Facebook shares are soaring on a blowout quarter as the company beat both earnings and revenue estimates, TheStreet TV Rhonda Schaffler reports in the above video.
Updated from 4:23 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook (FB - Get Report) stock is surging by 8.7% to $118.36 in after-hours trading on Wednesday, following the release of better-than-expected 2016 first quarter earnings and revenue.
After the market close, the social network reported adjusted earnings that increased to 77 cents per share from 42 cents per share in the year-ago period. The figure topped analysts' estimates for earnings of 62 cents per share, and was 10% better than the highest forecast of 41 Wall Street analysts, according to CNBC.
Revenue increased by 52% year-over-year to $5.38 billion for the most recent quarter, beating analysts' expectations for $5.25 billion.
Facebook's advertising revenue gained by 57% year-over-year to $5.2 billion, with mobile advertising revenue representing roughly 82% of all advertising revenue for the quarter.
Monthly active users grew by 15% year-over-year to 1.65 billion, while daily active users increased by 16% year-over-year to 1.09 billion.
Additionally, Facebook is proposing the creation of new class C shares designed to be nonvoting stock. If approved, Class A shareholders will receive two C shares for each class A share they own, potentially allowing CEO Mark Zuckerberg to sell a portion of his shares while maintaining control of the company.
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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates the stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of A-.
Facebook's strengths such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.
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