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Facebook looking to emulate WeChat ecosystem, says Oppenheimer.

In the wake of recent Facebook (FB) employee departures, product announcements and regulatory risk, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein views WhatsApp and Instagram's founders departure as related to those products being integrated into Facebook. CPO Cox's departure confirms Zuckerberg is likely to purse a more aggressive product refresh, he contends, adding that Facebook appears to want to emulate Tencent (TCEHY) WeChat's ecosystem, allowing information sharing, communications and commerce in a single application. Lastly, Helfstein views Facebook's announcement of the "Clear History" tool as a way to get in front of potential U.S. and international regulation of consumer internet data. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating and $195 price target on Facebook's shares.

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Date:Mar 18, 2019
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