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January 10, 2014
11:23 EDTBIDU, QIHUBaidu rises after analyst upgrades stock
Shares of Chinese Internet search engine Baidu (BIDU) are advancing after research firm Maxim Group upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Baidu is the leader in both the PC and mobile search markets in China, Maxim analyst Echo He wrote in a note to investors. Moreover, the growth of Baidu's average revenue per user accelerated in the third quarter, demonstrating the company's pricing power and growing ad revenues, He contended. She thinks the factors pushing up the company's profit margins are likely to outweigh those pulling it down going forward. The analyst upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, and set a $200 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: One of Baidu's key competitors in the Chinese Internet search market is Qihoo 360 (QIHU). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Baidu.com rose $2.80, or 1.6%, to $178.
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July 27, 2015
17:36 EDTBIDUOn 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.
16:40 EDTBIDUBaidu down 5.9% after reporting Q2 results, Q3 guidance
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16:39 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.81, consensus $1.88
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16:38 EDTBIDUBaidu reports June MAUs up 24% to 629M
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16:36 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q3 revenue $2.93B-$3B, consensus $3.03B
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16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:44 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly 195 straddle priced for 9% movement into Q2
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15:03 EDTBIDUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Baidu (BIDU), consensus $10.58... Avalonbay Communities (AVB), consensus $1.92... Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 77c... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 6c... PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $2.35... Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 34c... Swift Transportation (SWFT), consensus 37c.
13:36 EDTBIDUBaidu technical commentary ahead of results
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12:21 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Baidu July weekly call option implied volatility is at 99, August is at 49, September is at 39; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
12:03 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTBIDUAnalyst 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.
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTBIDUBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because itís not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
July 24, 2015
13:34 EDTBIDUBaidu volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:26 EDTBIDUBaidu Q2 results likely to be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Baidu's increased disclosures about its segments could enable investors to learn more about its core search business, creating a positive surprise. The firm thinks the stock's valuation is "very attractive," and it keeps an Overweight rating.
July 23, 2015
10:08 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 22, 2015
10:15 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:15 EDTBIDUBaidu should be bought ahead of earnings, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo recommends buying shares of Baidu ahead of the company's Q2 results on July 27. Baidu's revenue should top consensus and strength in both the iQiyi and Nuomi businesses should lead the Q3 outlook above street expectations, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $256 price target.
July 14, 2015
10:26 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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