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February 24, 2014
10:18 EDTVZ, EBAY, CMCSA, MSFT, AAPL, CCOI, LVLT, YHOO, NFLXCogent 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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13:36 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable and Comcast mentioned positively at Evercore ISI
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple to face lawsuit on failed texts when switching to Android, Reuters says
Apple must face a U.S. federal lawsuit for failing to alert consumers that text messages may be interrupted after switching to an Android-based phone from an iPhone, says Reuters. Reference Link
12:09 EDTMSFTRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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11:17 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility up after Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated
Comcast November weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, November and December is at 21, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement after President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated.
10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
09:55 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTEBAYeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
08:15 EDTAAPL, EBAYAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast deal would only be derailed by Title II concessions, says Wells Fargo
After President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated under Title II, Wells Fargo thinks that Comcast (CMCSA) will only walk away from the Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal if there are significant Title II concessions specifically attached to the deal. The firm suggests, however, that the deal could be restructured if the companies' stock prices continue to fall in reaction to Obama's statement.
07:35 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $125 from $115 at UBS
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07:06 EDTCMCSAObama's call for regulation worries investors in Comcast-TWC deal, WSJ says
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06:36 EDTCMCSANBC exec 'very satisfied' with pace of Super Bowl ad sales, NY Times says
NBC, the broadcast home of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, is "very satisfied" with the pace of sales of commercial time during the game, reports the New York Times. Seth Winter, the Executive VP for Sales of NBC Sports and NBCUniversal News Groups at NBCUniversal, said "I'm never 'extremely satisfied' until we're sold out... I'm very satisfied with what we see." Winter added that NBC is approaching 90% of the commercial time in the game's being sold to advertisers. Reference Link
06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAAPLQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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05:51 EDTCMCSAStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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