Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) Advertising revenue takes a hit
After the market closed on Monday, social network Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) joined a growing chorus of companies that have either reduced or withdrawn their guidance for the current quarter, citing the impact of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. Twitter withdrew its outlook for certain financial metrics for the first quarter of 2020. Management also provided an update on user growth.
Investors, of course, had already priced in some negative impact from the coronavirus outbreak on the tech company. As of Monday evening, Twitter stock had slid about 38% since Feb. 19 — worse than the S&P 500‘s 34% decline during this timeframe.
Advertising revenue takes a hit
In its March 23 update, Twitter said it is withdrawing previously stated guidance for revenue, operating income, operating expenses, and capital expenditures, citing “the growing impact of COVID-19 on the global operating and economic environment and their effect on advertiser demand.”
“Twitter had a strong start to the year before the effects of COVID-19 began spreading more broadly, including a successful Super Bowl and overall strength in the U.S.,” explained Twitter CFO Ned Segal in the company’s press release about its updated outlook. “The COVID-19 impact began in Asia, and as it unfolded into a global pandemic, it has impacted Twitter’s advertising revenue globally more significantly in the last few weeks.”
Management noted that the impact of the pandemic is difficult to estimate but said that “current visibility” suggests its first-quarter revenue will be “down slightly on a year-over-year basis.” In addition, the company said it expects a GAAP operating loss for the period.
Previously, management had guided for total revenue to be between $825 million and $885 million, implying 5% to 12% revenue growth. Furthermore, Twitter had anticipated operating income during the period to be between $0 and $30 million.
A silver lining
But COVID-19 has also notably had an important positive impact on Twitter. The company is seeing accelerated growth in monetizable daily active users (mDAU), likely because of a combination of more internet usage as more people are staying at home and the usefulness of Twitter’s social platform for discovering and discussing timely news. Quarter-to-date, Twitter’s mDAU are about 164 million, up 23% year over year and 8% sequentially.
Even though the quarter hasn’t ended yet, this year-over-year growth rate is already an acceleration from 21% growth in the fourth quarter of 2019. In fact, it marks the fifth quarter in a row of accelerating mDAU growth.
Overall, the bias in prices is: Downwards.
Note: this chart shows extraordinary price action to the downside.
By the way, prices are vulnerable to a correction towards 31.59.
The projected upper bound is: 30.69.
The projected lower bound is: 20.73.
The projected closing price is: 25.71.
A white body occurred (because prices closed higher than they opened).
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Relative Strength Index (RSI)
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Rex Takasugi – TD Profile
TWITTER INC closed up 1.160 at 25.850. Volume was 28% above average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 219% wider than normal.
Open High Low Close Volume___
25.600 26.460 24.140 25.850 5,129,221
Short Term: Neutral
Intermediate Term: Bearish
Long Term: Bearish
Moving Averages: 10-period 50-period 200-period
Close: 25.65 33.02 35.69
Volatility: 186 105 68
Volume: 5,747,878 4,827,916 3,380,118
Short-term traders should pay closer attention to buy/sell arrows while intermediate/long-term traders should place greater emphasis on the Bullish or Bearish trend reflected in the lower ribbon.
TWITTER INC is currently 27.6% below its 200-period moving average and is in an downward trend. Volatility is extremely high when compared to the average volatility over the last 10 periods. There is a good possibility that volatility will decrease and prices will stabilize in the near term. Our volume indicators reflect moderate flows of volume out of TWTR.N (mildly bearish). Our trend forecasting oscillators are currently bearish on TWTR.N and have had this outlook for the last 17 periods.
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