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July 23, 2014
14:58 EDTYHOO, SFTBF, BABAYahoo speculated as target for Alibaba, Softbank, Forbes contributor says
Forbes contributor Eric Jackson contends that after he previously published an article which wondered if Yahoo (YHOO) could be a takeover target and after "chatting with a large Yahoo shareholder," he now believes the most likely outcome is that either Alibaba (BABA) or SoftBank (SFTBF) buys Yahoo. Reference Link
News For YHOO;BABA;SFTBF From The Last 14 Days
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November 11, 2014
16:24 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTBABAOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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13:18 EDTBABAAlibaba Single's Day sales top estimates, says Wells Fargo
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12:46 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed at midday, as the light economic calendar and bond markets being closed in observance of Veteran's Day make for a quiet tone to the market. The averages have remained close to the flat line throughout the morning, as the major averages undergo a day of consolidation near their record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 96.1, which was up from the prior 95.3 figure and roughly matched the consensus forecast. In Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the country's intended second sales tax hike will be delayed, according to government sources cited by Reuters. COMPANY NEWS: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. Alibaba stated on its official corporate news Twitter feed that its final Singles Day shopping festival gross merchandise volume exceeded $9.3B and the company's Executive Chairman Jack Ma made headlines by stating that the company's Alipay finance services arm will "definitely" go public. Additionally, Oppenheimer initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night and HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating and a Street-high price target of $148 per share. Despite all of this, the stock appeared to have a "sell-the-news" reaction to the Singles Day event, as its shares fell about 3% in midday trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rackspace (RAX), which rallied 13.5% after the cloud computing service provider reported better than expected third quarter results and announced a $500M share repurchase plan. Also higher was ICU Medical (ICUI), which rose 14% and was upgraded at Roth Capital and Piper Jaffray following its second consecutive better than expected quarterly report. Among the noteworthy losers was Vivint Solar (VSLR), which tumbled over 21% after the company reported steeper than expected losses in its first quarterly report since coming public last month. Also lower following its first earnings report since coming public was e-commerce home goods retailer Wayfair (W), which dropped 13% despite posting revenues that beat the consensus forecast and Pacific Crest and Wells Fargo making positive comments on its results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.89, or 0.06%, to 17,603.85, the Nasdaq was up 1.67, or 0.04%, to 4,653.29, and the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,038.15.
12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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11:16 EDTBABAAlibaba reports final 'Singles Day' GMV over $9.3B
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11:10 EDTBABAAlibaba reports 'Singles Day' sales of ~$9.3B, Bloomberg reports
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10:44 EDTYHOO, BABAAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:41 EDTBABAAlibaba falls, breaks uptrend support line
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10:27 EDTYHOO, BABAAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
10:00 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:55 EDTBABAAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTBABAActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FMSA Holdings (FMSA), up 4.7% following third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 7.6% after entering agreement with Ophthotech (OPHT) to license tivozanib... Ophthotech is 2.1% higher in pre-market trading... Galena Biopharma (GALE), up 3.6% after first patient dosed in NeuVax and Herceptin combination Phase 2 trial... Yamana Gold (AUY), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ambac Financial (AMBC), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... China Finance (JRJC), up 12.4% after announcing a new partnership with Great Wall Securities... Zynga (ZNGA), up 5.7% after being upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 2.2% after being initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI), down 10.7%... Ekso Bionics (EKSO), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: Alibaba Group (BABA), down 1.6% following comments made by vice chairman Joseph Tsai in an interview.
08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
08:34 EDTBABAAlibaba says generated $8B in GMV with hours left of 11.11 shopping festival
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08:15 EDTBABAAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:26 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with an Overweight at HSBC
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06:38 EDTBABAAlibaba says Singles' Day sales set new record, Reuters reports
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06:36 EDTBABAAlibaba's Ma says Alipay will 'definitely' go public, Reuters reports
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