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January 16, 2013
06:07 EDTVLKAY, FB, EBAY, RIG, GOOGOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: As Facebook (FB) challenges Google (GOOG) with its new search tool, the two companies are vying to become the primary gateway to the Internet. Their distinctions are increasingly blurring, and billions in advertising dollars are at stake, the Wall Street Journal reports...eBayís (EBAY) e-commerce businesses have proved more durable and profitable than many believed. In fact, a glance at eBay's share price, up 73% over the past year, is enough to give skeptics pangs of nonbuyer's remorse, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: The U.S. technology industry is in an unusual position this earnings season: dragging corporate America down, rather than lifting it up. Wall Street expects the tech sector's Q4 earnings to be lower by 1.1% from a year ago, the first drop since Q3 of 2009, Reuters reports...A Brazilian court overturned a ruling made last week ordering Volkswagen (VLKAY) to recall up to 400,000 one-liter cars over an unusual engine noise, a statement on the court's website said, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Carl Icahnís new stake in Transocean (RIG) may increase pressure on the offshore driller to put some of its rigs into a tax-advantaged partnership as the billionaire seeks to raise his investmentís value, Bloomberg reports...Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said the Fed could expand its $85B monthly bond buying should record easing not make progress in achieving full employment and stable prices, Bloomberg reports.
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April 23, 2015
10:55 EDTFBPac Crest an outlier with bearish note on Facebook following Q1 report
After Facebook last night reported higher than expected first quarter profits but lower than expected revenue. several analysts reacted positively to the company's results, raising their price targets on the social network operator's stock. However, Pacific Crest went against the mostly bullish trend by recommending that investors avoid the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Facebook last night reported first quarter earnings per share of 42c, versus the consensus outlook of 40c. The social network operator's revenue came in below expectations, and the company said that foreign exchange trends negatively impacted its first quarter results. Facebook forecast that foreign exchange headwinds would increase this quarter. Facebook reported that it had 936M daily active users on average last month, an increase of 17% versus the same period a year earlier. Its monthly active users climbed 13% year-over-year to 1.44B in Q1. BULLISH TAKE: Adjusting for currency, Facebook's Q1 revenue would have been 3% higher than the Street's consensus outlook, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster stated. The online network's "story is firmly intact" as its results are likely to be boosted by the ramping of Instagram in 2016, WhatsApp in 2017 and Oculus in 2018, the analyst stated. He kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Also upbeat was Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler, who raised his price target on the stock to $100 from $90, saying that its currency headwinds "masked" strong Q1 results. The stock will "grind higher" on new revenue streams and product announcements, predicted Sandler, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth raised his price target on the stock to $100 from $85, saying that the company reported strong Q1 results and that it is the best positioned Internet company over the next five years. Moreover, its video ads appear to be hitting a positive turning point, added Anmuth, who kept an Overweight rating on the name. BEARISH TAKE: Facebook's price per ad appears to have declined sequentially last quarter for the first time since early 2013, wrote Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. If that trend continues, its price per ad growth will decelerate significantly this year, according to the analyst. Additionally, the company's margins are contracting and its new products are unlikely to make much of an impact this year, according to Wilson, who recommended that investors choose other stocks over Facebook. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Facebook slid 0.7% to $84 per share.
10:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Northland... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Hold from Overweight at HSBC... Brink's (BCO) downgraded to Neutral, sees 'imminent' downside risk, says Macquarie... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Cognex (CGNX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Fulton Financial (FULT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Heartland Express (HTLD) downgraded on limited earnings growth at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... MobileIron (MOBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Omnicare (OCR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... RAM Energy (RAME) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Repsol (REPYY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Stillwater Mining (SWC) downgraded on lack of catalysts at BB&T... Texas Capital (TCBI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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09:18 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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08:40 EDTEBAYeBay price target raised to $68 from $60 at Cantor
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook growth slowing, margins contracting, says Pacific Crest
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook reported solid results, says Brean Capital
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08:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $84 at FBR Capital
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $100 saying the company posted strong Q1 results despite a challenging currency environment. The firm highlights Facebook's growth in organic and promoted video views as well as its better ad targeting and measurement tools. JPMorgan continues to view Facebook as the best positioned company in the internet space over the next five years. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
07:42 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman wants to oust CEO ahead of annual meeting, Reuters says
Ferdinand Piech, the chairman of Volkswagen, will seek to oust the company's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, ahead of the annual shareholder meeting on May 5, Reuters reports, citing German broadcasting network NDR. According to the report, Piech is seeking the support within the Porsche and Piech families in his efforts to replace Winterkorn, and "doesn't feel tied" by the April 17 decision of supervisory board members to back Winterkorn. Reference Link
07:28 EDTEBAYeBay underlying trends better than feared, says Baird
Baird said the Marketplace growth for eBay was anemic but a bit above low expectations. The firm believes underlying trends were better than investors feared and noted that management struck a positive tone on its conference call. Baird noted eBay's guidance reflected expense cutting and foreign exchange headwinds and the firm adjusted their estimates accordingly. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $65 price target on eBay shares.
07:28 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $105 from $88 at RBC Capital
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook thesis strengthened, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Facebook remains a top pick for 2015 and that its in-line quarter strengthened the firm's Outperform thesis. The firm said the quarter reaffirmed its conviction that Facebook will be able to drive revenue growth without a material increase in ad loads, consensus estimates underestimate long-term monetization potential of new products, and upward bias to estimates from Offers/Local, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and others. Credit Suisse's price target on Facebook remains $106.
07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $90 at Deutsche Bank
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:58 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to get $407M in financing from Canada, Reuters says
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06:54 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:48 EDTFBFacebook reported strong Q1 results, says Cantor
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05:49 EDTFBFacebook Q1 sales a 3% beat ex-currency, says Piper Jaffray
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