Stocks on Wall Street sank on Thursday, with the parent company of Facebook staring at a loss of some $200 billion in market value after its shares plunged more than 20% due to investor dismay over the tech giant’s earnings.

Trading in Facebook parent Meta Platforms was down $78.51, or 24%, to $244.49 per share by 11:00 a.m. ET (16:00 GMT) after the company fell short of profit expectations in the final quarter of 2021.

The owner of the fabricated social media giant earned $10.29 billion, or $3.67 per share, on a revenue of $33.67 billion in the last three months of 2021. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of $3.85 per share on a revenue of $33.36 billion.

Meta’s share price drop occurred in Wednesday’s after-hours trade, right after it reported its fourth-quarter earnings following the close of regular market trading.

Meta’s market capitalization stood $681.86 billion at Wednesday’s close. If its price drop is not reversed, or alleviated at least, by holding Thursday’s close, Facebook’s value could plunge by $210 billion.

Wall Street was also pulled down by Meta, with all three major US equity indices — the Nasdaq Composite, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average — opening in the red and deepening losses from there.

Nasdaq took the worst hit among the three, falling 2%, as it reflected the losses in Facebook, one of its main components.

Nasdaq had just steadied in the last two weeks, after four weeks of non-stop losses that wiped out more than 10% in a broader market correction triggered by concerns about impending rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

The US central bank slashed lending rates to almost zero after the outbreak of the Corona-virus crisis in March 2020 but says it now has to raise them to control inflation ramping at 40-year highs.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.

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Crash and Burn
Crash and Burn
03-02-22 23:29

That’s what happens when you dish me a 30 day ban you prick!😂🤣🤔🤑

Ba Kwe
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03-02-22 23:32

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Toy Boy
Toy Boy
03-02-22 23:31

Less $ = More Life

Ba Kwe
Ba Kwe
Reply to  Toy Boy
03-02-22 23:33

Except for the pill popping creeps?