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March 1, 2013
11:56 EDTMNST, DDD, QCOR, MELI, PANWOptions with decreasing implied volatility: MNST DDD QCOR MELI PANW
News For MNST;DDD;QCOR;MELI;PANW From The Last 14 Days
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October 16, 2014
12:11 EDTMELIeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
09:31 EDTDDD3D Systems downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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07:32 EDTDDDUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
October 14, 2014
18:20 EDTPANWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:41 EDTPANWPalo Alto CEO sees reaching operating margins goal within next two years
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17:39 EDTPANWPalo Alto CEO not concerned about margins
17:37 EDTPANWPalo Alto CEO says customers more thoughtful about purchases
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October 13, 2014
11:32 EDTMELIMercadoLibre to host investor day
Investor Day to be held in New York on October 15 at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:26 EDTMNSTAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTPANWJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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October 9, 2014
06:40 EDTPANWSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
October 8, 2014
12:12 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Canada on October 14 hosted by Oppenheimer.
07:58 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $120 from $105 at Pacific Crest
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07:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto has positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Palo Alto's management, Wells Fargo thinks the company's new endpoint security product could increase its long-term revenue growth by five or six percentage points. The firm expects the company's product revenue to be boosted by an existing customer refresh cycle in 2015, and Wells is confident in the company's service revenue outlook. It raised its price target on the name to $112-$129 from $113-$120 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTDDDFDA to hold a public workshop
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October 7, 2014
14:52 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage sales up 17.6% for four week period, says Goldman
Goldman said Monster's energy drink sales grew 17.6% vs total energy drink sales growth of 12.9% for the same four weeks ending September 27, according to Nielsen data.
October 6, 2014
06:27 EDTPANWJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link

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