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Twitter 'Kitchen Sinked The Quarter,' But One Quarter Is Not A Trend

Twitter 'Kitchen Sinked The Quarter,' But One Quarter Is Not A Trend
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Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) was up more than 4 percent in after-hours trading (but dropped by more than 10 percent following the company's conference call) after the company reported its second quarter results.

The social media empire reported Q2 EPS of $0.07 versus the Street estimate of $0.04. Twitter expert Sean Udall said this was an "in-line" result. He praised the firm's revenue of $502.38 million, which was roughly $21 million higher than the Street estimate of $481.28 million.

"That's a huge beat," Udall told Benzinga. "[And] they actually guided the full-year number up a little bit."

Udall said it feels like Twitter might have "kitchen sinked the quarter."

"The bottom line is…they just flat-out crushed the current quarter," he continued. "I think Twitter is doing the beat and guide conservatively, but they did guide up the full year pretty nicely. I think it should be $40 and above. This stock has so much potential."

Udall anticipated a $100 share price at some point in the future.

"I could make the case the stock should be $42-$43," said Udall. "The stock's all the way down to $38. I think it's gonna be hard to keep Twitter too much lower."

The stock continued to level off after Benzinga spoke with Udall. He concluded by saying that if this was any other company, it would be in a much better position.

"[But] Twitter has to do everything twice as well," he said.

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A 'Trend' For Twitter?

Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry does not believe that one quarter could be classified as a "trend" for Twitter.

"I think there's still a lot of work to be done on product innovation and monetization," Chowdhry told Benzinga. "I don't think their 'Buy' button is going to have any traction. I think it's a good property…it's very good for celebrities and political figures. But it's not an engagement platform."

Chowdhry believes that investors should approach Twitter with caution.

"One quarter is not a trend," he affirmed. "I think there will be more things to come before things improve from a fundamental point of view."

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

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