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February 1, 2013
11:52 EDTBIDUEarnings Preview: Baidu shares down almost 5% since last earnings report
Baidu (BIDU) is expected to report Q4 earnings after the market close on Monday, February 4 with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 pm ET. Baidu is a Chinese web services company that provides a search engine for web pages, audio files and multimedia... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.29 on revenue of $1.0B. The consensus range is $1.21-$1.36 for EPS, and $991.73M-$1.02B for revenue, according to First Call... LAST QUARTER: Baidu reported Q3 EPS $1.39 against estimates of $1.31, on revenue of $994.6M against estimates of $992.79M. The company also provided Q4 revenue guidance of $973.3M-$1.01B... STREET RESEARCH AND NEWS: Most analyst firms have remained cautious on Baidu. The company was downgraded at Citigroup and Barclays, citing weak mobile monetization, a slowdown in search revenues, and increasing competition from other companies like Qihoo (QIHU). Citigroup added that Baidu will have a challenging 2013, saying that acquisitions will not solve the company's problem with monetizing mobile traffic. Piper Jaffray said that estimates for Baidu need to come down, currently expecting FY13 EPS of $5.41 vs. consensus of $5.91.... PRICE ACTION: Baidu shares have fallen almost 5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report, although the stock bottomed in early December at ~$88 and have since risen to above $108. In Friday midday trading ahead of Q4 report, Baidu shares are trading near flat at $108.40.
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October 30, 2014
10:52 EDTBIDUBaidu rises after profits beat expectations
Chinese Internet search engine Baidu (BIDU) is climbing after the company reported higher than expected profits and in-line revenue. WHAT'S NEW: Baidu reported third quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.90, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.69. The company's revenue came in at $2.2B, in-line with the consensus outlook. Baidu provided Q4 revenue guidance of $2.26B-$2.32B, versus the consensus outlook of $2.3B. Last quarter, Baidu had more traffic from mobile devices than PCs, and mobile traffic generated 36% of its revenue, the company noted. "In the third quarter, our investments in mobile continued to pay off as mobile proved once again to be a strong driver of topline growth," said Baidu CFO Jennifer Li. ANALYST REACTION: Baidu's investment in mobile is starting to pay off, agreed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a note to investors today. Additionally, the impact to Baidu from its investments in mobile appear not to have been as drastic as previously thought, and the company remains "essentially unchallenged" in the Chinese search market, wrote the analyst. He raised his price target on the shares to $267 from $222 and kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Meanwhile, research firm Stifel Nicolaus reported that the company's gross margin was about 1.5 percentage points ahead of expectations in Q3. Baidu is on track to generate about 65% of its queries from mobile devices in a year, at which point it may significantly increase the prices it charges for mobile search ads, the firm stated, adding that the company's innovation in mobile has been strong. Stifel has a $250 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Baidu rose 4% to $224. Other Chinese Internet names also rose, with Weibo (WB) adding 1% to $18, Renren (RENN) rising 1% to $3.45, Sohu.com (SOHU) gaining 1.5% to $44, and Qihoo 360 (QIHU) adding 0.5% to $68.50.
09:59 EDTBIDUBaidu price target raised to $267 from $222 at Piper Jaffray
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07:16 EDTBIDUBaidu viewed as core holding in China Internet space, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital reiterates Baidu as a core holding in the China Internet space following its Q3 results, citing the company's leadership position in mobile search, its operating leverage from robust revenue growth, and its attractive risk/reward profile. Brean Capital maintains its Buy rating and $275 price target on Baidu shares.
October 29, 2014
16:37 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q4 revenue $2.26B-$2.32B, consensus $2.3B
16:36 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q3 EPS ex-items $1.90, consensus $1.69
Reports Q3 revenue $2.2B, consensus $2.22B. Traffic acquisition cost, or TAC, as a component of cost of revenues was $283.8M, representing 12.9% of total revenues, as compared to 11.7% in the corresponding period in 2013 and 12.7% in Q2. The increase reflects increased contribution of contextual ads, mobile and promotion of hao123.
14:21 EDTBIDUBaidu October weekly 225 straddle priced for 6% move into Q3
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October 28, 2014
09:14 EDTBIDUBaidu named a long Research Tactical Idea at Morgan Stanley
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October 27, 2014
15:38 EDTBIDUBaidu weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 24, 2014
14:55 EDTBIDUBaidu weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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