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July 23, 2014
14:58 EDTSFTBF, BABA, YHOOYahoo 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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March 20, 2015
07:03 EDTBABAJPMorgan cuts Alibaba numbers but says buy on weakness
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March 19, 2015
13:35 EDTBABABaidu, Alibaba taking opposite approach with maps, WantChinaTimes says
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09:57 EDTBABAAlibaba trades higher, levels to watch
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07:12 EDTBABAAlibaba's 'cooling' towards Snapdeal investment over valuation, BS reports
Alibaba's "cooling" towards an investment in India's Snapdeal as reported yesterday by Re/code is due to differences in valuation, Business Standard reports. Snapdeal is looking to raise $600M at a $6B-$7B valuation while Alibaba is valuing the company at $4B-$5B, according to sources. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
17:50 EDTYHOOYahoo exits China operations, WSJ says
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10:06 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Beijing R&D office, SCMP says
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07:05 EDTBABAAlibaba scraps plans to invest in Snapdeal, Re/code reports
Alibaba is cooling towards the idea of investing in India's Snapdeal, Re/code reports, citing a source. While Alibaba did hold talks with Snapdeal about a potential investment, the source says talks did not involve a deal "anywhere close in size" to the $1B figure the Economic Times had reported, adding that Alibaba is "leaning away" from making any kind of investment right now in Snapdeal. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
12:07 EDTBABAAlibaba March volatility increases into expiration date of IPO lock-up
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10:49 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; TSLA BABA
Tesla (TSLA) June 225 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42, Alibaba (BABA) July 97.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34 according to IVolatility.
10:17 EDTBABAFly Watch: Alibaba upgraded ahead of big lock-up expiration
A lock-up of Alibaba's (BABA) U.S. shares is set to expire tomorrow, enabling early investors the opportunity to sell 337M of the company's shares, or about 14% of its publicly traded stock, for the first time. This morning, research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy, citing reduced regulatory risk and enhanced monetization trends. WHAT'S NEW: About 337M shares of Alibaba's stock will become available for sale tomorrow as a 180-day lock-up related to the company's IPO expires. Lock-up agreements, a typical feature of company stock offerings, prevent certain shareholders from selling for a set amount of time after the offering. Earlier today, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt upgraded Alibaba to Buy from Hold. After a Chinese regulator alleged that many of the products sold on Alibaba's marketplace were inauthentic, the headline risk facing the company has subsided because it has begun taking stronger measures to combat counterfeit products, according to Devitt. At current levels the stock reflects the regulatory risk the company is facing, the analyst added. Devitt believes that recent investments by Alibaba will accelerate the company's monetization trends and the experience of its customers over the longer term. He set a $99 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Research firm William Blair upgraded the shares of another Chinese e-commerce company, JD.com (JD), to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors earlier today. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited increased confidence that the company can increase its market share further and its belief that the company's platform is becoming more appealing while its market reach is expanding. The Chinese government's increased scrutiny of Alibaba could also be boosting JD.com, the analyst stated. The firm noted that gross merchandise volume growth trends for JD.com accelerated throughout the quarters of 2014, which is in contrast to Alibaba. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba rose 0.5% to $84.38, while JD.com gained 1% to $28.
10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
10:00 EDTBABAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTBABAAlibaba reset expectations provide a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said a seasonally weaker Q4 for Alibaba could lead to lower adjusted EBITDA margin but believes its scalable model supports operating leverage and should drive EBITDA margin improvement in FY16-17. The firm lowered its price target to $102.30 but left key DCF assumptions unchanged and said reset expectations presents an opportunity to build positions in Overweight rated Alibaba.
08:11 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with a Hold at Argus
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07:35 EDTBABAJD.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair upgraded JD.com (JD) to Outperform citing an "attractive" valuation and its belief the company can gain market share in China's business-to-consumer e-commerce market. The firm notes gross merchandise volume growth trends for JD.com accelerated throughout the quarters of 2014, a contrast to competitor Alibaba (BABA). Shares of JD.com closed yesterday down 36c to $27.72.
06:52 EDTBABAAlibaba upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgraded Alibaba and added it to the Stifel Select List. The firm said regulatory risks surrounding counterfeit items have subsided and it views the stock's valuation as attractive heading into the first lock-up expiration on March 18. Additionally, Stifel expects Alibaba's long-term position to strengthen from near-term monetization efforts. Stifel has a $99 price target on Alibaba shares.
06:37 EDTYHOOAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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March 16, 2015
11:28 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; EWZ BABA
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10:44 EDTYHOONetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo developing encrypted email service, WSJ says
Yahoo is developing an encrypted email service and expects to launch by the end of 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos given at the South by Southwest conference. Stamos said the service will scramble the content of the message, though it will not hide the subject line nor data on when and to whom the email was sent. The service will be separate from Yahoo's current email product. Reference Link
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