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June 12, 2014
07:09 EDTTWTRTwitter to feature weather-informed ads, WSJ reports
Twitter will soon have weather-informed ads from The Weather Company, reports the Wall Street Journal. The partnership will allow marketers to target users based on the specific weather conditions of their locales. Reference Link
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September 2, 2015
17:31 EDTTWTRJack Dorsey seen as lead candidate for new Twitter CEO, Bloomberg reports
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07:09 EDTTWTRTwitter hires team to develop business in Indonesia, WSJ reports
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September 1, 2015
16:22 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 1, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.97 to 31.40. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA MSFT TSLA TWTR C GE GPRO XOM SUNE FCX JPM INTC
August 31, 2015
19:32 EDTTWTRRussian regulator delays new data policy for tech giants, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 31, 2015
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13:29 EDTTWTRSunTrust sees catalysts coming for Twitter, ups to buy
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) have seen healthy gains in afternoon trading after being upgraded to Buy by longtime Twitter analyst Robert Peck ahead of what he identifies as numerous potential near-term catalysts. BUY: SunTrust's Robert Peck upgraded Twitter to Buy from Neutral in advance of what he called a "series" of positive near-term catalysts for the stock, including the Google (GOOG) partnership to feature Tweets in search results as well as Twitter's curated live events initiative known as "Project Lightning." Additionally, a fourth quarter ad campaign and a push to capitalize on the roughly 500M logged-out users could lift the microblog site given proper execution. Importantly, the analyst said the upgrade is predicated on a quick clarification regarding the current management situation at Twitter, with more information "likely" to come around Labor Day according to Peck. User metrics appear to have "at least stabilized," noted Peck, adding that monetization efforts like video ads and Buy buttons could yield a roughly 15% boost to 2017 revenue. CEO SHUFFLE: On August 14, Peck predicted that Twitter could announce a permanent CEO as soon as the week of August 17. At the time, Peck said he expected a leadership "triumvirate," with founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey moving into a permanent Chief Executive role and Adam Bain becoming COO under a possible chairmanship role for Ev Williams. Though no leadership announcement was made that week, Peck clarified in a CNBC interview today that the company is likely doing significant due diligence rather than making a hasty CEO appointment. M&A POTENTIAL: In Monday's CNBC interview, Peck was pressed on whether Twitter could become an M&A candidate. The analyst mentioned Google as a potential buyer and commented that "if the products don't work, it's an M&A target," alluding to the numerous product catalysts mentioned in today's optimistic research note. Note that on August 5, Re/code quoted sources as saying the last truly meaningful merger conversation between the two companies took place about two years ago. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Twitter are up roughly 5% to $28.21 in intraday trading, adding almost $1.50 to Friday's $26.84 closing price.
10:01 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 58.com (WUBA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Astec (ASTE) upgraded on upcoming catalysts at Stifel... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dover (DOV) upgraded on valuation, headwinds bottom at Bernstein... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Leggett & Platt (LEG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman.
09:36 EDTTWTRTwitter breaks out above 10-day moving average
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09:35 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility at upper end of range
Twitter September weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, September is at 64; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 74 suggesting large price movement.
07:05 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Robert Peck upgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Buy from Neutral ahead of a "series" of catalysts that he says are coming and may move the stock higher. Among the new initiatives and partnerships that could increase users and engagement for 2016, Peck lists Twitter's deal with Google (GOOG), its Project Lightning initiative and its potential for more business development deals similar to Flipboard. With Twitter shares down about 50% since the end of Q1, Peck believes sentiment on the microblog operator's shares has "washed out," he tells investors in his research note. Peck keeps a $38 price target on shares of Twitter, which closed Friday at $26.84.
August 28, 2015
12:05 EDTTWTRNoto: Twitter close to hiring Chief Marketing Officer, Adage reports
Twitter may be close to hiring a Chief Marketing Officer, reports Adage. In an interview, CFO Anthony Noto, who has overseen most of the company's marketing in the past few months, said that Twitter is "excited about the candidates" and it is "still in that process." Noto added, "We are talking to a wide spectrum of people with different backgrounds. The things that we're focused on is: number one, a proven leader. Number two is someone that's really grounded in marketing strategy. Number three is someone that's really taken a situation that's similar to ours in some cases and really used and developed a marketing strategy to drive business results." Reference Link
August 27, 2015
15:19 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 27, 2015
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August 26, 2015
11:08 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR SUNE
Twitter (TWTR) December 29 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 64, SunEdison (SUNE) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 104 according to iVolatility.
August 25, 2015
14:20 EDTTWTRMagister sees Twitter as potentially attractive target, MarketWatch reports
M&A advisory firm Magister Advisors believe Twitter (TWTR) could be an attractive acquisition target for Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) or a news organization, according to MarketWatch's Caitlin Huston. Reference Link
09:13 EDTTWTRTrends still positive for Google, Amazon, Facebook ahead of holidays, says Baird
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08:00 EDTTWTRTwitter wants to move Herbalife suit to California, NY Post reports
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06:15 EDTTWTRJeep hacker steps down as Twitter engineer, Re/code reports
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August 24, 2015
19:17 EDTTWTRTwitter adds new direct message notifications, Engadget says
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18:07 EDTTWTRSEC asked Twitter for details on user trend metrics
According to SEC correspondence released earlier, the Commission asked former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to "describe the alternative metric(s) you anticipate presenting in future filings to explain trends in user engagement and advertising services revenue." The letter to Costolo is dated April 13, and was followed by a response from the company saying that it included two metrics -- changes in ad engagements and changes in cost per ad engagement -- on its quarterly report for the period ended March 31. "These metrics are intended to serve as a measure of user engagement and demand, respectively," explained Twitter in its May 11 response letter. Reference Link
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