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February 24, 2014
10:18 EDTCCOI, CMCSA, NFLX, AAPL, EBAY, YHOO, MSFT, VZ, LVLTCogent drops after customer Netflix inks deal with Comcast
Shares of Cogent Communications (CCOI) are sinking after one of the company's customers, Netflix (NFLX), announced yesterday that it had made an Internet connection deal with Comcast (CMCSA). Cogent provides Internet communications services. WHAT'S NEW: Under the deal between Netflix and Comcast, the movie rental service will stream its content to the cable giant's customers using Comcast's servers, according to The Wall Street Journal. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, FBR Capital analyst David Dixon responded to the news by downgrading Cogent to Underperform from Market Perform. Under the deal with Comcast, Netflix will "progressively migrate traffic away from Cogent," the analyst stated. Cogent could lose additional revenue if the company's other major content partners - including Apple (AAPL), eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) - follow in Netflix's footsteps and reach their own deals with end-user networks such as Comcast, wrote Dixon. Other access providers, including Verizon (VZ), are likely to make similar deals with content providers, leaving companies like Cogent on the sidelines unless they agree to pay the access providers, the analyst contended. Moreover, Cogent's prices continue to decline, Dixon reported. He has a $23 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Cogent sank 9%, or $3.67, to $36.56. Cogent peer Level 3 Communications (LVLT) is down 1% to $37.80.
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October 13, 2014
16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTYHOO, MSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:37 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Sector Perform at Portales
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:32 EDTCMCSAUniversal receives approval to open $3.27B theme park in Beijing, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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