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April 23, 2014
15:41 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:24 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
The shares have been stuck in a range of $59 at the low to a high of $65 since hitting peak price in early March. These bounds of range give us a guide for knowing when shares will have resolved, bullishly or bearishly. On better than expected news, a breakout above $65 would confirm that the shares are back on a bullish footing. Similarly, a breakdown below $59 would be an indication of deteriorating technicals and would be bearish for price. Resistance above $65 is at $67.09, and then at $69.63. Support below $59 is at $56.30, and then at $53.53.
14:11 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 62 straddle priced for 10% move into Q1
12:52 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Facebook shares up more than 15% since last earnings report
Facebook (FB) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Facebook is a social networking service with over 1B active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 24c on revenue of $2.36B. The consensus range is 19c-30c for EPS, and $2.14B-$2.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported fourth quarter EPS of 31c against estimates of 27c, on revenue of $2.59B against estimates of $2.33B. The company reported daily active users of 757M on average for December, with Q4 revenue from advertising up 76% year-over-year to $2.34B. Mobile advertising revenue in Q4 represented 53% of the advertising revenue. NEWS: Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp for $16B, believing it is on a "clear path" to having 1B users and CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying it is "probably" worth more than $19B. WhatsApp recently announced that there are half a billion regular users of the app. Facebook also acquired Oculus for $2B, and the Wall Street Journal reported it acquired Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed amount. In the past quarter, Instagram reported over 200M monthly active users by the end of March. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts were mixed on Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp. Piper Jaffray said the acquisition was neutral at best and is "beyond the typical overpaying." Facebook was downgraded at Argus due to possible risks in acquisition including a substantial write down should the texting platform not reach a billion users. Jeffries, on the other hand, said the acquisition could disrupt the global paid messaging industry. JMP Securities adds the acquisition is highly strategic and Stifel says it helps mute the risk that Google (GOOG) could enter the social media and communications market in a real way. The company's price target was raised at Sterne Agee, UBS, and Citigroup following the acquisition with Sterne Agee saying the application could reach 2B users and generate ARPU of $2.50 at 80% margins over the long-term. Analysts were more positive on the Oculus acquisition, with Piper Jaffray calling it a "major offensive move for the future" and JMP Securities saying it could create new opportunities over the next 5-10 years. Pacific Crest, however, says Facebook is unlikely to receive a significant return on the deal any time soon. Ahead of Q1 earnings, SunTrust says shares should be bought due to a rebounding revenue growth. Deutsche Bank and JMP Securities say that consensus estimates are catching up and the strong Q1 results may have already been factored into the consensus numbers. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained over $8.00, or over 15%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q4 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report, Facebook shares are down 2.25%.
12:01 EDTFB Stocks with call strike movement; FB MU
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11:44 EDTFBFacebook gets FTC approval to acquire Oculus, Reuters says
The Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook antitrust approval to acquire virtual reality goggle maker Oculus VR, says Reuters. Reference Link
08:15 EDTFBFacebook April weekly volatility elevated at 153 into Q1 and outlook
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April 22, 2014
16:04 EDTFBOptions Update; April 22, 2014
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14:22 EDTFBFacebook's WhatsApp says 'half a billion people' now regular users of app
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10:06 EDTFBFacebook rises after Credit Suisse ups rating ahead of earnings
Shares of Facebook (FB) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock in a note to investors last night. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju now expects Facebook to obtain more revenue, on average, from each of its users than the firm had previously anticipated. New products that Facebook is developing should enable the company to obtain more revenue over the medium to long term without boosting its ad loads, the analyst contends. Other analysts are underestimating the amount of revenue that Facebook's new products will generate, added Ju. He upgraded Facebook to Outperform from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $87 from $65. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday research firm JMP Securities increased its first quarter estimates for Facebook, saying that the company's investments are causing advertisers to buy more ads on the website. The firm expects the social network's ad sales to continue to be strong as it launches new types of ads. It reiterated an $82 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. Facebook is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook climbed $1.47, or 2.4%, to $62.71.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 8%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 7%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 8%... Illinois Tool (ITW), up 2.3%... Comcast (CMCSA), up 1%... McDonald's (MCD), up 0.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 17% after Valeant (VRX) confirms proposal to combine with the company for $48.30 and 0.83 shares of stock. Valeant is up 5% following its confirmation of the news that broke last night... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 4.5% after agreeing to sell oncology products for $14.5B to Novartis (NVS) and buy Novartis' Vaccines business, currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. Novartis shares trading in New York are also up 1% following the deals... Revance Therapeutics (RVNC), up 20% after announcing positive results from RT002 Phase 1/2 study... Facebook (FB), up 2% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xerox (XRX), down 4%... Lexmark (LXK), down 4.8%. ALSO LOWER: Allison Transmission (ALSN), down 4% after filing to sell 25M shares for holders... FireEye (FEYE), down 2.9% after filing to sell 13.3M shares of common stock for holders... Bebe stores (BEBE), down 16% after reporting preliminary Q3 losses that were steeper than the consensus estimate.
07:24 EDTFBSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
07:20 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 21, 2014
16:32 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform, price target raised to $87 at Credit Suisse
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16:07 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
13:44 EDTFBFacebook rises after report says mobile ad network coming soon
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11:10 EDTFBFacebook to introduce plans for mobile ad network, Re/code says
Facebook is planning to disclose plans for a for a mobile ad network and will demonstrate the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the company's database of user information for more effective ad targeting, says Re/code. According to sources, Facebook will introduce its plans for its mobile ad network at its “F8″ developer conference at the end of the month, added Re/code. Reference Link
08:59 EDTFBFacebook gives some 'Paper' data, but not users, WSJ says
Facebook disclosed at the end of last week that users of its mobile newsreader app “Paper” view an average of 80 stories a day, but the social network gave no data on how many people have downloaded the app, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTFBFacebook Q1 estimates raised ahead of earnings at JMP Securities
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06:26 EDTFBCourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
April 17, 2014
14:28 EDTFBFacebook announces new feature called 'Nearby Friends'
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10:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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08:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 100, May is at 68, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
April 16, 2014
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
April 14, 2014
14:06 EDTFBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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April 11, 2014
09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
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