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June 26, 2014
10:43 EDTEBAY, AMZN, FB, YHOO, NFLX, GOOG, LNKD, TWTRBarclays pans Netflix while rolling out Internet stock ratings
Barclays initiated coverage on eight large Internet stocks today, recommending shares of Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) and Twitter (TWTR) while advising against owning Netflix (NFLX). OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK: Google is better positioned to benefit from emerging trends than "almost any other company," Barclays analyst Paul Vogel wrote. The company either dominates or is a major player in almost every major Internet theme, and its valuation is reasonable, leaving the shares well-positioned to advance further, the analyst wrote. He initiated the stock with a $650 price target and Overweight rating. Meanwhile, Facebook's user growth has been healthy and its engagement levels have continued to improve, while its execution has been strong, according to Vogel. The social media giant should benefit from a number of major trends - including social, mobile, identification and personalization - and its website has become habit forming, the analyst believes. He started coverage of the name with a $78 price target and Overweight rating. Twitter has become appealing to large groups of users, and the company can significantly expand its revenue as it incorporates new types of advertising into its platform, according to the analyst. He started coverage of the stock with a $46 price target and Overweight rating. CAUTIOUS OUTLOOK: Netflix (NFLX) has a good product, but the stock's valuation is high and the company has lofty subscriber growth targets and faces a great deal of competition, the analyst believes. Moreover, the fees that Netflix has to pay to Internet Service Providers may rise significantly, the analyst warned. Netflix's stock is less attractive than the other Internet stocks the firm initiated today but is not likely to drop more than 5%, the analyst stated. He initiated coverage of the stock with a $420 price target and Underweight rating. OTHER INITIATIONS: Vogel started coverage of LinkedIn (LNKD) with a $175 price target and Equal Weight rating, started coverage of eBay (EBAY) with a $54 price target and Equal Weight rating, initiated Yahoo (YHOO) with a $35 price target and Equal Weight rating, and started Amazon.com (AMZN) with a $330 price target and Equal Weight rating. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Google lost 0.5% to $583, Facebook was little changed at $67, Netflix fell 1% to $440, Twitter advanced 3% to $41, LinkedIn fell 1% to $169, eBay was little changed at $49, Yahoo rose 0.5% to $33.35, and Amazon fell 1% to $325.
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January 25, 2016
08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
07:54 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility up into Q4, costs, income projects outside of core business
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07:40 EDTFBFBR sees constructive setup into Facebook earnings report
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com revenue should beat expectations, says Stifel
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06:49 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility elevated into four senior executives leaving
Twitter January weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, February is at 87, March is at 75; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 86, suggesting large February price movement into four senior executives leaving the company.
06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's added transparency may make ad business seem more profitable, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTGOOGYouTube hires Broock as 'Global VR Evangelist,' Re/code reports
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06:07 EDTTWTRTwitter to bring in two new board members, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTTWTRTwitter could name Leslie Berland as new CMO this week, Re/code reports
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05:52 EDTTWTRTwitter CEO confirms departures of Roetter, Stanton, Weil, Schipper
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted last night, "Was really hoping to talk to Twitter employees about this later this week, but want to set the record straight now: Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I'm addressing this now: I'm sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have Chosen to leave the company....COO Adam Ban will be taking on additional responsibilities, including responsibility for the revenue-related product teams, the Media team and the HR team on an interim basis. CTO Adam Messinger will be taking over all of engineering and consumer product, design and research, user services and Fabric into one group." Reference Link
05:51 EDTAMZN, TWTR, FBOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNPiper's Munster sees attractive entry point for Amazon shares
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is bullish on Amazon.com shares into the company's December quarter results. Concerns over a potential margin reinvestment phase are overblown, Munster tells investors in a research note. He believes Street estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and thinks the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. He views current share levels as an attractive entry point for investors and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with an $800 price target. The stock closed Friday up $21.36 to $596.38.
05:23 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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January 24, 2016
21:06 EDTTWTRTwitter downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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20:21 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Twitter (TWTR) could announce a significant executive upheaval Monday, with several product heads said to depart and a new Chief Marketing Officer reportedly stepping in. 2. Johnson Controls (JCI) and Tyco (TYC) are in advanced merger talks, according to the Wall Street Journal. 3. Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) saw mentions on the heels of Iran's aviation summit as the country eyes big orders to modernize its aging fleet after a lifting of sanctions. 4. SunEdison (SUNE) is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board, the Wall Street Journal reported. 5. International Paper (IP), Newell (NWL) and Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) were discussed positively by Barron's this weekend, while Chipotle (CMG) was warned against.
19:26 EDTYHOOYahoo using fast-vesting stock options to stop brain drain, BI says
Yahoo is allowing employees to cash out stock options at an accelerated pace in an attempt to stop brain drain and motivate workers, Business Insider reported Friday, citing sources. Starting in January 2015, the company began offering stock options that vest after one month rather than the previous one year period, and the fast-vesting options have become more widespread within the company as valuable employees threaten to leave, said the report. Reference Link
19:10 EDTGOOGDaimler CEO: Apple, Google farther along on car than assumed, Reuters says
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17:21 EDTTWTRTwitter to announce multiple departures, new CMO, Re/code says
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14:40 EDTFB, GOOG, AMZNCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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11:02 EDTNFLXStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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