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Illustration: Axios Visuals

Snap's stock price jumped 20% in after-hours trading after the company posted strong Q1 results, beating analyst estimates with $462 million in revenue and just missing earnings estimates with a $0.08 loss per share.

Why it matters: Like other ad-supported businesses, Snap is vulnerable to a pullback in advertising spend, though the company is also in a position to see more activity as users spend more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic and need entertainment and online socializing.

By the numbers:

  • Loss per share: $0.08 adjusted, compared to $0.07 expected.
  • Revenue: $462 million, compared to $431 million expected.
  • Daily active users: 229 million, up 39 million or 20% year-over-year.
  • Average revenue per user: $2.02, up 20% year-over-year.
  • On average, more than 4 billion Snaps were created each day this quarter.
  • Total daily time users spent watching Discover content increased by more than 35% year-over-year.

Yes, but: The company warned that it can't offer a financial forecast for the next quarter due to the volatility of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the economy.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Jul 29, 2020 - Technology

Qualcomm sees COVID-related smartphone dip easing

Photo Illustration: Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Smartphone sales continue to be lower than a year ago, but the market is recovering faster than expected Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf told Axios on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a patent deal with Huawei is adding an extra $1.8 billion to the company's revenue, with the combined news sending shares soaring in after-hours trading.

Why it matters: The announcement suggests that the market impact of the coronavirus may be less than initially feared.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.