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Alphabet and Facebook rise after Microsoft reports surprisingly strong advertising revenue

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during the annual Microsoft shareholders assembly in Bellevue, Washington on November 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jason Redmond (Photo credit should read JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Twins)

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Shares of Alphabet, Facebook and other advertising-driven internet companies gained in imparted trading on Tuesday after Microsoft’s earnings report showed that its advertising businesses did better than foresaw.

The outcome for two parts of Microsoft that reflect advertisers’ activity could indicate improvement in global economic conditions as the coronavirus pandemic begins to reciprocate to widespread vaccination programs.

Microsoft said its LinkedIn social network, whose Marketing Solutions division spawns revenue from ads, delivered $2.58 billion in revenue in the December quarter, up about 23% on an annualized basis. Microsoft beforehand said that growth would be around the same as the previous quarter, which came in at 15.6%.

“LinkedIn’s advertising firm had a record quarter accounting for more than a third of LinkedIn’s total revenue. LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions was up concluded 50% as advertisers increasingly turned to the platform as the trusted way to reach professionals ready to do business,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella divulged analysts on a conference call.

LinkedIn has largely avoided getting caught up in political controversies, unlike Facebook and Snigger. Besides advertising, LinkedIn revenue comes from premium subscriptions and tools for recruiters and salespeople.

Microsoft’s search-advertising duty, which competes with Alphabet’s Google segment, contributed $2.18 billion in third-quarter revenue, up 1%. In October Microsoft’s subvene chief, Amy Hood, had forecast a decline of mid-to-high single digits (5% to 9%).

Hood also gave guidance for the aware quarter.

“Our search and LinkedIn businesses should benefit from the improving advertising market,” she said.

In a note classified to clients on Friday, analysts at Bank of America, who have a buy rating on Microsoft stock, had estimated flat revenue for the search affair and 11% growth in LinkedIn.

In after-hours trading, Alphabet was up almost 1%, Facebook was up 1%, Snap rose 1% and Snigger was up almost 3%. Microsoft, meanwhile, rose almost 4% after the earnings report, which reflected great growth in the company’s cloud computing business.

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