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February 9, 2016
15:02 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Akamai to report as client losses, Google competition looms
Akamai (AKAM) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, February 9, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Akamai is a provider of cloud computing services and content delivery networks. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $568.72M. EPS consensus ranges 58c-64c on a revenue range of $559.0M-$576.23M, according to First Call. During the company's last earnings conference call, Akamai forecast Q4 EPS of 60c-64c on revenue of $557M-$577M, and also noted expectations for declining revenue from its large media clients. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Akamai reported third quarter EPS of 62c against expectations for 58c, and revenue of $551M versus estimates of $550.29M. NEWS: On November 2, Akamai announced the acquisition of cybersecurity firm Bloxx, which it said would enhance its cloud security offerings. On November 19, the company announced a collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to reduce hosting and traffic costs for Akamai customers who also use Google's cloud platform. In early December, Google quietly began rolling out its own cloud content delivery network. STREET RESEARCH: Akamai saw no less than five analyst downgrades following its last earnings report, with JPMorgan, Canaccord, Cowen, Craig-Hallum, and FBR all negative on the company in the wake of its disappointing guidance and lower traffic growth from its three largest customers. On November 20, Goldman Sachs downgraded Akamai to Sell and lowered its price target to $52 from $62, with the research firm highlighting reduced orders from large clients as well as an industry focus on cutting download sizes. On November 24, JMP Securities said its checks with content delivery network experts revealed that "very few" of Akamai's clients other than its largest customers can build their own CDN systems. The firm reiterated its Outperform rating and $85 target on the shares, saying Akamai is well-positioned for the growing opportunity in over-the-top streaming and the convergence of cloud security and CDN. On December 9, JPMorgan said Apple's (AAPL) suspension of its TV streaming plans removes a catalyst for Akamai's media business recovery, leading the research firm to struggle to see a near-term driver of sustainable volume improvement. Following reports of Google planning its own content delivery network, JPMorgan and Craig-Hallum cut their outlooks on Akamai on December 14, saying the news could mark a first step toward Google competing for some of Akamai's business. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Akamai have slipped 2.4% to $40.00 ahead of Tuesday's results.
10:21 EDTGOOGRising competition may weigh on PayPal margins, analyst says
Research firm Piper Jaffray warned that PayPal continues to face increased competition, which may weigh on its results. Meanwhile, the company announced a change in its Chief Technology Officer. PIPER STICKS WITH SELL RATING: Other leading digital payment systems are becoming more competitive with PayPal's offering, according to well-known Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. More financial and technology competitors - including Visa (V), MasrterCard (MA), Google (GOOG,GOOGL), Samsung and Apple (AAPL) - are offering "similar functionality" to PayPal, Munster believes. Moreover, Apple and and Samsung will begin accepting mobile Web payments in 2016, intruding on PayPal's core competency, and Facebook (FB) is looking to partner with multiple players in the space, Munster noted. The credit card networks are poised to launch online checkout systems, further increasing PayPal's competition, Munster warned. In the face of all this competition, PayPal's appeal to its customers is questionable, according to the analyst, who kept a $33 price target and Underweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: PayPal announced that its CTO, James Barrese, would resign "to take time off." Barrese will be replaced, effective April 1, by Sri Shivananda, who led eBay's (EBAY) Global Platform and Infrastructure team, PayPal reported. Shivananda's team has worked closely with PayPal, the company noted. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, PayPal slipped about 1% to $33.30.
09:34 EDTGOOGChannelAdvisor says Amazon SSS grew 17.8% in January, eBay SSS up 4%
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09:09 EDTCSCO, VMWGoldman to hold a conference
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09:09 EDTVMWVMware to host webcast
Management hosts a webcast to outline its strategy to help businesses deliver and secure enterprise digital workspaces, share details about the new products and solutions and showcase technology demonstrations on February 9 at 12:30 pm. Webcast Link
08:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm to host analyst day
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06:23 EDTVZNFL seeks to up Verizon's $1B streaming agreement, NY Post reports
The NFL is shopping its Thursday Night Football streaming package rights in an effort to get Verizon to up its $1B existing mobile-phone rights deal, the New York Post reports. Verizon intends to renew its phone rights to NFL games on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday and acquire wider streaming rights beyond what it already has, the report says, citing sources. The NFL is trying to tie Thursday's streaming rights to an extension of Verizon's NFL sponsorship, the report says, citing a source close to the talks. Reference Link
05:55 EDTGOOGPiper's Munster sees PayPal product differentiation being reduced
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February 8, 2016
17:00 EDTVZNFL shopping streaming rights for Thursday Night Football, Bloomberg says
The NFL is shopping the web streaming rights for Thursday Night Football and has held talks with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Yahoo (YHOO), Facebook (FB), Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), reports Bloomberg, citing sources. Though some of the companies rejected the high price asked by the league, Yahoo, Verizon, and AT&T are expected to bid, the sources told Bloomberg. The NFL is not pursuing a longterm relationship, and will instead use the next several years to explore various distribution models in preparation for selling a broader array of digital rights near 2021, the report said. Reference Link
14:18 EDTVZAOL's Armstrong asked to help explore possible Yahoo bid, Bloomberg reports
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13:45 EDTVZVerizon asks Armstrong to lead exploration of possible Yahoo bid, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: A-Mark Precious Metals (AMRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Antero Midstream (AM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... AstraZeneca (AZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Brixmor (BRX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Citi Trends (CTRN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... DexCom (DXCM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Baird... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Eversource (ES) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Givaudan (GVDNY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Nomura (NMR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Novo Nordisk (NVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Plains All American (PAA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Baird... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Quanta Services (PWR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Sparton (SPA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Tableau (DATA) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... WisdomTree (WETF) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette.
10:00 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amedisys (AMED) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... American Campus (ACC) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Big 5 Sporting (BGFV) upgraded on potential Sports Authority closures at Stifel... CenterState Banks (CSFL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Globant (GLOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded on valuation, higher gold price at BMO Capital... L Brands (LB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Sell at B. Riley... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... OM Asset Management (OMAM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Orbital ATK (OA) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... SCANA (SCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Sensient (SXT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Suffolk Bancorp (SCNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Supernus (SUPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ultimate Software (ULTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... athenahealth (ATHN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka.
09:41 EDTQCOMAmbarella Q1 pricing down due to competition in China, says OTR Global
OTR Global's checks indicate Ambarella's (AMBA) Q1 pricing is down 15%-20% quarter-over-quarter for security, automotive SOCS due to competition in China.
07:05 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
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06:49 EDTVZVerizon CEO says company interested in acquiring Yahoo, CNBC reports
Verizon (VZ) chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said that the company is mulling a bid to acquire yahoo (YHOO), CNBC reported Friday, citing McAdam's comments on Jim Cramer's "Mad Money." "We have to understand the trends," McAdam told Cramer when asked if Verizon had interest in adding Yahoo to its three-tier strategy. "But then at the right price, I think marrying up some of their assets with AOL and the leadership would be good." Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGWall Street view of Yelp soured by higher costs, slowing user growth, WSJ says
Wall Street sentiment towards Yelp (YELP) has soured as the company struggles with rising costs and weakening user growth, Steven Russollilo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the tape says. With the company poised to report Q4 results Monday, Yelp is closer to falling below its $15 IPO price for the first time, which seemed very unlikely a few years ago when its shares were trading above $100, the Journal says. The company has nearly tripled its employee count over the past three years, but generates a lower revenue per employee than multiple tech companies, including Facebook (FB) and Alphabet (GOOG), the report says. In addition, Yelp's niche market is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies like Google diverting traffic to its own listings, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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February 7, 2016
17:49 EDTGOOGGoogle developing new virtual reality headset, FT says
Google (GOOG) is developing a new virtual reality headset for smartphones and updating its Android VR technology, reports the Financial Times, citing sources. The headset will be a successor to the company's Cardboard device, still relying on a user's smartphone but featuring improved sensors, lenses, and solid plastic casing, the sources told the Financial Times. The device will be similar to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR and is expected to launch alongside the improved Android VR tech this year, the report added. Reference Link
16:38 EDTVZVerizon makes Go90 data free, responds to net neutrality criticism, Re/code says
Verizon has exempted its Go90 video platform from counting against data caps for Verizon subscribers, reports Re/code. In response to questions of whether the policy violates net neutrality principles, a company spokesperson told the publication, "Go90 has decided to take advantage of Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 service... an open, non-exclusive service available to other content providers on a non-discriminatory basis. Any interested content provider can use FreeBee Data 360 to expand their audiences." Reference Link
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