Meta Platforms Inc.’s one-day crash now ranks as the worst in stock-market history.
The Facebook parent plunged 26% Thursday on the back of woeful earnings results, and erased about $251.3 billion in market value. That’s the biggest wipeout in market value for any U.S. company ever.
And while the stock could certainly bounce back in coming days, especially given the volatility that’s gripped the technology sector this year, the mood on Wall Street has turned decidedly bleak on the long-time market darling. Analysts are pointing to the stiff competition that Meta now faces from rivals and to the fact that revenue was below expectations as causes for concern. Michael Nathanson, an analyst at brokerage Moffett Nathanson, titled his note “Facebook: The Beginning of the End?”
“These cuts run deep,” he wrote. The results were “a headline grabber and not in a good way.”
Investment advice is about the least-qualified topic I might offer advice on. I enjoy managing my own retirement account. And television, streaming or otherwise, is pretty much barren and uninteresting. My daily sum-total of time on the major networks news shows probably adds up to less than a half-hour. And I’m a news junkie…always have been. Recreational news watching limits me to Bloomberg TV. Not always interesting; but, depending on guests, most of it ain’t bullshit or mystical crap. What comes from Bloomberg staff is pretty much always interesting and professional. As witnessed by the waiting line of networks ready to steal their staff.
Oh…and Facebook. They could disappear overnight and I wouldn’t notice the “loss”.