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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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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
08:08 EDTLNKDOracle Social Cloud announces LinkedIn support for SRM platform
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTR, FBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTTWTR, FBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTLNKD, FB, TWTRFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTTWTR, LNKD, FBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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10:00 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
08:18 EDTTWTRTwitter cracks down on providers of user stats, BI says
After Twitter's stock declined early this year following data that suggested growth in its monthly active users was slowing or flat and that engagement measures were declining, the social network operator has taken the unusual step of shutting off its data flow to certain companies that have published their own stats on Twitter's user statistics, according Business Insider, citing two sources. Reference Link
07:23 EDTFBFortune to hold a conference
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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06:06 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral saying a reset in expectations and improving fundamentals will limit downside in the stock. The firm believes user growth trends remain an issue, though, and remains cautious on the name. Macquarie has a $36 price target for Twitter shares, which closed yesterday down 2c to $38.31.
July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; July 14, 2014
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09:46 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquires Newsle; Terms not announced
In a blog post, LinkedIn announced that it has acquired Newsle, a machine learning startup that specializes in disambiguation, natural language processing. he terms of the acquisition were not announced, but LinkedIn says that Newsle will continue to operate as a standalone product for the time being. Reference Link
09:36 EDTTWTR, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTFBGoogle looked to Page, Brin to woo Facebook workers, WSJ says
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09:00 EDTTWTRTwitter Q2 MAUs likely to miss expectations, says Wunderlich
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook poised to report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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