Has Twitter Already Hit a Ceiling?

Twitter took a beating last month after reporting slowing user growth and declining engagement. Another key metrics is also heading the wrong direction.

Mar 9, 2014 at 1:00PM

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has been on a wild ride ever since going public a few short months ago. The company sold off last month after reporting slower user growth. Twitter has now filed its annual report, and ad rates are also now heading the wrong way. The company has disclosed that last quarter, ad prices fell by 18% sequentially, the latest in a string of such sequential declines going back at least 7 quarters.

However, as the service has grown, this has been offset by the company significantly increasing its supply of ad inventory, which has prevented declining ad rates from hurting the bottom line. For instance, in the full year 2013, ads per timeline view jumped 327%, while ad prices fell 67%.

In this video from Friday's Tech Teardown, Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu looks at Twitter, and discusses why he sees it as a company that's still working out all the kinks in its pricing strategy. He also compares it to ad-based businesses Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and tells investors which of the three he likes best today.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

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