. However, shares have quite clearly been priced for perfection as the outlook, however strong it is, quite clearly disappointed the market. Q2 revenue is expected at $36.5 to $39bln with the midpoint at $37.75bln, which would represent 18% year-over-year growth, but below analysts' average estimates of $38.3bln. However, the company is also expected to invest between $30-37bln into AI, possibly as much as $40bln, which some said was too much given current engagement.

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Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, experienced a significant stock drop post-market following its quarterly earnings report, despite beating earnings expectations with a share price of $4.71 against a forecast of $4.32, and posting revenues of $36.46 billion.

Meta's aggressive investment in AI technology

This drop was attributed to concerns over its aggressive investment in AI technology, with spending on AI expected to be between $30 to $40 billion. Despite initial investor trepidation, there's notable buying interest in the stock at the lower prices, with 87% of clients holding long positions. The heavy investment in AI technology continues to spark debate among investors regarding the company’s future direction.

 

 

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