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March 29, 2015
17:33 EDTFBFacebook looks to entice Chinese advertisers, WSJ says
Even though Chinese citizens can't yet use its service, Facebook is ramping up its efforts to tap into Chinese advertisers, says the Wall Street Journal. The ramp-up in its China advertiser outreach comes as the social media company intensifies its efforts to someday enter China, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
March 27, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
11:09 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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08:07 EDTFBFacebook positioned as dominant mobile and social platform, says RW Baird
Baird attended a developers conference which reinforced their view that Facebook was well positioned as a dominant mobile and social platform. The firm noted its new Messenger strategy, the expansion of LiveRail's mobile display support, and the potential to capitalize on the evolution of online consumer behavior. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its price target to $96 from $93 on Facebook.
07:43 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $98 from $89 at Barclays
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06:04 EDTFBFacebook to test drone this summer, WSJ says
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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12:09 EDTFBBattleground stock: Analysts take opposite sides on Twitter
Twitter is emerging as a battleground stock with Rosenblatt today starting coverage with a Buy rating while Stifel kept its Sell rating highlighting what it sees as weak operating metrics. BULLISH TAKE: Twitter's revenue and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA margin are poised to rebound, Rosenblatt analyst Martin Pyykkonen wrote in a note to investors today. Among the company's positive catalysts are video clip ads which should prove popular with marketers, higher ad load rates, additional products that will increase user growth and the expansion of the company's sales force, which is reaching critical mass, the analyst believes. In general, Twitter can further monetize its ads starting this year by using targeted advertising, contended Pyykkonen. Twitter's ad targeting capabilities are at least as strong as those of Facebook (FB), added the analyst. Meanwhile, the company's recently acquired Periscope product, which enables live video streaming, could significantly affect Twitter's usage trends, he contended. BEARISH TAKE: Twitter's risk/reward ratio is negative, and the company's second quarter guidance may come in below consensus estimates, wrote Stifel analyst Scott Devitt. The company is facing a tough comparison in Q2, as its results in the quarter last year were boosted by the World Cup, Devitt stated. Moreover, Twitter has not significantly improved its core product, and the website may be less popular than investors expect, the analyst contended. Additionally, Facebook has launched a number of initiatives, including trending topics updates and a deal to distribute NFL clips, that compete with Twitter's core competencies, the analyst wrote. He kept a $38 price target and Sell rating on Twitter. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Twitter rose 2% to $50.50.
11:20 EDTFBJudge says Zynga shareholders can pursue claims against company, Reuters says
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TWTR FB KRFT BIDU TSLA CELG NFLX FCAU
06:59 EDTFBFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTFBTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook expands ad platform to include user data, Re/code says
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March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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14:45 EDTFBFacebook testing new video autoplay feature, Re/code says
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13:43 EDTFBzulily rises after teaming with Facebook on messenger platform
Shares of (ZU) moved higher after Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the social network's new Businesses on Messenger product at today's developer conference. The product's initial partners in the retail vertical are zulily and Everlane, Zuckerberg announced. Zendesk (ZEN) will power Facebook's new messenger product, the company announced in a press release. Shares of zulily are up 38c to $13.40 as Zuckerberg's keynote speech continues.
13:37 EDTFBZendesk announces messenger partnership with Facebook
Zendesk (ZEN) announced a partnership to power Facebook's (FB) new Businesses on Messenger product. "Through an integration of its Zopim chat product with Messenger, Zendesk is allowing businesses to provide scalable and responsive customer service to the more than 600 million people worldwide who use Messenger," the company said. Online retailers zulily (ZU) and Everlane are the first two companies using the integration to support their customers, Zendesk added.
13:33 EDTFBzulily jumps after Facebook says initial partner on messenger platform
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10:56 EDTFBFacebook amasses 600M users on Messenger service, CNBC reports
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA KRFT FB BIDU GPRO V GILD NFLX
07:26 EDTFBFacebook to hold a conference
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06:40 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of range into Developers Conference
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into today's Developer Conference in San Francisco.
06:05 EDTFBFacebook announces 'On This Day' feature
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook leaks announcements from F8 conference, Business Insider reports
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March 24, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
10:50 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
Facebook (FB) September 95 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 27, Alibaba (BABA) July 92.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
10:50 EDTFBFly Watch: Facebook to unveil tools, products at F8 developer conference
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10:08 EDTFBFacebook in discussions with firms on 'Anthology' videos, The Information says
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTFBFacebook in talks about hosting content from media companies, NY Times says
Facebook has been holding talks in recent months about hosting the content of at least six media companies inside Facebook, according to The New York Times. The social network intends to test the new format in the next several months, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBInstagram announce launch of Layout app
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
10:17 EDTFBFacebook developing call-screening app, Android Police says
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09:32 EDTFBWedbush social media analysts
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook continues to take total ad budget share, says JMP Securities
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06:06 EDTKKRAres Management, GE Capital invests in package supporting KKR acquisition
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:25 EDTFBFacebook to announce new Messenger features next week, Tech Crunch says
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06:09 EDTFBFacebook seeking advertising revenue in Brazil's poorest communities, WSJ says
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05:57 EDTFBFacebook's David Recordon as director of White House IT
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March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:46 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near deal for majority of Philips lighting unit, Bloomberg says
Private equity firms KKR (KKR) and CVC Capital Partners are nearing a deal that could be announced as soon as next week to buy 80% of Philips' (PHG) lighting components unit, with Philips retaining the remaining stake, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The firms' bid values the whole of the business at about $2.7B, the sources told Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:19 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near bid for 80% of Philips lighting components unit, Bloomberg says
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11:07 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range; shares at fresh life high
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, April is at 23, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement as shares trade at fresh life high.
11:02 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:55 EDTBXMolycorp bondholders led by Apollo close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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06:55 EDTPSO, FBCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:06 EDTBXSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
05:42 EDTFBeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
15:22 EDTBXMolycorp creditors close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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11:24 EDTFBeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:25 EDTKKRSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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08:10 EDTKKRAres Management names Michael McFerran as CFO
Ares Management, L.P. (ARES) announced that it has appointed Michael R. McFerran as Executive VP, CFO and Treasurer, effective March 23. McFerran will assume firm-wide CFO and Treasurer responsibilities. McFerran was previously a Managing Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) where he served as the CFO of KKRís credit business and was the COO and CFO of KKR Financial Holdings LLC (KFN). Daniel F. Nguyen, Ares Managementís current CFO and Treasurer, will remain with Ares as CFO of the Ares Private Equity and Tradable Credit Groups and will continue his involvement with firm M&A activities. The CFO roles for each of the other two Ares investment groups, Direct Lending and Real Estate, will continue to be filled by Penni Roll and Tae-Sik Yoon, respectively. In addition, Roll will continue as CFO of Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) and Yoon will continue as CFO of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE).
07:27 EDTBXFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:18 EDTKCGWells Fargo to hold a forum
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07:08 EDTBXSome senior Blackstone execs may leave due to spin-off with PJT, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTKKRUxin raises $170M from KKR, Baidu, others, WSJ says
Chinese used car auctioneer Uxin has raised $170M from backers including KKR (KKR) and Baidu (BIDU), reports the Wall Street Journal. Uxin will primarily use the fund to expand its business-to-consumer operations to complete with rivals Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM). Reference Link
March 17, 2015
15:45 EDTFBWestern Union, MoneyGram near lows after Facebook reports money transfer plans
Shares of money transfer and payment services companies MoneyGram International (MGI) and Western Union (WU) are both in negative ground and near their session lows after Facebook (FB) announced this afternoon that it is adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a "more convenient and secure way" to send or receive money between friends.
15:07 EDTFBFacebook adding 'send money' feature in Messenger
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14:21 EDTBXBlackstone unlikely to lead bid for Macerich, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook launches expat targeting feature
To help businesses reach people living abroad, Facebook earlier today announced a new targeting feature that enables advertisers to reach the 92M expats on Facebook, the company announced today. Marketers can now connect with expats living within a given country (like expats living in Brazil) and expats originating from a specific country (like people born in Brazil living abroad), Facebook explained. Reference Link
07:53 EDTKKRMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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07:42 EDTFBBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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March 16, 2015
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTKKRConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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09:02 EDTBXRedOwl announces investment by Blackstone
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:35 EDTBXBlackstone, 233 South Wacker confirm agreement for sale of Willis Tower
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07:25 EDTKKRChinese consortium enters Philips auction, Reuters says
A consortium consisting of Lattice Power, GSR Ventures, and Temasek has placed a last-minute bid in the auction for Philips' (PHG) lighting components business, reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The sources also said the CVC and KKR (KKR) consortium tabled their potentially leading bid. Philips will enter exclusive talks with the winner early next week. Reference Link
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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06:10 EDTBXBlackstone buys Chicago's Willis Tower for $1.3B, WSJ reports
Blackstone executives say the firm has formed a deal to acquire the Willis Tower in Chicago for $1.3B, The Wall Street Journal reports. The deal for the former Sears Tower would be the highest price ever paid for a U.S. office tower outside of New York. Reference Link
05:53 EDTBXBlackstone looking to sell Center Parcs, The Sunday Times reports
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