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March 21, 2014
09:22 EDTTCEHY, LNVGY, BBRY, SYMC, GTN, EJ, UPIP, NXST, ITMN, MEG, ANN, YELP, TIF, NKE, LINOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: LIN Media (LIN), up 31% after agreeing to combine with Media General (MEG) in deal valued at $1.6B in cash and stock. Media General shares are up 12%, while other television station owners are also higher, including Gray Television (GTN), up 16%, and Nexstar (NXST), up 4%... E-House (EJ), up 13% after Tencent (TCEHY) makes strategic investment in Leju... Yelp (YELP), up 3% after announcing a strategic deal with Yellow Pages... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 62% after Lenovo (LNVGY) buys patent portfolio from the company for $100M... Ann (ANN), up 10% after Golden Gate Capital reported 9.5% stake... BlackBerry (BBRY), up 2.8% after agreeing to sell majority of real estate holdings in Canada, shares upgraded at CLSA... InterMune (ITMN), up 11% after Boehringer Ingelheim trials of competing IPF drug hit primary endpoints. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nike (NKE), down 2.6%... Tiffany (TIF), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Symantec (SYMC), down 9.6% after it unexpectedly terminated its CEO and at least five research firms downgraded shares following the news.
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July 23, 2015
11:32 EDTSYMCIT security stocks climb after Fortinet, F5 beat expectations
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July 22, 2015
08:01 EDTBBRYBlackBerry agrees to acquire AtHoc, terms not disclosed
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July 21, 2015
17:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry reports additional job cuts, CBC says
BlackBerry has disclosed an additional round of job cuts, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported earlier, citing company statements. The company did not reveal how many employees were laid off, but noted that some were shifted to other positions within BlackBerry. Reference Link
08:09 EDTYELPYelp ending efforts to find buyer a positive, says Brean Capital
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06:07 EDTSYMCONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 20, 2015
13:28 EDTLNVGYSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
10:43 EDTYELPZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTYELPYelp August volatility elevated as shares trend lower
Yelp July weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 69; compared to its 52-week range of 38 to 81, suggesting large August price movement.
09:42 EDTYELPYelp hits a new 52-week low, levels to watch
Shares are down over 3.8% to $33.62 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $33.35, the new low, and then at $32.88. Resistance is at $34.62. Barclays downgraded the stock to Equal Weight and cut its price target to $36.
09:22 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:44 EDTYELPZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
05:37 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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July 17, 2015
14:37 EDTSYMCUCLA Health says 4.5M individuals' data possibly exposed in cyber attack
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10:05 EDTGTNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:36 EDTGTNGray Television initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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July 16, 2015
09:43 EDTLNVGYMicron deal would likely get U.S. approval, Forbes contributor says
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06:31 EDTYELPBlue Calypso announces favorable 'Markman' rulings at District Court
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July 15, 2015
08:39 EDTSYMCSymantec spinoff of storage unit better than sale, says Citi
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07:31 EDTSYMCSymantec, Frost Data parter to incubate cyber security startups
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