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May 6, 2014
06:58 EDTAOL, YHOOYahoo, AOL consider acquisition of Fullscreen, WSJ reports
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported last week that Yahoo (YHOO) and AOL (AOL) have both considered acquiring FullScreen, a producer of popular YouTube videos. Fullscreen is likely to fetch hundreds of millions of dollars in a sale, two sources add. Reference Link
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May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTYHOOSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTAOLStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
10:20 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:46 EDTYHOO, AOLMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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May 14, 2015
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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10:56 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's head of sales leaves after six months, Digiday reports
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06:07 EDTAOLAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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05:34 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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May 13, 2015
11:08 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:49 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi
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07:18 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:55 EDTYHOO, AOLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:09 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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06:08 EDTAOLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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05:53 EDTAOLAOL CEO: AOL staying in content business, not selling TechCrunch, TC reports
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05:28 EDTAOLAOL upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded AOL (AOL) to Neutral after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $44 from $38.
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