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August 1, 2014
11:52 EDTMEET, LNKD, TWTR, FBLinkedIn 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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April 16, 2015
05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
14:56 EDTLNKDLinkedIn VP of Marketing, Nick Besbeas, to leave at end of May, Re/code says
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13:35 EDTTWTRTwitter introduces new twitter.com on desktop to U.S
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09:35 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTTWTRTwitter Periscope may be next big thing in social media, says Baird
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06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
19:05 EDTTWTRTwitter to launch redesigned homepage in coming days, Slate says
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16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 14, 2015
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12:05 EDTLNKDMarketo engagement marketing platform to integrate with LinkedIn
Marketo (MKTO) announced it will partner with LinkedIn (LNKD) on a solution that connects LinkedIn's Lead Accelerator solution with Marketo's Engagement Marketing Platform. The combination "bridges the gap between digital, social and offline channels to enable marketers to engage in relevant conversations with customers wherever they are online," the company said. GE (GE) will pioneer the joint solution, Marketo announced.
11:16 EDTLNKD, FBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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06:30 EDTTWTRTwitter threatens Periscope users who illegally streamed 'GoT,' Mashable says
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; April 13, 2015
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12:05 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FXI
Twitter (TWTR) September 60 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 43, Twitter iShares Trust FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Fund (FXI) July 57 call option implied volatility decreased 11% to 33 according to IVolatility.
07:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn opens closed pilot for sharing app Elevate, TechCrunch says
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April 12, 2015
19:33 EDTTWTRTwitter tries to sway media companies, celebrities to Periscope, TechCrunch says
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15:28 EDTTWTRTwitter to expand direct data relationships with its data customers
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