Prelude Capital Management LLC, an institutional investor, recently decreased its position in Weibo Co. (NASDAQ:WB) by 24.9% during the first quarter of this year, according to a disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. As of its most recent filing, the company owned 82,595 shares of Weibo’s stock, representing a decrease of 27,369 shares from the previous quarter. The total value of Prelude Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Weibo amounted to $1,657,000.
Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) reported its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 24th. The information services provider exceeded expectations by reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 for the quarter, surpassing the consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.02. With a return on equity of 13.22% and a net margin of 17.47%, Weibo demonstrated strong financial performance during this period. However, the company’s revenue for the quarter reached $440.20 million, slightly lower than analyst estimates of $442.66 million. Compared to the same period last year, Weibo experienced a decline of 2.2% in its quarterly revenue.
Weibo Corporation operates as a social media platform in China through its subsidiaries. Its platform facilitates content creation, distribution, and discovery for users in the People’s Republic of China. The company is divided into two segments: Advertising and Marketing Services; and Value-Added Services. By offering discovery products to assist users in finding content and self-expression products that enable users to express themselves on the platform, Weibo promotes user engagement and interaction.
As an influential player in China’s social media landscape, Weibo continues to navigate evolving trends in this dynamic market segment despite experiencing a slight decline in quarterly revenue compared to last year’s figures.
According to equities analysts’ forecasts reviewed by Market Research Reports, Weibo Co. is estimated to post earnings per share of 1.64 for the current year. As shareholders and investors monitor the company’s performance closely, they will be eager to observe how Weibo adapts and innovates to maintain its competitive edge within the ever-changing social media landscape in China.
Overall, Prelude Capital Management LLC’s decision to lower its position in Weibo demonstrates a cautious approach that should be interpreted within the context of evolving market conditions. The upcoming quarters will provide further insight into Weibo’s growth strategies and potential opportunities for investors in this sector.
PR Newswire (September 15, 2023). “Prelude Capital Management LLC Has $1.66 Million Stake in Weibo Co. (NASDAQ:WB)”
Updated on: 04/12/2023
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Investment Interest in Weibo Rises as Institutional Investors Increase Their Stakes
Weibo Co., the Chinese social media giant, has recently seen an increase in interest from hedge funds and institutional investors. In the first quarter, Advisor Group Holdings Inc. grew its stake in Weibo by 88.9%, acquiring an additional 651 shares and now owning a total of 1,383 shares worth $35,000. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado also bought a new position in Weibo during the same period, amounting to approximately $40,000.
Ronald Blue Trust Inc. further increased its stake in Weibo by an impressive 553.1% in the first quarter, purchasing an additional 1,709 shares to bring their total holdings to 2,018 shares worth $39,000. Similarly, US Bancorp DE saw a significant boost in their position with Weibo as they acquired an additional 3,059 shares during the same quarter. They now own a total of 5,512 shares valued at $135,000.
Another notable institutional investor is Tower Research Capital LLC TRC which increased its position in Weibo by a stunning 10,618.7% during the first quarter. With a total holding of 8,039 shares worth $162,000.
According to recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), these institutional investors now possess approximately 29.81% of Weibo’s outstanding stock.
On Friday September 15th,NASDAQ WB opened at $12.03 with a market capitalization of $2.82 billion.The company has shown inconsistencies as it experienced a decline from its fifty-two week high of $25.57.The stock currently carries a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 9.33 along with a PEG ratio (price/earnings-to-growth)of 1.30.These figures indicate that Weibo may be undervalued relative to its projected earnings growth. Additionally, the company holds a beta of 0.58, which suggests lower volatility compared to the overall market.
Analysts have been closely following Weibo and several have released reports on the company’s performance. Benchmark, for instance, downgraded its rating from “buy” to “hold.” Meanwhile, Bank of America lowered their price target from $24.00 to $19.50 but maintained a “buy” rating. Other firms such as Citigroup and HSBC also reduced their price targets on Weibo from $20.00 to $18.00 and $18.00 to $14.60 respectively.
Based on data collected by Bloomberg, Weibo currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average price target of $20.87.
In conclusion, while Weibo may have faced some challenges resulting in fluctuations in its stock price throughout the year, it continues to garner attention from major institutional investors who see potential in the company’s future growth prospects. With its strong presence in China’s social media landscape, Weibo remains a key player despite the ups and downs of the market.