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July 15, 2014
05:28 EDTBABA, LGFLionsgate, Alibaba form strategic collaboration
Lionsgate (LGF) and Alibaba (BABA) a have joined forces to launch Lionsgate Entertainment World, or LGEW, a subscription streaming service for mainland China that will be available exclusively through Alibaba’s latest generation of set-top box, the two companies announced. In addition to providing Alibaba’s consumers with a broad and deep Lionsgate portfolio of curated hit film and TV content at launch, the new service will enable Alibaba subscribers to enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, features and other premium content not available anywhere else in China along with access to VIP membership benefits such as screening invitations and special merchandise.
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March 25, 2015
08:07 EDTLGFLionsgate announces Zygi Kamasa to continue serving as Lionsgate UK
Lionsgate announced Zygi Kamasa has entered a new long-term agreement to continue serving as Chief Executive Officer of Lionsgate UK and to assume additional new responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate's European Office.
March 24, 2015
14:25 EDTBABAFinjan Holdings says joining Alibaba in JVP investment
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10:50 EDTBABAStocks 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.
March 23, 2015
08:40 EDTBABAAlibaba to invest 'tens of millions' in Israeli VC firm, Globes says
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March 22, 2015
18:46 EDTLGFLionsgate's 'The Insurgent' takes top spot at box office with $54M
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March 20, 2015
16:05 EDTLGFLionsgate files to sell 361,229 shares of common stock for holders
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07:03 EDTBABAJPMorgan cuts Alibaba numbers but says buy on weakness
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March 19, 2015
13:35 EDTBABABaidu, Alibaba taking opposite approach with maps, WantChinaTimes says
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09:57 EDTBABAAlibaba trades higher, levels to watch
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07:12 EDTBABAAlibaba's 'cooling' towards Snapdeal investment over valuation, BS reports
Alibaba's "cooling" towards an investment in India's Snapdeal as reported yesterday by Re/code is due to differences in valuation, Business Standard reports. Snapdeal is looking to raise $600M at a $6B-$7B valuation while Alibaba is valuing the company at $4B-$5B, according to sources. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
07:05 EDTBABAAlibaba scraps plans to invest in Snapdeal, Re/code reports
Alibaba is cooling towards the idea of investing in India's Snapdeal, Re/code reports, citing a source. While Alibaba did hold talks with Snapdeal about a potential investment, the source says talks did not involve a deal "anywhere close in size" to the $1B figure the Economic Times had reported, adding that Alibaba is "leaning away" from making any kind of investment right now in Snapdeal. Reference Link
06:53 EDTLGFLionsgate closing $375M financing agreement with Chinese broadcaster, WSJ says
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a Wall Street Journal interview that the company is closing a $375M financing agreement with Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary that may boost its ability to screen films in China. Hunan will fund 25% of Lionsgate production costs over a three year period which the Journal notes could total $1.5B, though popular franchises "Hunger Games," "Divergent," and "Twilight" are not covered. Hunan's subsidiary will acquire rights to distribute up to four Lionsgate films in China, and the two companies will also produce films and television shows for both U.S. and Chinese markets, with a "Candy Crush Saga" TV show being a likely first candidate, according to Feltheimer. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
12:07 EDTBABAAlibaba March volatility increases into expiration date of IPO lock-up
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10:49 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; TSLA BABA
Tesla (TSLA) June 225 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42, Alibaba (BABA) July 97.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34 according to IVolatility.
10:17 EDTBABAFly Watch: Alibaba upgraded ahead of big lock-up expiration
A lock-up of Alibaba's (BABA) U.S. shares is set to expire tomorrow, enabling early investors the opportunity to sell 337M of the company's shares, or about 14% of its publicly traded stock, for the first time. This morning, research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy, citing reduced regulatory risk and enhanced monetization trends. WHAT'S NEW: About 337M shares of Alibaba's stock will become available for sale tomorrow as a 180-day lock-up related to the company's IPO expires. Lock-up agreements, a typical feature of company stock offerings, prevent certain shareholders from selling for a set amount of time after the offering. Earlier today, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt upgraded Alibaba to Buy from Hold. After a Chinese regulator alleged that many of the products sold on Alibaba's marketplace were inauthentic, the headline risk facing the company has subsided because it has begun taking stronger measures to combat counterfeit products, according to Devitt. At current levels the stock reflects the regulatory risk the company is facing, the analyst added. Devitt believes that recent investments by Alibaba will accelerate the company's monetization trends and the experience of its customers over the longer term. He set a $99 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Research firm William Blair upgraded the shares of another Chinese e-commerce company, JD.com (JD), to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors earlier today. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited increased confidence that the company can increase its market share further and its belief that the company's platform is becoming more appealing while its market reach is expanding. The Chinese government's increased scrutiny of Alibaba could also be boosting JD.com, the analyst stated. The firm noted that gross merchandise volume growth trends for JD.com accelerated throughout the quarters of 2014, which is in contrast to Alibaba. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba rose 0.5% to $84.38, while JD.com gained 1% to $28.
10:00 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTBABAAlibaba reset expectations provide a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said a seasonally weaker Q4 for Alibaba could lead to lower adjusted EBITDA margin but believes its scalable model supports operating leverage and should drive EBITDA margin improvement in FY16-17. The firm lowered its price target to $102.30 but left key DCF assumptions unchanged and said reset expectations presents an opportunity to build positions in Overweight rated Alibaba.
07:35 EDTBABAJD.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair upgraded JD.com (JD) to Outperform citing an "attractive" valuation and its belief the company can gain market share in China's business-to-consumer e-commerce market. The firm notes gross merchandise volume growth trends for JD.com accelerated throughout the quarters of 2014, a contrast to competitor Alibaba (BABA). Shares of JD.com closed yesterday down 36c to $27.72.
06:52 EDTBABAAlibaba upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgraded Alibaba and added it to the Stifel Select List. The firm said regulatory risks surrounding counterfeit items have subsided and it views the stock's valuation as attractive heading into the first lock-up expiration on March 18. Additionally, Stifel expects Alibaba's long-term position to strengthen from near-term monetization efforts. Stifel has a $99 price target on Alibaba shares.
March 16, 2015
11:28 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; EWZ BABA
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