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July 30, 2014
10:41 EDTBABAAlibaba in talks for financing of Snapchat at $10B valuation, Bloomberg says
Snapchat, a photo messaging application, is in talks with Alibaba and other investors for a round of financing that may value Snapchat at $10B, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
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October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:44 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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October 24, 2014
12:57 EDTBABAAlibaba advances after BMO starts coverage with Outperform rating
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10:03 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTBABALionsgate stake sought by Alibaba, NY Post reports
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06:44 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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October 23, 2014
10:01 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:53 EDTBABAAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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06:27 EDTBABAAlibaba November weekly volatility elevated at 44 into Q3 and outlook
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05:28 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
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October 22, 2014
16:33 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTBABAYahoo earnings beat, Alibaba stake sale details send shares higher
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are climbing after the company's third quarter earnings and revenue topped estimates. Additionally, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that it had obtained net proceeds of $6B from its sale of shares in Alibaba (BABA) during the latter company's IPO. The country's top tax experts are "working intensively" to reduce Yahoo's tax liability on its sale of the Alibaba stake, said Mayer, adding that Yahoo will provide more information about its strategy for accomplishing that goal in January. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q3 earnings per share of 52c, topping the consensus forecast of 30c, and revenue excluding Traffic Acquisition Costs of $1.09B, which also beat consensus. Yahoo's after-tax windfall from the sale of its Alibaba stake during the Chinese company's IPO totaled about $6B, Mayer said on the company's earnings conference call last night. Yahoo intends to return at least 50% of that total, or about $3B, to shareholders, the CEO noted. Last quarter, Yahoo intensified its share repurchases as part of that commitment, she added. Yahoo still holds 384M shares of Alibaba, worth $34B before taxes, Mayer pointed out. The Internet company has hired top tax experts who are "working intensively" in an effort to reduce the company's tax liability on the sale of these shares, the CEO stated. Yahoo will provide more information to investors about this issue in January, Mayer indicated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst William Bird upgraded Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform. Yahoo appears to be working on shielding its Asian assets from taxes and the company's tax saving initiatives could be worth $13 per share, Bird stated. The company's decision to share information about these initiatives sooner than expected is also positive for the stock, he contended. Bird raised his price target on the stock to $50 from $40. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo climbed over 5% to $42.30.
12:09 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:36 EDTBABAYahoo shares offer compelling trading opportunity, says Bernstein
After Yahoo (YHOO) expressed optimism about its ability to find tax efficient ways to transfer the value of Alibaba's (BABA) stake to its shareholders, Bernstein says that Yahoo's stock price implies that the company will pay full tax on the sale of its Alibaba stake. The firm sees limited downside and 30% potential upside in Yahoo's stock over the near-term. However, it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
October 21, 2014
16:10 EDTBABAYahoo expects Q1 taxes of $3.3B for Alibaba sale
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14:09 EDTBABAThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
14:01 EDTBABAThird Point says established 'significant' position in eBay during Q3
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13:27 EDTBABAEarnings Preview: Yahoo expected to unveil turnaround plan with Q3 results
Yahoo (YHOO) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Yahoo is a digital media company that provides properties and services such as Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! News. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 30c on revenue of $1.04B. The consensus range is 18c-38c for EPS, and $1.02B-$1.06B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Yahoo reported Q2 EPS 37c against estimates of 38c on revenue ex-tac of $1.04B against estimates of $1.08B. It reported Q2 price-per-ad was down 24%, Q2 Display revenue down 7% and Search revenue up 6%. The company gave Q3 revenue ex-tac guidance of $1.02B-$1.06B. After releasing its Q2 results, CEO Marissa Mayer said the company was "not satisfied" with the results, with display remaining an area of investment and transition. NEWS: In the past quarter, Alibaba (BABA) opened to the larges IPO in U.S. history. The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's core business was cut in half to $6.8B after Alibaba's first day of trading. Yahoo made $5.1B in cash from the sale of shares in Alibaba's IPO and its remaining stake is valued at about $23.4B.In late September, activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL), believing a merger could create synergies of up to $1B. CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil her turnaround plan at the earnings call today that could include cost-cutting efforts and its M&A strategy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yahoo also confirmed that a security breach in Q3 compromised servers, but the hack did not disclose consumer data. The company acquired several companies in past few months, including Flurry, Zofari, ClarityRay, Luminate, and Bookdpad. A WSJ reports also said the company is in talks to invest in Snapchat. STREET RESEARCH: Following the Alibaba IPO, Yahoo was downgraded at Bernstein, BofA/Merrill and RBC Capital because it was unclear whether Yahoo's stock can advance meaningfully and the company was no longer the best way to gain Alibaba exposure. RBC Capital said the risk/reward is less attractive, and it does not see a turnaround in Yahoo's core fundamentals. BGC Financial, however, upgraded the company and said the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner. PRICE ACTION: Yahoo shares have risen $4.29, or more than 12%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of Q3 report, Yahoo shares are trading up nearly 2%.
October 20, 2014
11:28 EDTBABATesla taking online orders for Model S on Alibaba's Tmall.com, Bloomberg says
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