Extraordinary Hubris

It sounded so much differently just eight trading days ago. Facebook announced its latest quarterly results after the close on July 26 that disappointed expectations. A primary concern among investors was the projected decline in user growth attributed at least in part to the fallout from Cambridge Analytica, which involved the mishandling of data associated with up to 87 million of its users. The stock price tumbled more than -20% in response to the news. But all of this worry about future growth is so July 2018. For while on one hand the company talks about its long-term effort to improve the security of the user data on its platform, at the same time it is out sniffing for even more sensitive data to collect.

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Successfully Navigating The Facebook Miss

Facebook announced its latest quarterly results for 2018 Q2. The numbers for the latest period can be described simply as disappointing. And the share price has been reacting both accordingly and severely in the after-hours session heading into the overnight on Wednesday night. While much time and effort will be expended in the coming days in dissecting the numbers and the outlook for what was as of Wednesday’s close the fifth largest company by market cap in the United States, it is also worthwhile to consider how investors can best navigate what is likely to be a turbulent few trading days ahead for the tech communications giant.

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