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March 27, 2014
14:27 EDTMSFT, FRFHF, FB, BBRYEarnings Preview: BlackBerry shares up sharply since Q3 report
BlackBerry (BBRY) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings on Friday, March 28, with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. BlackBerry is a wireless solutions provider that manufactures the BlackBerry smartphone and operating system. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of (57c) on revenue of $1.11B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is ($1.04)-(25c) on revenue of $860M-$1.79B. LAST QUARTER: BlackBerry reported Q3 adjusted EPS of (67c) against estimates for (45c) on revenue of $1.19B against estimates for $1.59B. The company announced non-cash pre-tax charges of $4.6B for the quarter, associated with assets, inventory and supply commitments, and previously announced restructuring and strategic review actions. In January, the company announced that Fairfax Financial (FRFHF) agreed to buy an additional $250M worth of debt in the company in addition to the $1B Fairfax purchased in November. Also in January, the company announced it would divest the majority of its Canadian real estate holdings, and earlier this month the company confirmed the plans. In February, BlackBerry announced plans to bring its mobile messaging service, BBM, to Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Phone and Nokia X customers. The company also announced plans to launch new enterprise products, which are expected to be available by year-end. Earlier today, the company announced that it received “Full Operational Capacity” from the U.S. DoD. COMPANY NEWS: In January, Citron Research, which typically issues short theses on stocks, said it was long shares of BlackBerry and put a “minimum” price target on shares of $15. In mid-February, BlackBerry shares gained about 3% after noted investor Dan Loeb’s Third Point reported in its latest 13F filing with the SEC that it had taken a new 10M share stake in the handset maker. Following Facebook’s (FB) announcement that it would acquire messaging application WhatsApp for $16B, shares of BlackBerry advanced nearly 4% as investors speculated on the potential value of the company’s BBM messaging service following the deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analyst commentary on BlackBerry was mixed during the quarter, with the most recent rating change on shares coming from Societe Generale, which cut its rating on the stock to Sell from Hold. Earlier this week, Citigroup raised its price target on shares to $8 from $4, but maintained its Sell rating on shares. Earlier this month, CLSA raised its rating on BlackBerry to Underperform from Sell while raising its price target on the stock to $9.50 from $6. Other notable rating actions on BlackBerry shares during the quarter include a January upgrade to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital, and a January downgrade to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer. PRICE ACTION: On the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of BlackBerry gained 97c, or 15.52%, to close at $7.22. Since the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of BlackBerry have gained more than 45%, but for the 52-week period ended with yesterday’s trade, BlackBerry is still down more than 35%. In afternoon trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q4 report, BlackBerry is down over 3%.
News For BBRY;FRFHF;MSFT;FB From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
12:02 EDTMSFTBox, Microsoft expand alliance to deliver better cloud experiences
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10:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces launch of News Pro app
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTFBFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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07:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:59 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:32 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, February is at 46, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
05:44 EDTFBTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
January 26, 2016
18:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft executive: Surface glitch during NFL game caused by stadium error
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16:00 EDTMSFT, FBOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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13:51 EDTFBApple to make subscription content available in News app, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:13 EDTFB, MSFTActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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10:34 EDTMSFTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
09:32 EDTMSFT, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTMSFT, FBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
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