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July 30, 2014
18:54 EDTYELP, WFM, AKAM, WLL, MOBL, YUM, KRFT, SZYM, NOW, EQIX, VPRT, PVA, LRCX, WSTL, GLUU, LPSNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: VistaPrint (VPRT), up 20.6% after reporting better than expected quarterly results and guiding fiscal 2015 higher than analyst estimates... Mobileiron (MOBL), up 16.5%... LivePerson (LPSN), up 10.6%... Equinix (EQIX), up 1.1%... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 1.2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 9.9% after reporting second quarter results and that it will acquire Cie Games for $100M in cash and stock... ServiceNow (NOW), down 5.8%... Akamai (AKAM), down 5.3%... Westell Technologies (WSTL), down 7.5%... Solazyme (SZYM), down 4%... Whole Foods (WFM), down 3.4% after reporting third quarter results and guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014... Kraft Foods (KRFT), down 1.6%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 1.6%... Yelp (YELP), reverses in after-hours trading and shares are down marginally after reporting a decline in newly added businesses. ALSO LOWER: Penn Virginia (PVA), down 2.1% after announcing that it has sold Eagle Ford Shale acreage rights for $150M... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 5.6% after saying that OSI had a "significant, negative impact" to its sales in China.
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09:36 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile mentioned cautiously by TheStreetSweeper
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10:24 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTPVAPenn Virginia CEO retirement could increase M&A speculation, dealReporter says
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09:35 EDTPVAActive equity options trading on open
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08:19 EDTNOWIndustry talks point to larger deals for ServiceNow, says Stephens
Stephens said its recent talks with industry partners suggest ServiceNow is seeing increasing deal sizes and better uptake outside of IT. The firm believes low penetration and weak competition give ServiceNow an opportunity for strong growth and reiterates its Overweight rating and $90 target while continuing to recommend pullbacks in the stock be used as buying opportunities.
08:09 EDTYELPYelp ending efforts to find buyer a positive, says Brean Capital
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07:23 EDTAKAMAkamai and Telecom Italia announce partnership agreement
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July 20, 2015
16:13 EDTPVAPenn Virginia CEO announces retirement
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10:43 EDTYELPZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
10:13 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTWLLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTYELPYelp August volatility elevated as shares trend lower
Yelp July weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 69; compared to its 52-week range of 38 to 81, suggesting large August price movement.
09:42 EDTYELPYelp hits a new 52-week low, levels to watch
Shares are down over 3.8% to $33.62 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $33.35, the new low, and then at $32.88. Resistance is at $34.62. Barclays downgraded the stock to Equal Weight and cut its price target to $36.
09:22 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:19 EDTEQIXBofA/Merrill data center analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:34 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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07:00 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
05:44 EDTYELPZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
05:37 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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