Meta Platforms Shares Surge on Cost Cuts, Stock Buyback

Business Shares of social media companies are on pace for the largest percentage increase in nearly a decade

FTC Loses Antitrust Challenge to Facebook Parent Meta

Tech Judge denies agency’s request for injunction blocking Meta’s proposed acquisition of virtual-reality startup

Meta, Shell, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and More Stock Market Movers

Text size Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, announced a new buyback plan of $40 billion. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Stock futures were mostly higher Thursday, adding to the previous session’s gains after the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank’s … Read more

Meta Results Are Mixed But the Stock Is Soaring on Expense Cuts

Text size A Meta employee demonstrates the Meta Quest Pro VR Headset in Las Vegas in January. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Meta Platforms shares spiked in late trading Wednesday after the company disclosed fourth quarter financial results and announced a new round of cuts to its 2023 spending plan. In another shareholder friendly move, the Facebook … Read more

Opinion: Zuckerberg and Intel are shipping the proceeds from their layoffs straight to Wall Street

For years, Wall Street groused about Silicon Valley’s refusal to pay dividends and buy back stock as tech companies grew into cash-generating machines. That is no longer a problem, even though those tech companies are generating fewer profits than they were in previous years. In fact, some tech companies are basically paying off Wall Street … Read more

Meta stock spikes despite earnings miss, as Facebook hits 2 billion users for the first time and sales guidance quells fears

Meta Platforms Inc. shares soared in after-hours trading Wednesday despite an earnings miss, as the Facebook parent company guided for potentially more revenue than Wall Street expected in the new year and promised more share repurchases amid cost cuts. Meta Meta, +2.79% said it hauled in $32.17 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, down from $33.67 billion … Read more

Opinion: Snap stock has lost the one thing it had going for it

Snap Inc.’s life as a high-growth young tech stock is over, and its rivals are about to show how much of that change is about Snapchat. “From our recent conversations with our partners, it seems like advertising demand hasn’t really improved, but it hasn’t gotten significantly worse either,” Snap co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel … Read more

Snap Warns of Sales Drop After Revenue Growth Stalls

Business Earnings Snapchat’s parent company is struggling to revive growth with the digital advertising market in upheaval

Chevron, Comcast, and 10 More Companies That Raised Their Stock Dividends

Text size Kimberly-Clark raised its dividend this week. Pavel Sytsko/Dreamstime.com Chevron , Kimberly Clark , Archer-Daniels Midland , spirit Comcast were among the large US companies that announced dividend increases this week. It was a busy week for these announcements, with the fourth-quarter earnings season in full swing. Chevron (ticker: CVX) declared a quarterly dividend … Read more

New Mario Kart Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Has Visitors Wondering if They’re Too Big to Fit

Life & Work Travel A new Mario Kart attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood warns that visitors with large waistlines might not be allowed on board