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May 19, 2014
11:11 EDTLVLT, SYMC, AKAM, NFLX, CMCSAComcast preparing new content delivery service, The Information says
Comcast (CMCSA) Chief Network Officer John Schanz said in an interview that the company is currently testing a new content delivery service and expects to roll it out broadly if all goes well, according to The Information. Content delivery network operators, such as Akamai (AKAM) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT), could be pressured by Comcast's new service, which could also have big implications for streaming video providers like Netflix (NFLX) and security software providers like Symantec (SYMC), according to the report. Reference Link
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June 24, 2015
09:10 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:25 EDTNFLX, CMCSANetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
06:51 EDTNFLXNetflix July volatility at 52 into announcing seven-for-one stock split
Netflix June weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, July is at 52, September is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 86, suggesting July price movement into announcing a seven-for-one stock split.
06:47 EDTAKAMAkamai releases Q1 'State of the Internet' report
Akamai Technologies released its Q1 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation. the first quarter of 2015, Akamai observed a 1.2% quarterly increase in the number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, growing to over 812 million—about 10 million more than were seen in the fourth quarter of 2014. n the first quarter, average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 20.4 Mbps in the United Kingdom—a 27% increase over the fourth quarter—to a low of 1.3 Mbps in Vietnam. Average peak mobile connection speeds ranged from 149.3 Mbps in Australia to 8.2 Mbps in Indonesia. Denmark saw 98% of unique ip addresses from mobile providers connect to Akamai at speeds above 4 Mbps, followed by Sweden and Venezuela with 97% each. On the other end of the spectrum, four countries—Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Bolivia—each had less than 1% of ip addresses connecting at those speeds. Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the global volume of mobile data traffic grew by 12% between the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015. Analysis of Akamai io data collected during the first quarter from a sample of requests to the Akamai Intelligent Platform indicates that for traffic from mobile devices on cellular networks, Apple Mobile Safari accounted for roughly 35% of requests, down slightly from 36% in the fourth quarter, while Android Webkit and Chrome for mobile accounted for 23% and 16% of requests, respectively—giving a total of 39% for the Android platform. For traffic from mobile devices across all networks, Apple Mobile Safari was responsible for close to 47% of requests, down from 48% last quarter, while Android Webkit and Chrome Mobile made up just over 25% and 17% of requests, respectively, for a total of 42%. ontinuing the trend seen in the fourth quarter of 2014, the number of unique IPv4 addresses worldwide connecting to Akamai grew by nearly 10 million in the first quarter. As noted in last quarter’s report, however, the company expects that the number of unique global IPv4 addresses seen by Akamai may level off or decline in the future as more carriers implement carrier-grade network address translation solutions in an effort to conserve limited IPv4 address space and as they increase support for and availability of native IPv6 connectivity for subscribers.
06:09 EDTNFLXOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: NFLX SYY MU MON NKE BBBY LEN NBG GREK
June 23, 2015
19:03 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER PROVIDING GUIDANCE: MeetMe (MEET), up 18.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), up 4.3% after being added to S&P 600... Quidel (QDEL), up 5% after receiving FDA clearance for new Solana molecular system and assay... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), up 4.6% after announcing positive results from REPRIEVE study... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after announcing seven-for-one stock split. LOWER: Alcobra (ADHD), down 2.5% after announcing that it will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast presentation to present results from the Phase II clinical trial of MDX... Sysco (SYY), down 2.6% after bid for U.S. foods blocked was blocked by a federal judge... Boeing (BA), down marginally after announcing CEO transition.
16:32 EDTNFLXNetflix up 1.8% after announcing seven-for-one stock split
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16:31 EDTNFLXNetflix announces seven-for-one stock split
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16:30 EDTNFLXNetflix announces seven-for-one stock split
13:09 EDTCMCSA, NFLXHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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June 22, 2015
15:04 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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10:19 EDTSYMCAnalyst says get more selective on cybersecurity stocks
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10:00 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $950 on business momentum at BTIG
BTIG raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $950 from $600 citing business model momentum. The firm's analyst believes Netflix can grow substantially beyond 50M domestic subs. In addition, as the MVPD bundle unravels, BTIG expects consumers will have money to spend on Netflix and other SVOD services. As the price/value of Netflix grows, the firm believes there is substantial upside potential to its ARPU estimates. BTIG expects Worldwide streaming subs to expand to over 108M by 2017, up from 101M, compared to 57M at year-end 2014. Furthermore, BTIG believes Netflix could reach 140M global subscribers by 2020.
06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, NBCUniversal using cross-promotional strategy, NY Times says
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05:48 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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05:45 EDTSYMCFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brent Thill downgraded FireEye (FEYE) to Neutral citing the stock's 70% rally year-to-date. Hill, however, raised his price target for name to $55 from $50. Shares of the cybersecurity provider closed Friday down 58c to $53.65. Hill also downgraded Symantec (SYMC) this morning to Sell. In the cybersecurity space, he keeps Buy ratings on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Fortinet (FTNT).
June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTCMCSARealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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