Why Twitter stock is up 14% despite disappointing user growth

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Ever since Twitter became a public company, investors have punished and rewarded (but mostly punished) the stock based on the strength of the social network's user growth each quarter. But not this time

On Thursday, Twitter reported having 288 million monthly active users, compared to estimates for upward of 295 million. That represented a gain of just 4 million active users during the holiday quarter, or about 1.4% growth quarter-over-quarter— its slowest to date. And Wall Street reacted by sending Twitter's stock up more than 10% after hours.

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