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News For FB;ZNGA;YUM;MDRX;BX;CBK;FIVE;NTLS;S;VRSN From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands backs FY16 ex-currency operating profit growth 10%
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16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands says China spin-off 'on track'
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16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees opening nearly 2,400 locations in 2016
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16:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports China SSS up 2%
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16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 68c, consensus 66c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.95B, consensus $4.02B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; February 3, 2016
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14:48 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands technical notes ahead of results
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB YHOO GILD CMG NFLX GOOGL QCOM
05:59 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Yum! Brands February weekly call option implied volatility is at 86, February is at 44, March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
05:12 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; UA FB
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February 2, 2016
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; February 2, 2016
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10:40 EDTZNGAStifel warns Twitter may go way of tech busts, cuts to Sell
Twitter (TWTR) is giving up nearly all of yesterday's gains after Fortune and The Wall Street Journal poured cold water on a report that private equity firm Silver Lake might be considering making a strategic investment in the company. Additionally weighing on the stock are a Business Insider report claiming that the number of tweets has declined by more than 50% in the last 18 months and research firm Stifel downgrading the stock to Sell. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday morning, tech website The Information reported that venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and private equity firm Silver Lake have considered making a deal involving Twitter. However, Silver Lake isn't looking to make a deal with Twitter, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed source. The Journal's article echoes a report yesterday afternoon by Fortune, which also quoted an unnamed source as saying that Silver Lake isn't interested in buying Twitter. Also, according to Business Insider, the number of daily tweets on Twitter has plummeted by more than 50% since August 2014. The report based its estimate on a sampling of data from the website's application programming interface. Last month, there were 303M tweets per day on average, down from the peak of an average of 661M per day in August 2014, when the World Cup was occurring, the website stated. Moreover, according to the data, Twitter has about 130M active users, versus the company's estimate of up to 320M monthly active users. STIFEL SAY SELL: Stifel analyst Scott Devitt downgraded Twitter to Sell form Hold, saying that it has "never fully developed into a sustainable public company." Yahoo (YHOO) says that it has 1B monthly active users, but the market valuation of Yahoo's core business is "much lower" than that of Twitter, which has a significantly smaller user base, Devitt stated. Additionally, Internet companies Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) became well-known and obtained tens of millions of users, only to see their stocks plummet, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Twitter's product has not changed significantly since the company hired a new CEO three months ago and it will have difficulty meeting financial expectations over the short-term and longer term, given the size of its user base, said Devitt, who has a $14 price target for the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Twitter fell 6.3% to $16.78. The stock had gained 6.55% yesterday on the heels of Jessica Lessin's report in The Information.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB AAPL BAC GOOGL NFLX GOOG XOM TWTR LVS
08:08 EDTMDRXAllscripts appoints Melinda Whittington as CFO
Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX) announced Melinda Whittington has joined the company as SVP - Finance and will become the CFO of the company effective on the first business day after the company files its annual report on Form 10-K for the FY15 by March 1. Whittington most recently served as SVP, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Kraft Heinz (KHC).
06:26 EDTFBStifel cuts Twitter to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users
Stifel analyst Scott Devitt downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Sell from Hold after "materially lowering" his forward estimates for the company. Twitter is a product that has "never fully developed into a sustainable public company," Devitt tells investors in a research note. To those that believe the microblog's 320M active user base is significant, the analyst points out that Yahoo (YHOO) still reports 1B monthly active users across its network and AOL's final public disclosure last year prior to its acquisition by Verizon (VZ) still showed nearly 200M unique visitors. Twitter will be challenged to reach its near- and long-term financial expectations, the analyst contends. Devitt points out that Facebook (FB) continues to generate over two times as much advertising revenue per monthly active user in the U.S. as Twitter. He has a $14 price target for the shares. Twitter closed yesterday up $1.10 to $17.90 after The Information reported that Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog operator.
05:56 EDTFBAlphabet price target raised to $911 from $812 at Piper Jaffray
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05:09 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; UA FB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Under Armour (UA) 35, Facebook (FB) 31 according to iVolatility.
February 1, 2016
17:13 EDTFBFacebook's WhatsApp reaches 1B users
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; February 1, 2016
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