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Twitter is scheduled to report its first earnings report next week on Feb 5.

It's not unusual for companies to "miss" on the first earnings report after going public because the analysts are working off of older financial information from the IPO and they're not yet familiar with the company's workings.

Look at Facebook. Even though investors are celebrating its most recent earnings report, it missed on its first THREE quarters.

Yelp also missed big in its first quarterly report. LinkedIn, however, managed to beat the first quarter and each of the three quarters after that.

The Facebook Clues

Twitter investors, however, were heartened by Facebook's report of big mobile advertising numbers in its earnings report yesterday. Mobile ads accounted for about half of Facebook's quarterly revenue after barely existing just a few quarters ago.

Among the analysts who cover Twitter, there has been no change in the Zacks Consensus Estimate over the last month.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate is calling for a loss of $0.10.

But optimism is growing among the Twitter rank and file investors.

Twitter shares jumped about 8% today on Facebook's earnings report.

Will Twitter surprise with a beat next week?

Or is the optimism misplaced?

 

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