Is Facebook Home a Bigger Success Than We Think?

Recently, AT&T (NYSE: T  ) dropped the price for the HTC First, an Android handset with Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB  ) Home app pre-installed. The move called into question Home's attractiveness as a platform. Now it seems the criticism may have been premature.

Reporting on an open session conducted by Facebook VP of Mobile Engineering Cory Ondrejka, TechCrunch says more 1 million have downloaded Home and that those who have it use Facebook 25% more in spite of Google's  (NASDAQ: GOOGL  )  efforts to bolster Android.

That's an important stat, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following interview with the Fool's Erin Miller. Engaged users are more likely to accept ads, which in turn could accelerate mobile ad revenue growth and push Facebook stock to new highs. Look to buy on weakness, Tim says.

Do you agree? Please watch the video to get Tim's specific take, and then let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Facebook stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2013, at 7:45 PM, EllenBrandtPhD wrote:

    Very interesting and balanced series of related stories at Mashable today, with zillions! -only slight exaggeration - of commenters making suggestions on how FB's mobile and other platforms should be improved. If FB listens, these zillions! of unpaid advisors could serve as a terrific market research panel for them. I'm not an avid FB user. But apparently, those who ARE are still extremely passionate.

    Amazed at the extreme hatred for the stock some at CNBC and elsewhere are now expressing.

    It's actually pretty Bullish, since some of the self-same commentators were enthusing just as wildly long, long ago - i.e. 6 or 7 days ago - after an earnings report they LIKED.

    Does anyone understand this Manic to Depressive behavior on CNBC and the other sites which slavishly follow CNBC? Did they get orders from Somebody or Other playing this stock like a violin?

    I'm wary - as you also may be - because of a certain Tiny Guru's similar whipsaw moves on CSCO, which kept many out of the stock before earnings.

    Said Guru and the rest of the CNBC contingent were loudly proclaiming their "chartists" believed Cisco was about to collapse to 14, I think the number bandied about was. So many were terrified to get in. Ooooooh, surprise! Cisco beat and soared without The Peasants being part of it. And now the CNBC contingent is touting Cisco for a move possibly above 30. If this happened over the course of 6 months, fine. To happen over the course of 2 weeks - simply manipulative and very distressing to some of us.

    In any case, we are now getting similar strange Manic-Depressive behavior from this group of commentators on FB.

    Let's see if the FB Bull contingent among Wall Street heavyweights - note that Institutional ownership is wayyyyyyyyy up the past two months - fights back hard this coming week.

    Don't know if it happens, but it seems a decent possibility.

    (Among other things, Leon Cooperman taking such a big stake is interesting. You wouldn't think Da Boyz would play the distinguished Mr. C, Capo of Insiders, as a "Muppet," now, would you?)

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