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August 1, 2014
11:52 EDTLNKD, FB, TWTR, MEETLinkedIn rallies after results, outlook beat estimates
Shares of social media company LinkedIn (LNKD) are rallying after the company’s second quarter results, and its outlook for both the third quarter and full year, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, LinkedIn reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 51c and revenue of $534M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 39c and $510.98M, respectively. Q2 premium subscription revenue came in at $105M, up 44% year over year, and represented 20% of total revenue in the second quarter. Cumulative members grew 32% in Q2 to 313M. Q2 adjusted EBITDA came in at $145M, or 27% of revenue. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For the third quarter, LinkedIn expects Q3 adjusted EPS of approximately 44c and revenue of $543M-$547M, compared to estimates of 40c and $540.86M, respectively. Q3 adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $134M-$136M. For fiscal 2014, adjusted EPS is forecast at approximately $1.80 and revenue of $2.14B-$2.15B, versus estimates of $1.64 and $2.13B, respectively. FY14 adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $545M-$550M. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on LinkedIn to $250 from $220 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares due to strong Q2 results. The firm said user metrics were “shaky” and still a “big question,” however they were optimistic about the company’s new initiatives such as job listings, international, CRM, and advertising. They felt LinkedIn was the least expensive of the fast-growing internet names. Another firm, JP Morgan, also raised their price target to $241 from $235, and kept an Overweight rating on the shares. They were impressed with the company’s better than expected Q2 results, its marketing reacceleration, and the re-launch of its sales navigator product. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LinkedIn rose $17.63, or almost 10%, to $198.27 on nearly triple its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the stock has lost approximately 7% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the social media space include Facebook (FB), down 0.5%, Twitter (TWTR), down 1.3%, and MeetMe (MEET), down 4.6%.
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September 10, 2014
12:04 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility low as shares trend higher
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10:27 EDTTWTRTwitter moves higher following upgrade, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: African Barrick Gold (ABGLY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Raymond James... Callon Petroleum (CPE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Coach (COH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... L Brands (LB) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Marcus (MCS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
09:38 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Twitter (TWTR), up 2.8% after upgraded at UBS... SunEdison (SUNE), up 2.7% after Google (GOOG) to provide $145M investment in the company's Regulus solar plant... Camtek (CAMT), up 15% after receiving new orders of $3.0M from large OSAT... Doral Financial (DRL), up 12.5% after announcing sale of approximately $430M in assets... Imperva (IMPV), up 1.5% after upgraded at Oppenheimer... Mandalay Digital (MNDL), up 13.7% after updating its guidance. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Land's End (LE), up 8.7%... Palo Alto (PANW), up 4.4%. LOWER: eBay (eBAY), down 2.6% after downgraded at Piper Jaffray following yesterday's launch of Apple Pay (AAPL)... Mobileye (MBLY), down 2.5% after downgraded at Deutsche Bank... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 2% after Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 7% after downgraded at Goldman and Piper Jaffray... Boyd Gaming (BYD), down 3.3% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2% after reporting Q3 SSS were so far in the low single-digits negative... Armada Hoffler (AHH), down 6% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... AvalonBay (AVB), down 1.8% after to sell 4.5M shares in a forward sales agreement with Goldman... AngloGold (AU), down 12% after announcing plans to restructure its international mining under a new company and saying equity capital raising being contemplated.
05:53 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Buy from Neutral after its advertising channel checks indicated the company is seeing positive momentum with objective-based campaigns. UBS analyst Eric Sheridan believes Twitter is positioned strongly within the digital advertising space and he raised his price target for shares to $65 from $50. The stock closed yesterday down $1.39 to $50.61.
September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTRiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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14:32 EDTTWTR, FBApple shows Facebook, Twitter apps on Apple Watch
09:36 EDTFB, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTTWTRThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTFBThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:01 EDTTWTRTwitter's Carolyn Penner to join Vine, Re/code reports
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 8, 2014
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14:00 EDTFBFacebook averages more than 1B video views per day, introducing video views
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10:30 EDTTWTRTwitter moves higher on 'buy' button test, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTFBFacebook may soon enter China, DoNews reports
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09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTTWTRTwitter confirms test of 'Buy' button for select U.S. users
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06:34 EDTFBFacebook's Zuckerberg sees WhatsApp reaching up to 3B users, WSJ reports
Speaking at an event in Mexico City, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says messaging service WhatsApp could reach two to three billion users through a tie-up with Facebook, though WhatsApp will stay an independent service, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook agreed to pay $19B for WhatsApp earlier this year. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
14:24 EDTFBFacebook CEO ready to spend billions to spread internet access, Bloomberg says
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