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March 27, 2014
11:12 EDTGOOG, TWTRTurkey blocks YouTube access, Mashable reports
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube (GOOG) a week after the country blocked Twitter (TWTR), reports Masahble. Citing Hurriyet Daily News, the block was ordered Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on the video website. Reference Link
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
12:47 EDTGOOGYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
10:58 EDTGOOGSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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July 15, 2014
18:23 EDTGOOGGoogle hires cyber-security researchers to improve internet security, WSJ says
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18:02 EDTGOOGAdobe, Google announce digital type breakthrough
Adobe (ADBE) announced the release of Source Han Sans, an open source typeface supporting Japanese, Chinese and Korean, as well as Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. It was developed in collaboration with Adobe’s key partner Google (GOOG) and contracted foundry partners across East Asia. Source Han Sans marks a record-breaking typeface in terms of size, scale, complexity and support for Japanese, Chinese and Korean all within the same font family. It provides designers and developers creating content for international audiences one uniform font to use in print and Web files no matter the language - eliminating the need to license multiple fonts.
17:35 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Alan Mulally appointment to board
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16:15 EDTGOOGGoogle appoints ex Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board, CNBC says
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16:00 EDTGOOG, TWTROptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:56 EDTTWTRFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTTWTRFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTTWTRFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTTWTRTwitter cracks down on providers of user stats, BI says
After Twitter's stock declined early this year following data that suggested growth in its monthly active users was slowing or flat and that engagement measures were declining, the social network operator has taken the unusual step of shutting off its data flow to certain companies that have published their own stats on Twitter's user statistics, according Business Insider, citing two sources. Reference Link
07:15 EDTGOOGIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle Fit may benefit remote medical care industry, DigiTimes Research says
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06:06 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral saying a reset in expectations and improving fundamentals will limit downside in the stock. The firm believes user growth trends remain an issue, though, and remains cautious on the name. Macquarie has a $36 price target for Twitter shares, which closed yesterday down 2c to $38.31.
06:02 EDTGOOGSamsung, Nest, ARM team up for Thread wireless networking protocol
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05:44 EDTGOOGNovartis to license Google 'smart lens' technology
Novartis (NVS) announced that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google (GOOG) to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses. The agreement with Google[x], a team within Google that is devoted to finding new solutions to big global problems, provides Alcon with the opportunity to develop and commercialize Google's "smart lens" technology with the potential to transform eye care and further enhance Alcon's pipeline and global leadership in contact lenses and intraocular lenses. The transaction remains subject to anti-trust approvals. The agreement between Google and Alcon represents an important step for Novartis, across all of its divisions, to leverage technology to manage human diseases and conditions. Google's key advances in the miniaturization of electronics complement Novartis's deep pharmaceuticals and medical device expertise. Novartis aims to enhance the ways in which diseases are mapped within the body and ultimately prevented.
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