China's multifaceted messaging app: WeChat

Tencent is back in the $500 billion club.

The Chinese tech conglomerate, which owns the popular WeChat and QQ messaging and payment apps and a host of top mobile games, reported earnings that topped forecasts.

Shares of Tencent (TCEHY), run by China’s richest man, Ma Huateng (aka Pony Ma), rose more than 6% Wednesday thanks to the solid results. The company is once again worth more than half a trillion dollars.

Profit was up 61%. Online ad sales soared 55%. Gaming revenue was up 26%. And cloud revenue more than doubled.

Think of Tencent as a mix of the top American gaming and social media properties. It’s a little bit like Facebook (FB), Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI) all rolled into one.

The stock took a hit earlier this year because of concerns that growth was slowing, but Tencent’s most recent results suggest those worries were for naught.

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WeChat and its companion app Weixin for mainland China are adding users at an impressive clip. Tencent said they now have more than a billion monthly active users, an increase of 11% from a year ago.

Tencent’s gaming unit is also benefiting from the explosive popularity of “Fortnite,” the multiplayer battle royale game that has taken the world by storm. Tencent owns a stake in Epic Games, the developer of “Fortnite.”

CNNMoney (New York) First published May 16, 2018: 12:26 PM ET

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