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By Emily Bary

Meta Platforms Inc. led a sharp turn lower in social-media stocks Tuesday after the consumer-price index unexpectedly moved higher during August, with continuing inflation reigniting fears of a pullback in online advertising.

Shares of the Facebook parent company fell 9.4% Tuesday, their worst day since Feb. 3, amid broad declines for U.S. stocks, particularly tech names — the Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.69% fell 633 points, or 5.2%. Meta’s /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite META -0.59% stock closed Tuesday at $153.13, its lowest level since March 23, 2020, according to Dow Jones Market Data. If the stock were to finish a session lower than $146.01, it would officially wipe out all of its pandemic-era gains.

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Other social-media names fell sharply as well, including Snap Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205087158/composite SNAP 0.00% , off 7%, and Pinterest Inc. /zigman2/quotes/211319641/composite PINS -1.15% , down 4.3%. Ad-dependent Alphabet Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG -1.56% /zigman2/quotes/202490156/lastsale GOOGL -1.56% , which runs the YouTube platform and the Google suite of services, slipped 5.9%.

Meta and its social-media peers have been on a rocky ride this year amid concerns about the impacts of inflation and other economic challenges on advertiser activity. The company logged its first-ever year-over-year drop in revenue during the June quarter, with executives saying they expected broad effects on the advertising business and planned to cut costs given the climate.

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Despite jitters about the advertising industry, payment-technology companies have indicated that spending remains strong, even if consumer confidence is pressured.

“Consumer spending has been remarkably stable,” Visa Inc.’s /zigman2/quotes/203660239/composite V -1.68% chief financial officer said at a Monday conference . Separately, Mastercard Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207581792/composite MA -1.51% released spending data showing 11.7% year-over-year growth in August retail sales exclusive of autos.

The social-media stock bucking Tuesday’s trends was Twitter Inc. , but that stock’s immediate future is less tied up in ad-industry dynamics given the company’s merger saga with Tesla Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203558040/lastsale TSLA -3.73% Chief Executive Elon Musk. Musk is seeking to terminate his $44 billion deal for the company and a judge will rule on the situation in October, but Twitter scored a win in its favor Tuesday as it said that shareholders had voted to approve the acquisition .

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Twitter must still take the matter to court, but investors seem to feel incrementally positive as Twitter shares rose 0.8% in Tuesday’s tough market action. Twitter was the second-best performer in the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.31% Tuesday, behind only agricultural company Corteva Inc. /zigman2/quotes/212512039/composite CTVA +0.41%

Shares of Meta have slid 54% over the course of 2022, as the S&P 500 index has fallen 13.8%.

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0.00 0.00%
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P/E Ratio
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Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
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Rev. per Employee
$812,577
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$ 22.46
-0.26 -1.15%
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P/E Ratio
274.21
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$15.30 billion
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$859,541
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$ 95.79
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P/E Ratio
19.35
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1257.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.79M
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 95.47
-1.51 -1.56%
Volume: 9.50M
Dec. 7, 2022 11:34a
P/E Ratio
19.28
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1257.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.79M
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$ 205.57
-3.51 -1.68%
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Dec. 7, 2022 11:34a
P/E Ratio
30.16
Dividend Yield
0.87%
Market Cap
$431.06 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.11M
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$ 342.29
-5.24 -1.51%
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P/E Ratio
34.37
Dividend Yield
0.57%
Market Cap
$334.14 billion
Rev. per Employee
$900,833
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$ 173.11
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Volume: 42.70M
Dec. 7, 2022 11:34a
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53.83
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$567.83 billion
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$753,983
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3,929.04
-12.22 -0.31%
Volume: 0.00
Dec. 7, 2022 11:34a
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$ 63.92
+0.26 +0.41%
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Dec. 7, 2022 11:34a
P/E Ratio
34.32
Dividend Yield
0.94%
Market Cap
$45.48 billion
Rev. per Employee
$814,714
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