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April 24, 2015
09:37 EDTZNGA, FBActive equity options trading on open
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06:16 EDTFBEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
April 23, 2015
17:26 EDTZNGAZynga COO resigns
In a regulatory filing, Zynga reports that on April 19, Clive Downie provided notice of his resignation from his position as COO of Zynga, effective April 19.
14:29 EDTFBFacebook launches video ad partnership featuring Vice, The Onion, Funny or Die
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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.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
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.
07:28 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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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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April 22, 2015
19:14 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
17:32 EDTFBFacebook sees total payments and other fees revenue to decline
Facebook sees total payments and other fees revenue to decline on a year-over year basis for the remainder of the year. Sees FY15 CapEx $2.7B-$$3.2B.
17:23 EDTFBNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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17:22 EDTFBFacebook says FX headwinds in Q2 will be greater than Q1
17:20 EDTFBFacebook says Q1 Non-Gaap expense increased 57%
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17:18 EDTFBFacebook says FX headwinds impacted Q1 revenue
17:14 EDTFBFacebook sees videos attracting marketers to mobile
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17:11 EDTFBFacebook says Instagram has more than 200M daily users
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook down $1.20 to $83.43 after Q1 results
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 daily active users up 17%
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 EPS 42c, consensus 40c
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
13:51 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts expect Facebook to beat Q1 expectations
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13:28 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 84 straddle priced for 5.4% movement into Q1
13:01 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
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07:10 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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06:06 EDTFBGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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April 21, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
10:01 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
10:38 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, May is at 39, June 30, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:37 EDTGRPNKKR, Anchor Equity to acquire controlling stake in Groupon's Ticket Monster
Private equity investor Anchor Equity Partners and global investment firm KKR (KKR) have signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in leading South Korean mobile commerce company Ticket Monster from Groupon (GRPN). Anchor and KKR, in conjunction with TMON’s management, will jointly acquire a controlling stake in TMON and will inject new capital into the company to help fund its future growth opportunities. Anchor and KKR will hold equal stakes in the company. Some of the world’s largest pension, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Pavilion Capital, will also be participating as investors in this transaction. Groupon, which acquired TMON in January 2014, will retain a fully diluted 41% minority stake in the company. The investment is based on a $782M fully diluted valuation of TMON. KKR and Anchor will work closely with TMON’s co-founder and CEO Dan Shin and the management team to grow the business. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions.
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon continues to see FY15 adjusted EBITDA greater than $315M
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon raises Q1 adjusted EPS view to 1c-3c from 0c-2c
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08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon board approves new $300M share repurchase program
Groupon announced its Board of Directors has approved a new $300M share repurchase program, subject to the closing of the TMON sale. The authorization includes the flexibility for accelerated repurchases and purchases over time in the open market in accordance with our current practice. The new plan is expected to commence with the closing of the TMON sale and will run through August of 2017. Groupon expects to continue repurchases under its existing $300M share repurchase program approved in 2013. That program had $83M of authorized repurchases remaining as of March 31, 2015, and is set to expire in August of 2015. Share repurchases are subject to market conditions and other factors.
08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon agees to sell 46% stake in Ticket Monster to KKR for $360M
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07:56 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
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05:51 EDTFBEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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April 16, 2015
15:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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April 15, 2015
06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
11:16 EDTFBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon core business still key to valuation, says Piper Jaffray
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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07:00 EDTGRPNKKR investor consortium close to deal to buy stake in Ticket Monster, WSJ says
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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