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December 28, 2012
06:09 EDTRIMM, YHOO, HD, LOW, FBOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: American consumers are worrying more about the economic outlook, according to a report by The Conference Board, suggesting they have begun focusing on possible tax increases and government spending cuts next year. Their consumer confidence index fell six percentage points in December from a month earlier to 65.1, its lowest level since August, the Wall Street Journal reports...High-frequency trading firms are fighting to fend off regulation as scrutiny of their practice of unleashing blizzards of orders coincides with repeated technical glitches in the markets, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: China announced tighter Internet controls, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain "illegal" information and requiring service providers to turn over that information to the authorities, Reuters reports...Smart investors can get things wrong in the fast-evolving technology sector, where once hot global names like Research in Motion (RIMM) and Yahoo (YHOO) can quickly become yesterday's news. One warning sign: When tech firms make acquisitions outside of its main area of expertise to move into new product lines, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) have the most at stake among retailers facing a dockworkers’ strike, with possible port closings cutting off shipments coming just before the lucrative gardening season, Bloomberg reports...IPOs this year fell to the lowest level since the financial crisis as signs of an economic slowdown and Facebook’s (FB) disappointing debut slowed demand and prompted companies to push back sales. IPOs raised $112B worldwide this year, the least since 2008, according to Bloomberg data. U.S. offerings raised $41B, little changed from last year, Bloomberg reports.
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April 10, 2014
06:48 EDTYHOOYahoo's strategy similar to past efforts, Re/code says
Yahoo, which is reportedly looking to become a major player in Internet video, was working on similar initiatives in mid-2012, according to Re/code. Reference Link
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.
06:26 EDTYHOOYelp deal with Yahoo receives criticism from small business owners, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Bobbi Brown to be editor-in-chief of beauty site, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Bobbi Brown, the creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (EL), to be the editor-in-chief of its beauty site, Re/code reports, noting that several of Yahoo's big advertisers -- L'Oreal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Unilever (UN, UL) -- are competitive with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo likely to report 'tepid' quarter, BGC says
BGC's Colin Gillis said he expects Yahoo to report another "tepid quarter" when it reports earnings next week, with the firm expecting revenue to be flat year-over-year with underlying metrics that are discouraging. Gillis added that the near-term valuation for Yahoo's stake in Alibaba, which has aided investor enthusiasm for Yahoo, has likely peaked, and the firm maintains a Hold rating and $34 price target on shares.
13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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10:37 EDTHDBofA/Merrill's retail/hardline analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
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