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August 3, 2015
16:20 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Buy at Topeka
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 3, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 15.92 Option volume leaders: AAPL MWE TWTR FB RIG BAC DIS WMB NFLX CHK XOM CCE
11:52 EDTYELPCitron says Yelp selloff looks 'a bit overdone'
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11:34 EDTLNKDStocks with call strike movement; WFM LNKD
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11:19 EDTANGIAngie's List management to meet with Needham
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10:16 EDTYELP, FB, LNKDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AAL TWTR MU BAC NFLX ABX FIT
August 2, 2015
15:45 EDTFBFacebook tests live events feature, WSJ says
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14:15 EDTYELPYelp results may signal weakness for Groupon, others, Barron's says
A recent guidance cut from Yelp (YELP) "doesn't bode well" for certain Web companies like Groupon (GRPN), ReachLocal (RLOC), and Priceline's (PCLN) OpenTable, as newer firms like GrubHub (GRUB) lure away salespeople and ad revenue, Barron's contends in a 'Technology Trader' column. However, the publication also questions whether GrubHub, Uber, and others are "creating any lasting value." Reference Link
July 31, 2015
16:22 EDTFB, YELP, LNKDStocks end week higher in U.S. despite selloff in China
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 31, 2015
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13:27 EDTLNKDLinkedIn weakness a buying opportunity, says Axiom
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11:47 EDTLNKDStocks with call strike movement; LNKD HPQ
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10:31 EDTLNKD, FB, YELPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:16 EDTLNKDLinkedIn should be bought on weakness, says KeyBanc
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08:41 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale
08:18 EDTFBFacebook says aerospace, laser communications teams hit milestones
Facebook's Connectivity Lab team yesterday announced two milestones toward its goal to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that can "drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure." First, the team said "Aquila," the high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft designed by its aerospace team in the U.K., is now complete and ready for flight testing. "Aquila has the wingspan of a 737 but weighs hundreds of times less, thanks to its unique design and carbon-fiber frame. When deployed, it will be able to circle a remote region for up to 90 days, beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet," Facebook stated. Second, Facebook said its laser communications team achieved a "significant performance breakthrough," noting they’ve designed and lab-tested a laser that can deliver data at 10s of Gb per second, or approximately 10x faster than the previous state-of-the-art in the industry, to a target the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away. Facebook noted its team is now starting to test these lasers in real-world conditions. Reference Link
07:52 EDTLNKDLinkedIn weakness a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley remains bullish on LinkedIn as Q2 results highlighted strength in core Talent Solutions, momentum in Sponsored content, and its ability to manage high margin businesses. The firm was surprised by the after market selloff and recommends buying shares on weakness. Morgan Stanley rates LinkedIn an Overweight with a $280 price target.
07:13 EDTLNKDLinkedIn pullback a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth recommends using the post-earnings pullback in shares of LinkedIn as a buying opportunity. The company reported "solid" Q2 results with upside in both Talent and Marketing, even before better than expected contribution from Lynda.com, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $300 price target.
07:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target raised to $260 from $245 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on LinkedIn after the company reported stronger than expected Q2 results. The firm thinks that the company's core business performed well, except for its Market Solutions unit. Cantor keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:11 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reported another weak quarter, says Brean Capital
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06:00 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
05:55 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 61, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
05:41 EDTLNKDLinkedIn Marketing transition masking Talent strength, says Piper Jaffray
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July 30, 2015
19:35 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: YRC Worldwide (YRCW), up 17.7%... SkyWest (SKYW), up 11.5%... Zeltiq Aesthetics (ZLTQ), up 9%... Columbia Sportswear (COLM), up 11%... Expedia (EXPE), up 7.9%... Ellie Mae (ELLI), up 7%... Comfort Systems (FIX), up 6.2%... DigitalGlobe (DGI), up 5%... Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI), up 8%... Amgen (AMGN), up 1.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), up 1.7% after getting FDA clearance for IND application for JCAR015... Priceline (PCLN), up 1.5% following Expedia's quarterly results... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), up 9.6% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced talks with Coca-Cola bottlers... Endurance Specialty (ENH), up 2.6% after being added to the S&P MidCap 400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Oculus (OCLS), down 17%... Computer Programs (CPSI), down 11.9%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 9.2%... FireEye (FEYE), down 5.2% after reporting quarterly results and that CFO Michael Sheridan intends to leave the company... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 8.5%... Solazyme (SZYM), down 8.8%... Boston Beer (SAM), down 5.2%... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 10.7%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 4.5%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 3.2%.
18:56 EDTFBFacebook plans drone test later this year, AP says
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18:23 EDTLNKDLinkedIn confirms slight takedown in 2H15 guidance
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18:13 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The market began the session in negative territory following the release of second quarter GDP data below economists' estimates. Continuing this morning's slow start, the indexes churned in negative territory for the first half of the day before turning mixed near noon. The Dow and S&P generally lagged behind the Nasdaq, with the S&P narrowly edging into positive territory by session close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product was estimated to have grown at a 2.3% annualized rate in the second quarter, though expectations were for GDP growth of 2.7%. The government also upwardly revised its estimate of first quarter GDP growth to 0.6% from a prior estimate of 0.2% contraction in the period. Initial jobless claims rose 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended July 25, which was a bit below the expected 270,000 first-time claims. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) reported earnings and revenues last night that topped expectations, but its shares slid $1.78, or 1.84%, to $95.21 as the social network's growth in daily averages users fell a bit short of the consensus forecast and may have missed the high, "whisper" expectations for its report... Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) sunk 11.61% to $36.08 and hit a 52-week low of $35.57 during the session after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected profit guidance. Several analysts downgraded shares of the organic foods grocer in the wake of its quarterly report and outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was T-Mobile (TMUS), which advanced $1.82, or 4.91%, to $38.86 after handily beating analyst estimates and raising its outlook for yearly net customer additions forecast. Also higher following their earnings reports were Mondelez (MDLZ) and WWE (WWE), gaining a respective 5.03% and 17.48%. Among the noteworthy losers was Stratasys (SSYS), which fell $3.82, or 10.47%, to $32.67 after the company rescinded its fiscal year guidance, citing a lack of visibility on growth in the market. The news built on continued fears of overcapacity in the sector, leading to session losses for numerous 3D printer stocks, including an 8.94% drop for peer 3D Systems (DDD). Also lower was Qorvo (QRVO), which declined $9.99, or 14.17%, to $60.49 after its second quarter guidance significantly trailed analyst estimates, after which the stock saw price target reductions from BMO and Brean. Additionally, LinnCo (LNCO) declined $1.83, or 29.33%, to $4.41 after parent company Linn Energy (LINE) announced plans to suspend dividends and reserve roughly $450M from annualized distributions, which saw Linn also slipping 26.32% to $4.76. INDEXES: The Dow fell 5.41, or 0.03%, to 17,745.98, the Nasdaq gained 17.05, or 0.33%, to 5,128.79, and the S&P 500 advanced 0.06, or 0.00%%, to 2,108.63.
16:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports members grew 21% to 380M in Q2
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16:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Talent Solutions revenue up 38% to $443M
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16:05 EDTLNKDLinkedIn jumps $30.44 to $257.83 after Q2 earnings beat estimates
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16:04 EDTLNKDLinkedIn raises FY15 EPS view to $2.19, consensus $1.93
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16:03 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees Q3 EPS 43c, consensus 43c
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16:02 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 30c
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16:00 EDTFB, LNKDOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
15:45 EDTLNKDLinkedIn July weekly 225 straddle priced for 11.7% movement into Q2
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15:04 EDTLNKDNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:58 EDTLNKDLinkedIn July weekly 225 straddle priced for 11.2% movement into Q2
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13:47 EDTLNKDLinkedIn technical commentary ahead of earnings
A risk to the stock is a potential head and shoulders top pattern that has been developing since late July of last year. The right shoulder is not complete, and would not be unless or until there is a move below the $191 area. If there was a negative surprise the pattern could be triggered by a gap down in price. Potential downside in that event over time would be to the $125 to $130 area. If the news is bullish, the current bullish price channel would continue. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $238.77, $246.23, $256.71, and $267.63.
12:55 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:37 EDTFBFacebook price targets hiked while shares slide after earnings
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11:28 EDTLNKDEarnings Watch: Barclays, Brean Capital split on LinkedIn ahead of report
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11:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn Premium growth tracking a bit ahead of expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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10:09 EDTYELP, FBOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTANGIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:25 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results over-delivered, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said Facebook reported Q2 results that were ahead of expectations despite headwinds from foreign exchange. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $111 from $108 on Facebook shares, citing its strong execution, careful monetization and its leading long-term position in the digital advertising industry.
08:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $100 at Oppenheimer
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07:54 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $115 from $105 at BofA/Merrill
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07:46 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $108 from $95 at Stifel
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook results impressive despite high expectations, says Baird
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07:41 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $115 following strong Q2 at Raymond James
Raymond James raised Facebook's price target to $115 from $110 following the strong Q2 report. The firm said engagement trends remain solid and is encouraged by the continued strength in the core platform and monetization of new platforms. Raymond James rates shares an Outperform .
07:33 EDTFBFacebook fundamentals still 'very strong,' says RBC Capital
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07:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $115 from $100 at Deutsche Bank
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07:05 EDTANGIAngie's List upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland
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06:37 EDTLNKDLinkedIn July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
LinkedIn July weekly call option implied volatility is at 181, August is at 64, September is at 46; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 62, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 30.
05:35 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $96 at Baird
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05:32 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $146 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
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July 29, 2015
19:32 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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19:06 EDTFBFacebook says over 450M people using events each month, over 850M using groups
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17:05 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in positive territory but soon turned mixed as the tech heavy Nasdaq was unable to hold its gains. The Federal Reserve's statement that accompanied its rate decision was little changed from its last meeting, keeping investors optimistic about a possible delay in its first interest rate hike in many years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Federal Reserve concluded a two-day meeting on monetary policy and kept benchmark interest rates unchanged between 0% and 0.25%, as expected. The Fed said information received since the last time the FOMC met indicates that economic activity has been expanding "moderately" in recent months, noting that the labor market continued to improve, with "solid job gains and declining unemployment." The central bank repeated that even after employment and inflation near "mandate-consistent levels," economic conditions may warrant keeping the target federal funds rate below "normal" levels. An index of pending home sales fell 1.8% in June, versus expectations for it to have risen 1% compared to the prior month. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 3.4%, stemming its most recent stretch of declines, though the index is still deeply in the red on a week-to-date basis. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) fell $5.30, or 14.5%, to $31.24 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results but its management tempered expectations about its user growth. Several analysts cut their price targets on the stock and warned its shares may be range bound in the near-term, but maintained their buy ratings on the stock based on the social network operator's long-term potential. Analysts were not as ready to jump to the defense of another Internet stock, Yelp (YELP), which plunged $8.40, or 25.07%, to $25.11 after the local business review site operator reported lower than expected profit and lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance. At least eight research firms downgraded the stock after the company's outlook missed expectations and it announced the exit of brand advertising... Two defense contractors, Northrop Grumman (NOC) and General Dynamics (GD), advanced after each topped expectations with their quarterly reports and raised their fiscal year outlooks. General Dynamics shares gained 3.93% to $149.96 following its "beat and raise" report, while Northrop jumped 6.18% to $173.44. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cytec Industries (CYT), which gained 27.04% to $74.19 after agreeing to be acquired by Brussels-based Solvay (SVYZY) for $75.25 per share in cash, corresponding to an enterprise value of $6.4B. Among the noteworthy losers was Tableau Software (DATA), which fell $13.58, or 10.67%, to $113.64 after its earnings report. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White attributed today's pullback in shares to "very high" expectations going into the quarter, while Wedbush said Tableau's Q2 deceleration was due to difficulty in sustaining its "extraordinarily high" growth rate. Also lower were shares of Medivation (MDVN), which fell $8.77, or 8.39%, to $95.74 after Cowen analyst Eric Schmidt said prescription trends for the company's prostate cancer drug Xtandi have "slowed considerably." Schmidt, who thinks consensus expectations calling for Xtandi sales topping $3B in sales by 2019 are "far too high," recommended selling the shares and lowered his price target on the stock to $77. INDEXES: The Dow rose 121.12, or 0.69%, to 17,751.39, the Nasdaq gained 22.53, or 0.44%, to 5,111.73, and the S&P 500 advanced 15.32, or 0.73%, to 2,108.57.
16:08 EDTFBFacebook drops 4.6% to $92.60 following Q2 earnings report
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook says mobile ad revenue made up 76% of total Q2 ad revenue
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 daily active users up 17%
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 EPS 50c, consensus 47c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.04B, consensus $3.99B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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15:59 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:15 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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14:49 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 96 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q2
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12:42 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street overcame a tentative start and are higher at midday ahead of the statement from the Federal Reserve following its latest monetary policy meeting. The pending home sales report showed an unexpected decline from the prior month, reminding investors the economy still isn't seeing the most robust of recoveries. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., an index of pending home sales fell 1.8% in June, versus expectations for it to have risen 1% compared to the prior month. The Federal Reserve concludes a meeting on monetary policy today and its post-meeting statement is scheduled to be released at 2 pm EDT. The central bank is not expected to raise rates at this meeting and no post-meeting press conference is scheduled for Fed Chair Janet Yellen. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 3.4%, stemming its most recent stretch of declines, though the index is still deeply in the red on a week-to-date basis. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) fell 13% after the company reported better than expected quarterly results but its management tempered expectations about its user growth. Several analysts cut their price targets on the stock and warned its shares may be range bound in the near-term, but maintained their buy ratings on the stock based on the social network operator's long-term potential. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were hepatitis C drug maker Gilead (GILD), which rose 3%, and two defense contractors who raised their outlooks: Northrop Grumman (NOC), which advanced 7%, and General Dynamics (GD), which gained nearly 5%. Also higher was Citrix Systems (CTXS), which jumped about 10% after issuing better than expected fiscal year earnings guidance, reporting its CEO Mark Templeton plans to retire and entering into a cooperation agreement with activist investor Elliott Management, which owns approximately 7.5% of the company’s common stock. Among the noteworthy losers was Yelp (YELP), which tumbled 28% and hit a multi-year low after the local business review site operator reported lower than expected profit and lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance. Also lower following their earnings reports were Akamai (AKAM), which fell 5%, and Level 3 Communications (LVLT), which dropped 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 94.46, or 0.54%, to 17,724.73, the Nasdaq was up 6.72, or 0.13%, to 5,095.92, and the S&P 500 was up 9.02, or 0.43%, to 2,102.27.
12:37 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts upbeat on Facebook revenue drivers ahead of Q2 report
Facebook (FB) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, July 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Facebook is a social networking service with over 1B active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 47c on revenue of $3.99B. The consensus range is 39c-54c for EPS, and $3.66B-$4.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported first quarter EPS of 42c against estimates of 40c, on revenue of $3.54B against estimates of $3.56B. Facebook reported Q1 daily active users were up 17% to 936M and mobile daily active users were up 31% to 798M. Monthly active users were 1.44B as of March 31, 2015. The company said Instagram has more than 200M daily users. During its Q1 earnings conference call, Facebook said it expects Foreign Exchange headwinds in Q2 will be greater than Q1. It said it expects total payments and other fees revenue to decline year-over-year for the remainder of the year. NEWS: In the past quarter, Facebook introduced video calling and Moneypenny features to its Messenger service. It also announced the Internet.org platform and its Instant Articles for publishers. Re/code said Facebook may be mulling a Twitter (TWTR) acquisition, but Facebook declined to comment. A New York Times article said Facebook is in talks to insert music videos in feeds. Facebook also said there was no truth to a rumor that said it may launch a music streaming service. STREET RESEARCH: Most analyst firms in the past quarter gave positive recommendations on Facebook, citing strong revenue drivers from multiple sources, SunTrust said Facebook could get a significant revenue boost from its Instagram move and expects the Buy button could lift revenue 5%-10%. Piper Jaffray said Facebook’s multiple is expected to increase as investors become more aware of VR, adding that the company is the best play on the “next computer paradigm of virtual reality.” JMP Securities say Facebook is expected to continue its growth in ad share as Instagram engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, ITG Research said Q2 revenue is tracking slight above consensus and BTIG expects Facebook to exceed consensus estimates due to higher confidence in video advertising opportunity. Brean Capital said Facebook will face ForEx headwinds in Q2, but quarterly results are less relevant as investors will be focused on the long-term goals. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained about 13% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, Facebook shares are up 0.5%
11:48 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
Facebook (FB) December 110 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 32, Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 29 according to IVolatility.
11:15 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 95 straddle priced for 8.7% movement into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
On the daily chart there is a potential bullish flag that has developed in the last two weeks. If the news is strongly bullish, the flag pattern would become active on a move above $96.50. Upside potential for the pattern, if it triggers and completes, is to the $110 to $112 area. If the news is instead a negative surprise, first established support would be at the $90 area. On a breakdown below $90, next support would be at the 50-day moving average at $86.16. If the 50-day is broken, next support is at $84.74. The $83 to $80 zone has been strong support over the prior year in the event of a larger negative surprise.
10:57 EDTYELPYelp tumbles to multi-year low as downgrades pile up after earnings
The shares of Yelp (YELP) are plunging and hit a multi-year low after the company reported lower than expected second quarter profit and provided third quarter revenue guidance that missed expectations. A number of firms downgraded the stock following the report, while others reduced their price target but kept Buy ratings on the name. EARNINGS: Yelp reported a loss per share of (2c), versus the consensus outlook of a 1c per share profit. The company's revenue was in-line with expectations. However, Yelp provided Q2 revenue guidance of $139M-$142M, versus the consensus outlook of of $152.66M. It also lowered its full-year revenue guidance to $544M-$550M and announced that its chairman, Max Levchin, had resigned. Additionally, the company announced that it would eliminate its brand advertising product by the end of 2015. The product's revenue dropped to $8.3M last quarter, down 8% from the same period in 2014, Yelp reported. ANALYST REACTION: Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein downgraded Yelp to Perform from Outperform, saying the reduction in the company's guidance was caused by the difficulties it has had with hiring new salespeople and sustaining high levels of sales productivity, as well as the discontinuation of its brand advertising program. Until the company can show that it has increased its sales and marketing leverage, investors will likely expect the company's margins to peak at 20% going forward, down from 40% previously, according to Helfstein. Also downgrading Yelp was Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak, who lowered his rating on the shares to Equal Weight from Overweight. Among the reasons Nowak cited for his downgrade were the company's weaker than expected results, its decisions to hire fewer sales professionals, the discontinuation of its brand advertising business and the likely increase in its costs going forward. He lowered his EPS estimates for the company and set a $25 price target on the shares. Yelp was also downgraded by analysts at Topeka, Raymond James, Cowen, JMP Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch this morning. However, Citi analyst Mark May kept a Buy rating on the shares, saying that the stock's valuation already reflects the company's slower growth outlook and the investments it must make going forward. Moreover, the company still has strategic value, according to May, who cut his price target on the name to $35 from $54. Similarly, Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte wrote that Yelp still has significant value and the company could still be a takeover target. He lowered his price target on the name to $40 from $58 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yelp tumbled 28% to $24. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a 52-week low of $23.66.
10:07 EDTYELPYelp hits fresh multi-year low, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), up 11.4%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 5.9%... Sonus Networks (SONS), up 7.2%... Gilead Sciences (GILD), up 3.6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 3.3%... Synchronoss (SNCR), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Cytec Industries (CYT), up 26.7% after being acquired by Solvay (SVYZY)... MagneGas (MNGA), up 7.8% after receiving multiple orders... AK Steel (AKS), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yelp (YELP), down 23.6%... VASCO Data Security (VDSI), down 13.3%... Tableau Software (DATA), down 16%... Twitter (TWTR), down 11.4%... Akamai Technologies (AKAM), down 7.9%.
09:08 EDTANGITCS Capital takes activist stake in Angie's List
TCS Capital Management disclosed a 6.5% activist stake in Angie's List. The stock at current prices "is an attractive investment opportunity," and Angie's "may have multiple options to increase its market value," TCS said in a regulatory filing. TCS intends to have communications with members of the board "regarding various options to maximize shareholder value," including consideration of a potential sale of the company and the pending selection of the next Chief Executive Officer. Shares of Angie's are trading up 8c to $4.24 in the pre-market.
08:23 EDTYELPYelp downgraded on guidance, margin outlook at Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTYELPYelp valuation already 'washed out,' says Citi
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07:32 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
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07:16 EDTYELPYelp price target lowered to $50 from $68 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Yelp after the company reported lower than expected Q2 EPS. The firm says the company's decision to phase out brand advertising and slow the growth of its sales team caused its 2015 revenue guidance to drop. However Cantor still expects Yelp to benefit from its strong position in the local online ad market, and it thinks the company remains a potential takeover target. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:54 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:48 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:40 EDTLNKD, FBFacebook testing profile tags feature, Verge reports
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06:23 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Yelp to Market Perform following the Q2 miss and reduced guidance citing the slower local ad market.
06:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:21 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka
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06:20 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
06:10 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:07 EDTFBFacebook expected to present mobile revenue increase, Re/code says
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05:39 EDTYELPBrean cuts Yelp target, still sees potential for takeover
Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte lowered his price target for Yelp to $40 from $58 after the company's Q3 and 2015 outlook missed expectations and it announced the exit of brand advertising. Forte cites an "increasing number of challenges" for the new price target, but believes there is "still significant value in the company." The potential remains for Yelp to be acquired, Forte writes in a post-earnings research note to investors. He keeps a Buy rating on Yelp. The crowd-sourced local business directory traded down $6.48 to $27.00 last night after reporting Q2 results. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian this morning lowered his price target for Yelp to $30 and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
05:31 EDTYELPYelp price target lowered to $30 from $46 at Baird
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July 28, 2015
19:10 EDTYELPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:21 EDTYELPYelp confirms resignation of Max Levchin from board
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17:40 EDTYELPYelp Chairman Max Levchin to step down from board
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17:00 EDTYELPYelp down over 17% after reporting Q2 results, guidance
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16:59 EDTYELPYelp lowers FY15 revenue view to $544M-$550M from $574M-$579M
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16:10 EDTYELPYelp sees FY15 revenue $544M-$550M, consensus $571.16M
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16:09 EDTYELPYelp tumbles after earnings
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16:08 EDTYELPYelp sees Q3 revenue $139M-$142M, consensus $152.66M
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16:07 EDTYELPYelp reports Q2 EPS (2c), consensus 1c
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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15:21 EDTYELPNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:43 EDTLNKDLinkedIn July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:22 EDTYELPYelp July weekly 33 straddle priced for 14% movement into Q2
11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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10:47 EDTFBUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
10:00 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:42 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook July weekly call option implied volatility is at 109, August is at 52, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
07:54 EDTYELPYelp volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Buy ahead of earnings at MKM Partners
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06:21 EDTFBTwitter, Facebook profitability gap 'vast,' Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) recent stock stumble has created the appearance of a potential bargain compared with Facebook (FB), though in reality the difference in growth and profitability between the two companies is enormous, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts forecast Twitter posting negative $200M in EBITDA this year, with Facebook expected to post positive $8B, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
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06:18 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:35 EDTYELPGrubHub plummets as analyst sees first-mover advantage 'eroding'
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11:57 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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09:14 EDTFB, LNKDFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
09:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $125 from $100 at SunTrust
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook August weekly call option implied volatility is at 87, August is at 50, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
08:20 EDTFBFacebook expectations high into results, says BofA/Merrill
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06:23 EDTFBInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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05:58 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR LNKD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 70, LinkedIn (LNKD) 62 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTFB, LNKDBrean calls LinkedIn valuation 'problematic' ahead of Q2 results
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTFBEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:04 EDTFBOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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13:52 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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10:37 EDTLNKDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:15 EDTFBFacebook wins litigation against investors over IPO, Reuters reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:10 EDTYELPYelp July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Yelp July weekly call option implied volatility is at 116, August is at 70, September is at 56; compared to its 52-week range of 39 to 81, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 28.
06:57 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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July 23, 2015
13:53 EDTFB“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:38 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 40, September is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTFBFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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15:41 EDTANGIAngie's List price target lowered to $5.50 from $8 at Piper Jaffray
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15:02 EDTFBOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook Q2 revenues tracking slight above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research's data analysis indicates Facebook's Q2 North American revenue is tracking to $1.9B, up from a previous estimate of $1.86B, versus consensus of $1.84B due to increased spending per advertiser. Firm estimates total Q2 revenues are tracking to $4.05B versus consensus of $3.98B.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open:
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07:11 EDTANGIAngie's List reports Q2 EPS (14c), consensus (17c)
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July 21, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
08:09 EDTYELPYelp ending efforts to find buyer a positive, says Brean Capital
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTFBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:19 EDTFBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTFBPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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12:40 EDTFBEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:35 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, August is at 38, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
11:29 EDTFBFacebook breakout accelerates, levels to watch
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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.
10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade 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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08:56 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $117 at BTIG on video opportunity
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Facebook can exceed consensus estimates, citing higher confidence in the company's video advertising opportunity. Greenfield, who raised his revenue estimates for Facebook in this year and next, also points out Instagram's monetization opportunity and the platform potential of WhatsApp and Messenger. The analyst raised his price target on Facebook to $117 from a "stale" target of $80 that had been set in July of last year and reiterates a Buy rating on the social network's stock, which closed at $94.97 on Friday.
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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