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Snap's stock price is slowly rebounding after a sharp after-hours drop as the company met or beat Wall Street expectations for its second quarter but declined to offer Q3 guidance given ongoing coronavirus-driven uncertainty.

Why it matters: Snap is among the companies that has been able to capitalize on the pandemic which has forced people to stay home much of the time, leaving them with a lot more free time to consume media and entertainment.

Yes, but: The company said it wasn't giving top- or bottom-line guidance for the third quarter given "uncertainties related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly shifting macro conditions."

  • Losses in the second quarter, although in line with analyst estimates, also widened year on year.
  • Ands the company's daily active user growth slightly lagged behind estimates, likely due to the growing popularity of TikTok.

By the numbers:

  • Loss per share: $0.09, compared to $0.09 expected.
  • Revenue: $454.16 million, compared to $438.09 million expected.
  • Daily active users: 238 million, up 35 million or 17% year-over-year.
  • Average revenue per user: $1.91, unchanged year-over-year.

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Oct 27, 2020 - Energy & Environment

BP ekes out profit despite pandemic's bite

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

BP reported an $86 million third-quarter profit Tuesday — a result that beat analysts' expectations but nonetheless signals how the pandemic is weighing heavily on the industry.

Why it matters: It's the first of several earnings reports this week from oil-and-gas giants that provide the latest window on COVID-19's ongoing effect. Shell reports Thursday and U.S. giants Chevron and Exxon report Friday.

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Patrick Gaspard to leave George Soros' Open Society Foundations

Patrick Gaspard speaks onstage at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Photo: Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images

Patrick Gaspard, who served as ambassador to South Africa under President Barack Obama, is stepping down as president of George Soros' Open Society Foundations, fueling speculation that he'll join the Biden administration, potentially as Labor secretary.

What to know: Before his stint as ambassador, Gaspard was Obama's political director in the White House, drawing upon his experience in the labor movement to advance Obama's legislative agenda on health care and financial services reform.

House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a longtime marijuana legalization advocate and co-sponsor of the bill. Photo: Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The House on Friday voted 228-164 in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, marking the first time a congressional chamber has voted in favor of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

Why it matters: The Washington Post describes the bill as a "landmark retreat in the nation’s decades-long war on drugs," which has disproportionately affected people of color.