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February 7, 2014
10:13 EDTLNKD, FB, TWTR, MWWLinkedIn tumbles after revenue forecast trails estimates
Shares of professional networking company LinkedIn (LNKD) are falling after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but issued a disappointing revenue forecast for the first quarter and fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, LinkedIn reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 39c and revenue of $447.2M, against consensus views of 38c and $437.84M, respectively. The company forecast Q1 revenue of $455M-$460M and FY14 revenue of $2.02B-$2.05B. The outlook’s trailed analysts’ expectations of $470.27M and $2.16B, respectively. ANALYST REACTON: This morning, analyst commentary on LinkedIn was mixed. Research firm Piper Jaffray lowered their price target on the shares to $270 from $285 following the company’s disappointing revenue guidance. They reiterated an Overweight rating on the stock. Another firm, Sun Trust, upgraded LinkedIn to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target to $260 from $250. The firm believed LinkedIn's outlook positions the company for better than expected results in 2014. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, LinkedIn fell $19.24, or 8.6%, to $204.18 on very heavy volume. Despite the slide, the stock is up over 64% in the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the social network space include Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR). Similarly to LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide (MWW) caters to professionals and job seekers and offers employment search services.
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April 9, 2014
09:11 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:33 EDTLNKDLinkedIn upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
16:21 EDTFB, LNKDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:03 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
1st United Bancorp (FUBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Avista (AVA) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Cempra (CEMP) initiated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... JinkoSolar (JKS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Lumenis (LMNS) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Realty Income (O) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Teekay (TK) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Bristow Group (BRS) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Era Group (ERA) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Endurance (EIGI) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Tutor Perini (TPC) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with an Outperform at Brinson Patrick... TriCo Bancshares (TCBK) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Achaogen (AKAO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
09:16 EDTTWTRTwitter announces redesign of profile pages
Twitter announced on its blog a redesign of profile pages. Twitter says, "The new web profile lets you use a larger profile photo, customize your header, show off your best Tweets and more. Tweets that have received more engagement will appear slightly larger, so your best content is easy to find. Pin one of your Tweets to the top of your page, so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about. Now you can choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles. Select from these options: Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies." Reference Link
09:09 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:00 EDTFBCLSA social media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:28 EDTFBFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTFBSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
06:19 EDTTWTRTwitter initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital
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April 7, 2014
15:16 EDTLNKDLinkedin May volatility elevated as shares trend to 13-month low
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12:11 EDTTWTRTwitter acquires Cover, terms not disclosed
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06:49 EDTTWTRWeibo looking to raise over $380M in IPO, NY Times says
SINA's (SINA) Weibo hopes to raise more than $380M in its upcoming IPO and price its shares at $17-$19, Weibo said in its prospectus, according to The New York Times. Known as a "microblog," Weibo has been compared to Twitter (TWTR). Reference Link
April 5, 2014
19:30 EDTTWTRTwitter to launch new ad products, WSJ says
In a push to appease e-commerce companies and mobile-game developers, Twitter is planning to debut 15 types of new ad products and ways to target users over the coming six months, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. The first group of new adds will be released in a few weeks and will include a product that encourages users to download apps through Twitter, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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