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August 25, 2014
11:26 EDTQIHU, BIDUQihoo 360 falls despite better-than-forecast Q2 results, Q3 revenue guidance
Shares of Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) are falling despite reporting second quarter results that beat analysts' estimates. The company also provided third quarter revenue guidance that exceeded estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Qihoo 360 reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $317.9M, which surpassed analysts' consensus estimates of 46c and $309.38M, respectively. For the quarter, operating income was $43.9M compared to $36.6M a year ago and $39.6M in the first quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.9% in Q2, compared to 36% in the year-ago period and 14.9% in Q1. The company said the sequential decline in non-GAAP operating margin was primairly due to increased marketing and promotional expenses, personnel-related costs and bandwidth and equipment depreciation expenses. Looking ahead, Qihoo 360 forecast Q3 revenue of $360M-$365M, which is slightly higher than analysts' consensus estimates of $357.39M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hongyi Zhou commented that the company is in an "excellent position" to grow its share of China's search market in both PC and mobile traffic and revenue. The company plans to make "significant" investments in the coming quarters to strengthen its brand and market position, and to improve our products and technology, particularly in mobile Internet-related areas. The executive noted that the company's share of Internet search traffic recently reached over 30%, citing third-party data, achieving a company target fourth months ahead of schedule. ANALYST OPINION: Jefferies defended Qihoo 360 shares following the company's Q2 results. Stifel analyst George Askew feels that Qihoo 360's Q2 revenue and operating margin results were "very good" and believes that many factors, including its 30% search query share, will help it sustain its search revenue growth. The firm maintains $168 price target and Buy rating. Bank of America analyst Eddie Leung said that he expects Qihoo 360's margins to get better gradually in the second half of the year since the company is looking to control expenses and realize synergies. He anticipates search to increase at a fast rate to make up 36% of total sales in FY16. Leung believes this should particularly offset the decline in game revenues this past quarter. Leung lowered his price target on Qihoo 360 to $121 from $123. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Qihoo fell $6.62 or 6.51%, to $95.13. OTHERS TO WATCH: Chinese search market leader Baidu (BIDU) rose nearly 1.7% to $217.77.
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October 30, 2014
10:52 EDTQIHU, BIDUBaidu rises after profits beat expectations
Chinese Internet search engine Baidu (BIDU) is climbing after the company reported higher than expected profits and in-line revenue. WHAT'S NEW: Baidu reported third quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.90, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.69. The company's revenue came in at $2.2B, in-line with the consensus outlook. Baidu provided Q4 revenue guidance of $2.26B-$2.32B, versus the consensus outlook of $2.3B. Last quarter, Baidu had more traffic from mobile devices than PCs, and mobile traffic generated 36% of its revenue, the company noted. "In the third quarter, our investments in mobile continued to pay off as mobile proved once again to be a strong driver of topline growth," said Baidu CFO Jennifer Li. ANALYST REACTION: Baidu's investment in mobile is starting to pay off, agreed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a note to investors today. Additionally, the impact to Baidu from its investments in mobile appear not to have been as drastic as previously thought, and the company remains "essentially unchallenged" in the Chinese search market, wrote the analyst. He raised his price target on the shares to $267 from $222 and kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Meanwhile, research firm Stifel Nicolaus reported that the company's gross margin was about 1.5 percentage points ahead of expectations in Q3. Baidu is on track to generate about 65% of its queries from mobile devices in a year, at which point it may significantly increase the prices it charges for mobile search ads, the firm stated, adding that the company's innovation in mobile has been strong. Stifel has a $250 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Baidu rose 4% to $224. Other Chinese Internet names also rose, with Weibo (WB) adding 1% to $18, Renren (RENN) rising 1% to $3.45, Sohu.com (SOHU) gaining 1.5% to $44, and Qihoo 360 (QIHU) adding 0.5% to $68.50.
09:59 EDTBIDUBaidu price target raised to $267 from $222 at Piper Jaffray
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07:16 EDTBIDUBaidu viewed as core holding in China Internet space, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital reiterates Baidu as a core holding in the China Internet space following its Q3 results, citing the company's leadership position in mobile search, its operating leverage from robust revenue growth, and its attractive risk/reward profile. Brean Capital maintains its Buy rating and $275 price target on Baidu shares.
October 29, 2014
16:37 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q4 revenue $2.26B-$2.32B, consensus $2.3B
16:36 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q3 EPS ex-items $1.90, consensus $1.69
Reports Q3 revenue $2.2B, consensus $2.22B. Traffic acquisition cost, or TAC, as a component of cost of revenues was $283.8M, representing 12.9% of total revenues, as compared to 11.7% in the corresponding period in 2013 and 12.7% in Q2. The increase reflects increased contribution of contextual ads, mobile and promotion of hao123.
14:21 EDTBIDUBaidu October weekly 225 straddle priced for 6% move into Q3
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October 28, 2014
09:15 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 named a long Research Tactical Idea at Morgan Stanley
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09:14 EDTBIDUBaidu named a long Research Tactical Idea at Morgan Stanley
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08:16 EDTQIHUQihoo rumored to launch premium video site with Enlight, Marbridge Daily says
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October 27, 2014
15:38 EDTBIDUBaidu weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 24, 2014
14:55 EDTBIDUBaidu weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:50 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded Baidu to Outperform with a $280 price target citing the recent pullback in shares and the company's increasing mobile market share.

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