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May 21, 2012
12:21 EDTAEO, RGR, RENN, DVA, LOW, ETN, CPB, YHOO, CBE, KKD, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, rebounding a bit from last week's dismal performance, which was the worst this year for U.S. equity markets. Near noon the market was off of its best levels and had been drifting in a narrow range since mid-morning. The market move is due more to a bounce from an oversold condition than from any data reported in either Europe or the U.S. There was little on the U.S. economic calendar, with the exception of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, which went largely unnoticed when reported during the pre-market trading session... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index rebounded a bit to a reading of +0.11 for the month of April, up from -0.29 a month ago. In Europe, stocks gained in spite of little in the way of concrete plans for the region coming out of the weekend's meeting of the G-8 leaders... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) shares fell below their $38 issue price in premarket trading and continued to slide as much as 13.7% before stabilizing near $33. Near noon, shares were down $4.49, or 11.59%, to $33.74... Yahoo! (YHOO) reached a deal for a plan to sell out of its 40% stake in Alibaba, including an initial sale of 20% of Alibaba back to the company for $7.1B. Yahoo! said it intends to return substantially all of the after-tax cash proceeds to shareholders from the deal and did not finalize the form of the return of capital but did increase its share buyback authorization by $5B. However, Yahoo shares only moved up about 0.3% on the news... Shares of Lowes (LOW) slid almost 10% in spite of sales and profits that beat estimates, as the company's yearly earnings guidance came in below consensus. Among other companies reporting earnings, Krispy Kreme (KKD) advanced while Campbell Soup (CPB) declined... DaVita (DVA) agreed to purchase HealthCare Partners for $4.42B, which investors applauded by driving shares up more than 4%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cooper Industries (CBE), up nearly 27%, after agreeing to be acquired by Eaton Corporation (ETN) in a cash and stock deal valued at $72.00 per share, representing a premium of 29% to Cooper's closing price on Friday, and American Eagle (AEO), up more than 10%, following an upgrade to Buy at Brean Murray ahead of Wednesday's earnings report and after the company announced it plans to eliminate children's brand 77kids and its CFO stepped down. Noteworthy losers included Renren (RENN), down almost 3%, as it was dragged down in concert with the steep decline seen in Facebook, and Sturm, Ruger (RGR), down about 6%, after being initiated with a Sell rating at Off Wall Street Research... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 96.57, or 0.78%, to 12,465.95; the Nasdaq was up 44.42, or 1.60%, to 2,823.21; and the S&P 500 was up 14.44, or 1.11%, to 1,309.66.
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January 28, 2016
06:17 EDTYHOOYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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05:46 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $170 from $155 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook (FB) to $170 following the social media giant's Q4 results. The stock is up $11.55, or 12%, to $106.00 in pre-market trading. Facebook beat Q4 revenue estimates by 9% on stronger contribution from core mobile and the ramp of Instagram, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. Management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster points out. He expects Facebook shares "can continue to work" and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
05:44 EDTYHOOSpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
January 27, 2016
19:30 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 11.4%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 6.4%... Paypal (PYPL), up 5%... Crown Castle (CCI), up 2.2%... Citrix (CTXS), up 2.4%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), up 1%... SanDisk (SNDK), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Radius Health (RDUS), up 1.2% after announcing a clinical collaboration with Novartis (NVS)... LinkedIn (LNKD) is up 2.4%, Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is up 2.2% and 2.6%, respectively, Netflix (NFLX) is up 1%, Amazon.com (AMZN) is up 2%, and Twitter (TWTR) is up marginally after Facebook reported quarterly results... MGM Resorts (MGM) is up 2.2% and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is up 2.2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: ServiceNow (NOW), down 16.5%... eBay (EBAY), down 12.8%... United Rentals (URI), down 9.7%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.6%... Silicon Graphics (SGI), down 9.1%... Discover Financial (DFS), down 7.4%... InvenSense (INVN), down 6.1%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 4.3%... Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 1.1%. ALSO LOWER: Incyte (INCY), down 12.8% after announcing that it will halt the Phase 2 sub-study of ruxolitinib or placebo in combination with regorafenib after a planned interim analysis of the high CRP subgroup demonstrated that ruxolitinib plus regorafenib did not show a sufficient level of efficacy to warrant continuation.
18:00 EDTFBFacebook executives pleased with China growth, hazy on Oculus launch
Speaking on the company's fourth quarter earnings conference call, Facebook (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg highlighted the company's more than 2.5M active advertisers as well as the growth of its Messenger and WhatsApp services, which have expanded to 800M and nearly 1B monthly users, respectively. More services will be coming soon to Messenger, Zuckerberg promised, including airline integration. The CEO noted he is "pleased" with initial consumer reaction to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR virtual reality headset, though commentary on pre-orders for Facebook's own Oculus Rift device was notably light, with Zuckerberg saying only that the Oculus launch is "shaping up to be a big moment for the gaming community." Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company is pleased with the growth its seeing in emerging markets, including China, where businesses are using Facebook to reach customers internationally. The commentary comes in contrast to the downbeat macro view voiced during Apple's (AAPL) conference call Tuesday night. Globally, 98 of the quarter's top 100 Facebook advertisers also chose to market on Instagram, Sandberg said, adding that as businesses realize they need to catch up to consumer shifts towards mobile, she foresees a "big" opportunity to continue growing advertiser count. ANALYST TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a post-earnings note on Facebook, reiterating his Overweight rating and $155 price target on the social network giant in the wake of its strong beat. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Facebook have surged 12.8% to $106.60 in after-hours trading. Other members of the FANG stock grouping are also moving higher, with Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet (GOOG) rising a respective 2.3%, 2.25% and 2.6%.
16:10 EDTFBFacebook rallies 5% to $99.60 following Q4 earnings beat
16:09 EDTFBFacebook says Mobile ad revenue made up 80% of ad revenue in Q4
Facebook said Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 80% of advertising revenue for Q4, up from 69% of advertising revenue in Q4 of 2014. Capital expenditures for Q4 were $692M. Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $18.43B at the end of Q4. Free cash flow for Q4 was $2.14B.
16:08 EDTFBFacebook reports monthly active users up 14% year-over-year
Facebook reports Daily active users were 1.04B on average for December 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year. Reports Mobile DAUs were 934M on average for December 2015, an increase of 25% year-over-year. Reports Monthly active users were 1.59B as of December 31, 2015, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Reports Mobile MAUs were 1.44B as of December 31, 2015, an increase of 21% year-over-year
16:06 EDTFBFacebook reports Q4 EPS 79c, consensus 68c
Reports Q4 revenue $5.84B, consensus $5.37B.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
14:34 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
14:08 EDTFBFacebook January weekly 97 straddle priced for 6.2% movement into Q4
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14:06 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 99, February is at 42, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
12:36 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts expect Facebook to report strong Q4 results
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:29 EDTFBFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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08:42 EDTYHOOIAC's Diller says would not buy Yahoo, Bloomberg reports
IAC (IAC) Chairman Barry Diller said Yahoo (YHOO) can be a standalone business, adding that he would not buy the company, according to Bloomberg. Diller said Yahoo is only worth buying at a "serious discount," according to Bloomberg.
06:59 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:32 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, February is at 46, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
05:44 EDTFBTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
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