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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%.
News For LNKD;FB;TWTR;MEET From The Last 14 Days
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September 24, 2014
09:42 EDTTWTRAmazon expands Twitter deal with #AmazonWishList
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:56 EDTFBFacebook volatility low, shares at record high
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06:32 EDTFBApple iOS 8 upgrade prompts more frequent app collapse, Bloomberg says
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September 23, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTR, FBOptions Update; September 23, 2014
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11:53 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; SCTY TWTR
SolarCity (SCTY) February 72.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 54, Twitter (TWTR) January 62.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 47 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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06:56 EDTFBGoogle exec to manage Snapchat PR, policy, Re/code says
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06:00 EDTFBFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 22, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 91c to 28.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX C TWTR AMZN BP PBR CLF WLT according to Track Data.
11:38 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; JCP TWTR
J.C. Penney (JCP) February 12 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 45, Twitter (TWTR) January 62.5 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 46 according to IVolatility.
09:38 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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September 21, 2014
16:02 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus gets closer to consumer release of Rift headset, FT says
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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 19, 2014
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11:24 EDTTWTR, FBTD Ameritrade:Alibaba premarket orders approaching Facebook levels, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
13:54 EDTFBAd dollars on Facebook outpacing amount of time people spend on site, WSJ says
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13:27 EDTFBFacebook updates story ranking criteria
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12:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL YHOO TWTR VVUS RAD PWE WFM TSLA PIR SHLD
07:06 EDTFBFacebook volatility low into Alibaba IPO
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