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July 29, 2015
16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 daily active users up 17%
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 EPS 50c, consensus 47c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.04B, consensus $3.99B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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15:59 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:08 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:49 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 96 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q2
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12:37 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts upbeat on Facebook revenue drivers ahead of Q2 report
Facebook (FB) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, July 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Facebook is a social networking service with over 1B active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 47c on revenue of $3.99B. The consensus range is 39c-54c for EPS, and $3.66B-$4.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported first quarter EPS of 42c against estimates of 40c, on revenue of $3.54B against estimates of $3.56B. Facebook reported Q1 daily active users were up 17% to 936M and mobile daily active users were up 31% to 798M. Monthly active users were 1.44B as of March 31, 2015. The company said Instagram has more than 200M daily users. During its Q1 earnings conference call, Facebook said it expects Foreign Exchange headwinds in Q2 will be greater than Q1. It said it expects total payments and other fees revenue to decline year-over-year for the remainder of the year. NEWS: In the past quarter, Facebook introduced video calling and Moneypenny features to its Messenger service. It also announced the Internet.org platform and its Instant Articles for publishers. Re/code said Facebook may be mulling a Twitter (TWTR) acquisition, but Facebook declined to comment. A New York Times article said Facebook is in talks to insert music videos in feeds. Facebook also said there was no truth to a rumor that said it may launch a music streaming service. STREET RESEARCH: Most analyst firms in the past quarter gave positive recommendations on Facebook, citing strong revenue drivers from multiple sources, SunTrust said Facebook could get a significant revenue boost from its Instagram move and expects the Buy button could lift revenue 5%-10%. Piper Jaffray said Facebook’s multiple is expected to increase as investors become more aware of VR, adding that the company is the best play on the “next computer paradigm of virtual reality.” JMP Securities say Facebook is expected to continue its growth in ad share as Instagram engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, ITG Research said Q2 revenue is tracking slight above consensus and BTIG expects Facebook to exceed consensus estimates due to higher confidence in video advertising opportunity. Brean Capital said Facebook will face ForEx headwinds in Q2, but quarterly results are less relevant as investors will be focused on the long-term goals. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained about 13% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, Facebook shares are up 0.5%
12:06 EDTYHOOYahoo introduces live video texting app Livetext
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11:48 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
Facebook (FB) December 110 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 32, Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 29 according to IVolatility.
11:15 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 95 straddle priced for 8.7% movement into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
On the daily chart there is a potential bullish flag that has developed in the last two weeks. If the news is strongly bullish, the flag pattern would become active on a move above $96.50. Upside potential for the pattern, if it triggers and completes, is to the $110 to $112 area. If the news is instead a negative surprise, first established support would be at the $90 area. On a breakdown below $90, next support would be at the 50-day moving average at $86.16. If the 50-day is broken, next support is at $84.74. The $83 to $80 zone has been strong support over the prior year in the event of a larger negative surprise.
10:00 EDTAROOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:14 EDTAPOApollo Global reports Q2 ENI 38c, consensus 35c
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06:40 EDTFBFacebook testing profile tags feature, Verge reports
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06:35 EDTAPOTreeHouse, Post join bidding war for ConAgra's Ralcorp, Reuters reports
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06:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:18 EDTYHOOYahoo could launch messaging app at NYC press event, Swisher says
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06:07 EDTFBFacebook expected to present mobile revenue increase, Re/code says
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06:04 EDTAROAeropostale downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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July 28, 2015
18:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart warns suppliers to comply with labeling laws, WSJ reports
Last week, Wal-Mart sent a memo to hundreds of suppliers warning them to comply with labeling laws, noting that the amount inside a package should match what is printed on the outside, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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14:55 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: MasterCard reports after peers warn of currency headwinds
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11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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10:47 EDTFBUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:42 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BIDU FB NFLX F T FCX TWTR
09:00 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell due to 'speculative froth' at Gilford Securities
As previously reported, Gilford Securities downgraded Macy's two notches to Sell from Buy. Analyst Bernard Sosnick would use the "speculative froth" in the stock to take profits at attractive prices. Macy's shares rose to a high when Starboard Value announced its belief that Macy's is worth $125 per share based on real estate monetization. Sosnick believes its a "fool's errand" to hold on to shares for real estate value extraction and expects the speculative premium in the stock to disappear.
08:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gilford Securities
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook July weekly call option implied volatility is at 109, August is at 52, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
06:21 EDTFBTwitter, Facebook profitability gap 'vast,' Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) recent stock stumble has created the appearance of a potential bargain compared with Facebook (FB), though in reality the difference in growth and profitability between the two companies is enormous, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts forecast Twitter posting negative $200M in EBITDA this year, with Facebook expected to post positive $8B, the report says. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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11:57 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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11:03 EDTYHOOYahoo to unveil new consumer product at NYC event this week, Re/code says
Yahoo will hold an event in New York City midweek to unveil a new consumer product, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The new product will be mobile in focus, the report says. Reference Link
09:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
09:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $125 from $100 at SunTrust
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09:04 EDTYHOOYahoo recommends shareholders reject TRC Capital mini tender offer
Yahoo said it received notice of an unsolicited “mini-tender” offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 3M shares of Yahoo’s common stock at a price of $37.45 per share in cash. The offering price is 4.56% below the closing price per share of Yahoo’s common stock on July 22, 2015, the last trading day before the offer was commenced. The offer is for approximately 0.32 percent of the outstanding shares of Yahoo’s common stock. Yahoo said it does not endorse TRC Capital’s unsolicited mini-tender offer and recommends that shareholders do not tender their shares. Yahoo is not associated with TRC Capital, its mini-tender offer or the mini-tender offer documentation.
08:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook August weekly call option implied volatility is at 87, August is at 50, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
08:20 EDTFBFacebook expectations high into results, says BofA/Merrill
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06:28 EDTYHOOYahoo bought Media Group One in Q1 for $23M, TechCrunch reports
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06:23 EDTFBInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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05:53 EDTFBBrean calls LinkedIn valuation 'problematic' ahead of Q2 results
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July 24, 2015
15:17 EDTAPOCapital One, Apollo Global weigh final bids for GE unit, Bloomberg says
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15:06 EDTFBEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:04 EDTFBOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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13:52 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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10:15 EDTFBFacebook wins litigation against investors over IPO, Reuters reports
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10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
06:37 EDTWMT, TGTWal-Mart increases offerings in baby category
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTWMT, TGTWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
13:53 EDTFB“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTYHOOYahoo names Lisa Utzschneider chief revenue officer
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06:51 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett upgraded DreamWorks (DWA) to Market Perform saying growth from licensing more TV shows to Netflix (NFLX) should offset increased competition in core feature films. Crockett raised his price target for shares to $26.
06:38 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 40, September is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
05:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires remaining shares of Yihaodian
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July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTFBFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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15:02 EDTFBOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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13:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to end overnight hours at certain stores, Bloomberg reports
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12:32 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
09:46 EDTFBFacebook Q2 revenues tracking slight above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research's data analysis indicates Facebook's Q2 North American revenue is tracking to $1.9B, up from a previous estimate of $1.86B, versus consensus of $1.84B due to increased spending per advertiser. Firm estimates total Q2 revenues are tracking to $4.05B versus consensus of $3.98B.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open:
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08:38 EDTWMT, TGT, MNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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07:31 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $51 from $54 at JPMorgan
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July 21, 2015
19:09 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO sees Q3 pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA
Speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer said she is "pleased" with momentum in display business, adding that the company will continue to focus on sustaining GAAP revenue growth while striving to grow adjusted EBITDA. She noted search clicks were up 13% for the quarter, and mobile user base was up 14%. Mayer cautioned that the Gemini search platform will see pricing pressure and reduced revenue per search in the near-term as Yahoo optimizes the service. She said she expects "some" pressure in Q3 including pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA, and remarked separately that Yahoo has been investing "modestly" over the past two years in algorithmic and paid search technologies. Finally, Mayer declined to speculate on any future agreements with Google (GOOG). CFO Ken Goldman said the company's "highest priority" is to execute the Alibaba (BABA) spinoff this year. Goldman also noted that Yahoo's board of directors and management team have met with advisors to review alternatives with regards to Yahoo Japan, but had no specific conclusion to share.
19:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:16 EDTYHOOYahoo sees Q3 revenue ex-TAC $1B-$1.04B, consensus $1.07B
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16:13 EDTYHOOYahoo down 2.8% to $38.61 after Q2 earnings miss expectations
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16:11 EDTYHOOYahoo says workforce lowered to under 11,000 full-time employees
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16:09 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says 'extremely pleased' with Q2 achievements
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16:08 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q2 Ads Sold up 9%
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16:07 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q2 Paid Clicks up 13%
Gross search revenue was $920M for Q2, an increase of 15% compared to the second quarter of 2014. The number of Paid Clicks increased approximately 13% compared to the second quarter of 2014. Price-per-Click increased approximately 4% compared to the second quarter of 2014.
16:06 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 18c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.04B, consensus $1.03B.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:02 EDTYHOONotable companies reporting after market close
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14:25 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly 39.50 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q2
12:59 EDTYHOOEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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09:56 EDTYHOOSalesforce rallies amid renewed speculation of Microsoft deal
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTFBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:38 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:19 EDTFBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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06:07 EDTYHOOONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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05:50 EDTYHOOYahoo could drop below $38 on negative tax announcement, says Piper Jaffray
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05:34 EDTFBPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:46 EDTTGT, M, WMTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:18 EDTAROOptions with increasing call volume
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12:40 EDTFBEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:35 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, August is at 38, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
12:20 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:29 EDTFBFacebook breakout accelerates, levels to watch
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $117 at BTIG on video opportunity
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Facebook can exceed consensus estimates, citing higher confidence in the company's video advertising opportunity. Greenfield, who raised his revenue estimates for Facebook in this year and next, also points out Instagram's monetization opportunity and the platform potential of WhatsApp and Messenger. The analyst raised his price target on Facebook to $117 from a "stale" target of $80 that had been set in July of last year and reiterates a Buy rating on the social network's stock, which closed at $94.97 on Friday.
08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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06:59 EDTYHOOYahoo says taxes could 'materially reduce' Aabaco cash for distributions
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July 19, 2015
18:52 EDTYHOOYahoo experiments with 'texting plus video' messaging app, TechCrunch says
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18:13 EDTM, TGTMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudson’s Bay’s-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
17:00 EDTYHOOYahoo expects Alibaba spin-off completed in Q4
Yahoo (YHOO) announced the initial filing with the SEC in connection with its previously announced plan to spin off the company's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) into a newly formed independent, publicly traded, registered investment company. The name selected for the new public company is Aabaco Holdings. Under the spin-off plan, announced on January 27, Yahoo plans to distribute all of the outstanding shares of Aabaco Holdings pro rata to its shareholders. Immediately after the spin-off, Aabaco Holdings will own approximately 384M shares of Alibaba Group, representing an ownership interest of approximately 15% in Alibaba Group, and a 100% ownership interest in a newly formed entity which will own Yahoo Small Business. The initial filing provides important information about the spin-off and Aabaco Holdings. Additional and updated information will be provided in subsequent amendments to the Form N-2. The spin-off is expected to be completed in Q4, subject to final approval by Yahoo's board and the satisfaction or waiver by Yahoo of certain other conditions.
16:41 EDTMStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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12:38 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:34 EDTFBGoogle price targets hiked after 'thesis-changing' quarter
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10:09 EDTFBInstagram picks Eva Chen as head of fashion partnerships, Mashable reports
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10:01 EDTFBFacebook July volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, August is at 31, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:35 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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06:46 EDTFBJPMorgan puts $800 target on Google after 'thesis-changing' Q2
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06:25 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $780 from $670 at Deutsche Bank
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05:49 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $723 from $631 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Google shares to $723 saying the search giant's Q2 earnings report and corresponding commentary leave him more confident in the stock over the next two quarters. In addition to talking about a focus on costs, Google noted that mobile cost-per-clicks were up and continued to close the gap on desktop and also highlighted accelerating YouTube usage despite recent media coverage on Facebook (FB) Video, Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on Google. The stock is $62.95 to $642.80 in pre-market trading following last night's earnings report.
July 16, 2015
17:56 EDTYHOOGoogle CBO says 'looking forward' to working with Yahoo
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:36 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram says some users having trouble logging in
Instagram said in a tweet, "We're currently experiencing an issue that may have caused some users to have trouble logging in. We’re working hard to fix it." Reference Link
13:02 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Google long-term outlook ahead of Q2 report
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11:49 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus confirms acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces
Oculus announced on its blog that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pebbles Interfaces, "one of the leading teams in depth sensing technology and computer vision. Based in Israel, Pebbles Interfaces has spent the past five years developing technology that uses custom optics, sensor systems and algorithms to detect and track hand movement. Over time, technology breakthroughs in sensors will unlock new human interaction methods in VR and revolutionize the way people communicate in virtual worlds. Pebbles Interfaces will be joining the hardware engineering and computer vision teams at Oculus to help advance virtual reality, tracking, and human-computer interactions." Reference Link
11:44 EDTMMacy's price target raised to $76 from $67 at JPMorgan
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11:01 EDTYHOOYahoo announces Mobile Developer Conference in NYC on August 26
Yahoo! announced that the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference is headed to the East Coast on August 26 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. At the New York City Mobile Developer Conference, Yahoo will unveil updates to its Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:53 EDTFBFacebook to buy Pebbles for about $60M, WSJ reports
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08:14 EDTFBFacebook faces foreign exchange headwinds in Q2, says Brean Capital
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06:00 EDTDWADreamWorks target raised on improving fundamentals at Piper Jaffray
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July 15, 2015
19:08 EDTMStarboard announces stake in Macy's, pushes for real estate spin off, WSJ says
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16:28 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTFB, MOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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14:22 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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13:03 EDTYHOOGannett names Kevin Gentzel chief revenue officer
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12:06 EDTMMacy's calls active, says evaluating real estate ownership structures
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12:00 EDTMMacy's says evaluating real estate ownership structures, Bloomberg reports
Macy's issued the statement to Bloomberg in response to comments made earlier about the value of its real estate assets by Starboard Value CEO Jeff Smith while he spoke at the "Delivering Alpha" conference.
11:37 EDTMJ.C. Penney rises after Starboard CEO names Macy's 'best idea'
Shares of department store operator Macy's (M) are sharply higher in morning trading after Starboard Value CEO and CIO Jeff Smith revealed his firm has taken a stake in the company and believes its stock could be worth $125 per share. Smith, while speaking at the Delivering Alpha conference, contended that Macy's real estate assets are worth $21B and that it could separate its real estate from its retail business. Shares of Macy's, which Smith called his "best idea" for 2015, is up about 45 to $69.24 after the comments, while J.C. Penney (JCP), which is also a department store operator with real estate assets, is up 1.7% at $9.16. Another peer, Sears (SHLD), is down 2.8% at $23.17, but that is well off its session low of $22.66.
11:28 EDTMStarboard's Smith targeting Macy's, says shares worth $125 each, Bloomberg says
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTFBAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:35 EDTAPOCNBC to hold a conference
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08:33 EDTFBFacebook target raised to $110 at Morgan Stanley on mobile ad strength
Morgan Stanley raised 2015 and 2016 revenue estimates for Facebook and increased its price target on the shares to $110 due to scale and improving products. The firm's mobile ad checks indicate Facebook is still the mobile industry leader, has low pricing and high ad ROI, and continues to pull in a larger share of ad budgets and ad dollars per MAU. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating on shares of the social network owner, which closed yesterday at $89.68.
08:27 EDTFBAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $50 from $59 at SunTrust
SunTrust cut its price target on Yahoo, as the firm says that some investors are starting to evaluate the company based on the performance of its core business. Three years into CEO Marissa Mayer's tenure, SunTrust says her results are "mixed," and gives her a grade of C. SunTrust says the company has had its share of accomplishments in the last three years but still faces many core challenges. It thinks the company's Q2 revenue could miss expectations but keeps a Buy rating based on valuation.
06:53 EDTAPOMcGraw-Hill Education acquires minority stake in busuu
McGraw-Hill Education has taken a EUR6M, or approx. $6.5M minority equity stake in busuu, a social network for language learning with over 55M users. The transaction includes an agreement that will give McGraw exclusive global rights to distribute busuu to B2B customers, including scohools, private language institutions and corporations. Additionally, the companies will explore adding McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive learning technology to busuu products.
06:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Yihaodian.com chairman, CEO quit, Reuters says
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