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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in May 2018. Photo: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook told investors it expects a Federal Trade Commission fine of up to $5 billion, driving down its GAAP earnings per share. Still, Facebook stock was up more than 4% in after-hours trading Wednesday after reporting otherwise positive first-quarter earnings.

Why it matters: Reports had suggested that the FTC could slap Facebook with a multibillion-dollar fine as a result of an ongoing investigation into Facebook's handling of data privacy. Facebook says it expects a loss of $3 to $5 billion from the debacle. The matter still unresolved.

The big picture: Despite the write-down for a major fine that it is anticipating around the way it managed user privacy, the company still continues to grow, adding more users and advertising dollars and meeting Wall Street expectations.

The details: The company reported that its GAAP EPS was $85 cents, compared to a consensus of $1.62 and down from $1.89, due to a "one-time charge," that was attributed to the FTC's inquiry.

By the numbers:

  • Earnings: $85 cents vs. $1.63 per share forecast by Refinitiv
  • Revenue: $15.08 vs. $14.98 billion, forecast by Refinitiv
  • Daily active users: 1.56 billion vs. 1.56 billion, forecast by FactSet
  • Monthly active users: 2.3 billion vs. 2.37 billion, forecast by FactSet
  • Average revenue per user: $6.42 vs. $6.39, forecast by FactSet
  • "Family of apps" daily active users: 2.1 billion
  • "Family of apps" monthly active users: 2.7 billion

Go deeper: For tech giants, profits far outweigh fines

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CDC panel recommends Pfizer boosters for high-risk individuals, people 65 and up

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A key panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus booster shots for people 65 years old and older, as well as those at high risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: The approval is the near-final step in making the booster shots available to tens of millions of Americans, and comes a day after the FDA approved Pfizer boosters for the two groups. CDC director Rochelle Walensky is expected to accept the recommendation.

DHS temporarily suspends use of horse patrol in Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol agents watch as Haitian immigrant families cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Del Rio, Texas on Sept. 23, 2021. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday temporarily suspended the use of horse patrol in Del Rio, Texas a DHS spokesperson confirmed.

Why it matters: The suspension comes after images showing border patrol agents whipping at and charging their horses at migrants surfaced earlier in the week, prompting widespread criticism of the Biden administration's handling of the crisis at the border.

Southwest drought is worst on record, NOAA finds

In a stark new report, a team of NOAA and independent researchers found the 2020-2021 drought across the Southwest is the worst in the instrumental record, which dates to 1895.

Why it matters: They also concluded that global warming is making it far more severe, primarily by increasing average temperatures, which boosts evaporation.