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October 28, 2014
13:51 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts positive on Facebook ahead of Q3 earnings
Facebook (FB) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 28 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Facebook is a social networking service with over 1B active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 40c on revenue of $3.12B. The consensus range is 34c-47c for EPS, and $2.94B-$3.23B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported second quarter EPS of 42c against estimates of 34c, on revenue of $2.9B against estimates of $2.81B. The company reported daily active users of 829M on average for June, with mobile daily active users up 31% to 654M in March. Facebook said mobile ad revenue represented 62% of ad revenue and the company now has 1.5M active advertisers. Facebook said its Q2 price per ad was up 123% and it will focus on quality in roll-out of video ads. At the Q2 earnings conference call, Facebook said its push into commerce and payments is supplemental to advertising. NEWS: Facebook closed on its previously announced acquisition of WhatsApp for $22B, up $3B from its $19B price point due to the increased value in Facebook's stock over the past few months. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects WhatsApp to reach 3B users, although the company does not have any imminent targets to gross any monetary funds from the platform. In the past quarter, Facebook also acquired security start-up PrivateCore and was in talks with major studios for content for Oculus Rift. The company shut down its Gifts business, but launched Atlas ad measuring platform and cross-device reporting for ads. It also announced a new research framework with stricter guidelines with a review panel, a six-week training program, and a research website. STREET RESEARCH: Ahead of Q3 earnings, Deutsche Bank recommended adding to Facebook positions, saying its proprietary checks on the company have been "solid all quarter." Oppenheimer said Facebook will likely beat Q3 expectations based on strong monetization trends. Cowen said Facebook is the premier social advertising platform, believing its numbers will continue to grow, especially on mobile devices. Citigroup said Q3 estimates have potential upside, thinking Facebook is seeing continued positive business momentum. Baird believes Facebook is well positioned to take market share in the display market, which is core to the firm's long-term positive view of the company. Evercore raised Facebook's price target based on the relaunch of the Atlas ad server platform that allows advertisers to better measure ad effectiveness across mobile and desktop in addition to providing new Display buying tools. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained over 13%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report, Facebook shares are up fractionally.
13:49 EDTFBFacebook October weekly 80 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q3
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13:10 EDTTAT&T sued by FTC for 'misleading' smartphone customers on data speeds
The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90%. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately disclose to its customers on unlimited data plans that, if they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T reduces – or “throttles” – their data speeds to the point that many common mobile phone applications – like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video – become difficult or nearly impossible to use. According to the FTC’s complaint, AT&T’s marketing materials emphasized the “unlimited” amount of data that would be available to consumers who signed up for its unlimited plans. The complaint alleges that, even as unlimited plan consumers renewed their contracts, the company still failed to inform them of the throttling program. When customers canceled their contracts after being throttled, AT&T charged those customers early termination fees, which typically amount to hundreds of dollars. The FTC alleges that AT&T, despite its unequivocal promises of unlimited data, began throttling data speeds in 2011 for its unlimited data plan customers after they used as little as 2 gigabytes of data in a billing period. According to the complaint, the throttling program has been severe, often resulting in speed reductions of 80%-90% for affected users. Thus far, according to the FTC, AT&T has throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers a total of more than 25 million times.
13:08 EDTTFTC sues AT&T for 'deceptive and unfair data throttling'
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12:55 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The shares have been strong outperformers in the last three months, trading up over 7%. Shares are close to the life high at $81.16 with an expectation that the company will deliver a strong report. Without overhead resistance, a report that exceeds already high expectations could push the stock into the $85 to $90 area depending on the degree of surprise. If there is a disappointment the first key level on a test would be at $70.32, a recent low of the trading range for the last three months. Additional support below would be at $67.56. News that fails to push the shares above the old high or below $70 would leave it range-bound in a neutral trend.
12:26 EDTIBMIBM announces $5B share repurchase plan
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12:25 EDTIBMIBM announces $5B share repurchase plan
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12:18 EDTFBTwitter slumps, downgraded after user growth slows
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10:34 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Oppenheimer
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09:51 EDTYHOOOrbitz replaced as Yahoo travel provider by Hipmunk, Skift reports
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:19 EDTIBMIBM Cloud selected by New Zealand's Finzsoft
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09:17 EDTIBMIBM opens new cloud center in Mumbai, India
IBM expanded its global cloud network with a new cloud center in Mumbai, India and a new suite of cloud services for OpenStack. IBM's global cloud network now includes centers in London, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Toronto, Dallas and Raleigh, NC, in addition to the soon to be opened Paris cloud center.
09:15 EDTIBMIBM Cloud selected by Daimler subsidiary
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09:13 EDTIBMIBM Cloud selected by Uruguay's KONA
IBM announced that Uruguay's KONA has deployed a new cloud-based application development service on IBM Cloud with SoftLayer, an IBM company to help it build dynamic mobile applications that link its customers' back end systems of record with mobile systems of engagement.
07:51 EDTVVisa weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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07:47 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO attempts to poach Amazon's Utzschneider, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has been aggressively seeking some high-level help aid her turnaround, Re/code reports. According to sources, Mayer including has been attempting to poach Lisa Utzschneider, Amazon’s (AMZN) head of global advertising sales. Other sources say Utzschneider is likely to make the switch to Yahoo, and an announcement could be made this week. Reference Link
07:22 EDTFB, IBMIRI Worldwide to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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October 27, 2014
18:38 EDTKMBS&P announces changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices
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