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April 12, 2012
11:20 EDTGOOG, MMIEarnings Preview: Google's Q1 results could closely resemble Q4 numbers
Google (GOOG) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. The consensus estimate is $9.65 for EPS and $8.15B for revenue, according to First Call. Google reported weaker than expected fourth quarter results after its third quarter results beat expectations. The outlook for first quarter results is mixed, as Google's shares have pulled back a bit in the last few weeks. In fact, Google shares have slipped 1.54% this year, compared to the Nasdaq's gain of 15.79%. Last quarter, Investors were particularly concerned about an unexpected drop in prices for Google's Internet search ads. Some analysts believe the change reflects a shift to more searches on smartphones, where advertising rates are lower. Others are worried that the downturn in ad prices is a sign that Google is losing share to competitors, including Facebook (FB). Investors will be looking for clues in order to determine whether the drop in ad prices last year was an aberration or the start of a trend that could slow the company's growth. Google's Q1 expenses also are likely to be a focal point of the report, as CEO Larry Page has pledged to make expensive investments in employees and projects that he believes will boost the company's long-term returns. Analysts also will likely inquire about the status of Google's proposed $12.5B acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI). Needham's Q1 estimates are below consensus expectations, with the firm predicting that the company will be hurt by continued declines in cost-per-click, or CPC, rates and weakness in Europe. The firm expects Google to report Q1 net revenue of $8.043B and pro forma EPS of $9.26. Needham says that while the number of Google's U.S. core search queries increased 9% YoY in Q1, strong mobile growth should push overall query growth ahead of these expectations. However, the firm believes that CPC rates could decline 4%. Additionally, Needham believes that European search spending continued to slow due to the macro environment there. After conducting industry checks and evaluating YouTube trends, Nthe firm expects the growth of Google's display business to moderate in Q1. However, Needham expects advertisers to continue to allocate more of their budgets to Google, given its deep search relationships, large YouTube audience, and end-to-end display advertising ecosystem. Android activations reached 850,000 per day in Q1, Needham notes, and the operating system should continue to be the primary growth engine for Google's mobile advertising and app revenue, said the firm. Needham maintains a Buy rating on the shares with a $750 price target. Consensus estimates for Q2 and FY12 are: $10.01 on $8.43B in revenue and $42.60 on $35.45B in revenue, respectively.
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October 15, 2014
13:09 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: eBay to report Q3 earnings after PayPal spin-off announcement
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.37B. The consensus range is 65c-72c for EPS, and $4.33B-$4.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported second quarter EPS of 69c against estimates of 68c on revenue of $4.37B against estimates of $4.38B. The company gave Q3 EPS guidance of 65c-67c and Q3 revenue guidance of $4.3B-$4.4B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00. It narrowed FY14 revenue guidance to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B. eBay said Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June. The company confirmed the Q3 guidance during a conference call in September. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: eBay announced in late September that it will separate eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies, set to be completed in the second half of 2015. eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig will be the CEO of the new eBay company and Dan Schulman will become CEO of the new PayPal company. The cost of the transaction has yet to be determined, and the split is not designed to position either business for sale. During its conference call to discuss the split, the company said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile payments this year and added that Apple (AAPL) could help speed NFC adoption and would be good for PayPal. eBay adds that it has "never been more bullish" on PayPal's prospects. Following the announcement, there were rumors that Google (GOOG) was looking to acquire eBay. Piper Jaffray said the press reports of the talks between the two companies are "largely unsubstantiated." The company was downgraded at JPMorgan, JMP Securities, Jeffries, and Wedbush after the announcement of a split due to increased uncertainty. Investors say the benefit of the spin-off plans are not as clear, unsure if a standalone PayPal is in a better position to compete in the quickly changing digital payments space. Wedbush analysts say a spin-off will not boost the payment processor's business and may have negative consequences for both companies. Investors were also split on how Apple's mobile payments platform will affect eBay and PayPal. RW Baird said Apple iWallet will pose a threat to PayPal, particularly to its opportunities at point-of-sale and Piper Jaffray said the new payments system will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. JPMorgan, however, said iWallet will be a net positive for payment networks and Citigroup believes the risks from Apple are likely overstated. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more 2.21% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its earnings report, eBay shares are trading down 2%.
11:13 EDTGOOGVringo subsidiary petitions for rehearing en banc in case against Google
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. has submitted a petition for rehearing en banc in its case against Google (GOOG) and certain of Google's customers at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit following the Federal Circuit's split opinion on August 15.
07:16 EDTGOOGLenovo CSO 'confident' in Motorola Mobility deal finalization, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle says researchers discovered vulnerability in SSL encryption
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October 14, 2014
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle says researchers discovered vulnerability in SSL encryption, Reuters says
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09:37 EDTGOOGDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
08:59 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTGOOGGoogle says YouTube Preferred ads essentially sold out, WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTGOOG'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle may be leading $500M funding round for Magic Leap, Re/code reports
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October 13, 2014
15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms limited test of online medical advice, Washington Post reports
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13:53 EDTGOOGYouTube to open New York video production studio
Google's YouTube announced that it would open a new video production studio in New York next month. YouTube already has video production facilities in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
13:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
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