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Facebook's stock gained the most in a single day Wednesday since it began trading in May, a sign that the social media company's complicated relationship with Wall Street may be getting brighter.
The professional networking site LinkedIn is expected to post sharply higher second-quarter earnings and revenue when it posts results after the market closes Thursday.
Groupon's stock hit its lowest level Wednesday since the online deals company went public last November amid concerns about traffic to its website and its exposure to Europe's weak economy.
Netflix shares surged by more than 14 percent Thursday as investors bet the growing popularity of the company's Internet video service will translate into higher profits.
Netflix subscribers watched more than 1 billion hours of online video last month as the advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices change people's viewing habits.
Analyst reports from the 33 banks that led Facebook's initial public offering gave the company's stock a mixed bag of ratings on Wednesday. The day marks the end of a 40-day quiet period after the IPO, during which the underwriters were not allowed to issue commentary.
Netflix Inc. subscribers in Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean will be able to watch TV shows and movies streamed on a wide range of gadgets starting this year. The company did not announce a pricing plan or say exactly when the service will be available.
Netflix is expanding its movie and TV show streaming service into 43 countries throughout Latin America in the online movie rental company's largest international expansion yet.
Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. gained a little more ground on Internet search leader Google Inc. in June, largely because of techniques that automate some search requests.
Citi Investment Research analyst Mark Mahaney said that for the first time since the IPO, investors see a reasonably priced stock combined with accelerating growth at the company.
"The (return on investment) and timing of necessary platform investments won't be known for some time," he wrote in a research note Tuesday. "And this management team doesn't yet have an execution track record. And in the meantime, the core Daily Deals business is sharply slowing."