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Facebook shares surge 12 percent with jump in revenue


New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook smashed investors’ expectations with a 52-percent jump in quarterly revenue.

As a result, Facebook shares rose almost 12 percent in after-hours trading to USD 105.32, reports Reuters.

The jump in revenue was a result of Facebook selling a large number of adds targeted at a fast-growing number of mobile users.

“It’s phenomenal at these (currency headwind) levels that they’re accelerating to that level of growth,” said Rob Sanderson, an analyst at MKM Partners.

Facebook said mobile ads accounted for 80 percent of total ad revenue in the quarter, compared with about 78 percent in the third quarter and 69 percent a year earlier.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, the social networking service had over 1.18 billion monthly active users as of August 2015.

Facebook, Inc. held its initial public offering in February 2012 and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of USD 104 billion.

On July 13, 2015, Facebook became the fastest company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to reach a market cap of $250 billion. Following its Q3 earnings call in 2015, Facebook’s market cap soared past $300 billion.(ANI)

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