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February 4, 2013
07:54 EDTKKR, GOOG, FB, AMZ, AAPL, SNE, TWXParlophone snubs Google Play, Telegraph reports
British record label Parlophone which has Coldplay and Kylie among its artists, is boycotting of Google’s (GOOG) new music service, Google Play, reports the Telegraph. The company, which is up for sale as a condition of Universal’s deal to buy its parent, EMI, said it has refused to join the Google service claiming that it offers no obvious benefit to its musicians, sources say. It's for sale for $1.9B and has attracted interest from American Idol creator Simon Fuller, Warner Music (TWX) and a consortium of Sony (SNE) and BMG, a music rights management group owned by Bertelsmann and KKR (KKR).Reference Link
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July 17, 2014
12:52 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares up 4.5% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $6.24 on revenue of $15.62B. The consensus range is $5.73-$6.64 for EPS, and $15.36B-$15.94B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported first quarter EPS of $6.27 against estimates of $16.40 on revenue of $15.42B against estimates of $15.52B. Google reported Q1 paid clicks up 26% and average cost-per-click decreased 9%. The company also reported Q1 Sites revenue $10.47B and Q1 Network revenue $3.4B. Google said it expects to continue to make "significant capital expenditures" and reported free cash flow in Q1 of $2.05B. NEWS: Google announced several acquisitions in the past quarter, most notably for music streaming service Songza, live video-streaming service Twitch, and high-res imaging satellite maker Skybox Imaging. The company also expanded Shopping Express to New York and other parts of California, including Los Angeles. There were also reports that Google has set aside $500M to expand the service worldwide. Bloomberg reported the company intends to spend a "significant portion" of its offshore cash to make acquisitions with nearly $20B-$30B on foreign companies and foreign technology rights. Google also entered the domain registration business through an invite-only beta website, may likely overhaul Google+ in the near future, and is said to be developing a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. At Google's I/O opening keynote in June, the company said Android had over 1B users, Chrome for Mobile had 300M active users and Google Drive has over 190M active users. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said the company's revenue growth relative to CapEx has declined in the past several years as it has spent less efficiently on growth than its peers. Susquehanna, on the other hand, said Google's recent underperformance has created a buying opportunity due to favorite mix shift and strong core growth at Google.com and YouTube. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, Google's price target was also raised at Citigroup after channel checks with search marketing companies suggested the business accelerated slightly in Q2. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have risen 4.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of Q2 report, Google shares are down a little over 1.5%.
11:23 EDTTWXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:14 EDTFBFacebook view changed to Positive from Neutral at OTR Global (pre-open)
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10:00 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTTWXComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
09:09 EDTGOOGSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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08:42 EDTTWXCBS, Yahoo among potential CNN buyers if Time Warner divests, WSJ says
If Time Warner (TWX) were to divest CNN, which has been raised as a possiblity given the interest in Time Warner expressed by Fox News owner 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the "long list of potential buyers" would include CBS (CBS), Yahoo (YHOO) and Bloomberg LP, said The Wall Street Journal, citing media analysts and executives. Reference Link
08:39 EDTGOOGMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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08:33 EDTTWXLong 21st Century Fox, short Time Warner good in short-term, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital recommends a short-term trade of being long 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and shorting Time Warner (TWX), as the firm doesn't expect the deal to be completed any time soon. The firm expects Time Warner's stock to drop on profit taking, though it doesn't expect the shares to return to their prior levels.
08:05 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $100 from $77 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Time Warner (TWX) after 21st Century Fox (FOXA) made an $85 takeover bid for the company. The firm does not believe that Time Warner would consider an offer below $100. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:53 EDTTWX21st Century Fox purchase of Time Warner logical at $100, says Wells Fargo
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07:32 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital upgraded Time Warner (TWX) to Buy and raised its fair value estimate on the stock to $100 following the takeover approach made by 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Janney estimates a merger would be neutral to Fox at $101 in an all-cash deal, but could be neutral to Fox at a price as high as $160 if it were an all-stock deal.
07:22 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
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07:20 EDTTWXFox would need to boost offer to pique Time Warner interest, WSJ reports
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06:50 EDTFB, GOOGAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle plans big push in India for Android One initiative, The Informations says
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06:41 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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06:40 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
05:50 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX JOY
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Time Warner (TWX) 34, Joy Global (JOY) 30 according to iVolatility.
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