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April 30, 2012
07:52 EDTMSFT, TWX, TEF, GOOG, DIS, FB, NWSATelefonica's Terra to offer online music, films in Europe, Bloomberg reports
Telefonica SA (TEF) unit Terra, whose websites attract about 100M visitors monthly in the Americas, will offer online films and music in Europe this year, beginning with Spain and Portugal, sources say, reports Bloomberg. Terra is in talks with music companies and film studios to increase content offered through Sonora and SundayTV, and is looking for an Iberian head, sources add. Reference Link
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10:30 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Pacific Crest
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09:37 EDTFB, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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06:33 EDTDISTV networks worried amid tough competition from digital outlets, NY Times says
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
06:11 EDTGOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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May 10, 2015
18:05 EDTDIS, TWXFCC contract ruling may speed review of AT&T-DirecTV merger, WSJ says
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17:35 EDTDIS, TWXDisney's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' leads U.S. weekend box office with $77.2M
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May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMSFTStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
13:55 EDTGOOGAnalysts say Yelp sale more likely than not
There is a 60% chance that Yelp (YELP) will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche Bank wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, research firm Jefferies contended that Google (GOOG) is the company that is most likely to buy Yelp. WHAT'S NEW: There is a 60% chance that Yelp will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors earlier today. If the company is not acquired, the stock will fall 32% from current levels, the analyst predicted. Given its status as a winner in the local Internet sector, its huge user base and its global presence, Yelp should draw a great deal of interest, the analyst believes. Since its user reviews and community are difficult to replicate, the company should receive a premium from an acquirer, added Walmsley, who raised his price target to $56 from $51 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Google is the most logical acquirer of Yelp, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Pitz, who noted that it had previously tried to buy the company in 2009. Google has been unable to obtain the local reviews that draw consumers to small and medium businesses, according to Pitz. Traditional search engine marketing through Google is too difficult for these businesses, according to the analyst. The biggest hurdle to a takeover of Yelp by Google is the companies' "rocky historic relationship," he believes. The analyst kept a $79 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Yelp could be sold for more than $3.5B, Piper Jaffray said it thought there was a greater than 50% chance of the company being acquired. The firm said the most logical buyers of Yelp are Google, Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL), since all three would benefit from further traction in local ads and would gain technological synergies from acquiring Yelp. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Yelp advanced 6.5% to $50.
13:09 EDTFBCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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10:27 EDTDISBill Simmons to leave ESPN, NYT's Sandomir reports
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09:36 EDTDIS, FB, MSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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08:49 EDTFBAOL CEO sees doing 'more and more things' with messaging, social platforms
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08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
07:38 EDTGOOG, FBJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
06:56 EDTDISDisney names Leslie Ferraro as president, Disney Consumer Products
Leslie Ferraro has been named President, Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately. Ferraro most recently served as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing numerous highly successful consumer campaigns worldwide. As President of Disney Consumer Products, Ferraro will oversee a global operation that delivers innovative and engaging products, from toys and apparel to books and fine art, through its Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store businesses. Ms. Ferraro assumes the role formerly held by Bob Chapek, who became Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in February.
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTFBCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
06:12 EDTGOOGGoogle integrates food ordering into search results for some restaurants
Google (GOOG) says on Google+, "Whether you’re craving deep dish pizza or pad thai, starting today you can order food from some of your favorite restaurants directly from Google search results. When you search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, you’ll see an option to 'Place an order' in the search results. Just tap that, choose the delivery service and you’ll be taken to their website to complete the order.Initially, you’ll be able to order via six providers in the U.S. -- Seamless, Grubhub (GRUB), Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com -- but we’ll be looking to add more in the future." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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