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June 26, 2014
13:11 EDTSFTBF, YHOO, BABAAlibaba spent over $6B on M&A last year, WantChinaTimes says
Alibaba (BABA) spent $6.4B on mergers and acquisitions last year, Chinese-language Economic Information Daily.reported, according to WantChinaTimes. Yahoo (YHOO) and Softbank (SFTBF) continue to be significant shareholders in Alibaba.Reference Link
News For BABA;YHOO;SFTBF From The Last 14 Days
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May 15, 2015
17:23 EDTBABAAlibaba reports 17.2% passive stake in zulily
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17:15 EDTBABAPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTYHOOSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTBABAStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:01 EDTBABAOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:13 EDTBABAThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
08:46 EDTYHOOMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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05:55 EDTBABANetflix in talks to enter China's online video market, Bloomberg reports
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May 14, 2015
16:36 EDTBABAWeibo sees Q2 revenue $102M-$105M, consensus $111.39M
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16:00 EDTBABA, YHOOOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:37 EDTBABALenovo rumored to plan Smart TV venture with Alibaba, Marbridge Daily says
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07:11 EDTBABAAlibaba announces strategic investment in YTO Express
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06:22 EDTBABAAlibaba's new CEO says company 'must absolutely globalize,' WSJ reports
Daniel Zhang, who was named CEO of Alibaba last week, said the company will prioritize overseas expansion, focusing on cross-border sales and hiring, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments made to employees at a strategy meeting. Zhang says that the company "must absolutely globalize and it must be a successful effort." Reference Link
06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's head of sales leaves after six months, Digiday reports
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May 13, 2015
10:32 EDTBABAPac-12 Conference and Alibaba announce partnership for upcoming game in China
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09:39 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
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07:06 EDTBABAAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:55 EDTYHOO, BABA, SFTBFInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:09 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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05:38 EDTBABAAlibaba announces partnership with Disney
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