Roblox Stock Falls As Video Game Platform Misses Targets

Video game platform Roblox (RBLX) late Tuesday missed Wall Street’s estimates for the fourth quarter. Roblox stock fell in extended trading.




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The San Mateo, Calif.-based company lost 25 cents a share on bookings of $770.1 million in the December quarter. Analysts had expected Roblox to lose 12 cents a share on bookings of $772 million, according to FactSet. In the year-earlier period, it lost 30 cents a share on bookings of $642 million.

In after-hours trading on the stock market today, Roblox stock tumbled 13%, near 63.80. During the regular session Tuesday, Roblox stock rose 7.3% to close at 73.31.

Earnings report details to follow.

Roblox Stock A Play On The Metaverse

Early Tuesday, BBC reported that Roblox’s youth-centric social gaming platform contains sexual content. The news organization said Roblox has a problem with user-generated spaces called “condos” where people talk about sex and their avatars can have virtual sex. Roblox told BBC that the activity involves “an extremely small subset of users” and those sites are taken down when they’re discovered.

Roblox provides a platform for playing video games and socializing in 3D virtual worlds. But Roblox stock is considered a play on the metaverse, an immersive, next-generation version of the internet.

Roblox stock spiked to a record high of 141.60 on Nov. 22 amid hype about the metaverse spurred by the rebranding of Facebook to Meta Platforms (FB).

Roblox stock ranks ninth out of 21 stocks in IBD’s Computer Software-Gaming industry group, according to IBD Stock Checkup. However, it has a subpar IBD Composite Rating of 36 out of 99. IBD’s Composite Rating is a blend of key fundamental and technical metrics to help investors gauge a stock’s strengths. The best growth stocks have a Composite Rating of 90 or better.

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