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August 1, 2014
11:52 EDTFB, MEET, LNKD, TWTRLinkedIn 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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March 16, 2015
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital
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16:00 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; March 16, 2015
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13:56 EDTTWTRChances of Twitter launching fee-based service increasing, analyst says
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11:01 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquires Careerify, terms not disclosed
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10:50 EDTLNKD, TWTRKing Digital seen benefiting from user base larger than Twitter, LinkedIn
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09:37 EDTFB, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:37 EDTTWTRTwitter verified offering becoming more likely, says Pacific Crest
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06:11 EDTTWTRTwitter blocks Meerkat access to social network data, Buzzfeed says
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06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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March 13, 2015
16:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires TheFind
According to TheFind's website: "We are now starting our next chapter by combining forces with Facebook to do even more for consumers. Facebook's resources and platform give us the opportunity to scale our expertise in product sourcing to the over 1B people that use the platform. Key members of our team are joining the company and will be working hard to integrate our technology to make the ads you see on Facebook every day better and more relevant to you. Unfortunately, this means we will be taking our search engine offline in the next few weeks." Reference Link
16:01 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; March 13, 2015
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13:28 EDTTWTRPeriscope says joined Twitter in January
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11:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; TSLA FB
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10:34 EDTFBApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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09:50 EDTTWTR, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:48 EDTTWTRTwitter tests new TV engagement feature, Mashable says
Twitter has begun limited testing of a "TV Timelines" feature which allows users to better track and participate in the live conversations around TV broadcasts, reports Mashable, citing an early access test of the feature. After a user tweets about a particular show, the feature will prompt the user to join the "show timeline," which then changes the Twitter interface to highlight only posts about the show. Sources say ads have not been implemented yet. Reference Link
06:05 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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