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October 24, 2014
16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle won't make additional investments in Himax Display, DigiTimes says
Himax announced that Google has decided not to exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax Display, reports DigiTimes. Himax stated that Google will continue to work closely as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:53 EDTTWXAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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13:14 EDTGOOGMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTGOOGFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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13:06 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Inbox on blog
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09:21 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle announces continued progress on fighting piracy
Google is refining its search algorithm designed to demote links to sites featuring content that allegedly infringes on copyrights, the company said in a blog post. Google says "We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week." Reference Link
06:14 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNX NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Xilinx (XLNX) 24, Netflix (NFLX) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 21, 2014
17:38 EDTGOOGHimax announces Google will not exercise additional investment option in company
Himax Technologies (HIMX) announced that Google (GOOG) has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display. Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Shares of Himax are down 13.7% following the report.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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13:52 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Firebase, terms not disclosed
Google announced on its Google Cloud Platform blog that it has acquired Firebase, which "makes it very easy for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in realtime." Google comments, "By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development. If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away and if you’re a Google Cloud Platform customer, you’ll find it even easier to create great mobile and web apps. The entire Firebase team is joining Google and, under the leadership of Firebase co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee, will be working hard to bring you great new features. Not only will the products you already love continue to get better, but you’ll also gain access to the full power of Google Cloud Platform. At Google Cloud Platform Live on November 4, we’ll be demonstrating new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform." Reference Link
11:20 EDTGOOGData says open-source Android OS could threaten revenue, Information says
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09:55 EDTTWXBlackout not 'game changer' for Time Warner, DISH, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the removal of several of Time Warner's (TWX) Turner channels from DISH's (DISH) line-up will not be a "game changer" for either company. Wells notes the majority of Time Warner's affiliate growth comes from TNT and TBS networks, and it does not expect the channel loss to impact DISH's subscriber trends. The firm expects the networks to come back to DISH "eventually."
07:26 EDTGOOGGoogle invests in enhanced reality visual-display start-up, WSJ reports
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07:07 EDTGOOGMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
06:27 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 26, Netflix (NFLX) 38 according to iVolatility.
October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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13:40 EDTGOOGVringo says Court of Appeals invites Google to respond to en banc petition
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12:01 EDTNFLXNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGOOGRobinhood.org to hold conference
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06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 27, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTGOOG, NFLXStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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12:38 EDTNFLXNetflix shares 'so far underpriced right now its amazing,' says Cuban
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12:17 EDTNFLXMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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11:38 EDTNFLXCuban say buying Netflix stock, predicts 'someone will try to buy them'
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10:58 EDTNFLX, TWXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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09:38 EDTNFLX, GOOGActive equity options trading on
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08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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07:53 EDTGOOGFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle exec confident in improving YouTube ad sales, BI reports
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07:37 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTGOOGMacquarie continues to recommend Google for long-term holders
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $620 from $650 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its price target for Google shares to $620 saying higher operating expenses and elevated Capex pressured margins and earnings in Q3. The firm views the current valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Google.
06:24 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $675 from $725 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest lowered its price target for Google shares to $675 citing expectations for a higher tax rate following the company's Q3 results. The firm thinks shares are attractively valued at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating on Google.
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $652 from $684 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google (GOOGL) shares to $652 following the company's Q3 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Citi calls the results "relatively good."
06:13 EDTGOOGLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
05:44 EDTGOOGGoogle growth story remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:29 EDTGOOGGoogle says Omid Kordestani now officially Chief Business Officer
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16:30 EDTNFLX, TWXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 Sites revenue $11.25B vs. $9.38B last year
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16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle shares drop 5% to $508.51 after Q3 misses estimates
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16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 average cost-per-click down 2% vs. last year
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16:02 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 17% vs. last year
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16:02 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 EPS $6.35, consensus $6.53
Reports Q3 revenue $16.52B, consensus $16.57B.
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 16, 2014
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15:26 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:42 EDTGOOGeBay appears done with same-day delivery 'experiment,' Re/Code says
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14:26 EDTGOOGGoogle technical comments ahead of earnings
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14:04 EDTGOOGGoogle seen testing high-speed wireless service, Reuters says
Telecommunications experts that have seen Google's regulatory filings are saying that the company may be preparing a wireless version of its high-speed "Fiber" Internet service, says Reuters. Reference Link
12:49 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares down 8% since last earnings report
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12:29 EDTNFLX, TWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
10:49 EDTTWXCBS likely to launch Showtime OTT service in 2015, says Piper Jaffray
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10:39 EDTNFLXNetflix tumbles after guidance, subscribers miss expectations
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10:06 EDTGOOGThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to hold a conference
7th Annual Federal Trade Commision Microeconomics Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on October 16-17.
10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
10:01 EDTNFLX, TWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTNFLXNetflix long-term growth intact, says BTIG
BTIG would not sell Netfix and said issues are short-term and that long-term growth is intact. The analyst said content quality is ramping and the company has an underappreciated technology lead of incumbent media peers and is able to produce content an a far more efficient, global scale, increasing its international expansion opportunities. Shares are Buy rated
09:23 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:21 EDTNFLXNetflix core competitive advantages appear intact, says Pacific Crest
After Netflix reported Q3 results that Pacific Crest views as weak, the firm thinks the company's core competitive advantages appear to be intact. The firm believes that the company has much growth and profit potential remaining. It cut its price target on the name to $490 from $530 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
09:18 EDTTWXMoonves: Showtime standalone service in 'not too distant future,' NY Times says
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08:37 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at Topeka
As previously reported, Topeka upgraded Time Warner to Buy from Hold. The firm upgraded shares citing better than expected guidance targeted at yesterday's analyst day. Price target raised to $90 from $70. Note that BofA/Merrill also upgraded shares today.
08:24 EDTGOOGSchneiderman, Gascon applaud Google for 'kill switch' incorporation
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon issued the following statement on the release of Google’s new version of Android software, which will incorporate theft deterrent technology for the first time. Both Schneiderman and Gascon said, “We applaud Google for including a ‘kill switch’ solution in its new version of Android. The majority of smartphone owners now have access to an theft-deterrent solution. Through the work of the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative in concert with the smartphone industry, we are well on our way to safeguarding our loved ones from opportunistic thieves. But in order for these theft deterrents to effectively end the epidemic, they must be enabled by default so violent criminals lack the incentive to steal any smartphone. We will continue to encourage every actor in the smartphone industry, including Google, to take the necessary, additional step of ensuring this technology is opt-out on all devices.” Reference Link
08:23 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $85-$90 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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08:06 EDTGOOGAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:58 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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07:49 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:47 EDTTWXTime Warner added to Focus List at JPMorgan
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07:23 EDTNFLXFutures suggest market plunge
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07:19 EDTNFLXNetflix new content can 'reinvigorate' growth, says JPMorgan
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07:16 EDTNFLXNetflix shares should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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07:04 EDTNFLXNetflix price target lowered to $415 from $500 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Netflix after the company reported lower than expected Q3 subscriber growth and provided lower than expected Q4 subscriber guidance. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares, citing the ongoing shift to Internet TV and Netflix's strong position in that segment.
06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated into disappointing Q3
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:26 EDTNFLXNetflix price target lowered to $364 from $453 at Citigroup
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06:20 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
CRT Capital downgraded Netflix to Fair Value and reduced its price target to $375 from $510 following disappointing Q3 results. The analyst said Netflix invests heavily in content and expansion, faces increasing competition, and lack s enough near-term catalysts to move shares.
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle Fiber coming to Austin, TX in December, GigaOM reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Netflix to Hold with a $300 price target citing a more favorable risk/reward following the post-earnings sell-off.
06:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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05:52 EDTNFLXNetflix price target lowered to $345 from $434 at Piper Jaffray
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October 15, 2014
18:47 EDTGOOGGoogle unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus phone, tablet, set-top player
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18:43 EDTNFLXNetflix says 'feeling incredible' about international growth
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18:26 EDTGOOG, NFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:19 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q4 U.S. contribution margin increasing about 500bps YoY
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17:05 EDTNFLXNetflix says primary cause of subscriber decline was subscription price increase
The company said, "Year on year net additions in the U.S. were down to 1M in Q3 compared to 1.3M in 3Q13. As best we can tell, the primary cause is the slightly higher prices we now have compared to a year ago. Slightly higher prices result in slightly less growth, other things being equal, and this is manifested more clearly in higher adoption markets such as the U.S. In hindsight, we believe that late Q2 and early Q3, the impact of higher prices appeared to be offset for about two months by the large positive reception to Season two of Orange is the New Black. We remain happy with the price changes and growth in revenue and will continue to improve our service, with better content, better streaming and better choosing. The effect of slightly higher prices is factored into our Q4 forecast."
16:37 EDTNFLXNetflix downside continues in the extended session
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16:15 EDTNFLXNetflix plunges after hours
The shares are down over 23% to $344.53 in the extended session following earnings. At that price, resistance is at $346.06 and then at $351.88. Support is at $336.76.
16:11 EDTNFLXNetflix down over 20% following Q3 results
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix added 3.02M members in Q3
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix expects to add 4M members in Q4
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16:09 EDTNFLXNetflix ends Q3 with 53.1M global members
16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q4 EPS 44c, consensus 85c
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16:01 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q3 EPS 96c, consensus 93c
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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15:48 EDTNFLXNetflix October 450 straddle priced for 6.5% move into Q3
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15:28 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
14:01 EDTNFLXNetflix technical comments ahead of results
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13:43 EDTGOOGFirm says more apps downloaded from Google than Apple, 9to5Google says
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13:22 EDTTWX, NFLXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
13:21 EDTGOOGAmazon investor sentiment near all-time lows, analyst says
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13:09 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: eBay to report Q3 earnings after PayPal spin-off announcement
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.37B. The consensus range is 65c-72c for EPS, and $4.33B-$4.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported second quarter EPS of 69c against estimates of 68c on revenue of $4.37B against estimates of $4.38B. The company gave Q3 EPS guidance of 65c-67c and Q3 revenue guidance of $4.3B-$4.4B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00. It narrowed FY14 revenue guidance to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B. eBay said Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June. The company confirmed the Q3 guidance during a conference call in September. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: eBay announced in late September that it will separate eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies, set to be completed in the second half of 2015. eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig will be the CEO of the new eBay company and Dan Schulman will become CEO of the new PayPal company. The cost of the transaction has yet to be determined, and the split is not designed to position either business for sale. During its conference call to discuss the split, the company said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile payments this year and added that Apple (AAPL) could help speed NFC adoption and would be good for PayPal. eBay adds that it has "never been more bullish" on PayPal's prospects. Following the announcement, there were rumors that Google (GOOG) was looking to acquire eBay. Piper Jaffray said the press reports of the talks between the two companies are "largely unsubstantiated." The company was downgraded at JPMorgan, JMP Securities, Jeffries, and Wedbush after the announcement of a split due to increased uncertainty. Investors say the benefit of the spin-off plans are not as clear, unsure if a standalone PayPal is in a better position to compete in the quickly changing digital payments space. Wedbush analysts say a spin-off will not boost the payment processor's business and may have negative consequences for both companies. Investors were also split on how Apple's mobile payments platform will affect eBay and PayPal. RW Baird said Apple iWallet will pose a threat to PayPal, particularly to its opportunities at point-of-sale and Piper Jaffray said the new payments system will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. JPMorgan, however, said iWallet will be a net positive for payment networks and Citigroup believes the risks from Apple are likely overstated. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more 2.21% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its earnings report, eBay shares are trading down 2%.
12:36 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTTWX, NFLXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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11:13 EDTGOOGVringo subsidiary petitions for rehearing en banc in case against Google
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. has submitted a petition for rehearing en banc in its case against Google (GOOG) and certain of Google's customers at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit following the Federal Circuit's split opinion on August 15.
10:55 EDTTWX, NFLXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
10:03 EDTTWXTime Warner's Turner unit sees low double-digit operating income CAGR 2013-18
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09:59 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO says has more than sufficient scale, sees doubling EPS
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09:52 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO sees investing more in content over time
Time Warner notes it invested $13.8B in content in 2013. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is speaking at the company's investor day meeting.
09:51 EDTTWXTime Warner sees adjusted EPS $6 by 2016, $8 by 2018
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09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:16 EDTGOOGLenovo CSO 'confident' in Motorola Mobility deal finalization, Bloomberg says
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07:14 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Netflix October call option implied volatility is at 95, November is at 40, December is at 38, January is at 37, March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 35, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle says researchers discovered vulnerability in SSL encryption
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October 14, 2014
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle says researchers discovered vulnerability in SSL encryption, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTGOOGDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
08:59 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTGOOGGoogle says YouTube Preferred ads essentially sold out, WSJ reports
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07:11 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated at 97 into Q3 and outlook
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06:36 EDTGOOG'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle may be leading $500M funding round for Magic Leap, Re/code reports
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05:45 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG
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October 13, 2014
16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms limited test of online medical advice, Washington Post reports
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13:53 EDTGOOGYouTube to open New York video production studio
Google's YouTube announced that it would open a new video production studio in New York next month. YouTube already has video production facilities in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
13:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
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