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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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13:51 EDTFBApple to make subscription content available in News app, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:13 EDTFB, TWTRActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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10:33 EDTTWTRTwitter resumes its slide lower
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10:28 EDTTWTRGoPro confirms integration with Periscope
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10:24 EDTTWTRGoPro to broadcast Periscope videos, TechCrunch reports
GoPro (GPRO) is integrating with Twitter's (TWTR) Periscope, TechCrunch reports. Owners of GoPro's HERO4 cameras will be able to broadcast their videos directly to Periscope, the report says. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMEETOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Fair Isaac (FICO) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... First Solar (FSLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Juniper Pharmaceuticals (JNP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... MoneyGram (MGI) initiated with a Buy at Feltl... Petroleum Geo-Services (PGSVY) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Smart & Final Stores (SFS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Tuesday Morning (TUES) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley.
09:56 EDTTWTRTwitter price target lowered to $28 from $40 at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry lowered his estimates for Twitter's MAU growth following the announced departures of five executives from the company, arguing that continued management instability likely further delays the development of the technology and product needed for Twitter to see user growth, engagement, and monetization. Terry also cut his 2016-17 revenue estimates by 5% and lowered his price target for Twitter shares to $28 from $40, but keeps a Buy rating on the stock, saying he sees value in its platform that is "significantly beyond" its current $12B market value.
09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:36 EDTTWTRTwitter CEO Dorsey confirms Leslie Berland as CMO
Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet that Leslie Berland, an executive VP at American Express (AXP), will join the company as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Reference Link
08:26 EDTTWTR, FBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:54 EDTMEETMeetMe initiated with a Buy at Topeka
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07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
06:19 EDTTWTRTwitter stopped displaying ads to certain VIP users, Re/code reports
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05:12 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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