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November 6, 2012
16:31 EDTSREV, VRNG, CSC, AOL, VVUS, GOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher on Election Day as investors looked forward to some sense of certainty following the results. However, a very tight race, along with the hurricane that impacted the East Coast, make it unclear if a winner will be declared by tomorrow's start of trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell 100K to 3.56M in September from 3.66M in August. In Europe, a report showed that the shared currency area's business activity shrank in October at its steepest rate in over three years... COMPANY NEWS: Vringo (VRNG) was awarded $30M in damages plus royalties on its patents that were found by a jury to have been infringed by Google (GOOG), AOL (AOL) and others. Shares of Vringo, which was reported to have been seeking upwards of $600M in damages, were down 2c, or 0.51%, to $3.93 following the stock's resumption of trading after a midday halt... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were AOL, up $7.89, or 22.03%, to $43.70 after reporting Q3 earnings that beat consensus estimates, and Computer Sciences (CSC), up $5.34, or 16.97%, to $36.80 after the company raised its FY13 EPS view. Noteworthy losers included ServiceSource (SREV), down $3.11, or 37.92%, to $5.09 after the company lowered its FY12 growth view and the stock received at least four analyst downgrades, and VIVUS (VVUS), down $3.13, or 20.94%, to $11.82, after the company estimated about 30% of prescriptions for Qysimia, its obesity drug, are abandoned by patients because of non-coverage from insurers... INDICES: The Dow gained 133.24, or 1.02%, to 13,245.68; the Nasdaq rose 12.27, or 0.41%, to 3,011.93; and the S&P 500 advanced 11.13, or 0.79%, to 1,428.39.
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December 12, 2014
07:18 EDTGOOGCato Institute holds a conference
2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on December 12 with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down engineering operations in Russia, The Information reports
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December 11, 2014
11:01 EDTSREVServiceSource management to meet with JMP Securities
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles on December 17 and in San Francisco on December 18 hosted by JMP Securities.
10:17 EDTGOOGCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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08:53 EDTGOOGBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut Google News service in Spain
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December 10, 2014
07:53 EDTAOLUBS to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 7, 2014
13:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could reach $634 in a year, Barron's says
Google shares look attractive at current levels and shares could reach $634.00 in a year, driven by stabilizing ad pricing, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
12:50 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:20 EDTGOOGYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTGOOGYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility low into being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:38 EDTGOOGFollow-up: Google downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The firm lowered estimates slightly below the Street due to lack of product catalysts, search maturity, and margin pressure from investments. BofA/Merrill is also cautious on online advertising growth given increased regulatory risk in the EU, potential Facebook (FB) competition, share loss from social growth, and a strong Apple (AAPL) product cycle. Price target lowered to $580 from $600.
07:28 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle revamps incentive program for firms that sell productivity apps, services
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06:03 EDTGOOGiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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