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August 1, 2014
11:52 EDTTWTR, FB, MEET, LNKDLinkedIn 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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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTTWTR, FBOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:50 EDTFBOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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13:38 EDTTWTRGoogle says brings tweets to mobile Google search app, desktop
In May, Google announced that it was bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The company today updated the blog entry to say that it has "extended this to the desktop now, too, and in English everywhere." Reference Link
12:14 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
Facebook (FB) November 110 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 38, Netflix (NFLX) December 130 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54 according to iVolatility.
11:13 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TWTR
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11:12 EDTFBQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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10:43 EDTFBFacebook falls, breaks support at $90
The stock was last at $87.36, down over 3.4%. Support at the $90 level has been broken as well as the 50-day moving average at $90.52, which was uptrend support. At current price next support is at $86. Resistance is at $90.
10:00 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility increases
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09:59 EDTTWTRTwitter rises, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTFB, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
05:47 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility movement; NFLX FB
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August 20, 2015
19:35 EDTFBGoogle tests video ads in search results, Digiday says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
12:56 EDTFBSmall drones bringing air traffic problems in U.S., Washington Post reports
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11:16 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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11:12 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; MU TWTR
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10:32 EDTFBFacebook August calls active
Facebook August 94 & 95 calls are active on total call volume of 84K contracts (36K puts). August call option implied volatility is at 41, August weekly is at 33, September is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 48. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:22 EDTLNKDAfter meeting with CEO, JPMorgan says buy LinkedIn
After meeting with LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner and CFO Steve Sordello, JPMorgan tells investors to buy the stock. Calling the recent decline in the shares a buying opportunity, the firm is upbeat about the outlook for the company's Talent, Marketing, and Sales Navigation units. WHAT'S NEW: Talent has performed well since the company assigned new sales professionals to most of its accounts in the first quarter, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth quoted LinkedIn as saying. Additionally, the company improved Talent by enabling users to search by key criteria such as hiring volume and overall spending potential, Anmuth believes. Meanwhile, LinkedIn is improving Marketing by replacing display ads with sponsored updates which have higher click through rates and pricing, the analyst added. As a result of this change, Marketing's growth could reaccelerate in 2016, Anmuth contended. Additionally, LinkedIn's recently acquired online learning website, Lynda.com, is "just beginning to ramp," and its Sales Navigation unit is poised to make bigger deals with corporations, Anmuth believes. The analyst kept a $300 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 13, research firm Stifel called LinkedIn its "best emerging large cap idea." The firm expects positive catalysts to emerge for the company in the second half of 2015. It kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, LinkedIn lost 0.7% to $188.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:57 EDTLNKDLinkedIn pullback a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth recommends using the recent pullback in shares of LinkedIn as a buying opportunity. After meeting with management, including CEO Jeff Weiner and CFO Steve Sordello, Anmuth reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Management's tone was upbeat as Talent metrics have improved, the analyst points out. He keeps a $300 price target on the name.
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