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September 24, 2015
06:59 EDTFBFacebook and Google more 'Yelp-like' than ever, says Northland
Northland analyst Darren Aftahi says Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and (AMZN) have recently added new features that focus on improved local search as well as tools enabling easier business-consumer communication. Facebook and Google are now more "Yelp-like" than ever, Aftahi tells investors in a research note. And while Apple's (AAPL) new "swipe right" feature could drive a near-term surge in Yelp (YELP) app downloads, it may translate into lower engagement on the Yelp app over longer term, the analyst argues. He remains cautious on Yelp's growth prospects and cut his price target for the stock to $17.75 from $21.50. Shares of the local business review site closed yesterday down 25c to $23.10. Aftahi has an Underperform rating on the stock, his firm's equivalent of a sell.
06:32 EDTFB360-degree video should boost GoPro sales, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster believes GoPro (GPRO) has first-mover advantage in the creation of high-quality, low-cost 360-degree content after being named the exclusive spherical content provider for Facebook's (FB) News Feed. Coster is "still reeling from the experience" of riding yesterday via Facebook with Ronnie Renner across the dunes of Idaho. The launch of 360-degree content on Facebook's News Feed should spur sales of GoPro's hardware and give momentum to the company's media and entertainment initiatives, Coster tells investors in a research note. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the action camera maker with a $75 price target. The stock closed yesterday down 67c to $32.64.
September 23, 2015
16:34 EDTBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
13:33 EDTFBFacebook introduces 360 video
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13:10 EDTFBGoPro launches 360-degree videos on Facebook
GoPro (GPRO) announces it is bringing "immersive, spherical videos" to Facebook's (FB) News Feed. Beginning today, people on Facebook can experience GoPro 360-degree video directly through their web browser or Android mobile device, the action camera maker said in a press release. In the coming weeks, GoPro will launch additional 360-degree content on Facebook, it added. Shares of the action camera maker are up 10c to $33.41 in afternoon trading.
10:24 EDTBXBioMed Realty surges after report of exploring sale
Shares of BioMed Realty Trust (BMR) are surging in morning trading following a Bloomberg report that said the company is in talks to sell itself. WHAT'S NEW: BioMed Realty Trust, a San Diego-based real estate investment trust with a market value of $3.9B, is exploring a sale, Bloomberg reported last night. According to sources, the company, which went public in 2004, has hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to explore a potential deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bloomberg reported that BioMed Realty has attracted interest from firms including Blackstone Group (BX), explaining that buying REITs is a way for buyers like the private equity firm to put large amounts of cash to work. One source notes that talks remain ongoing and there is no guarantee a deal will be finalized. In July, Blackstone finalized an agreement to acquire shopping center REIT Excel Trust (EXL). ANALYST TAKE: Canaccord upgraded BioMed Realty to Buy from Hold following the Bloomberg report and raised its price target to $23 from $21. Analyst Paul Morgan said the M&A report highlights BioMed's "discounted" valuation to peers, reducing the emphasis on near-term earnings issues of asset sales and lease terminations. Morgan said the firm's preliminary $25 takeout valuation "could prove conservative" in case the M&A process is "competitive." Blackstone and other private equity players, Morgan said, have the "capacity" to look beyond short-term earnings challenges to extract value from REITs. PRICE ACTION: BioMed Realty Trust is up 11.7% to $21.42 in morning trading.
06:36 EDTFBFacebook unveils new 'Click to message' ad-type, Business Insider reports
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06:23 EDTBXBioMed Realty Trust in talks to sell itself, Bloomberg reports
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