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February 8, 2013
11:59 EDTLF, YELP, CSC, AKAM, EXPE, DELLOptions with decreasing implied volatility: LF YELP CSC AKAM EXPE DELL
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July 28, 2014
07:50 EDTAKAMAkamai Q2 results should show continued momentum, says Canaccord
Canaccord expects Q2 earnings from Akamai to show its continued business momentum, citing robust growth of internet traffic across most verticals and the renewed contract with its largest customer. The firm is more cautious on margins, even though the company has exceeded its own margin guidance for the past five quarters. Canaccord has a Buy rating with a $68 price target on the stock.
07:32 EDTYELPYelp August volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue growth outlook
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July 24, 2014
13:16 EDTAKAMAkamai advances following Macquarie upgrade
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12:05 EDTYELPAngie's List plummets after Q2 report triggers multiple downgrades
Shares of consumer-driven review service Angie's List (ANGI) are plummeting after the company reported second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. WHAT'S NEW: Angie's List reported a Q2 loss per share of (31c) which was worse than analysts' consensus forecast for a (24c) per share loss. The company's Q2 revenue was $78.9M, which was below analysts' consensus of $80.19M. The review service reported Q2 gross member additions of approximately 399K at an average cost per acquisition of $90 and reported total end of period paid memberships of 2.84M. Angie's Q2 average membership renewal rate was 77%. Angie's List guided to Q3 revenue of $80.5M-$82.5M, which is lower than analysts' consensus of $86.63M. Angie's List added that it expects to generate positive adjusted EBITDA for FY14, with CEO Bill Oesterle saying, "While revenue growth in e-commerce was lower than expected, we continued to make progress against our strategy of enabling service providers and populating their stores with offers. We expect significant improvement in margin in the second half of the year and continue to see compelling opportunities for growth." ANALYST REACTION: After Angie's List's report, at least seven Street research firms downgraded their ratings on its stock. Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein downgraded Angie's List to Perform from Outperform, stating that while executives feels that vendor renewal rates are strong, the ratio of selling expense to vendor revenue is leaning negatively, productivity per rep is decreasing and e-commerce revenue is decelerating. MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded the review service company to Neutral from Buy, saying that Angie's List gave several "layers" of disappointing news in the Q2 earnings report. Sanderson said that the data went against its anticipation for signs of stability this quarter. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster lowered his price target for Angie's List to $12 from $17 and believes that shares of Angie's List, but believes shares are "washed out" after the company gave its Q2 report. Munster perceives the firm's outlook to be conservative and feels investor anticipations are at "rock bottom," which could mean that any optimistic updates from Angie's list could have "meaningful" and "positive" benefit. Munster maintained an Overweight rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: During midday trading, shares of Angie's List fell $2.07, or 20% to $8.10. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yelp (YELP), which also allows users to review local businesses, is up 1% to $69.40 near noon.
10:03 EDTAKAMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:58 EDTAKAMAkamai upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Akamai to Outperform based on revised 2H consensus margin forecasts and meetings with CDN competitors. The upgrade is not a call on the Q2 report but a longer-term call that media delivery revenue growth could grow in the mid-teens for the next few years driven by increased volumes from HD sporting and other content. Price target raised to $70 from $59.
07:13 EDTYELPYelp August volatility elevated into Q2 and growth outlook
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTYELPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
11:24 EDTEXPEIndustry data points to strong Q2 for online travel names, says Piper Jaffray
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July 22, 2014
11:48 EDTEXPEStocks with call strike movement; EXPE ALXN
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09:47 EDTYELPYelp initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial
09:03 EDTEXPEExpedia Q2 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
Cantor's checks point to relative strength in U.S. paid search on Expedia.com in 2Q, along with healthy growth in Hotels.com visitation and improving European room rates. The firm keeps an $82 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
July 21, 2014
10:19 EDTLFHasbro tumbles after lower games performance weighs on sales
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July 18, 2014
09:20 EDTEXPEExpedia checks point to potential Q2 upside, says FBR Capital
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July 17, 2014
10:55 EDTLFMattel topples after Q2 earnings miss estimates
Shares of global toy product manufacturer Mattel (MAT), are toppling over after the company's second quarter earnings results fell below analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Mattel's reported Q2 earnings per share of 8c, which was not comparable to a consensus of 18c since the company said its EPS number included a tax benefit of 11c per share and a negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Excluding both of these items, EPS was 3c per share. Mattel's Q2 revenue was $1.06B, which missed analysts' consensus estimates of $1.19B. For Q2, the company reported that its Girls and Boys Brands sales were down 13%, Fisher-Price Brands sales were down 17%, American Girl Bands revenue was up 6% and revenue from its Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands was $61.6M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its earnings conference conference call, Mattel said that it plans to increase advertising spending in the second half of the year to build momentum for key brands. It sees improving global trends in point-of-sale but says the company still has a lot of work to do to improve those trends. As Mattel looks to the third quarter, it sees continued challenges from current headwinds. With the MEGA brands deal now closed, the company aims to improve profitability of MEGA brands on a global basis and believes the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2015. It expects lower international sales and is investing heavily in markets in Russia and China. Mattel is looking to maintain gross margins in the low to mid-50% range in near term. It noted that it aims to achieve a modest increase in SG&A due to severance and ongoing growth investments, excluding the MEGA Brands acquisition. Inventory fair value adjustment related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3, the company said. Amortization is expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mattel are down $2.31, or 5.92%, to $36.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Mattel peer Hasbro (HAS), which reports quarterly earnings on July 21, is relatively flat at $52.59. JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) is up almost 1.5% to $8.20 and and LeapFrog (LF) is up 3.02% to $7.66.
08:25 EDTLFLeapFrog LeapTV product platform could be very big, says BMO Capital
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July 15, 2014
10:56 EDTYELPFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ardelyx (ARDX) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Century Communities (CCS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Charles Schwab (SCHW) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... E-Trade (ETFC) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Foresight Energy (FELP) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Global Logistics Properties (GBTZF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... MTS Systems (MTSC) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Markit (MRKT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Opus Bank (OPB) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Parnell (PARN) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Teradata (TDC) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research... Veritiv (VRTV) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) initiated with an Underweight at Evercore... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
06:39 EDTYELPYelp initiated with an Underweight at Evercore
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