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February 17, 2012
06:29 EDTCMCSA, MSFT, DIS, YHOO, NWSA, CBS, GOOGOnline media firms look to take ads sales from TV, WSJ reports
In May, TV executives traditionally spends several days talking up their new shows for advertisers. Now, a month earlier, online video firms will stage their own show in an attempt to attract advertisers, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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November 12, 2015
12:38 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music app
YouTube has launched the YouTube Music app for iOS and Android. In a blog post, the company commented, YouTube is offering a free 14-day trial of premium mode. "No matter where you start in the app, the music will never stop. Every song you play or artist you choose will take you on an endless journey through YouTube's music catalog. A simple tap and you're on your way, enjoying your favorite music and discovering new artists effortlessly. The home tab will recommend tracks just for you and create personalized stations based on your tastes." Reference Link
09:19 EDTGOOGPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
08:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat as shares trade near 14-year high
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils plan to protect European data from U.S. overreach, FT says
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November 11, 2015
19:02 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood
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18:50 EDTCMCSA, DISTime Warner, Comcast expand investments in virtual reality, WSJ says
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18:45 EDTGOOGGoogle may face competitive hurdles in China, WSJ says
Google (GOOG) could face intense competition in China even as it looks to secure government approval to launch its Google Play mobile app store in the country, reports the Wall Street Journal. After pulling its services from China roughly five years ago over censorship issues, local rivals Baidu (BIDU), Xiaomi, and others have gained significant footholds. Sources in the Chinese internet industry told the Journal it "shouldn't be too difficult" for Google to obtain regulatory approval for Play, and the app store may in fact be Google's best chance of penetrating the region, given the high fragmentation and security issues of local offerings. Reference Link
18:26 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO Mayer 'pinning hopes' on Project Index, Re/code reports
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer appears to be focusing her efforts on Project Index, a "consumer guide" platform built around Yahoo mail and mobile search, reports Re/code, citing sources. One person who saw the project told Re/code it was an "interesting effort, but was not the game-changer Yahoo needs," and other sources added that the launch may be as far off as late 2016. Reference Link
14:31 EDTGOOGAlphabet Inc volatility near historic low as shares trend to record high
Alphabet Inc (GOOG) November weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, November and December is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 42, suggesting decreasing price risk as shares trend to record high.
13:16 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: M NAV GE HZNP ESRX FCX SUNE YHOO
11:28 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; M YHOO
Yahoo (YHOO) April 40 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 38, Macy's (M) February 47.5 call option implied volatility decreased 13% to 39 according to iVolatility.
10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Albemarle (ALB) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Ares Management (ARES) reinstated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Canadian Solar (CSIQ) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Carriage Services (CSV) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... CubeSmart (CUBE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... IPG Photonics (IPGP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... NeuroDerm (NDRM) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Perceptron (PRCP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Proteon Therapeutics (PRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Service Corp. (SCI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust.
09:38 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast announces streaming cable TV service available in Greater Boston region
Comcast announced that Stream TV, a new streaming cable TV service that includes access to live channels from all the major broadcast networks and HBO as well as thousands of on demand choices, is available to current Xfinity Internet-only customers in the company's Greater Boston Region, which includes eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
09:04 EDTNWSANews Corp.'s ListHub adds new agreements with six global real estate firms
News Corp's subsidiary Move, operator of ListHub, a provider of listing syndication services and performance marketing metrics, announced new relationships with six prominent real estate brokerage firms to advertise real estate listings in the international marketplace through the ListHub Global Network. The firms include Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties; Compass; Engel & Volkers North America; and Valore Group Real Estate - a division of The Keyes Company. The ListHub Global network spans 85-plus publishers in more than 55 countries.
08:25 EDTGOOGFederal claims dismissal in Google browser tracking suit upheld, Reuters reports
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07:55 EDTCBSRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:40 EDTCBS, CMCSAWells Fargo to hold a conference
6th Annual Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 10-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTCMCSAeOne joins Participant Media as investors in DreamWorks, Hollywood Reporter says
Entertainment One plans to join Participant Media and DreamWorks' stakeholder Reliance Entertainment in investing in DreamWorks, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing sources. The arrangement is expected to be revealed around the same time the deal between DreamWorks and Universal, a Comcast subsidiary, will be officially announced, possibly around Thanksgiving, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGAppNexus talks to Goldman, other banks about IPO plans, Business Insider reports
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