Wells Fargo upgrades Airbnb after first-quarter sales beat, says hybrid-work can boost growth

A woman talks on the phone at the Airbnb office headquarters in the SOMA district of San Francisco, California.
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Airbnb is showing its potential as a post-pandemic winner, and it's time for investors to jump in, Wells Fargo said Friday.

The company reported on Thursday first-quarter revenue of $887 million, topping a Refinitiv projection of $714 million. While Airbnb still reported a net loss for the quarter, it also showed year-over-year improvement in a key earnings metric.

Analyst Brian Fitzgerald upgraded the stock to overweight from equal weight, saying in a note to clients that the company's report was a preview of its post-pandemic strength.