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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.
News For QIHU;BIDU From The Last 14 Days
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September 3, 2015
10:46 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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September 2, 2015
10:16 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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September 1, 2015
18:06 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 says no decision made in response to 'going-private' proposal
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18:02 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 82c, consensus 72c
Reports Q2 revenue $438.3M, consensus $438.51M.
August 31, 2015
05:44 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Cynthia Meng upgraded Baidu to Buy saying concerns around search ad spending are overdone. Recent channel checks with top ad agents indicated "strong traction" for performance-based ads, with any cuts to ad budgets being mostly offset by more allocation toward key word search from display ads, Meng tells investors in a research note. At current levels, Meng believes Baidu shares have largely priced in reduced earnings growth expectations. She keeps a price target of $210 for the stock. The Chinese search giant closed Friday up 7c to $152.13.
August 28, 2015
11:04 EDTQIHUOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:57 EDTQIHUChairman weighing cut to $9B 'go-private' offer for Qihoo 360, WSJ says
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August 27, 2015
10:57 EDTQIHUOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 24, 2015
05:57 EDTBIDUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BIDU GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Baidu (BIDU) 41, Google (GOOG) 31 according to iVolatility.
August 20, 2015
07:20 EDTBIDUCitigroup to hold a conference
Hong Kong / China Corporate Day is being held in Hong Kong on August 20.
05:46 EDTQIHUStocks with implied volatility movement; QIHU EOG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Qihoo 360 (QIHU) 45, EOG Resources (EOG) 35 according to iVolatility.

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