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July 21, 2014
10:49 EDTSOHU, SINA, NTES, BIDUBaidu advances following Morgan Stanley upgrade
Shares of Chinese Internet search engine Baidu (BIDU) are climbing on a down day for the market after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight today. WHAT'S NEW: Baidu's revenue growth has accelerated as the company has improved the monetization of its PC and mobile traffic, while the fundamentals of the company's mobile business have improved, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam De Stefano wrote. The company's acquisitions have also boosted its revenue growth, the analyst added. Baidu's profit margins are likely to increase towards the end of this year, driven by continued strong sales growth and spending cuts, De Stefano believes. The analyst set a $239.30 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Baidu rose 2.7% to $196.30. Several other Chinese Internet stocks also advanced, with SINA (SINA) climbing 3.6% to $48.45, Sohu.com (SOHU) adding 1.2% to $55.38, and NetEase (NTES) rising 1.4% to $83.10.
News For BIDU;SINA;SOHU;NTES From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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April 16, 2015
05:50 EDTBIDUReport: Baidu to launch online shopping mall platform, DigiTimes says
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April 14, 2015
10:50 EDTSINAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
April 13, 2015
16:21 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:26 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
09:38 EDTSINASINA trades lower after Beijing warns on insufficient censorship
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09:20 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
06:29 EDTSINAChina may shut down Sina if censorship doesn't improve, Financial Times says
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April 10, 2015
10:56 EDTBIDUStocks with call strike movement; BIDU AAPL
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09:39 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTBIDUChinaNet Online initiates O2O business project near Huaqiao University in China
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06:38 EDTSINA, SOHU, BIDUChina using new weapon to censor Internet content, NY Times says
China has deployed a new weapon in its effort to prevent Chinese citizens from viewing foreign websites of which Beijing does not approve, according to The New York Times. Dubbed The Great Cannon, the new weapon enables the government to intercept foreign web traffic flowing to Chinese websites, inject malicious code, and redirect the traffic, the newspaper stated, adding that the technology could easily be used to spy on all users who obtain content hosted on a Chinese computer. Chinese Internet stocks include Baidu (BIDU), SINA (SINA), Wiebo (WB), and Sohu.com (SOHU). Reference Link
April 9, 2015
16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; April 9, 2015
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09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTBIDUBaidu advertising boycott suspended by Putian Healthcare, Marbridge Daily says
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April 8, 2015
09:35 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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08:51 EDTBIDUHSBC expects Baidu and PHICC to reach an agreement shortly at HSBC
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April 7, 2015
10:55 EDTNTESSucampo, NetEase, and TAL Education recommended by Navellier
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April 6, 2015
16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
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