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A Look at Twitter's Trends before Its 1Q17 Earnings Release

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A Look at Twitter's Trends before Its 1Q17 Earnings Release PART 8 OF 15

How Twitter Stock Could React to Its 1Q17 Earnings Report

Investors look to 1Q17 to decipher Twitter’s future

Few analysts on Wall Street see positive prospects for Twitter (TWTR) stock ahead of the company’s highly anticipated 1Q17 earnings results on April 26. Investors are looking forward to the results for clues about Twitter’s prospects.

Twitter has recently struggled to draw more users and advertisers to its site as it faces mounting challenges from Facebook (FB), Snap (SNAP), Microsoft’s (MSFT) LinkedIn, and Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google. For many Twitter investors, its 1Q17 earnings report could determine their level of confidence in the management team to turn the company around.

How Twitter Stock Could React to Its 1Q17 Earnings Report

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The median price target on Twitter stock

Several analysts have recently weighed in on Twitter stock ahead of its 1Q17 earnings release, with their views mostly on the negative side.

From the views of 32 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, the 12-month median price target on Twitter (TWTR) is $14.00. The highest price target is $25.00, and the lowest price target is $8.00, as illustrated in the chart above.

Views of specific equity research firms

In early April, Canaccord Genuity analysts cut their price target on Twitter to $14.00 from $15.00, citing softness in international engagement on Twitter’s social site. The analysts believe that near-term revenue headwinds could cause investors to sell the stock, possibly leading its price to fall. 

At MKM Partners, analysts trimmed their price target on Twitter to $16.00 from $18.00, also citing risks to the company’s top line growth.

However, Jefferies analysts are a little bullish about Twitter’s prospects. In March 2017, these analysts reiterated a “buy” rating on the stock and a price target of $20.00.

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