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February 4, 2013
10:17 EDTBUD, EXPE, WMS, YOKU, NYT, WSFS, BKR, HSY, SCHW, CMA, CLWR, WCC, MRK, GOOG, TIF, WMT, VOD, LF, CVXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Charles Schwab (SCHW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Chevron (CVX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Comfort Systems USA (FIX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Google (GOOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Hershey (HSY) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... LeapFrog (LF) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Ascendiant Capital... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Baker (BKR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... WSFS Financial (WSFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Clearwire (CLWR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... New York Times (NYT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Lazard Capital... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Expedia (EXPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Guess (GES) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Buckingham... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Maxim... WMS Industries (WMS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
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12:59 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:45 EDTGOOGSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTGOOGPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
05:26 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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July 20, 2015
16:43 EDTBUDAB InBev initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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14:22 EDTVODEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
13:46 EDTWMTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:40 EDTGOOGFormer Google Glass exective to become Evernote's new CEO, Re/code reports
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11:33 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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08:04 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage takes operational control of BaySaver JV
Advanced Drainage Systems announced that it has acquired operational control of its BaySaver, LLC joint venture from its partner, BaySaver Technologies. Under its BaySeparator and BayFilter brands, “BaySaver” manufactures stormwater treatment units used in construction applications to remove sediments and other pollutants from stormwater runoff. Through this transaction, ADS has acquired an additional 10% from BTI for $3.2M, bringing its interest in the joint venture to 65%. The joint venture was initially formed on July 15, 2013. The partnership combined the industry leading engineering, manufacturing, sales and distribution of ADS, with the research, development and technical approvals of BTI. During the twelve months ended March 31, 2015, BaySaver had revenue of approximately $11M. BaySaver will continue to be based in Mount Airy, Maryland with a focus on stormwater filtration and separation technologies. As a result of the transaction, ADS will consolidate BaySaver for financial reporting purposes effective as of the July 17, 2015 closing date.
07:41 EDTVODBT CEO: Company split doesn't solve problems, Telegraph reports
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06:12 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG WMB
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
July 19, 2015
16:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to build home services platform, Re/code says
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