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March 27, 2014
10:13 EDTYELP, YHOOResearch firms upbeat on Yelp after partnership deals
Two research firms issued positive notes on Yelp (YELP) earlier today, saying that the company's recently announced partnerships are positive for the company. Yelp offers reviews of local businesses. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Wunderlich analyst Blake Harper raised his price target on the stock to $90 from $78. Yelp's deal with YP, formerly known as Yellow Pages, should enable Yelp to increase its penetration of the local ad market, Harper predicted. While YP is much maligned due to its weakening print business, the company has significant brand name recognition and had over 120M unique visitors to its website in Q4, the analyst noted. The deal will enable Yelp to more effectively expand its business, according to Harper, who kept a Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Stifel analyst Michael Purcell wrote in a note to investors earlier today that Yelp's YP deal along with its deal with Yahoo (YHOO) highlight the review site owner's growing strength in the local ad market. Yelp's partnership strategy increases the website's distribution and usage rates, while raising the number of marketing solutions that the company can provide to local businesses, Purcell contended. He kept a $95 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yelp was up 0.9% to $78.00.
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October 14, 2014
14:28 EDTYHOOYahoo hires former Washington Post Chief Revenue Officer to head sales, WSJ says
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08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
October 13, 2014
13:10 EDTYHOOGoogle'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
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
07:38 EDTYELPSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
October 9, 2014
16:30 EDTYELPYelp initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo looking to make Tumblr another YouTube, Business Insider says
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10:41 EDTYELPYelp calls activity attributed to takeover speculation
Yelp October weekly 74.5 and October 94 calls are active on total call volume of 6K contracts (1K puts) on takeover speculation. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 92, October is at 54, November is at 66, January is at 51; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggesting traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:30 EDTYELPRumor: Yelp strength attributed to takeover speculation
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October 8, 2014
06:19 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off 400 employees in India, WSJ reports
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October 7, 2014
10:02 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end of one-year range
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09:40 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off up to 2,000 employees in India, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo has laid off up to 2,000 employees in India as a result of a move to consolidate into fewer offices, TechCrunch reports, citing local blog The Next Big What. Yahoo has confirmed the consolidation, but did not confirm how many people are affected by the effort. Reference Link
09:24 EDTYHOOFormer Yahoo CFO says AOL merger makes 'little sense,' CNBC reports
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October 6, 2014
13:18 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms compromised servers
In an email to cyber security expert Jonathan Hall, Yahoo confirmed that Hall had discovered the process that a group of Romanian hackers used to infiltrate the website. Hall had also found the hackers' methods for their breach of the websites of WinZip and Lycos. The email written by Yahoo's Ricky Connell who is involved with the company's paranoids, threat response, intelligence said, "We've found the tracks mentioned in your email and are working through our IR process." Reference Link
12:34 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms breach, says hack didn't disclose customer data, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites an emailed statement from Yahoo about a breach of its servers related to the "shellshock" bug.
06:37 EDTYHOOYahoo planning big brand marketing push, AdAge says
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06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to invest in Snapchat, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is reportedly in talks to invest in Snapchat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The deal discussions come on the heels of Alibaba’s (BABA) IPO, the Journal says. According to sources, Yahoo has committed to an investment in Snapchat at a $10B valuation, and one source says Yahoo could invest around $20M. Reference Link
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