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News For YHOO;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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11:15 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO BABA
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10:55 EDTYHOOAlibaba climbs after Bernstein says mobile, margin potential underappreciated
Research firm Bernstein initiated coverage of Chinese e-commerce gaint Alibaba (BABA) with an Outperform rating, saying that the Street is underestimating the company's potential to grow volumes and improve margins. WHAT'S NEW: Analysts are underestimating the gross merchandise volumes, or GMV, that Alibaba's Chinese e-commerce websites can generate, Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner wrote in a note to investors today. Also being underestimated is the company's ability to monetize its GMV, the analyst believes. Mobile will account for the vast majority of volume and monetization of mobile will improve to match or exceed those of PC, according to Kirjner. The Street is also not fully recognizing Alibaba's ability to increase its margins as monetization rises and its hiring slows, the analyst believes. Alibaba's stock may be volatile as the transition to mobile occurs and monetization of PC weakens, but continued GMV growth and improved mobile monetization should enable the company to beat expectations a year from now and beyond, he wrote. The analyst set a $120 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Alibaba gained 2.4% to trade near $93 per share. Yahoo (YHOO), which stated yesterday that its continues to work toward completing the planned spin-off of its remaining stake in Alibaba Group in the fourth quarter of this year, is up nearly 1.5% to $43.41 this morning.
08:15 EDTMSFTSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:26 EDTYHOOYahoo Japan selects SoftBank President Arora as new chairman, Reuters says
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May 20, 2015
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
11:03 EDTYHOOYahoo pullback on IRS uncertainty seen as buying opportunity
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10:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considers acquisiton of 6Wunderkinder, manager magazin says
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10:48 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: WETF CVC YHOO NLY
09:42 EDTYHOOYahoo bounces back, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTYHOOYahoo weakness a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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07:55 EDTYHOOYahoo risk/reward remains favorable despite IRS uncertainty, says UBS
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07:34 EDTMSFTSphere 3D to hold an event
"Technologies to Power the Next Cloud" provides an overview of Sphere 3Dís technologies and solutions for the "Next Cloud" featuring Glassware 2.0 Windows container technology for application delivery and the latest in virtual storage technology at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California on May 20 at 1 pm.
07:17 EDTYHOOYahoo weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:12 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases on uncertainty of taxes on Alibaba spin-off
Yahoo (YHOO) May weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, June is at 40, July is at 35; compared to its 52-week average of 33, suggesting large near term price movement on concerns that a possible change in U.S. tax regulations would affect Yahoo's planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba (BABA).
06:53 EDTYHOOYahoo says IRS statement on spin-offs doesn't affect previously filed requests
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06:41 EDTYHOOCantor sees 'cloud of uncertainty' around Yahoo plans
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes comments yesterday from the IRS's Office of Associate Chief Counsel regarding tax treatment of certain spinoffs bring a "cloud of uncertainty" around Yahoo's (YHOO) plans to hold a tax-free spinoff of its shares in Alibaba (BABA). Isaac Zimbalist, Senior Technician Reviewer at the IRS' Office Associate Chief Counsel, said that the agency will now hold in abeyance any ruling requests received with regard to spinoffs, according to Bloomberg. Squali reiterates a Buy rating on Yahoo, however, saying shares at $41 remain compelling. His analysis of varying tax treatments of Yahoo's Alibaba spin yields a $16 per share negative impact under a worst case scenario relative to his $60 fair value estimate. Yahoo closed yesterday down $3.38 to $40.98 after Zimbalist's comments brought a late day selloff.
05:57 EDTMSFTSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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05:46 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; YHOO VIPS
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