SNAP - Snap Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
9.12
-0.07 (-0.76%)
At close: 4:02PM EST
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Previous Close9.19
Open9.20
Bid0.00 x 2900
Ask0.00 x 3000
Day's Range9.04 - 9.23
52 Week Range4.82 - 19.80
Volume19,959,810
Avg. Volume23,137,222
Market Cap12.048B
Beta (3Y Monthly)N/A
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.97
Earnings DateFeb 4, 2019 - Feb 8, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est8.47
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That stickiness is improving the platform's user metrics, causing its bottom line to accelerate rapidly.On the other hand, even FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that for the last couple of years, the company has focused primarily on social issues like election integrity, content governance, safety and security, and data privacy. All of those initiatives represent defensive reactions by Facebook to its past mistakes rather than efforts that can really improve its bottom line and boost FB stock in the process. Although Zuckerberg indicated that the social network would pivot this year to more ambitious, offense initiatives, he wasn't very specific about them and none of them seemed groundbreaking. 3: SNAP Stock is Hotter Than FB StockFacebook stock has jumped 33% since its Christmas Eve lows and about 10% since its Q4 earnings report. But SNAP stock has positively been on fire, soaring nearly 80% since Dec. 24 and climbing close to 30% in the wake of its earnings report last week. 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A closer read of their respective headlines also reveals the much-needed rhetoric has taken a turn for the better, reflective of fresh profit growth, sales growth or both.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn no particular order… Snap (SNAP)Some investors had altogether given up on Snapchat parent Snap (NYSE:SNAP), convinced there just wasn't room for a third social media name in an environment that included Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). SNAP stock, between its February 2017 high hit shortly after its IPO and its low in December of last year, lost more than 80% of its value, while slowing user growth finally turned negative in the middle of 2018.A glimmer of hope started to shine during the final quarter of last year. Its daily user total stabilized, and the habitual losses finally began to shrink.It's far from an ironclad turnaround, but it has been enough to spark over a 70% rebound from its December low. Coty (COTY)Like Snap, beauty company Coty (NYSE:COTY) is a name many investors had given up on. Shares fell 80% between early 2016 and the end of last year, mostly in response to an uninterrupted streak of declining revenue and shrinking profits.It's another name, however, that may have turned a corner nobody was expecting it to. COTY stock is up nearly 80% since its late December low, with most of that gain spurred by last quarter's revenue and earnings. Both topped estimates. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Next 10 Months Bonus: Several new executives -- including a new CFO -- have been named, setting the stage for some much-needed change in how the organization is managed. Bolstering the bullish argument is this week's report that JAB Holding Co. is looking to take on a major equity stake in COTY stock at its current price. 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Take a picture of the desired piece, and its innovative AI platform scans through a litany of options, providing you with identical or similar-looking matches.Upon the app's introduction, it impressed many people, including Ikea's leadership team. But how will a furniture app move the needle for FB stock? GrokStyle Represents the Next Phase for Facebook StockTo the casual observer, GrokStyle doesn't appear intuitively beneficial for the king of social media. However, FB has invested significantly in similar platforms, as evidenced by its Facebook AI Research lab, or FAIR.For one thing, the company's foray into a seemingly disparate venture aligns with broader tech industry trends. A great example is rival Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG,NASDAQ:GOOGL). Although Alphabet banks heavily on the Google search engine , it has moved aggressively into new areas such as ride sharing.Of course, the twist is that Alphabet leverages its tech know-how to bring distinction to its services. For ride-sharing Waymo, the platform uses AI to replace the human driver. Facebook has a similar opportunity with GrokStyle, which will likely boost FB stock longer term.In isolation, GrokStyle represents an impressive platform. However, it would have to seek out new users through a marketing campaign. But under Facebook, the retail app has viable, proven synergies. Obviously, the social-media firm features a massive audience which they can market at will. Also, FB users themselves are likely to share their positive experiences with others.This is where Facebook is taking a page out of Alphabet's playbook. Both are utilizing their core strengths to drive distinction in otherwise familiar platforms. Demographic Trends Also Favor GrokStyle acquisitionUnquestionably, FB is the world's greatest social-media network. You can argue that Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) or Snap (NYSE:SNAP) is sexier, but quantifiably, they both feature far lower user counts. As a result, if you want to generate excitement over a product or service, you do it through Facebook.But it's not just the quantity of users that I'm focused on, but rather, the quality. As I've mentioned a few times over the years, social-media rivals like Snapchat skew exclusively towards the young demographic. That's not necessarily a problem. As we're reminded constantly, youth is a highly-desired commodity.The problem for Snapchat is that statistically, it loses its young audience to Facebook as they grow older. The app's central demographic strength centers on the 18 to 24 years age group. From there, the age-bracket distribution falls off a cliff.In contrast, Facebook's money-maker is the 25 to 34 years group. Just as importantly, the company features a flatter demographic curve. Even senior citizens represent themselves well on the network, which was always a strong point for FB stock.Why this is particularly important for GrokStyle is that furniture represents a high priority for all age groups, except for perhaps the super-young (ie. Snapchat users). Moreover, older folks have both the money and incentive to use GrokStyle. I believe these demographic synergies will eventually boost average revenues per user, as well as valuations for Facebook stock. FB Stock Is an Effective AI investmentWhile I believe investors have plenty of reasons to love Facebook's GrokStyle acquisition, it's not without criticism. Sometimes, tech firms innovate for innovation's sake, but lack the practical (ie. profitable) application. And as our own Vince Martin explained, FB stock has suffered from multiple controversies.But I can't help but play the contrarian here: don't the controversies reflect how effective Facebook stock is as an AI investment?Please read this carefully: I'm not justifying any of the horrible privacy breaches that the company imposed on its users. Rather, what I'm saying is that associated parties to the controversy had incentives to perform unethical actions.In the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, the politically-motivated research firm believed Facebook's user data could help Donald Trump's presidential campaign. As for the privacy breaches involving Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), these names obviously value FB's data-mining riches. Otherwise, why incur an ugly PR crisis?Of course, data mining and AI are different disciplines. However, they both scour through massive data to produce usable, practical information. Where most AI systems fall apart is in the information delivery department. For example, digital personal assistants have failed to live up to consumer expectations. So far, the available technology doesn't allow them to answer complicated inquiries requiring cross-referencing of multiple data points. * Buy These 5 Stocks to Play the Megatrend of the Century The difference for Facebook stock is that the underlying organization largely focuses on what works. Its recent acquisition demonstrates that management's drive for innovation isn't getting in the way of growth and profitability.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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