Twitter shares soar after first-quarter earnings beat

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The company said monthly active users, a metric investors are closely watching, rose 6 percent to 328 million in the first quarter from a year earlier. Overall, though, this is a decrease of eight percent year-over-year, with the company posting $595 million in revenue in Q1 2016.

Shares of Twitter were up 10 percent on Wednesday after the company beat expectations for both revenue and user growth for its first quarter of 2017.

Twitter has struggled to attract new users since the company went public in 2013.

Twitter shares were up 11 percent at $16.25 in premarket trade on Tuesday. "In Q1, we continued to streamline and simplify our revenue products, communicate to advertisers the success we're seeing with accelerating audience growth, build new revenue product features, and reallocate resources to our highest revenue-generating priorities".

"We're proud of our performance in Live after just six months - last quarter alone we streamed more than 800 hours of live premium video and reached 45m unique viewers, an increase of 31 per cent from the previous quarter". The company said data revenue increased $74 million, or 17 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. At most, people already on Twitter are using it more. However, the platform has also reported its first ever year-on-year decline in revenue growth for the first quarter of its earnings.

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Analysts on average had expected 321.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Though Twitter didn't say specifically that Trump's constant - some might say compulsive - tweeting was responsible for the modest growth, but Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto said that usage by politicians appears to have contributed to the gains.

But this quarter, analysts are predicting that even Twitter's revenue could take a hit.

Twitter executives, pointing to its growth in monthly active users, said it's making progress.

Snap Inc, owner of the popular messaging app Snapchat, set a lower-than-expected valuation range on Thursday, amid mounting investor concern over its unproven business model, . Twitter said it is looking for adjusted earnings of between $95 million and $115 million, but the consensus estimate from Wall Street is $141 million.

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