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July 16, 2014
12:47 EDTAOL, GOOG, MSFT, YHOOYahoo 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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November 11, 2014
12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba 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.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba 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.
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.
05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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07:23 EDTMSFTRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
November 7, 2014
12:06 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO CHK
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11:24 EDTYHOOYahoo's small business VP, GM Amit Kumar leaves company, TechCrunch reports
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL WFM ABX GILD TSLA ZNGA FB FSLR GOOG AMZN
06:46 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft begins offering free iPhone Office apps
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06:39 EDTGOOGLenovo to launch low-cost Chromebook in early 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:18 EDTYHOO, AOLAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup (yesterday)
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