Facebook is now worth $1 trillion after a US court's dismissal of 2 antitrust lawsuits spurs jump in stock
- A US judge dismissed two lawsuits lodged against Facebook by the
FTCand state attorneys general.
- The social-media giant is the youngest of five US companies to reach the trillion-dollar milestone.
Facebook leapt into the $1 trillion territory on Monday after an antitrust court victory helped its stock reach that valuation for the first time, making it the fifth US company to achieve the milestone.
The social-media giant's stock closed 4.2% higher on Monday at $355.64 per share, after a US federal judge dismissed two complaints filed against the company in December by the Federal Trade Commission and a group of state attorneys general.
The ensuing rally lifted Facebook into the trillion-dollar club as
US District Judge James Boasberg in Washington ruled that the FTC failed to support its claims that Facebook held monopoly power as it controls more than 60% of the social-networking market. However, the antitrust and consumer protection agency has 30 days to refile its complaint and try again.
Social networking "services are free to use, and the exact metes and bounds of what even constitutes a [social networking] service - i.e., which features of a company's mobile app or website are included in that definition and which are excluded - are hardly crystal clear," Boasberg said in the ruling dismissing the FTC's complaint.
"The FTC's inability to offer any indication of the metric(s) or method(s) it used to calculate Facebook's market share renders its vague '60%-plus' assertion too speculative and conclusory to go forward," he added.
The judge separately dismissed a lawsuit brought by 46 states challenging Facebook's purchase of Instagram and WhatsApp, on grounds that they waited too long to put forward their claims. The states' attorneys general argued that Facebook had acquired those companies to stifle competition from emerging social-media rivals.
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Facebook's stock has added more than $592 billion in value since it hit a March 2020 market-cap low of about $416 billion. Its gains have been aided by people increasingly relying on its platform for staying in touch with friends, family, and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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