META Stock Is Surging After Earnings. Analysts Say There’s More to Come.

  • Meta Platforms (META) stock is rising after releasing its fourth-quarter earnings report.
  • The company’s results for Q4 were mixed.
  • However, analysts are reacting well to Meta’s efficiency plans for 2023.
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Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:META) stock is rising higher on Thursday as investors and analysts react to the company’s latest earnings report.

Let’s start with that earnings report, which offered mixed results. For example, the company’s diluted earnings per share of $1.76 came in below Wall Street’s estimate of $2.22. It also represents a 52% decrease year-over-year (YOY).

However, revenue for the quarter came in at $32.17 billion. That beat out the $31.53 billion in revenue analysts were expecting, even if it represents a 4% drop YOY.

Adding to this, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was positive in the report. He says Meta will focus on efficiency in 2023. The company’s leader claims this will lead to a “stronger and more nimble organization.”

What Analysts Are Saying About META Stock

Bank of America analyst Justin Post said the following while upgrading META stock in a note obtained by CNBC:

“Meta is an investment in increasing social and mobile Internet usage, and also offers exposure to the increasing use of AI/ML technology and potential long-term Metaverse opportunity […] With the new efficiency mentality, we believe Meta is positioned strong EPS growth when advertising environment improves.”

In addition to that, several other analysts have discussed META stock following the earnings report. That includes JPMorgan, Barclays and Piper Sandler weighing in on the company.

META stock is up 20% as of Thursday morning.

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