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February 28, 2013
06:07 EDTS, LNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; S LNKD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Sprint (S), LinkedIn (LNKD) according to iVolatility.
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February 5, 2016
06:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded LinkedIn to Neutral and removed the stock from his firm's Analyst Focus List after the company issued "significantly softer" Q1 and 2016 guidance. The outlook reflects deceleration in core Hiring Solutions, challenges in Marketing Solutions, the decision to phase out Lead Accelerator and macro/currency headwinds, Anmuth tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes LinkedIn's Sales Solutions offering may be taking longer than expected to build momentum. He cut his price target for the shares to $186 from $300. LinkedIn is trading down 30%, or $58.62, to $134.00 in pre-market trading.
06:01 EDTLNKDAmid selloff, Piper's Munster still believer in LinkedIn
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster attributes the post-earnings pullback in shares of LinkedIn to the company's softer than typical guidance for Q1 and 2016. Investors are concerned with management commentary for Talent Solutions revenue to grow in an implied low-20% range in 2016, a deceleration from 32% in Q4, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst expects shares to be range bound until LinkedIn reports Q1 results but he remains a believer in the company's long-term story. Munster cut his price target for the shares to $175 from $287 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
05:51 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target lowered to $194 from $271 at Citi
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05:16 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE LNKD
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:08 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports cumulative members grew 19% to 414M
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16:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn drops 20% to $154 after FY16 guidance misses expectations
16:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees Q1 EPS 55c, consensus 74c
Sees Q1 revenue $820M, consensus $866.86M.
16:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees FY16 EPS $3.05-$3.20, consensus $3.67
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16:05 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Q4 EPS 94c, consensus 78c
Reports Q4 revenue $862M, consensus $857.59M.
14:35 EDTLNKDNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn technical comments ahead of earnings
The $200 level on the upside from current price is an important one for the shares. With a few notable exceptions, that level has held as support since the summer of 2014. If the news is positive, retaking the $200 level would be highly probable. Next resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $209.60, $223.40, and $239.58. If the news is a bearish disappointment, a continued drift below $200 would be probable. This would be a negative for future price, turning the short and intermediate-term trends to bearish. Support below the current price of $190 would be at $185.05, $171.68, and the 52-week low at $165.57. If the 52-week low were taken out on the downside, next support would be at $160.09 and $151.28.
13:02 EDTLNKDLinkedIn February weekly 192.5 straddle priced for 11.4% movement into Q4
11:44 EDTLNKDEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on LinkedIn revenue ahead of Q4 report
LinkedIn (LNKD) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, February 4 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm EDT. LinkedIn operates a social networking service that connects members that create, manage and share their professional identity. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $857.59M. The consensus range is 69c-90c for EPS, and $842.0M-$886.35M for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: LinkedIn reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 78c against estimates of 46c on revenue of $780M against estimates of $755.64M. LinkedIn reported Q3 Talent Solutions revenue of $502M, Marketing Solutions products revenue of $140M, and Premium Subscriptions products revenue of $138M. The company gave Q4 EPS guidance of approximately 74c and Q4 revenue guidance of $845M-$850M. It also raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $2.63 and FY15 revenue to $2.975B-$2.98B. STREET RESEARCH: In mid-December, ITG Research said LinkedIn's Q4 revenue is tracking above consensus to $880M. The company was also mentioned positively at RBC Capital and Cantor. PRICE ACTION: LinkedIn shares have lost nearly 24% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's earnings report, LinkedIn is trading up 0.7% to $192.58.
05:49 EDTLNKDLinkedIn volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 3, 2016
05:08 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE TWTR
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February 2, 2016
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February 1, 2016
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTSS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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