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September 22, 2015
06:33 EDTFBFacebook user data rules have ripple effects, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2015
14:40 EDTFBiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 90c to 23.79
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10:55 EDTFBBelgian watchdog: Court shouldn't be be intimidated by Facebook, Bloomberg says
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10:42 EDTYHOOAnalyst says IRS statement removes some risk for Yahoo
An IRS official said that the agency's recent direction on the tax treatment of transactions like Yahoo's (YHOO) planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba (BABA) "is not a description of future guidance," reported FBR Capital analyst William Bird, who views the comments as incrementally positive for the U.S. tech company. BACKGROUND: On September 8, Yahoo reported that the IRS refused to take a position on whether Yahoo could carry out a tax-free spinoff of its huge stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. On September 15, the agency, without mentioning Yahoo or Alibaba by name, stated that "certain distributions" about which the agency had received inquiries may not meet requirements for tax-advantaged treatment. WHAT'S NEW: IRS Associate Chief Counsel Robert Wellen said on Friday that the agency's statement "is not a description of future guidance," FBR's Bird wrote in a note to investors today. The IRS hasn't made any decision about the guidance it could issue regarding spinoffs, Bird quoted Wellen as saying. The agency does not want to make a judgment on Yahoo's proposed spinoff while it is still studying the rules, Wellen explained, according to Bird. Wellen's statement appears to be positive for Yahoo, as it at least removes the possibility that Yahoo's transaction will be subject to potentially more restrictive upcoming rules, according to Bird. However, the analyst believes that the outlook for the tax treatment of Yahoo's spinoff remains uncertain. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A lockup on about 1.58B shares of Alibaba's stock expired on Saturday, meaning that the holders of the shares are able to sell them for the first time today. However, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma and vice chairman Joseph Tsai hold 269M of the shares whose lockup expired, and Tsai has said that they have no intention of selling significant amounts of their shares following the lockup expiration. Yahoo has another 384M of the Alibaba shares whose lockup expired. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo rose 2.6% to $31.54 and Alibaba slipped 1.6% to $64.66.
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09:17 EDTIBMIBM coverage assumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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08:19 EDTYHOOFriday's IRS comments remove one Yahoo risk, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst William Bird views comments from the Internal Revenue Service on Friday at the ABA meeting as incrementally positive for Yahoo (YHOO). Robert Wellen, IRS Associate Chief Counsel, said Friday that his agency's recent notice "is not a description of future guidance" and that "nothing in this notice affects an immediate retroactive date." The analyst believes the comments take one Yahoo risk off the table, namely the retroactive treatment of potential new rules. However, anything shy of a definitive tax ruling on Yahoo's planned spinoff of its Alibaba (BABA) holdings falls short of fully resolving tax uncertainties, Bird tells investors in a research note. No timeline was given for how long the IRS plans to study the spinoff questions under tax code Section 355, analyst points out. He keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo. The stock is up 23c to $30.97 in pre-market trading. Alibaba, which has 63% percent of its outstanding shares come off lockup today, is up 77c to $65.19 in trading before the opening bell.
06:34 EDTTSamsung may be planning leasing program for Galaxy phones, Forbes reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is rumored to be planning to launch a leasing program for its Galaxy phones in the U.S., similar to the program Apple (AAPL) recently announced, Forbes reports, citing an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung's plans. According to the source, Samsung could launch the leasing program in the next few months. Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program encourages consumers to buy iPhones directly from the Apple Store instead of going through carriers, the publication notes. Publicly traded wireless carriers include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile US (TMUS). Reference Link
06:24 EDTFBEU's web rules won't discriminate against U.S. tech companies, WSJ reports
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September 20, 2015
21:07 EDTINTCDialog to acquire Atmel in move towards Internet of Things
Atmel (ATML) reached an agreement Sunday to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at approximately $4.6B, or the equivalent of $10.42 per Atmel share. Jalal Bagherli, CEO of U.K.-based Dialog, remarked that the combined company will be "a diversified, high-growth market leader" in chips for mobile devices, connected vehicles, and the Internet of Things. In a subsequent Bloomberg interview regarding the deal, Bagherli explained, "We passed the computing era, we're at the height of the mobile era, and we're about to enter the IoT era." The news comes after several semiconductor mergers in 2015 amid slowing growth and saturated markets, with Intel (INTC) agreeing in June to acquire Altera (ALTR) and Avago (AVGO) striking a deal in May for Broadcom (BRCM). Note also China's apparent desire to control companies in the space, evidenced by state-owned firms China Electronics Corp. and Tsinghua's respective pursuits of Atmel and Micron (MU).
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