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Weibo Q3 2018 Earnings Preview: analysts expect robust results despite FAANG rout fears

Arguably the go-to social media platform in China is Sina Weibo. The microblogging giant Weibo Corp (WB) is all set to post its third-quarter earnings before the opening bell on Wednesday. Analysts expect Weibo to earn $0.71 a share on revenue of $456.4 million.

Weibo has been going through a rough patch, with its stock price getting battered heavily since the first quarter. It hit $140 in February, but then has fallen 62% to as low as $53.11 recently.

Last year, Weibo earned $0.51 per share. Its metrics have been pretty robust since. However, investors seem to want to get rid of the stock in what is a selling frenzy that has brought the shares down to the $50s.

And it’s not just Weibo that is facing the heat. Back home, Both Facebook and Twitter have been under fire. Right after the privacy uproar and related hearing, 2018 saw a huge FAANG slump.

The Nasdaq-100 Index, which houses FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) and similar stocks, shed over $1 trillion in value in a month. While bouts of a selloff and bearish sentiment usually get corrected in the successive quarters, this latest is a more significant dent than that could be corrected in the near term.

FAANG stocks performance

The FAANG stocks’ combined market value losses crossed $1 trillion on Nov. 20 with Amazon taking the biggest hit to its market cap of $280 billion. Facebook and Apple both lost $253 billion while Alphabet saw $164 billion wiped out from its market value. Netflix was slightly better off than the others, losing only $67 billion.

While some attribute the tech rout to a market correction, others believe the day of reckoning has come for several major technology companies. Weibo is arguably China’s Facebook and Twitter. If sentiments of US social media translate to foreign stock, Weibo might continue the slump even after posting better than expected results.

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