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February 7, 2014
10:13 EDTTWTR, FB, MWW, LNKDLinkedIn 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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November 19, 2015
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:38 EDTFBFacebook multiple 'has room to move higher,' says Citi
After analyzing Facebook's expense growth, Citi analyst Mark May says 2016 consensus estimates for the social network giant have 3%-6% potential upside. May believes the stock's multiple "has room to move higher" and keeps a Buy rating on Facebook with a $134 price target. He thinks expense growth in 2016 will range between high-30% and 50% and views consensus revenue forecasts as still too conservative.
November 18, 2015
16:44 EDTFBGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
14:20 EDTFBFacebook fundraising tool bears resemblance to Kickstarter, TechCrunch says
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11:52 EDTTWTRTwitter shares move higher on activist stake rumors
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11:47 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active on renewed speculation of a large activist stake
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11:34 EDTTWTRRumor: Twitter moves up on renewed speculation of a large activist stake
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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05:55 EDTFBFacebook partners with Airtel Africa to bring free basics to 17 countries
In an announcement on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "In South Africa , we announced with Airtel Africa that we will be bringing free basic services to all 17 countries where they operate. first launched in Zambia and today half of the 30 countries with Free Basics are in Africa. These new launches will bring free services to Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We also recently partnered to launch a satellite to provide internet coverage to remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa starting in 2016. We've also partnered with the Praekelt Foundation to give developers the tools they need to build free basic services to reach people just coming online. Connecting people across the African continent is critical to our mission. We're going to keep pushing forward to develop new ways to bring people online until the whole world is connected." Reference Link
November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
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07:56 EDTLNKDUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; November 16, 2015
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12:58 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; VXX TWTR
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12:04 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Needham
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09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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November 15, 2015
17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
November 13, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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