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December 12, 2012
16:21 EDTIACI, GOOG, YHOO, AOL, MSFTcomScore releases November search engine rankings
Google (GOOG) led the U.S. explicit core search market in November with 67% market share, up 0.1 point from 66.9% in October; followed by Microsoft (MSFT) at 16.2%, up 0.2 points from 16% in October; Yahoo! (YHOO) had 12.1% of the market share, down 0.1 points from 12.2% in October; Ask Network (IACI) had 3.0% of the market share, down 0.2 points from 3.2% in October; followed by AOL (AOL) with 1.7%, down 0.1 points from 1.8% in October.
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May 8, 2015
13:55 EDTGOOGAnalysts say Yelp sale more likely than not
There is a 60% chance that Yelp (YELP) will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche Bank wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, research firm Jefferies contended that Google (GOOG) is the company that is most likely to buy Yelp. WHAT'S NEW: There is a 60% chance that Yelp will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors earlier today. If the company is not acquired, the stock will fall 32% from current levels, the analyst predicted. Given its status as a winner in the local Internet sector, its huge user base and its global presence, Yelp should draw a great deal of interest, the analyst believes. Since its user reviews and community are difficult to replicate, the company should receive a premium from an acquirer, added Walmsley, who raised his price target to $56 from $51 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Google is the most logical acquirer of Yelp, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Pitz, who noted that it had previously tried to buy the company in 2009. Google has been unable to obtain the local reviews that draw consumers to small and medium businesses, according to Pitz. Traditional search engine marketing through Google is too difficult for these businesses, according to the analyst. The biggest hurdle to a takeover of Yelp by Google is the companies' "rocky historic relationship," he believes. The analyst kept a $79 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Yelp could be sold for more than $3.5B, Piper Jaffray said it thought there was a greater than 50% chance of the company being acquired. The firm said the most logical buyers of Yelp are Google, Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL), since all three would benefit from further traction in local ads and would gain technological synergies from acquiring Yelp. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Yelp advanced 6.5% to $50.
12:58 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:56 EDTIACIDiller says not interested in buying Yelp
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09:52 EDTIACIDiller says IAC owns more than 60% of Tinder
IAC/InterActiveCorp chairman of the board Barry Diller confirmed during an interview on CNBC that the company holds a majority stake in Tinder and owns "more than 60%" of the social discovery dating app company.
09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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09:28 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:49 EDTAOLAOL CEO sees doing 'more and more things' with messaging, social platforms
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08:35 EDTYHOO, AOLAOL CEO says feels 'very good' about choices when renewing search contract
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong says he feels "very good" about where the company is in search and about the options and position the company has heading into its search contract renewal conversations with incumbent Yahoo (YHOO) and others.
08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
08:28 EDTAOLAOL says Q1 results evidence of 'solid progress' on strategies
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08:25 EDTAOLAOL sees Q2 revenue 'bearing brunt' of restructuring efforts
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07:38 EDTGOOG, YHOOJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
07:20 EDTAOLAOL CEO says focused on mobile, programmatic ad growth
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07:19 EDTAOLAOL CEO says Huffington Post 'one of the most valuable assets' in media
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says Huffington Post has grown to have 220M global users and is still "in investing mode," noting that its traffic and revenue are growing. Armstrong is speaking on CNBC.
07:05 EDTAOLAOL reports Q1 domestic average monthly multi-platform unique visitors up 12%
AOL reports domestic AOL subscribers of 2.156M at end Q1, down 11% from prior year and down 3% from the prior quarter. Reports domestic average monthly AOL multi-platform unique visitors of 190M, up 12% from the prior year and down 3% from the prior quarter. Reports domestic average monthly desktop unique visitors to AOL Properties of 107M, down 6% from the prior year and flat with the prior quarter.
07:01 EDTAOLAOL reports Q1 adjusted EPS 34c, consensus 32c
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTYHOOYahoo acquired unnamed company for $23M in Q1
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06:12 EDTGOOGGoogle integrates food ordering into search results for some restaurants
Google (GOOG) says on Google+, "Whether you’re craving deep dish pizza or pad thai, starting today you can order food from some of your favorite restaurants directly from Google search results. When you search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, you’ll see an option to 'Place an order' in the search results. Just tap that, choose the delivery service and you’ll be taken to their website to complete the order.Initially, you’ll be able to order via six providers in the U.S. -- Seamless, Grubhub (GRUB), Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com -- but we’ll be looking to add more in the future." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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