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December 14, 2012
12:37 EDTYHOO, CNC, ADBE, AVG, BBY, GE, SZYM, PAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected reports on U.S. industrial production and Chinese manufacturing activity. The data, however, had little impact as investors continue to wait for a break through on the fiscal cliff negotiations. The market has moved in a narrow range during the morning hours and shows little sense of direction... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report showed consumer prices declined 0.3% in November, mainly because of falling gasoline costs. When food and energy are removed from the equation, "core" prices increased 0.1%, versus expectations for them to rise 0.2%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing PMI improved to 54.2 in December, versus the 52.8 final reading for November. Industrial production beat expectations with a 1.1% increase in November, versus expectations for a rise of 0.3%. Industrial production capacity utilization rose to 78.4%, which was a bit more than an expected move up to 78.0%. In China, Markit's flash China PMI rose to a 14-month high reading of 50.9, beating expectations for a 50.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's flash PMI hit an 8-month high with a 50.2 reading, while France hit a 4-month high at 45.0, though its figure still indicates contraction... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) boosted its dividend by 12% to 19c per share and increased its existing share repurchase authorization by $10B... Among companies reporting earnings last night, Adobe (ADBE) advanced nearly 6% while VeriFone (PAY) declined over 10%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Solazyme (SZYM), up about 11% after announcing it has reached commercial-scale output at a facility in Iowa, and AVG Technologies (AVG), up 9% after announcing a new Search and Distribution relationship with Yahoo! (YHOO). Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which fell over 15% after its board extended the deadline for founder Richard Schulze to deliver a potential buy-out bid. Also lower were shares of Centene (CNC), down over 8% after the company cut its FY12 EPS guidance... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 4.05, or 0.03%, to 13,166.67; the Nasdaq was down 10.15, or 0.34%, to 2,982.01; and the S&P 500 was down 2.50, or 0.18%, to 1,416.95.
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November 12, 2014
07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $55 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) appreciation. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:27 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $58 from $52 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) to $58 from $52 following its announcement it will acquire BrightRoll. The firm said the price adjustment reflects its recent price target increase on Alibaba (BABA) to $125 from $100 last week. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Yahoo shares.
06:00 EDTYHOOYahoo investors met with AOL CEO to push merger, Reuters reports
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November 11, 2014
16:43 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640M
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16:23 EDTPAYVeriFone initiated with a Buy at Topeka
Target $43.
12:55 EDTCNCWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
08:34 EDTBBYBest Buy to open over 1,000 stores at 5 pm local time on Thanksgiving
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08:01 EDTGEGE Healthcare, Takeda enter into alliance agreement for R&D in hepatic fibrosis
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06:57 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:57 EDTADBEWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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10:04 EDTSZYMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
06:30 EDTGEGlobal LED lighting market ste to rach $25.7B in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:12 EDTSZYMSolazyme downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Solazyme citing continued challenges in ramping its Moema facility and the impact on the long-term outlook for the company. Price target lowered to $4.
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