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January 29, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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15:15 EDTFBFacebook 'Place Tips' to challenge services like Yelp, BI says
Facebook's (FB) newly launched "Place Tips" feature, which provides notifications in users' News Feeds when they near locations that the service determines they may like, is "aimed directly at location-based recommendation apps" such as Yelp (YELP), according to Business Insider. Reference Link
13:17 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, shares are up fractionally.
12:54 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:26 EDTFBFacebook shares little changed despite analysts lauding results
Facebook (FB) reported better than expected fourth quarter earning and revenue last night and a number of analysts responded positively to the news, though the social network operator's shares are little changed in early trading. BACKGROUND: Facebook reported fourth quarter EPS of 54c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 48c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. The social network said that its monthly active user base grew 13% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier to 1.39B, while its ad revenue surged 53% to $3.6B. ANALYST REACTION: Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian raised his price target on Facebook to $93 from $80. The social network reported strong results, driven by healthy user engagement and monetization trends, the analyst believes. The company's ongoing large investments in developing ad technology should improve the platforms of the Facebook website, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as its developing ad network, Sebastian stated. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Cantor analyst Youssef Squali increased his price target on the stock to $90 from $80. The company's Q4 results were solid, as its ad revenue growth was impressive, the analyst stated. Given the ongoing shift of ad dollars to mobile and social, and the untapped revenue potential of a number of Facebook's assets, the stock remains a top pick, the analyst stated. UBS analyst Eric Sheridan was also upbeat on the shares, writing that the stock has one of the most compelling risk/reward ratios among large cap growth stocks he covers. The company continues to have strong user growth and engagement trends, and benefit from strong ad prices, and initiatives that produce advertising market share gains, the analyst stated. Facebook has many ways to increase its revenue going forward, and the stock increasingly looks cheap, according to Sheridan, who kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on the shares.. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook shares rose fractionally to $76.32.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:12 EDTFBFacebook no longer being rewarded for outperformance, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said it continues to view Facebook as one of most attractive stories in online, given its many monetization opportunities, but the firm thinks the stock faces multiple compression as growth decelerates and that its shares are no longer being rewarded by the Street for beating expectations, as it did in Q4. Janney raised its fair value estimate on the stock to $80 from $78 but maintains its Neutral rating on Facebook shares.
08:48 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $93 from $80 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Facebook to $93 from $80 following Q4 results that beat already bullish expectations. The firm believes investments in the company's infrastructure to be prudent and sees the company benefitting from its ongoing user engagement trends and monetization. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Facebook shares.
08:48 EDTFBFacebook presents compelling risk/reward, says UBS
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook to establish team in Taiwan, WSJ says
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06:48 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $80 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Facebook after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results. The firm thinks the company has significant untapped monetization potential, and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
05:58 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; QCOM FB
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05:57 EDTFBFacebook Q4 beats despite currency headwind, says Piper Jaffray
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January 28, 2015
18:21 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:31 EDTFBFacebook sees FY15 revenue 5% lower than it would be under FY14 exchange rate
Sees FY15 CAPEX $2.7B-$3.2B.
17:23 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says Instagram will become core to mobile ad effort
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says the company sees FY15 building on core advertising progress.
17:12 EDTFBFacebook CEO says company working to make Facebook Search more valuable
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17:06 EDTFBFacebook headcount up 44% in FY14
Comments made during Q4 earnings conference call.
16:11 EDTFBFacebook up 1% to $76.91 following Q4 results
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16:04 EDTFBFacebook reports Q4 advertisng revenue up 53% to $3.59B
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports monthly active users up 13% to 1.39B
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q4 EPS 54c, consensus 48c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.85B, consensus $3.77B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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15:37 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:00 EDTFBFacebook January weekly 77 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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13:17 EDTFBAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:58 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
There is a potential bearish head and shoulders on the daily chart that will become active below the neckline at the $74 area. Downside potential for that pattern if it becomes active on worse than expected results or outlook would be to the $66 area. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as upside objectives would be at $80.04 and then the 52-week high and lifetime high at $82.17. A breakout above the life high would leave open a run to the $85 area.
12:31 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Facebook to beat expectations in Q4 report
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11:18 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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07:31 EDTFBAOL downgraded on rising competition at Wells Fargo
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January 27, 2015
09:59 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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09:13 EDTFBTwitter adds group messaging to mobile app, Re/code says
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook Q4 results should beat expectations, says MKM Partners
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05:45 EDTFBFacebook says global outage caused by internal glitch, BBC News reports
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January 26, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
12:45 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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January 23, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:36 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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08:07 EDTFBU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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06:46 EDTFBFacebook downplaying FBX, Digiday says
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January 22, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
13:53 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Sell at Societe Generale
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10:20 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:33 EDTFBFacebook Q4 North America revenues trending slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q4 North American revenues are tracking to $1.8B vs. its prior estimate of $1.775B and consensus of $1.721B.
06:11 EDTFBWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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January 21, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
January 20, 2015
06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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