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June 9, 2014
16:39 EDTEBAY, FBeBay says PayPal President David Marcus leaving for Facebook
eBay (EBAY) announced that PayPal President David Marcus is leaving the company on June 27 to lead Facebook’s (FB) messaging products. “As the head of PayPal, David helped make a great business better, reinvigorating product design and innovation and energizing the team to deliver compelling consumer experiences,” said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. “An entrepreneur at heart, David has made a career decision to focus on what he loves most – leading smaller teams to create great product experiences,” Donahoe said. “We wish him well. He leaves behind a strong leadership team, committed to not skipping a beat on executing our plans, scaling product innovation and driving global growth.” The company, which expects to report second quarter results on July 16, said PayPal continues to build good momentum and is on track to meet its guidance for 2015. PayPal’s leadership team will report to Donahoe until a new president is named.
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July 15, 2014
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
11:02 EDTEBAYeBay expectations low into quarterly results, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray is positive on shares of eBay (EBAY) going into Wednesday's June quarter report, saying it sees limited downside due to low expectations. Piper believes investors have become "increasingly bearish" on eBay over the past couple of months given the security breach and the change in Google's (GOOG) algorithm. The firm sees these concerns are near term in nature and reiterates an Overweight rating on eBay with a $63 price target.
10:56 EDTFBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
07:23 EDTEBAY, FBFortune to hold a conference
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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06:06 EDTEBAYElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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11:24 EDTEBAYeBay July volatility elevated into Q2 and PayPal outlook
eBay July call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 25, October is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTFBGoogle looked to Page, Brin to woo Facebook workers, WSJ says
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09:16 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:07 EDTEBAYeBay Sotheby's confirm partnership plans
eBay (EBAY) and Sotheby’s (BID) announced a partnership to develop an innovative online platform that will make it easier for millions of people worldwide to discover, browse and acquire exceptional works of art, antiques and collectibles. eBay and Sotheby’s will start by offering a number of live auctions that are taking place at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. To accomplish this, eBay in the near future will be launching a newly-designed experience on its site, tailored for collectors of rare, unique and premium art and collectibles as well as first-time buyers. Sotheby’s will be the preeminent anchor tenant in the revamped marketplace, which will include a new live auction feature and real-time bidding from anywhere around the world. The Sotheby’s auctions will present 18 collecting categories. Going forward, the partnership will explore themed and time-based sales, as well as live auctions from Sotheby’s other global salesrooms. Evening Sales will not be included.
07:22 EDTFBFacebook poised to report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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06:35 EDTEBAYSotheby's, eBay to stream auctions, NY Times reports
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06:06 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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