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July 16, 2014
12:47 EDTYHOO, GOOG, AOL, MSFTYahoo 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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July 10, 2014
06:26 EDTGOOG, MSFTTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTMSFTIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures invests in Europe
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05:49 EDTGOOGYelp review growth outpacing Google Plus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its data shows that despite being a more mature platform, Yelp (YELP) continues to outpace Google Plus (GOOG) in terms of review growth. Yelp reviews over the past month have increased by 3% versus Google's up 2%, Piper says. The firm remains positive on Yelp shares with an Overweight rating and $80 price target.
July 9, 2014
16:13 EDTGOOGZynga appoints Google executive Dugan to board
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16:01 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Canon, SAP among members of new cooperative patent-licensing group
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14:45 EDTGOOGTime Warner says no truth to rumor of M&A talks with Google, WSJ reporter says
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12:52 EDTGOOGGasparino says hearing 'buzz' of Google buying Time Warner
Charles Gasparino of Fox Business tweeted ahead of the Sun Valley conference, "I'm now hearing more Google buying time warner buzz than any other company will advise once I get to #sunvalley." Shares of Time Warner are at their highs of the day, up 81c to $71.56.
11:00 EDTMSFT, GOOGWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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08:31 EDTGOOG, MSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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06:59 EDTGOOGYelp formally opposed the EU's antitrust settlement with Google, NY Times says
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06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTGOOGFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTGOOGFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFT, GOOGGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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July 8, 2014
10:39 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook leave net neutrality fight to startups, Bloomberg says
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated into Q2 and growth outlook
Yahoo July call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 39, September is at 34, October is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 15.
07:47 EDTGOOG, MSFTThe Cato Institute holds a discussion
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07:32 EDTGOOG, MSFTSemiconductor Equipment & Materials International to hold a conference
SEMICON West to be held in San Francisco on July 8-10.
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