LinkedIn ( LNKD) shares soared 19.09% to $147.78 after the professional social network reported fourth-quarter results that blew past expectations. LinkedIn reported fourth-quarter earnings of 35 cents a share on $303.6 million in revenue, up 81% year over year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were looking for 19 cents a share on $279.52 million in sales. Revenue growth was aided by Talent Solutions revenue, which totaled $161 million, up 90% year over year. Talent Solutions revenue made up 53% of this quarter's sales. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company provided first-quarter guidance that exceeded Wall Street estimates. It expects revenue between $305 million and $310 million. Analysts were expecting $301.3 million in revenue. For the full year, LinkedIn expects sales between $1.41 billion and $1.44 billion. Wall Street analysts expect $1.439 billion.
Nuance Communications ( NUAN) plunged 18.66% to $19.97 Friday after the voice and language company said guidance would be lower than Wall Street was expecting. For the first quarter, Nuance earned on a non-GAAP basis 35 cents a share on revenue of $492.4 million. Wall Street analysts were looking for profit of 36 cents a share on revenue of $490 million.