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November 28, 2012
10:00 EDTGALE, YHOO, VOD, IDIX, BPZ, EBAY, P, GOOG, CHKP, WDAY, LNKD, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Amazon.com (AMZN) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Google (GOOG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Idenix (IDIX) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... InterActiveCorp (IACI) initiated with a Neutral at Cowen... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Neutral at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) initiated with a Neutral at Cowen... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Cowen... Vodafone (VOD) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Yahoo! (YHOO) initiated with a Neutral at Cowen... eBay (EBAY) initiated with a Neutral at Cowen... Check Point (CHKP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... BPZ Resources (BPZ) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Galena Biopharma (GALE) initiated with a Buy at Aegis.
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July 20, 2015
16:22 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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14:22 EDTVODEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
13:46 EDTAMZN, EBAYAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:40 EDTGOOGFormer Google Glass exective to become Evernote's new CEO, Re/code reports
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13:14 EDTEBAYeBay acquires online clothing resale store Twice, TechCrunch reports
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12:20 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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12:08 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTEBAYPayPal completes separation from eBay
PayPal Holdings (PYPL) has completed its separation from eBay (EBAY) and is now an independent public company trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol “PYPL.” PayPal is well-positioned to deliver the benefits of digital money to people around the world. In 2014, PayPal processed $235B in total payment volume and generated more than $8B in revenues. Also last year, PayPal processed $46B in mobile payment volume. The company serves more than 169M active customer accounts in 203 markets around the world. Under the terms of the separation, on July 17, 2015, stockholders who held eBay common stock at the close of business on July 8, 2015 received a distribution of one PayPal common share for every one share of eBay common stock held as of the Record Date. No fractional shares of PayPal were distributed.
08:34 EDTEBAYeBay price target adjusted to $33 following PayPal spin-off at Baird
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08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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07:41 EDTVODBT CEO: Company split doesn't solve problems, Telegraph reports
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06:59 EDTYHOOYahoo says taxes could 'materially reduce' Aabaco cash for distributions
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
06:12 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG WMB
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
July 19, 2015
18:52 EDTYHOOYahoo experiments with 'texting plus video' messaging app, TechCrunch says
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16:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to build home services platform, Re/code says
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