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March 19, 2014
13:25 EDTNTES, RENN, YOKU, CYOU, BIDUChinese Internet names decline after Renren guidance miss
Shares of Chinese Internet stocks are sinking after one of the names in the sector, Renren (RENN), last night reported higher than expected fourth quarter revenue but provided lower than expected first quarter revenue guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Chinese social network Renren reported Q4 revenue of $30.7M, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $30.15M. Its operating loss, however, came in at $42.6M, versus an operating loss of $22.7M in the same period a year earlier. Its online ad revenue tumbled 18% year-over-year, driven by increased competition and continued migration of user traffic to mobile devices from desktop computers, the company stated. Moreover, the social network provided first quarter revenue guidance of $23M-$25M, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $30.41M. "There are a limited number of players in China that are proactively educating and selling mobile solutions to brand advertisers in China," but Renren has had "some encouraging momentum" in mobile ads," said the company's CEO, Joe Chen, on its earnings conference call. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, search engine Baidu (BIDU) dropped 1% to $162, Internet video company Youku Tudou (YOKU) declined 1% to $30.40, Internet game and portal provider NetEase (NTES) lost 2% to $64.57, online game developer Changyou.com (CYOU) fell 1.4% to $28.50, and Renren tumbled 11% to $3.37.
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February 12, 2016
12:33 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have continued to gain upside momentum throughout the session. The are being aided by a surge in oil prices, which have rallied more than 10% on the heels of reports that OPEC nations may be ready to talk about a production freeze. The market, hoping to put an end to it recent losing streak, looks on track to do so with participation likely to tail off in the afternoon ahead of a long holiday weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Import prices dropped 1.1%, while export prices fell 0.8% last month. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell to 90.7 in the preliminary February print, versus expectations for a 92.3 reading. In Europe, the euro zone's gross domestic product grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2015, meeting expectations. In Asia, Japan suffered another ugly day, with its key indexes each falling about 5%, after the market reopened following a one-day holiday. COMPANY NEWS: Square (SQ) advanced 8% after credit card giant Visa (V) disclosed in a regulatory filing that it holds shares in the company that could convert to the equivalent of a 9.99% stake in the payments up-and-comer. The details about the stake held by the Dow member, which has held an investment in Square since prior to its IPO, also appeared to give a boost to Twitter (TWTR), which both share Jack Dorsey as their Chief Executive Officer... The Dow is being helped by the advance in shares of JPMorgan (JPM), which are higher by 8% after its CEO Jamie Dimon disclosed he bought 500,000 shares of the bank's stock in the open market yesterday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Baidu (BIDU), which rallied 9% after it received a non-binding proposal to acquire Qiyi.com. Also higher were Groupon (GRPN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained 27.5% and 13.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the notable losers was Pandora (P), which fell 12% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share. The loss gave back all of the gains, and then some, that the stock enjoyed yesterday after the New York Times said the music service operator has held talks about selling the company. Also lower were Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and CBS (CBS), which were down 9.5% and 1%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.58, or 1.51%, to 15,896.76, the Nasdaq was up 58.02, or 1.36%, to 4,324.85, and the S&P 500 was up 28.03, or 1.53%, to 1,857.11.
08:11 EDTBIDUBaidu receives non-binding offer to acquire Qiyi.com
Baidu announced that its board of directors has recently received a non-binding proposal from Robin Yanhong Li, chairman and CEO of Baidu, and Yu Gong, CEO of Qiyi.com, proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qiyi beneficially owned by Baidu based on an enterprise valuation of $2.8B for 100% of Qiyi on a cash-free and debt-free basis. Pursuant to the non-binding proposal, the buyers expect that Qiyi will remain a strategic partner of Baidu after the consummation of the transaction and enter into business cooperation agreements with Baidu. Baidu currently owns 80.5% of Qiyi's total outstanding shares on an as-converted and fully-diluted basis. The Board has formed a special committee comprised of three independent directors to evaluate the transaction. "The Board cautions Baidu's shareholders and others considering trading in its securities that the Board recently received the non-binding proposal and no decisions have been made with respect to Baidu's response to the proposal. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any legally binding agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated," Baidu stated.
February 5, 2016
06:33 EDTBIDUChinese public growing unhappy with Baidu, WSJ says
The people of China are becoming unhappy with Baidu, and the internet search giant needs to exercise a balance to maintain profit and public interest, Wall Street Journal columnist Li Yuan says. Yuan brings up the example of Pan Longfei, a man with a rare heart and kidney disease who was led astray to a private hospital featured on a sponsored link on Baidu, when a public hospital in Guangzhou was able to properly diagnose and treat his condition better. Baidu is the largest search engine in China with approximately 80% of the market, the report says. Pan joined a revolt against Bauidu after seeing a post claiming that Baidu populated the web with information from shoddy businesses, including a hospital which reportedly didn't have a medical license, the report says. Reference Link
February 4, 2016
10:01 EDTCYOUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Anglo Platinum (AGPPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Changyou.com (CYOU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... GoPro (GPRO) downgraded on results, guidance at Sterne Agee CRT... Heat Biologics (HTBX) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Cantor... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Intrawest Resorts (SNOW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Match Group (MTCH) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Pacific Biosciences (PACB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts (SKIS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Speculative Buy at Seaport Global... Synchronoss (SNCR) downgraded at Stifel... Wabtec (WAB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
07:47 EDTCYOUChangyou.com downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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February 1, 2016
05:18 EDTCYOUChangyou.com sees Q1 EPS 56c-65c, consensus 73c
Sees Q1 revenue $120M-$130M, consensus $157.30M.
05:17 EDTCYOUChangyou.com reports Q4 EPS 85c, consensus 66c
Reports Q4 revenue $168M, consensus $154.79M.

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