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July 16, 2014
12:47 EDTGOOG, MSFT, YHOO, AOLYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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12:53 EDTGOOGVine head Jason Toff to leave Twitter to join Google
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10:44 EDTGOOGAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:32 EDTMSFTApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTMSFTMajesco and Microsoft announce favorable court judgment
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08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
07:54 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility up into Q4, costs, income projects outside of core business
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's added transparency may make ad business seem more profitable, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTGOOGYouTube hires Broock as 'Global VR Evangelist,' Re/code reports
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January 24, 2016
19:26 EDTYHOOYahoo using fast-vesting stock options to stop brain drain, BI says
Yahoo is allowing employees to cash out stock options at an accelerated pace in an attempt to stop brain drain and motivate workers, Business Insider reported Friday, citing sources. Starting in January 2015, the company began offering stock options that vest after one month rather than the previous one year period, and the fast-vesting options have become more widespread within the company as valuable employees threaten to leave, said the report. Reference Link
19:10 EDTGOOGDaimler CEO: Apple, Google farther along on car than assumed, Reuters says
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14:40 EDTGOOGCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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January 22, 2016
17:55 EDTGOOGAlphabet settles tax dispute in U.K., Wall Street Journal says
Alphabet has struck a deal with the U.K's tax authority that settles a tax dispute there and will result in an increase in the amount of taxes the company will ultimately pay in Britain, says the Wall Street Journal. Alphabet will pay GBP 130M or $185M in back taxes and interest covering the years 2005-2015, added the WSJ. Reference Link
16:42 EDTGOOGAlphabet says it has come to a tax deal with U.K., Dow Jones says
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16:01 EDTMSFTActionable Options for Friday January 22
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14:41 EDTGOOGFrench Minister says Google in talks to settle EU tax fights, WSJ reports
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08:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft policy change could push enterprise hardware sales, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Katherine Egbert noted that Microsoft announced a new enterprise support policy last week under which Skylake-based PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 will be fully supported only through July 2017. Egbert believes the policy change may push IT managers to decide it's easier to upgrade hardware and standardize on Windows 10, rather than run a mixed OS system, which could drive an uptick in enterprise hardware sales in the next 1-2 years. The analyst, who also thinks the policy should help the company achieve its goal of reaching 1B Windows 10 devices, keeps an Overweight rating and $64 price target on Microsoft shares.
06:33 EDTGOOGApple got $1B from Google to maintain search bar on iPhone, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) paid Apple (AAPL) $1B in 2014 to keep its search bar on the iPhone, Bloomberg reports, citing a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's (ORCL) copyright suit against Google. Google has a pact with Apple that gives the iPHone maker a percentage of the revenue Google brings in through the Apple device, the report says, citing an attorney for Oracle at the hearing. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGOOGOracle lawyer: Google's Android brings in $31B in revenue, Bloomberg says
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