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April 21, 2014
10:57 EDTMAT, GOOGL, SNDK, ATHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility: GOOGL ATHN SNDK SPXU MAT
News For GOOGL;ATHN;SNDK;MAT From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
07:52 EDTSNDKUBS to hold a tour
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07:25 EDTGOOGLCantor names top five Internet names to buy during selloff
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he "won't attempt to call the bottom" but identified his top five Internet and Media names to buy amid the recent market volatility, all of which have dominance in their respective markets, higher than peer level growth and valuations that he views as reasonable. Squali, who noted that he views concerns over macro risks and China to be overblown, called out Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB) and Alibaba (BABA) as having an attractive risk/reward given the selloff in recent sessions. The firm has Buy ratings on all five of the stocks named above.
06:11 EDTGOOGLGoogle upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman analyst Heather Bellini upgraded Google (GOOGL) to Buy and added shares to the Conviction Buy List. Bellini said Google is in the early stages of a multi-year cycle to expand margins, which will drive earnings outperformance and multiple expansion. Says management is signaling increased focus on cost controls given recent earnings call commentary and the new Alphabet operating structure. Additionally, Goldman's marketing executive checks indicate accelerating monetization for mobile search and YouTube. The firm's analyst team raised Google's price target to $800 from $660 on shares.
August 25, 2015
14:20 EDTGOOGLMagister sees Twitter as potentially attractive target, MarketWatch reports
M&A advisory firm Magister Advisors believe Twitter (TWTR) could be an attractive acquisition target for Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) or a news organization, according to MarketWatch's Caitlin Huston. Reference Link
14:11 EDTGOOGLAnalysts say Facebook looks solid amid virtual reality, social media trends
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09:13 EDTGOOGLTrends still positive for Google, Amazon, Facebook ahead of holidays, says Baird
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06:18 EDTGOOGLNetflix to add properties focused on teens and 'tweens,' NYT reports
Netflix (NFLX) will add a number of exclusive films and television programs focused on teenagers and "tweens," the New York Times reports. Some of the properties recently licensed by the streaming service include "Smosh: The Movie" from the creators of the YouTube (GOOG) channel of the same name and "Bad Night" featuring YouTube stars Jenn McAllister and Lauren Luthringshausen, the report says.
August 24, 2015
06:45 EDTGOOGLMost of Google Now dev team left company before I/O conference, Re/code says
Most of the original team that built Google Now have departed, many of them before the I/O developer conference, Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. Many had grown frustrated with that the products was shuttered into search inside of Google, the report says. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGLIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2015
13:50 EDTGOOGLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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August 20, 2015
12:56 EDTGOOGLSmall drones bringing air traffic problems in U.S., Washington Post reports
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10:00 EDTMATOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 19, 2015
16:14 EDTMATMattel initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
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10:42 EDTGOOGLAnalyst increases Google price target by $265, upgrades to buy
Research firm Atlantic Equities upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight from Market Weight, saying that it is more upbeat on the company's search business, while YouTube is becoming a major growth driver. Additionally, the search giant's margins look poised to improve, the firm stated. Overweight is Atlantic's equivalent of a buy rating. WHAT'S NEW: Google's second quarter results showed that its search business is weathering the transition to mobile better than expected, Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell stated in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, YouTube's revenue, despite growing very quickly, can rise even further since it still accounts for just roughly 5% of global TV viewing outside of China, according to Cordwell. Additionally, the movement of ad dollars from conventional TV to online TV looks set to accelerate, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Google is undertaking initiatives that should cause the amount of money it obtains from each mobile click to rise, the analyst believes. Commenting on the outlook for Google's margins, Cordwell believes that they should be boosted by the cost cuts being undertaken by the company's new CFO. The analyst raised his price target on the company's Class A shares to $825 from $560. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Google's common stock rose $2.60 to $658.73 and its Class A shares rose $2.70 to $691.43.
06:53 EDTGOOGLDeutsche Telekom exec calls for internet firms to subsidize online ads, FT says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) senior vice president of technology strategy, governance, and programs Tomasz Gerszberg has called for internet companies such as Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions due to the new way advertising takes over data allowances, the Financial Times reports, citing an article Gerszberg wrote on LinkedIn. The Deutsche Telekom executive said that consumers need to be protected from rising data charges related to "annoying" online ads, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGLGoogle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $825 from $560. The search giant closed yesterday down $5.38 to $688.73. Google's YouTube unit "continues to grow very rapidly," while the revenue growth of Google Websites suggests the company is navigating the mobile transition on search better than expected, Cordwell tells investors in a research note. Further, a greater focus on costs by the new CFO is driving improved profitability, a trend that should continue, the analyst argues. Cordwell expects continued outperformance of Google shares.
August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform on industry capex increases at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk two notches to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $40 from $75. The firm is more cautious on the memory chip sector given new developments of SK Group's "significantly higher capex budget" and Micron's unexpected FY16 capex hike. BofA/Merrill said excess capacity is now a concern and cut long-term earnings estimates for most memory chip stocks.
August 17, 2015
11:11 EDTSNDKAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
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