- SNAP posts strong results on Thusday, record daily active users.
- SNAP sees further gains in revenue for year ahead, 2021.
- Wall Street analysts remain comfortable with SNAP outlook.
SNAP is Snapchat, the eponymous social media upstart beloved of millennials, Generation Z! Snapchat is a WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook competitor and has been growing steadily under the radar of its bigger competitors. Snapchat has nearly 300 million daily active users and generates most of its revenue from advertising.
SNAP Stock Forecast
SNAP reported fourth quarter results last Thursday. Results were positive, beating analyst expectations. Earnings per share (EPS) came in at $0.09 versus Wall Street expecting $0.07. Revenue was $911 million ahead of analyst expectations for $857 million. Revenue gained 62% year on year, daily active users jumped to 265 million, a gain of 22% on the year.
Snapchat (SNAP) also guided revenue to climb to $720-$740 million for Q1 2021. SNAP said it is to strengthen its advertising to help further monetize the app.
Analysts and investors SNAP it up!
Investors clearly liked what they saw as shares in SNAP climbed 9% on Friday to close out the week at $63.64.
Analysts also liked the announcement with multiple upgrades coming though from Wall Street firms on Friday.
Rosenblatt increased its price target to $70, KeyBanc increased its price target to $63. Needham and Raymond James maintained their hold and market perform rating respectively.
Pandemic boom, privacy concerns
SNAP appears to be riding the pandemic induced communication boom well with CEO Evan Spiegel saying “Our team has worked tirelessly to help people stay close with their friends and family even while they are physically apart, and we’re proud of the strong results we delivered for our advertising partners this quarter and over the full year.”
The only caveat is the increasing user attention on privacy concerns. This increased privacy awareness could “present another risk of interruption to demand”, according to SNAP CFO Derek Anderson.
SNAP Technical analysis
SNAP is clearly in a powerful bullish trend with new record highs on Friday. Key support for this trend continuance is at $48.08, the last major low. RSI and MACD have both just broken downtrend lines. MACD has crossed the signal line on Feb 1 to confirm the start of the bullish move.
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