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April 23, 2014
19:13 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:59 EDTFBFacebook says planning to do more in private content
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17:25 EDTFBFacebook sees advertising revenue declining through the year
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17:24 EDTFBFacebook sees FY14 adjusted expenses growing 40%-45%
Comment from Q1 conference call.
17:22 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 revenue from advertising $2.27B, up 82% YoY
Revenue from advertising was $2.27B, an 82% increase from the same quarter last year. Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 59% of advertising revenue for the first quarter of 2014, up from approximately 30% of advertising revenue in the first quarter of 2013. Payments and other fees revenue was $237M for the first quarter of 2014.
17:17 EDTFBFacebook says simplifying and enhancing ad tools for advertisers
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16:08 EDTMSFTZynga hires Microsoft's Garden, Pinkus to leave Chief Product Officer role
Zynga (ZNGA) announced that it has hired Alex Garden as President of Zynga Studios, reporting directly to CEO Don Mattrick. Garden joins Zynga from Microsoft (MSFT), where he held the positions of General Manager for Xbox LIVE and Xbox Music, Video and Reading. Additionally, Zynga has hired Academy Award nominated visual artist, Henry LaBounta as its first Chief Visual Officer and Jennifer Nuckles as its Chief Marketing Officer. Zynga also announced that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to focus on serving in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
16:06 EDTFBFacebook shares up 1% after Q1 results
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16:05 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 free cash flow $922M
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16:04 EDTFBFacebook reports monthly active users 1.28B as of March 31
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16:04 EDTFBFacebook reports mobile daily active users up 43% to 609M in March
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports March daily active users 802M
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook CFO Ebersman to step down
Facebook (FB) announced that David Ebersman has informed the company of his intention to step down as CFO after serving in the position for almost five years. On June 1, he will be succeeded as CFO by David Wehner, currently Facebook's Vice President, Corporate Finance and Business Planning. Ebersman will remain with the company through September to ensure a seamless transition of his responsibilities. Wehner joined Facebook in November 2012 from Zynga (ZNGA), where he served as CFO.
16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 EPS 34c, consensus 24c
Reports Q1 revenue $2.5B, consensus $2.36B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 12c to 41.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD GOOG TSLA ZNGA TWTR FB according to Track Data.
15:41 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April volatility elevated at 56 into Q3
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15:24 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
The shares have been stuck in a range of $59 at the low to a high of $65 since hitting peak price in early March. These bounds of range give us a guide for knowing when shares will have resolved, bullishly or bearishly. On better than expected news, a breakout above $65 would confirm that the shares are back on a bullish footing. Similarly, a breakdown below $59 would be an indication of deteriorating technicals and would be bearish for price. Resistance above $65 is at $67.09, and then at $69.63. Support below $59 is at $56.30, and then at $53.53.
14:11 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 62 straddle priced for 10% move into Q1
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
08:34 EDTGOOGGoogle and SunPower partner to finance $250M in residential solar lease projects
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08:15 EDTFBFacebook April weekly volatility elevated at 153 into Q1 and outlook
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08:10 EDTGOOGGoogle took on some Samsung liability in fight with Apple, Re/code says
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06:28 EDTGOOGGoogle ads to link inside mobile apps
Google says it will allow advertisers to direct smartphone users directly to apps installed on their devices. Reference Link
April 22, 2014
16:04 EDTFB, GOOGOptions 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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13:18 EDTGOOGOpera says Android overtook iOS in mobile ad traffic
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13:07 EDTGOOGYouTube's head of product leaving company, Re/code reports
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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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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 8%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 7%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 8%... Illinois Tool (ITW), up 2.3%... Comcast (CMCSA), up 1%... McDonald's (MCD), up 0.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 17% after Valeant (VRX) confirms proposal to combine with the company for $48.30 and 0.83 shares of stock. Valeant is up 5% following its confirmation of the news that broke last night... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 4.5% after agreeing to sell oncology products for $14.5B to Novartis (NVS) and buy Novartis' Vaccines business, currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. Novartis shares trading in New York are also up 1% following the deals... Revance Therapeutics (RVNC), up 20% after announcing positive results from RT002 Phase 1/2 study... Facebook (FB), up 2% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xerox (XRX), down 4%... Lexmark (LXK), down 4.8%. ALSO LOWER: Allison Transmission (ALSN), down 4% after filing to sell 25M shares for holders... FireEye (FEYE), down 2.9% after filing to sell 13.3M shares of common stock for holders... Bebe stores (BEBE), down 16% after reporting preliminary Q3 losses that were steeper than the consensus estimate.
07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded $116M Medicaid contract in Colorado
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07:24 EDTFBSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
07:20 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:37 EDTGOOGCompanies with cloud businesses worried about Aereo case, Re/code says
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April 21, 2014
16:32 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform, price target raised to $87 at Credit Suisse
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16:07 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
13:44 EDTFBFacebook rises after report says mobile ad network coming soon
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle wants to add encryption tools to Gmail, VentureBeat says
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12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Motorola sign licensing agreement
Microsoft (MSFT) announced a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solution (MSI). The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.
11:10 EDTFBFacebook to introduce plans for mobile ad network, Re/code says
Facebook is planning to disclose plans for a for a mobile ad network and will demonstrate the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the company's database of user information for more effective ad targeting, says Re/code. According to sources, Facebook will introduce its plans for its mobile ad network at its “F8″ developer conference at the end of the month, added Re/code. Reference Link
10:49 EDTGOOGOptions with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT NSR INFY CMG GOOG
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10:07 EDTMSFTNokia sees sale of Devices & Services business to Microsoft closing on April 25
Nokia (NOK) announced that it expects the transaction whereby the company will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) to close on April 25. The transaction is now subject only to certain customary closing conditions. The transaction was originally announced on September 3, 2013.
08:59 EDTFBFacebook gives some 'Paper' data, but not users, WSJ says
Facebook disclosed at the end of last week that users of its mobile newsreader app “Paper” view an average of 80 stories a day, but the social network gave no data on how many people have downloaded the app, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTFBFacebook Q1 estimates raised ahead of earnings at JMP Securities
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07:16 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts' Titanfall leads March game software sales, Joystiq reports
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06:48 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft faces internal & external conflicts in three segments, DigiTimes says
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06:45 EDTGOOGApple and Google compete to offer exclusive game apps, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle to partner with HTC for 8-inch Nexus, DigiTimes reports
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06:37 EDTGOOGSquare discusses possible sale as losses widen, WSJ reports
Mobile-payments startup Square discussed a possible sale to several rivals as its losses widen, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Google (GOOG) discussed a possible acquisition of the company earlier this year, but it was not clear if the talks were continuing. Square also had discussions about a deal with Apple (AAPL) and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGOOG, FBCourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
April 19, 2014
20:17 EDTGOOGTwitter, Netflix, Amazon look pricey, Barron's says
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April 18, 2014
09:47 EDTLNKDLinkedIn announces 300M members reached worldwide
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April 17, 2014
18:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 311,000 Xbox One units in March
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16:45 EDTGOOGMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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16:31 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:28 EDTFBFacebook announces new feature called 'Nearby Friends'
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12:53 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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10:11 EDTGOOGHigh option volume stocks: CMG INFY GOOGL GOOG SNDK MAT YHOO BX KSU GILD
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOGL GOOG NFLX TSLA AMZN GOLG NOV AA IBM
09:09 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $670 from $710 at RBC Capital
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08:58 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market movers
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08:45 EDTGOOGThe Cato Institute to hold a discussion
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08:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 100, May is at 68, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:18 EDTGOOGGoogle capex expansion positive for Finisar, Juniper, says Janney Capital
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $660 from $690 at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTGOOGFutures lower as earnings disappoint
U.S. equity futures are lower following disappointing earnings reports from tech giants IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG). Earnings will be taking center stage for the next few weeks Meanwhile, investors will continue to analyze economic data. Expected to be released today are weekly jobless claims data and the natural gas inventory report.
06:51 EDTGOOGGoogle shares still compelling, says Cantor
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05:56 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $625 from $665 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Google shares to $625 following the company's Q1 results but it continues to view the stock as a top idea. The firm views the results as in-line and it keeps a Buy rating on Google.
05:49 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $735 from $725 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised its price target for Google shares to $735 and reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock following the company's Q1 results. Credit Suisse views the results as mixed, but says the most important takeaway was the positive inflection in the CPC decline rate.
April 16, 2014
18:55 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTGOOGYahoo seeks default search status for Apple products, Re/code says
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16:42 EDTGOOGGoogle says Moto G showed 'strong sales momentum' in emerging markets
Comment made on company's Q1 earnings webcast.
16:40 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle down more than 5% after missing on top and bottom lines
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle says expects to continue to make 'significant capital expenditures'
Reports net cash provided by operating activities in Q1 totaled $4.39B, compared to $3.63B in the prior year period. In Q1, capital expenditures were $2.35B, the majority of which was for production equipment, data-center construction, and real estate purchases. Free cash flow in Q1 was $2.05B.
16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 average cost-per-click down 9%
Reports paid click up 26%. Reports traffic acquisition costs increased to $3.23B vs $2.96B for the prior year period.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 sites revenue up 21% to $10.47B
Reports Q1 network revenues up 4% to 3.4B.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.27, consensus $6.40
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15:17 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:54 EDTGOOGGoogle April 550 straddle priced for 5.3% move into Q1
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and we’re going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:40 EDTGOOGGoogle Play Q1 downloads exceeded downloads from Apple store, App Annie says
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07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTMSFT, GOOG, HPQAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:52 EDTGOOGSamsung objects to Apple's patent claims in $2B court battle, Bloomberg says
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06:50 EDTGOOGGoogle could be working on smart contact lenses, Business Insider says
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06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle seeking third-party developers for 'modular' project, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:18 EDTGOOGDaniel Graf to join Twitter's product team
Daniel Graf, who led efforts on Google Maps (GOOG), is joining Twitter's (TWTR) product team, Graf announced in a tweet. Reference Link
13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
12:45 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares down 8% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 16 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $6.39 on revenue of $15.52B. The consensus range is $5.83-$6.96 for EPS, and $14.94B-$16.12B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported Q4 EPS $12.01 against estimates of $12.26 on revenue of $16.86B against estimates of $16.75B. Google reported Q4 paid clicks up 31% and average cost-per-click decreased approximately 11%. The company also reported Q4 Sites revenue $10.55B and Q4 Network revenue $3.52B. NEWS: Google effectively split its stock with a dividend distribution of Class C shares, which began trading in early April. In the past quarter, the company reached a deal with a European Union after sending an improved commitments proposal in context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. Google also announced that it resolved the copyright litigation with Viacom (VIA, VIAB). The company announced partnerships and agreements with VMware (VMW), Cisco (CSCO), and OmniVision (OVTI) as well as acquisitions of SlickLogin, Titan Aerospace and parts of Green Throttle Games. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said Google is being boosted by product listing ads, which are expected to increase the company's 2014 ad revenue by $1B. Atlantic Equities and Bernstein said Google's weakness provides a buying opportunity, citing strong year-over-year revenue growth at "core Google." Bernstein added predictions that Google Play, Computer and App Engine, and Apps for Enterprise and government will become multi-billion dollar businesses. Ahead of the Q1 earnings, Susquehanna said the results should beat expectations due to continued website growth, PLAs, and early benefits from Enhanced Campaigns and YouTube. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have dropped over 8% since the first day of trading following the company's Q4 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of Q1 report, Google shares are down a little over 2%.
08:39 EDTGOOGNetlist patent with LRDIMM claims confirmed in reexamination
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08:20 EDTGOOGAeroVironment has limited comparability to Google acquisition, says CRT Capital
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08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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07:11 EDTGOOGLattice FPGAs selected by Google ATAP Group for Project Ara smartphone prototype
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06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $700 from $650 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Google shares to $700 ahead of the company's Q1 results on Wednesday and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock. The new price target reflects the sale of Motorola. Jefferies notes its survey indicates Google's traffic trends were solid in Q1.
06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to use satellites to take photos, expand use of Internet, NY Times says
Google said that it would use Titan Aerospace's drone satellites to take photos of the Earth and connect people to the Internet, according to The New York Times. Google announced yesterday that it would buy Titan. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass goes on sale to U.S. residents today, USA Today reports
Beginning at 9 am ET, Google Glass will be available for U.S. residents for $1,500 plus tax, USA Today reports. This one-day sale is an expansion of the company's 2012 Glass Explorer program. Reference Link
April 14, 2014
14:06 EDTGOOG, FBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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13:32 EDTGOOGGoogle April volatility elevated at 68 into Q1 and revenue outlook
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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10:02 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:42 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities believes the recent pullback in shares of LinkedIn has created an attractive entry point. The firm started shares with an Overweight rating and $240 price target.
07:32 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:06 EDTGOOGU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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06:11 EDTGOOGIntel works with HzO to enhance water resistance in products, DigiTimes says
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05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 13, 2014
20:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Palo Alto, Cvent worth looking into, Barron's says
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April 11, 2014
09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTLNKDLinkedIn remains a favorite large cap name at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says LinkedIn remains one of its favorite long-term large cap names. The firm believes investors are overlooking two new opportunities for the company: the addition of Sales Solutions and the Ad API. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on LinkedIn with a $270 price target.
06:47 EDTLNKDSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:43 EDTGOOGGoogle enhancing Android security with apps checks, Re/code says
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06:29 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'Jelly Bean' affected by Heartbleed
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06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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05:57 EDTGOOGCisco, Juniper say some products affected by Heartbleed bug, WSJ reports
Both Cisco (CSCO) and Juniper (JNPR) have disclosed that some of their products are affected by the Heartbleed bug, the Wall Street Journal reports. The companies say the security flaw affects routers, switches and firewalls used by businesses. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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13:58 EDTGOOGGoogle to let any U.S. resident buy Google Glass, The Verge says
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:44 EDTLNKDStocks with call strike movement; FSLR LNKD
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTHPQHP rallies after Gartner/IDC PC shipment data, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
09:21 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:01 EDTHPQPC market decline 'much less' than feared, says Citigroup
Citigroup says data yesterday from IDC showing a Q1 PC unit decline of 4% was "much less than feared." Citi continues to view HP (HPQ) as its top IT Hardware stock. It has a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:56 EDTHPQHP estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Overweight rated HP FY15-16 estimates above consensus to reflect a margin recovery in Enterprise Services. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.84 and price target is raised to $36 from $34.
06:55 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:49 EDTGOOGMotorola Mobility names Osterloh COO
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
06:29 EDTGOOGAT&T in talks to bring ultrafast internet to North Carolina, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTMSFT, HPQIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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