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July 24, 2014
10:54 EDTWB, JMEI, SOHU, DANG, CMCM, VIPSChina's Weibo, Jumei advance after Citi starts coverage with Buy ratings
Shares of Chinese microblog Weibo (WB) and Chinese online beauty product retailer Jumei International (JMEI) are rising after Citigroup initiated coverage of both stocks with Buy ratings. WEIBO: Citigroup analyst Thomas Chong initiated coverage of Weibo with a Buy rating, saying that the company has established a solid, popular brand. Moreover, the company's ad revenue should rise as more small and medium businesses look to advertise on the website, Chong wrote. Additionally, Weibo is slated to fully launch a payment system for companies in the second half of 2014 and this system should help the company sell more ads, the analyst forecast. He set a $22.60 price target on the shares. JUMEI: Jumei International has executed well by recommending quality products to its customers and is establishing a trustworthy brand, Chong believes. The company has a loyal customer base of more than 10M and it is likely to shift to selling many more higher margin private label and exclusive products, the analyst stated. He set a $32.60 target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chong also initiated coverage of Chinese Internet companies Sohu.com (SOHU), Dangdang (DANG), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), and Vipshop (VIPS) with Buy ratings today. Sohu provides online games and a search engine, while Dangdang is an e-commerce company specializing in books. Cheetah Mobile sells applications for the mobile Internet and Vipshop is an online discount retailer. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Weibo rose 1.4% to $19.58 and Jumei climbed 5.25% to $29.49.
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October 30, 2014
10:52 EDTWB, SOHUBaidu rises after profits beat expectations
Chinese Internet search engine Baidu (BIDU) is climbing after the company reported higher than expected profits and in-line revenue. WHAT'S NEW: Baidu reported third quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.90, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.69. The company's revenue came in at $2.2B, in-line with the consensus outlook. Baidu provided Q4 revenue guidance of $2.26B-$2.32B, versus the consensus outlook of $2.3B. Last quarter, Baidu had more traffic from mobile devices than PCs, and mobile traffic generated 36% of its revenue, the company noted. "In the third quarter, our investments in mobile continued to pay off as mobile proved once again to be a strong driver of topline growth," said Baidu CFO Jennifer Li. ANALYST REACTION: Baidu's investment in mobile is starting to pay off, agreed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a note to investors today. Additionally, the impact to Baidu from its investments in mobile appear not to have been as drastic as previously thought, and the company remains "essentially unchallenged" in the Chinese search market, wrote the analyst. He raised his price target on the shares to $267 from $222 and kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Meanwhile, research firm Stifel Nicolaus reported that the company's gross margin was about 1.5 percentage points ahead of expectations in Q3. Baidu is on track to generate about 65% of its queries from mobile devices in a year, at which point it may significantly increase the prices it charges for mobile search ads, the firm stated, adding that the company's innovation in mobile has been strong. Stifel has a $250 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Baidu rose 4% to $224. Other Chinese Internet names also rose, with Weibo (WB) adding 1% to $18, Renren (RENN) rising 1% to $3.45, Sohu.com (SOHU) gaining 1.5% to $44, and Qihoo 360 (QIHU) adding 0.5% to $68.50.
October 29, 2014
10:00 EDTJMEI, VIPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:32 EDTJMEIJumei downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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07:44 EDTJMEIJumei initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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07:44 EDTDANGDangdang coverage assumed with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Price target lowered to $12 from $15.50.
07:43 EDTVIPSVipshop initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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October 21, 2014
12:49 EDTWBAcxiom, Weibo announce partnership
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08:07 EDTSOHURenren rumored to plan sale of video platform to Sohu, Marbridge Daily says
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October 17, 2014
10:16 EDTSOHUHigh option volume stocks
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