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July 24, 2014
12:05 EDTANGI, YELPAngie's List plummets after Q2 report triggers multiple downgrades
Shares of consumer-driven review service Angie's List (ANGI) are plummeting after the company reported second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. WHAT'S NEW: Angie's List reported a Q2 loss per share of (31c) which was worse than analysts' consensus forecast for a (24c) per share loss. The company's Q2 revenue was $78.9M, which was below analysts' consensus of $80.19M. The review service reported Q2 gross member additions of approximately 399K at an average cost per acquisition of $90 and reported total end of period paid memberships of 2.84M. Angie's Q2 average membership renewal rate was 77%. Angie's List guided to Q3 revenue of $80.5M-$82.5M, which is lower than analysts' consensus of $86.63M. Angie's List added that it expects to generate positive adjusted EBITDA for FY14, with CEO Bill Oesterle saying, "While revenue growth in e-commerce was lower than expected, we continued to make progress against our strategy of enabling service providers and populating their stores with offers. We expect significant improvement in margin in the second half of the year and continue to see compelling opportunities for growth." ANALYST REACTION: After Angie's List's report, at least seven Street research firms downgraded their ratings on its stock. Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein downgraded Angie's List to Perform from Outperform, stating that while executives feels that vendor renewal rates are strong, the ratio of selling expense to vendor revenue is leaning negatively, productivity per rep is decreasing and e-commerce revenue is decelerating. MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded the review service company to Neutral from Buy, saying that Angie's List gave several "layers" of disappointing news in the Q2 earnings report. Sanderson said that the data went against its anticipation for signs of stability this quarter. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster lowered his price target for Angie's List to $12 from $17 and believes that shares of Angie's List, but believes shares are "washed out" after the company gave its Q2 report. Munster perceives the firm's outlook to be conservative and feels investor anticipations are at "rock bottom," which could mean that any optimistic updates from Angie's list could have "meaningful" and "positive" benefit. Munster maintained an Overweight rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: During midday trading, shares of Angie's List fell $2.07, or 20% to $8.10. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yelp (YELP), which also allows users to review local businesses, is up 1% to $69.40 near noon.
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April 17, 2015
08:06 EDTYELPRecent developments positive for Yelp, says Wunderlich
Wunderlich says recent developments on the legal and regulatory fronts as well as enhanced search capabilities should be positive for Yelp's (YELP) outlook. The firm believes the European Commission's charges against Google (GOOG) should help Yelp's traffic overseas. It also views the Supreme Court of Virginia's decision yesterday to protect users' rights to free speech and anonymity online as positive for Yelp's reviewers and community. Further, it points out Yelp introduced a new search tool for restaurant reservations and takeout/delivery food, which it thinks will help the user experience and potential ad targeting. Wunderlich keeps a Buy rating on Yelp with a $90 price target.
April 16, 2015
13:45 EDTYELPVirginia court says Yelp does not need to disclose reviewer identity, WSJ says
Virginia's highest court ruled that Yelp does not need to reveal the identity of reviewers that were accused by a small business owner of posting fraudulent negative reviews about his business, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
12:38 EDTANGIAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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11:22 EDTANGIAngie's List remains an acquisition target, says Wunderlich
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10:59 EDTANGIAngie's List likely to look for turnaround CEO, says Piper Jaffray
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09:13 EDTANGIAngie's List up 14.8% after announcing CEO departure, FY15 guidance
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09:13 EDTANGIAngie's List backs FY15 revenue guidance of $357M-$363M, consensus $360M
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08:46 EDTANGIAngie's List announces planned departure of CEO William Oesterle
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April 14, 2015
11:16 EDTYELPCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
April 9, 2015
15:08 EDTYELPYelp May volatility elevated at 61 into Q4 and outlook
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April 8, 2015
10:01 EDTANGIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Almost Family (AFAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Annaly Capital (NLY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Trina Solar (TSL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... WebMD (WBMD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Yingli Green Energy (YGE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Zep Inc. (ZEP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Wunderlich.
06:46 EDTANGIAngie's List downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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06:02 EDTANGIGoogle plans service to connect users with home-service providers, BuzzFeed says
Google (GOOG) is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, BuzzFeed reported yesterday, citing sources close tot he company. The new service is expected to be announced at an advertising conference later this spring. Amazon (AMZN) last week launched its new Home Services site. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
11:30 EDTYELPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:23 EDTYELPApple Maps searches no longer showing just Yelp, AppleInsider reports
Searches on Apple (AAPL) Maps, which previously relied solely on Yelp (YELP) to provide reviews for local search, are now pulling results from TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Priceline's (PCLN) Booking.com, AppleInsider reported yesterday. Neither TripAdvisor or Booking.com are listed as sources on Apple's official Maps attribution webpage, but reviews with links to their respective webpages and apps are now appearing in Maps queries, the blog added. Shares of Yelp are down 1% to $46.67 in early trading. Reference Link

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