Surprisingly, rumors of the company building its own mobile ad network haven't done much to boost Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) stock. Fool contributor Tim Beyers says the downturn isn't likely to last.
Pinpointing the issue isn't easy. Ahead of this week's F8 developer conference in San Francisco -- where the new mobile ad network is to be unveiled -- Facebook announced strong first-quarter results. Revenue soared 72% while per-share earnings tripled. Mobile deserves the lion's share of credit for those gains.
Specifically, Facebook served 1.01 billion mobile users in Q1, up 34% year over year. Roughly 1.28 billion logged in overall, a 15% increase. To capitalize on that growth, Facebook now wants its own mobile ad network to compete directly with Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL)(NASDAQ:GOOG).
In the video, Tim says Facebook is also cashing in on data acquired over years of helping users log in to mobile apps. Thus, advertisers who tap into its mobile ad network will also be accessing a rich tapestry of information for discovering which apps -- and which devices -- might be best to target.
The losers here? Certainly Google, which eMarketer says grabs about 50% of the mobile ad spend. Yet Tim says Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) could also take a hit, since both are putting resources into converting more revenue from mobile content.
Now it's your turn to weigh in. How do you expect the new mobile ad network to impact Facebook stock? Please watch the video to get the full story, and then leave a comment to let us know your take, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Facebook stock at current prices.
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