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News For FB;FIVE;VRSN;S;NTLS;CBK;ZNGA;YUM From The Last 14 Days
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September 25, 2014
11:35 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB RIG
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09:45 EDTFBEU regulators set to approve Facebook's WhatsApp bid, Reuters reports
European Union antitrust regulators are set to approve Facebook's $19B offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, reports Reuters. Citing two people familiar with the matter, the regulators will give "unconditional clearance". Reference Link
09:27 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $99 from $95 at Stifel
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September 24, 2014
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:56 EDTFBFacebook volatility low, shares at record high
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06:32 EDTFBApple iOS 8 upgrade prompts more frequent app collapse, Bloomberg says
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September 23, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; September 23, 2014
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11:38 EDTCBKAscena Retail plummets to 52-week low after results, guidance trail consensus
Shares of Ascena Retail (ASNA), a national specialty retailer of apparel for women and teen girls, are falling after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Ascena Retail reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 13c and revenue of $1.18B, far below analysts' consensus estimates of 18c and $1.21B, respectively. Same store sales for the period declined 2%. Looking ahead, Ascena Retail forecast FY15 adjusted EPS of 90c-$1.00 excluding any acquisition-related, integration and restructuring costs that may be incurred during the fiscal year, significantly trailing the consensus of $1.25. The company sees EPS down compared to last year in the first half, but expects growth in the second half. The company sees flat to modest positive total comparable store growth for the year, with Fall flat to down low-single digits, and Spring up low-single digits. EBITA growth for the year is seen in the mid-to-high single digits, with the EBITDA rate flat to up 20 basis points, with 80-100 basis points of improvement in gross margin rate mostly offset by operating expense rate de-leverage. Ascena also sees a net new store increase of 30-40 units, capital expenditures of $350M-$375M and an effective tax rate of 37% vs. 32% in fiscal year 2014. The company sees FY15 double digit growth in depreciation, with projected expenses between $210M-$215M. The company's guidance is based on an ongoing challenging retail environment. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ascena President and Chief Executive Officer David Jaffe commented that Q4 EPS was "in line" with expectations, despite mixed results across its portfolio and soft traffic patterns. Jaffe said the company is maintaining a conservative outlook for the Fall season, as the company has "yet to see sustained evidence of market improvement." Ascena also said it plans to increasingly focus on adjusted EBITDA as an indicator of underlying financial performance because it normalizes for major changes in non-cash depreciation and tax rates. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm SunTrust lowered its price target on Ascena Retail to $17 from $21 after the company reported results that were weak across the board. The firm believes that the company is making appropriate changes and seems well-positioned for the future, while its brand integrity is intact across divisions. SunTrust reiterated a Buy rating on shares. Another firm, Oppenheimer, said Ascena's retail strategies should help stem margin pressure. The firm added that the profitability of the company's new brands is rising significantly, while its guidance looks conservative. Oppenheimer cut its price target on the shares to $19 from $22, but kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Ascena Retail fell $2.69, or 16.24%, to $13.85 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock notched a fresh 52-week low of $13.72. Including today's pull-back, the shares have lost approximately 22% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty retailers catering to women include Christopher & Banks (CBK), Chico's FAS (CHS), and Ann Inc. (ANN).
06:56 EDTFBGoogle exec to manage Snapchat PR, policy, Re/code says
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06:00 EDTFBFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 21, 2014
16:02 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus gets closer to consumer release of Rift headset, FT says
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September 19, 2014
11:24 EDTFBTD Ameritrade:Alibaba premarket orders approaching Facebook levels, Reuters says
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07:36 EDTSSprint price target cut to $8-$10 from $11-$11.75 at Wells Fargo
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September 18, 2014
13:54 EDTFBAd dollars on Facebook outpacing amount of time people spend on site, WSJ says
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13:47 EDTYUMPizza Hut opens first restaurant in Africa, plans to open dozens more
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13:27 EDTFBFacebook updates story ranking criteria
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13:03 EDTZNGATwo top game develoeprs leave Zynga, VentureBeat says
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12:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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07:52 EDTYUMPizza Hut testing 30% lower calorie pie, USA Today reports
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07:06 EDTFBFacebook volatility low into Alibaba IPO
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