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February 21, 2014
11:03 EDTSALE, GRPN, EBAY, RLOCGroupon plunges after forecasting losses in current quarter
Shares of Groupon (GRPN), a local e-commerce marketplace which offers discounted goods and services, are falling after the company’s first quarter profit forecast significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Groupon reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 4c and revenue of $768.4M, compared to expectations of 2c and $718M, respectively. At the end of Q4, on average, active deals in North America were approximately 80,000, compared with more than 65,000 at the end of Q3. Active customers grew 9% year-over-year, to 44.9M as of December 31, 2013. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast first quarter losses per share 2c-4c, which was far below expectations of 6c per share in earnings. Revenue for Q1 was seen at $710M-$760M, versus consensus of $668.6M. Groupon said it expects one-time costs related to the integration of its recent acquisitions, specifically as it consolidates Ticket Monster with its Korean business, and anticipates approximately $25M of additional investment in marketing and other growth initiatives to drive adoption of the marketplace. Together, in Q1, newly-acquired LivingSocial Korea and Ideeli are expected to contribute approximately $50M to revenue and have an approximately $20M negative impact on adjusted EBITDA, Groupon said. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firm RBC Capital downgraded Groupon to Underperform from Sector Perform after the company's 2014 EBITDA guidance came in significantly below expectations and it reported that its billings growth rates had deteriorated in Q4. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $7 from $11. Conversely, Piper Jaffray said Groupon’s quarter was “not as bad as it looks.” The firm attributed the post-earnings pullback in shares of Groupon to the company's North America local billings decelerating to 2% year-over-year growth and it’s weaker than expected earnings guidance. Piper kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $15 price target. The firm believes Groupon remains well positioned to build a deal marketplace, Piper added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Groupon dropped $1.73, or 16.9%, to $8.55 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s slide, the stock is up by approximately 48% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: eBay (EBAY) owns an online marketplace with a significant mobile presence. RetailMeNot (SALE) operates a digital coupon marketplace. ReachLocal (RLOC) owns DealOn Media, a local deals company.
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September 2, 2014
10:02 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
08:07 EDTEBAYWageWorks names Colm Callan as CFO, effective immediately
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07:14 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded at RBC Capital
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06:09 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
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August 31, 2014
13:20 EDTSALECitigroup to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in New York on September 2-4.
August 29, 2014
09:37 EDTEBAYActive equity options trading on open
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August 28, 2014
12:41 EDTEBAYPayPal competitor Visa Checkout adds a dozen new partners, TechCrunch says
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August 26, 2014
13:19 EDTEBAYeBay volatility at low end of historic range
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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTEBAYMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
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05:31 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility movement; EBAY TER
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August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
13:22 EDTEBAYeBay has not denied PayPal story, The Information says
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12:44 EDTEBAYeBay says stance on PayPal hasn't changed, Reuters reports
eBay says it's stance on PayPal spinoff hasn't changed, Reuters reporter Deepa Seetharaman tweeted. "The board will continue to assess all alternatives" to create long term value, Seetharaman attributed eBay as saying.
11:59 EDTEBAYeBay rises sharply, levels to watch
Shares spiked on a report that the company may consider spinning-off PayPal. At the current price of $56.26, resistance is at $57.05, the session high. Support is at $55.70.
10:34 EDTEBAYeBay jumps after report says PayPal spin-off under consideration
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay jumps 2% to $54.55 after The Information report on PayPal spin
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay saying PayPal spin-off may come next year, The Information reports
eBay has been telling PayPal CEO candidates that it is considering spinning off the payments business as soon as next year, The Information reports, citing two people briefed on the conversations. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
06:11 EDTEBAYeBay volatility at record low
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August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTEBAYOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
13:04 EDTEBAYPayPal taking up Braintree’s Venmo Touch technology, GigaOM says
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