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April 23, 2014
14:11 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 62 straddle priced for 10% move into Q1
14:04 EDTAAPLApple April weekly 525 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q2
13:46 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:52 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Facebook shares up more than 15% since last earnings report
Facebook (FB) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23 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 24c on revenue of $2.36B. The consensus range is 19c-30c for EPS, and $2.14B-$2.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported fourth quarter EPS of 31c against estimates of 27c, on revenue of $2.59B against estimates of $2.33B. The company reported daily active users of 757M on average for December, with Q4 revenue from advertising up 76% year-over-year to $2.34B. Mobile advertising revenue in Q4 represented 53% of the advertising revenue. NEWS: Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp for $16B, believing it is on a "clear path" to having 1B users and CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying it is "probably" worth more than $19B. WhatsApp recently announced that there are half a billion regular users of the app. Facebook also acquired Oculus for $2B, and the Wall Street Journal reported it acquired Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed amount. In the past quarter, Instagram reported over 200M monthly active users by the end of March. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts were mixed on Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp. Piper Jaffray said the acquisition was neutral at best and is "beyond the typical overpaying." Facebook was downgraded at Argus due to possible risks in acquisition including a substantial write down should the texting platform not reach a billion users. Jeffries, on the other hand, said the acquisition could disrupt the global paid messaging industry. JMP Securities adds the acquisition is highly strategic and Stifel says it helps mute the risk that Google (GOOG) could enter the social media and communications market in a real way. The company's price target was raised at Sterne Agee, UBS, and Citigroup following the acquisition with Sterne Agee saying the application could reach 2B users and generate ARPU of $2.50 at 80% margins over the long-term. Analysts were more positive on the Oculus acquisition, with Piper Jaffray calling it a "major offensive move for the future" and JMP Securities saying it could create new opportunities over the next 5-10 years. Pacific Crest, however, says Facebook is unlikely to receive a significant return on the deal any time soon. Ahead of Q1 earnings, SunTrust says shares should be bought due to a rebounding revenue growth. Deutsche Bank and JMP Securities say that consensus estimates are catching up and the strong Q1 results may have already been factored into the consensus numbers. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained over $8.00, or over 15%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q4 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report, Facebook shares are down 2.25%.
12:01 EDTFB Stocks with call strike movement; FB MU
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11:44 EDTFBFacebook gets FTC approval to acquire Oculus, Reuters says
The Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook antitrust approval to acquire virtual reality goggle maker Oculus VR, says Reuters. Reference Link
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD NFLX TSLA VZ MU WFM AMGN
08:15 EDTFBFacebook April weekly volatility elevated at 153 into Q1 and outlook
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08:10 EDTAAPLGoogle took on some Samsung liability in fight with Apple, Re/code says
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 64 into Q2
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April 22, 2014
18:42 EDTAAPLIcahn reiterates hasn't sold a share of Apple
Icahn speaks in online interview with CNBC's David Faber.
16:04 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2014
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14:22 EDTFBFacebook's WhatsApp says 'half a billion people' now regular users of app
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple's large screen phone may not emerge until 2015, Cnet reports
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13:18 EDTAAPLOpera says Android overtook iOS in mobile ad traffic
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12:18 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill's software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analysts, along with Ray Wang, Principal Analyst & CEO at Constellation Research, provide their perspectives on pertinent topics in the software industry and how disruptive technologies impact cross channel commerce and technology optimization on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 25 at 11 am.
10:59 EDTMSFTValueAct's Ubben says fund owns more than $2.5B of Microsoft shares
ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben was speaking on CNBC.
10:06 EDTFBFacebook rises after Credit Suisse ups rating ahead of earnings
Shares of Facebook (FB) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock in a note to investors last night. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju now expects Facebook to obtain more revenue, on average, from each of its users than the firm had previously anticipated. New products that Facebook is developing should enable the company to obtain more revenue over the medium to long term without boosting its ad loads, the analyst contends. Other analysts are underestimating the amount of revenue that Facebook's new products will generate, added Ju. He upgraded Facebook to Outperform from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $87 from $65. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday research firm JMP Securities increased its first quarter estimates for Facebook, saying that the company's investments are causing advertisers to buy more ads on the website. The firm expects the social network's ad sales to continue to be strong as it launches new types of ads. It reiterated an $82 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. Facebook is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook climbed $1.47, or 2.4%, to $62.71.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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