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Snap closes down 43%, its worst day ever, dragging other stocks with it

Key Points
  • Shares of social media and some digital ad companies tumbled Tuesday after Snap issued a warning to investors that it wouldn't meet its own targets for revenue and adjusted earnings in the current quarter.
  • "Since we issued guidance on April 21, 2022, the macroeconomic environment has deteriorated further and faster than anticipated," Snap said in an SEC filing.

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Snap shares closed down 43% on Tuesday, marking its worst day ever and dragging down other social media and digital ad company stocks.

The tumble comes after Snap issued a warning on Monday to investors saying it won't meet its own targets for revenue and adjusted earnings in the current quarter.

"Since we issued guidance on April 21, 2022, the macroeconomic environment has deteriorated further and faster than anticipated," the parent company of Snapchat said in an SEC filing. Snap's shares are down about 84% from a 52-week high in September 2021 and are off more than 72% year to date.

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The filing also led its peers with a heavy reliance on advertising down in the afternoon. Shares of Meta closed down 7.62%, Roku fell 13.74% and Pinterest dropped 23.64%. Alphabet and Twitter dipped 4.95% and 5.49%, respectively.

Snap's warning is also impacting the ad tech industry. The Trade Desk fell 18.51%, Magnite slipped 13.15% and PubMatic closed down 15.85%.

"We expect all online ad platforms to feel some impact of a significant consumer pullback," Morgan Stanley analysts said in a Tuesday note to investors. "Advertising is cyclical."

Fears around inflation, interest rate concerns, continued supply chain issues and the war in Ukraine have forced some advertisers and brands to rethink ad spend in the current quarter. Companies, including Snap, have been pressured into slowing hiring and cutting back costs in an effort to make up for losses.

"We see no real reason to not take Snap's negative pre-release at face value. Digital advertising is cyclical, but like all advertising, and Macro headwinds are very likely getting much harder," Evercore ISI analysts said in a Monday note.

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