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January 28, 2015
16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports monthly active users up 13% to 1.39B
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q4 EPS 54c, consensus 48c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.85B, consensus $3.77B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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15:37 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:00 EDTFBFacebook January weekly 77 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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13:51 EDTMSFT, will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:17 EDTFB, GOOGAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:58 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
There is a potential bearish head and shoulders on the daily chart that will become active below the neckline at the $74 area. Downside potential for that pattern if it becomes active on worse than expected results or outlook would be to the $66 area. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as upside objectives would be at $80.04 and then the 52-week high and lifetime high at $82.17. A breakout above the life high would leave open a run to the $85 area.
12:31 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Facebook to beat expectations in Q4 report
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12:14 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 79, February is at 29, March is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
11:18 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:59 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:54 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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08:48 EDTWDCWestern Digital free cash flow underappreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes the free cash flow story at Western Digital remains underappreciated. The firm also expects margins to expand, capital returns to increase, and for the company to execute on M&A. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $150 price target on Western Digital shares.
08:39 EDTWDCWestern Digital reported good results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that a mix shift towards enterprise drives is lifting Western Digital's margins. The firm continues to recommend buying the shares.
08:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft stops production of Surface 2 tablet in favor of Surface 3, Verge says
Microsoft announced it is no longer manufacturing its Surface 2 tablet in favor of focusing on the more popular Surface 3, reports The Verge. The Surface 2 is Microsoft's last remaining device to run on its mobile operating system Windows RT, indicating a shift towards traditional editions of Windows. Reference Link
07:59 EDTMSFTSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing" with EVP of American Express, Marc Gordon, VP of Microsoft, Scott Charney, EVP of Marsh & McLennan, Peter Beshar and Chief Security Strategist of FireEye, Richard Bejtlich, on January 28 at 2:30 pm. Webcast Link
07:54 EDTWDCWestern Digital margin, market share loss concerns overblown, says Susquehanna
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