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February 7, 2014
10:13 EDTMWW, LNKD, TWTR, FBLinkedIn 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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January 27, 2016
05:47 EDTTWTRTwitter close to hiring Natalie Kerris to run communications unit, Re/code says
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05:44 EDTFB, TWTRTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
05:06 EDTTWTRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; VMW TWTR
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January 26, 2016
16:00 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; January 26, 2016
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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
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..
07:44 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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