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May 2, 2014
09:07 EDTSVVC, FB, TWTRFirsthand Technology Value Fund settles proxy contest with Bulldog Investors
Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Bulldog Investors, the fund's largest shareholder group. Under the terms of the settlement, Bulldog has agreed to withdraw its two nominees for the fund's board, withdraw its proposals regarding termination of the fund's Investment Management Agreement and consideration by the board of a share repurchase program, not present any proposals at the Annual Meeting, and vote its shares in accordance with the Board's recommendations. The settlement also provides that the fund's board approve a plan for the fund to repurchase up to $10M of common stock in open market purchases during 2014, and to conduct a self-tender offer for at least $20M worth of common stock at 95% of net asset value to be completed no later than January 31, 2015. Further, the fund has agreed to liquidate its Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) holdings no later than September 30 and October 31, respectively, and to distribute any net realized gains from those holdings to shareholders within 60 days of completing those liquidations.
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July 17, 2014
17:01 EDTTWTRTwitter acquires CardSpring
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16:01 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:28 EDTFBFacebook testing new 'Buy Button' feature to facilitate purchases
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10:14 EDTFBFacebook view changed to Positive from Neutral at OTR Global (pre-open)
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09:40 EDTFB, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:28 EDTTWTRTwitter may see 'paltry' MAU growth in Q2, Business Insider says
Twitter's monthly active users would have declined during Q2 if not for a boost from the World Cup, two sources told Business Insider, with one of those sources claiming Twitter will have 260M MAUs for the quarter, up only 2% from the 255M MAUs it reported in Q1. "It is not possible to say definitively from the data provided by Business Insider's two sources that Twitter's MAUs are in trouble," the report cautioned, noting that the data relied on comes from third-party developers and that the MAUs communicated were taken during non-standard time periods that don't sync with Twitter's calendar quarters. Reference Link
06:50 EDTFBAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTR, FBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTTWTR, FBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFB, TWTRFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTTWTR, FBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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10:00 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
08:18 EDTTWTRTwitter cracks down on providers of user stats, BI says
After Twitter's stock declined early this year following data that suggested growth in its monthly active users was slowing or flat and that engagement measures were declining, the social network operator has taken the unusual step of shutting off its data flow to certain companies that have published their own stats on Twitter's user statistics, according Business Insider, citing two sources. Reference Link
07:23 EDTFBFortune to hold a conference
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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06:06 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral saying a reset in expectations and improving fundamentals will limit downside in the stock. The firm believes user growth trends remain an issue, though, and remains cautious on the name. Macquarie has a $36 price target for Twitter shares, which closed yesterday down 2c to $38.31.
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