James Dennin, Kapitall: Facebook is joining the S&P 500. Twitter's going through the roof. All eyes are on social media stocks this week. It was just announced that Facebook (FB) is joining the S&P 500 index, as well as the S&P 100 index of large American companies. Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JDS Uniphase Corp (JDSU), and Teradyne Inc. (TER) have all been removed from the index, and the change will go into effect after markets close at the end of next week. Read more from Kapitall: 5 Profitable Apparel Stocks Compared to Peers as Holiday Shopping Continues The move reflects Facebook's ascendence as an immense and profitable American company, as well as the market's acceptance of social media stocks – whose profitability and monetization schemes once drew skepticism. But Facebook isn't the only social media company in this sector that is making moves. In response to the rapidly growing value of the start-up sensation Snapchat – which recently brought in more than $50 million in additional funding – both Twitter (TWTR) and Instagram have added direct picture messaging. Tech and media stocks outside of social media have been having a much less exciting week. Just look at the revelations about Yahoo's (YHOO) finances, and the fact that it had under reported how much of its revenue comes directly from a single contract with Microsoft (MSFT). The company's new mail system has had a difficult role-out as well, and skepticism is starting to mount about a tech company whose valuable assets are all located overseas. So are social media tech stocks showing the new way forward? We gathered a list of some of our favorite publicly traded social media companies to add to your news feed.
Click on the interactive chart to view analyst ratings for these social media stocks over time.Will new moves and acquisitions in social media shake up the landscape for tech stocks? Use the list below to begin your own analysis. 1. Google Inc. ( GOOG): The world's most popular search engine. Market cap at $357.99B, most recent closing price at $1027.99.
2. Facebook, Inc. ( FB): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $125.96B, most recent closing price at $49.38.
3. Twitter, Inc. ( TWTR): A global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Market cap at $28.53B, most recent closing price at $52.34.
4. Baidu, Inc. ( BIDU): Provides Internet search services. Market cap at $59.84B, most recent closing price at $173.24.
5. Yahoo Inc. ( YHOO): Provides search, content, and communication tools on the Web and on mobile devices worldwide. Market cap at $40.20B, most recent closing price $39.15. ( List compiled by James Dennin. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Invesment Research, all other data sourced from Finviz.)