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News For TWX;GOOG;NFLX From The Last 14 Days
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February 11, 2016
06:39 EDTGOOGGoogle faces further questioning in U.K. over tax settlement, Bloomberg says
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February 10, 2016
16:45 EDTGOOGTwitter to fix 'confusing parts,' says timeline change already producing results
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16:43 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks endured another roller coaster session as Fed Chair Yellen kicked off her annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill. The averages began the day in positive territory, helped by an early rise in oil prices. The averages shot higher following a bullish oil inventory report, but soon afterward reversed and began to lose ground. The Nasdaq, which had been the strongest of the indexes throughout the day, maintained its leadership while the other indexes faltered. The Dow struggled under the weight of Disney (DIS) shares, which were lower following the company's earnings report, and gave in to the selling pressure for good late in the day, falling into the red near the close of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to domestic economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In a Q&A session, Yellen said she did not think recent market volatility warrants a rate cut. Separately, the Treasury announced a $55.2B budget surplus for January, much improved from the $17.5B shortfall registered in January of 2015. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and saw its stock punished. The shares ended the day down 5% to $60.03, after slipping much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, with the company also hiking its dividend 15% and authorizing a $5B share buyback program. Meanwhile, Disney last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares fell 3.8% to $88.82 as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 29.3% to $18.63 after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. The stock's slide also weighed on its peers in the solar space, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 3% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 15.7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 2.7% to $14.68 after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher was Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), which rose 4.7% to $33.70 after AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with the company, announced that the second Phase 3 trial of endometriosis drug Elagolix met its co-primary endpoints. Meanwhile, Akamai (AKAM) and Panera Bread (PNRA) gained 21.2% and 4.95%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Retrophin (RTRX), which declined 0.7% to $13.64 after Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (IMMY) said it intends to make an alternative to the company's Thiola product. Also lower were ARM Holdings (ARMH) and Demandware (DWRE), which lost 8.82% and 8.81%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.64, or 0.62%, to 15,914.74, the Nasdaq gained 14.83, or 0.35%, to 4,283.59, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.35, or 0.02%, to 1,851.86.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 10, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 18c to 28.06. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC TWTR DIS NFLX TSLA MSFT CSCO ETE CBOE Volatility Index VIX -24c to 26.30, intra-day range 24.47 to 26.60 cboe.com/VIX
15:36 EDTGOOGGoogle to increase search 'scrubbing' to appease EU regulators, Reuters says
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12:18 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have undergone another see-saw ride. The averages opened in positive territory, added to their gains in early trading, then saw much of their gains disappear, with the Dow now slipping below the flat line. Market watchers are intently listening as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks before the House Finance committee. She has maintained her mantra that the central bank will be data dependent in making its policy decisions and given little clue as to the potential pace of further rate hikes, though she did say that she does not believe the Fed will need to cut rates again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and a further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to U.S. economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and its stock was punished. The shares were down 2% near noon, after being down much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, and the company hiked its dividend 15% and approved a $5B share buyback program. Disney (DIS) last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares also fell about 5% this morning as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 20% after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. A number of analysts cut their price targets on the stock but maintained their buy or equivalent ratings, though Roth Capital analyst Philip Shen downgraded SolarCity to Neutral and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $65. SolarCity's slide weighed on its peers in the solar space as well, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 2.5% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 12.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 5% after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher were Akamai (AKAM), Panera (PNRA), and Sealed Air (SEE), which gained 21%, 5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Kapstone (KS), which fell 25% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank following its Q4 earnings report. Also lower were Assurant (AIZ) and Medidata (MDSO), which were down 15% and 13%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.17, or 0.06%, to 16,005.21, the Nasdaq was up 50.11, or 1.17%, to 4,318.87, and the S&P 500 was up 10.35, or 0.56%, to 1,862.56.
11:40 EDTTWX, GOOGEarnings Watch: Twitter to report Q4 earnings amid takeover speculation
Twitter (TWTR) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, February 10 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Twitter is a real-time social media platform with more than 320M active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 12c on revenue of $709.94M. The consensus range is 6c-16c for EPS and $695.0M-$726.51M for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Twitter reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 10c against estimates of 5c, on revenue of $569M against estimates of $559.6M. Twitter reported Q3 Monthly Active Users were up 11% to 320M. Excluding SMS Fast Followers, MAUs were 307M for the third quarter, up 8% year-over-year, and compared to 304M in the previous quarter. Mobile MAUs represented approximately 80% of total MAUs. In its Q3 earnings report, the company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $695M-$710M and Q4 adjusted EBITDA guidance of $155M-$175M. During its conference call, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company reduced the workforce by roughly 8%. He added that the focus with Moments is now making the feature easier to discover for Twitter users and will roll out the marketing campaign over the rest of the year and into 2016. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: Earlier today, Twitter announced that it is introduce a new Home timeline feature that gives users the option to "see the best Tweets first." The algorithmically generated timeline will show the tweets out of order based on what they think users want to see most. Dorsey had also confirmed last month that the company will change the 140-character rule. Over the past quarter, Twitter has had to address changes to its company as the stock price has dropped over 50%. In late January, Dorsey confirmed the departures of four executives. They include Twitter's head of product, Kevin Weil, head of media, Katie Stanton, head of engineering, Alex Roetter, and head of human resources, Brian "Skip" Schipper. Following the executive exits, Stifel downgraded the company to Hold, saying that it does not see how the departures can be viewed as positive in the middle of an attempted business turnaround. Evercore added that the likelihood of near-term growth re-acceleration at Twitter looks less likely following the departures. The analyst adds that traffic trends and agency channel checks continue "to point to the worst" for the company. Goldman lowered its price target to $28 after the executive exits, arguing that continued management instability likely further delays the development of the technology and product needed for Twitter to see user growth, engagement, and monetization. The firm also cut their Twitter 2016-2017 revenue estimates by 5%. As the stock price continues to fall, The Information reported that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake have considered a deal for Twitter. Cantor added that Twitter is in play as a possible takeover target. Potential suitors include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, the firm thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. A Re/code report said that Twitter could name two new board members when it announces its Q4 earnings tonight. The new board members are likely to take the place of Peter Chernin and Peter Currie, two current directors; potential names that have been mentioned for the company's board include Shonda Rhimes, Oprah and Kendrick Lamar. PRICE ACTION: Twitter shares are down over 45% in the last three months. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its Q4 report, Twitter shares are trading up 1.9%.
11:20 EDTTWXTime Warner says HBO Now an 'additive part' of growth strategy
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11:10 EDTTWXTime Warner sees 55c-60c drag on FY16 adjusted EPS due to FX
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11:07 EDTTWXTime Warner says expects earnings to be weighted towards 2H in 2016
11:03 EDTTWXTime Warner 'very confident' about HBO's ability to generate growth
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10:41 EDTTWXTime Warner: HBO Now a 'significant contributor' to HBO subscriber growth
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10:38 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO says expects revenue growth to accelerate this year
CEO Jeff Bewkes says shift to on demand consumption of video content is accelerating. Says consumers spending more time and money watching video than ever. Says believes strongest brands, biggest networks, best content will take share. Says company "ideally positioned" to benefit. Says expects revenue growth to accelerate this year. Comments taken from the Q4 earnings conference call. Time Warner is down 5.2% to $59.92 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open; FB NFLX INTC DIS AAPL BAC CSCO JNJ SCTY
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09:21 EDTTWXTime Warner drops following results to new 52-week low
The shares are down over 8% at time of writing to $58. At that price next support is at $57.11. Resistance is at $59.22.
09:19 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Akamai (AKAM), up 16.5%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 10.7%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Deutsche Bank (DB), up 6.1% after the Financial Times reported that the company is considering a multibillion bond buyback... Fitbit (FIT), up 3.7% after Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake in the company... FireEye (FEYE), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Shire (SHPG), up 1.7% after being upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Time Warner (TWX), down 7.6%... Disney (DIS), down 5.1%... SolarCity (SCTY), down 27.8%. ALSO LOWER: CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 38% after the FDA placed pacritinib IND on full clinical hold... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), down 40.1% after 29.1M share Spot Unit offering priced at $0.275.
07:08 EDTTWXTime Warner reports Q4 HBO revenues up 6% to $1.4B
Home Box Office revenues increased 6% to $1.4B, due to increases of 3% in Subscription revenues and 20% in Content and other revenues. Subscription revenues grew primarily due to higher domestic rates, partially offset by lower international revenues, which included the impact of the transfer to Turner of the operation of HBO's basic cable network in India. Turner revenues increased 2% to $2.7B, due to an increase of 5% in Advertising revenues. Subscription and Content and other revenues were essentially flat in the quarter. Advertising revenues increased due to domestic growth and local currency growth at Turner's international networks, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates. Warner Bros. revenues decreased 13% to $3.3B, mainly due to lower theatrical revenues, as the prior year quarter included the releases of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Interstellar and Annabelle, as well as the impact of foreign exchange rates.
07:04 EDTTWXTime Warner approves new $5B share repurchase program
From January 1, 2015 through February 5, 2016, the company repurchased approximately 52M shares of common stock for approximately $4.1B. These amounts reflect the purchase of approximately 11M shares of common stock for approximately $787M since the amounts reported in the company's third quarter earnings release on November 4, 2015. In January 2016, the company's Board of Directors authorized a total of $5B in share repurchases beginning January 1, 2016, including the amount remaining under the prior authorization.
07:02 EDTTWXTime Warner sees FY16 adjusted EPS $5.30-$5.40, consensus $5.26
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07:02 EDTTWXTime Warner reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.06, consensus $1.01
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