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August 18, 2014
06:38 EDTBABAIrregularities at subsidiary may raise questions about Alibaba, NY Times says
After the disclosure of accounting irregularities at Alibaba's Alibaba Pictures Group, investors may question the quality of Alibaba's due diligence process, The New York Times stated Friday afternoon. Besides its acquisition of a 60% stake in Alibaba Pictures, Alibaba has made at least six major deals recently, the newspaper reported. The irregularities at Alibaba Pictures date to before the purchase of the company in June, AP reported Friday. Reference Link
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July 27, 2015
17:36 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, with weakness attributed to the Chinese market suffering its worst one day loss in over eight years. The U.S. indexes remained in the negatives throughout the day as traders prepare for one of the heaviest weeks for this earnings season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders advanced 3.4% in June versus expectations for a 3.2% increase. Excluding transportation items, the core reading was up 0.8% against estimates for a 0.5% gain. In China, the Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% and the Shenzhen composite dropped 7%, with the moves generally attributed to concerns over growth and fears that the government may pull its market support. Note that Dow Jones quoted the country's top securities regulator this morning as saying China plans to increase stock purchases by the state. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Teva (TEVA) jumped $10.15, or 16.41%, to $72.07 after the generic drugmaker dropped its pursuit of Mylan (MYL), opting instead to acquire Allergan's (AGN) global generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5B. Allergan shares rose 6.09% for the session, and Mylan fell 14.51% to $56.37 while reiterating its commitment to pursue Perrigo (PRGO), whose shares gained 3.81% to $193.60. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wabtec (WAB), which rose $6.59, or 7.21%, to $97.93 after agreeing to buy Faiveley Transport for roughly $1.8B, noting that it expects EPS accretion in 2016. In other M&A news, Magnetek (MAG) finished the session up $17.27, or 53.55%, to $49.52 after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share, while Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) jumped $2.62, or 8.71%%, to $32.70 after agreeing to buy Roofing Supply Group at a transaction value of about $1.1B. Also higher were shares of Xueda Education (XUE), which surged 50.63% after Xiamen Insight Investment announced a deal to purchase the company for $5.50 per American Depository Share. Xueda's positive move came in stark contrast to numerous Chinese stocks traded in New York, with Baidu (BIDU) slipping 4.16% and Alibaba (BABA) losing 2.01% after China's Shanghai composite index plunged overnight. Also lower was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), declining $6.01, or 5.69%, to $99.59 after agreeing to acquire SNL Financial for roughly $2.225B in cash. Additionally, GrubHub (GRUB) lost 8.37% to $30.99 following a downgrade from Cowen citing competitive concerns and market saturation. INDEXES: The Dow fell 127.94, or 0.73%, to 17,440.59, the Nasdaq lost 48.85, or 0.96%, to 5,039.78, and the S&P 500 declined 12.01, or 0.58%, to 2,067.64.
14:25 EDTBABAAlibaba August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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12:03 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTBABAAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
July 22, 2015
07:51 EDTBABAAlibaba cloud services president says can catch AWS in 3-4 years, Bloomberg says
Speaking at an event about Alibaba Group's (BABA) accelerated investment in its data centers, the president of the company's Aliyun cloud services arm, Simon Hu said, "It took Amazon (AMZN) 10 years to get where it is today. It took us six years, and we hope to match or even surpass Amazon in three to four years, according to Bloomberg. Reference Link
07:45 EDTBABABaozun signs cooperation agreement with Alibaba logistics arm Cainiao
Baozun (BZUN) announced that the company has signed a cooperation agreement with Alibaba's (BABA) logistics arm Cainiao Network Technology. The agreement is part of the company's plan to strengthen its logistics network in southern China by opening its sixth and newest logistics warehouse in Guangzhou's Alibaba Cainiao Logistics Park. According to the terms of the agreement, Baozun's Guangzhou warehouse will sync directly with Cainiao's platform, allowing the Company to improve the experience for both its brand e-commerce partners and buyers by closely monitoring and improving each step of the fulfillment process.
07:31 EDTBABAYahoo price target lowered to $51 from $54 at JPMorgan
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05:04 EDTBABAAliyun initiates data protection for worldwide cloud consumers
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July 21, 2015
19:09 EDTBABAYahoo CEO sees Q3 pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA
Speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer said she is "pleased" with momentum in display business, adding that the company will continue to focus on sustaining GAAP revenue growth while striving to grow adjusted EBITDA. She noted search clicks were up 13% for the quarter, and mobile user base was up 14%. Mayer cautioned that the Gemini search platform will see pricing pressure and reduced revenue per search in the near-term as Yahoo optimizes the service. She said she expects "some" pressure in Q3 including pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA, and remarked separately that Yahoo has been investing "modestly" over the past two years in algorithmic and paid search technologies. Finally, Mayer declined to speculate on any future agreements with Google (GOOG). CFO Ken Goldman said the company's "highest priority" is to execute the Alibaba (BABA) spinoff this year. Goldman also noted that Yahoo's board of directors and management team have met with advisors to review alternatives with regards to Yahoo Japan, but had no specific conclusion to share.
16:01 EDTBABAAlibaba announces upgrade of Trade Assurance program
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12:59 EDTBABAEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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09:42 EDTBABAAlibaba names Gao Xiaosong to run music unit
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July 20, 2015
09:34 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
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06:59 EDTBABAYahoo says taxes could 'materially reduce' Aabaco cash for distributions
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05:17 EDTBABAAlibaba, Unilever sign strategic partnership agreement
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July 19, 2015
17:47 EDTBABAAAFA calls on Alibaba's Jack Ma to implement anti-counterfeiting measures
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July 17, 2015
17:00 EDTBABAYahoo expects Alibaba spin-off completed in Q4
Yahoo (YHOO) announced the initial filing with the SEC in connection with its previously announced plan to spin off the company's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) into a newly formed independent, publicly traded, registered investment company. The name selected for the new public company is Aabaco Holdings. Under the spin-off plan, announced on January 27, Yahoo plans to distribute all of the outstanding shares of Aabaco Holdings pro rata to its shareholders. Immediately after the spin-off, Aabaco Holdings will own approximately 384M shares of Alibaba Group, representing an ownership interest of approximately 15% in Alibaba Group, and a 100% ownership interest in a newly formed entity which will own Yahoo Small Business. The initial filing provides important information about the spin-off and Aabaco Holdings. Additional and updated information will be provided in subsequent amendments to the Form N-2. The spin-off is expected to be completed in Q4, subject to final approval by Yahoo's board and the satisfaction or waiver by Yahoo of certain other conditions.
16:01 EDTBABAOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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07:57 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility at low end of range
Alibaba July weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, August is at 32, September is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 49 suggesting decreasing price movement.
July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X

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