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March 19, 2014
07:56 EDTYHOO, SFTBFInvestment banks create synthetic Alibaba shares ahead of IPO, FT says
Some hedge funds in Hong Kong have been building positions in synthetic shares of Alibaba created by investment banks via a process of taking shares of either Yahoo! (YHOO) or SoftBank (SFTBF), evaluating their parts, and then using short positions to remove the things the company owns other than its Alibaba stake, according to Financial Times. The report notes that SoftBank owns 37% of Alibaba and Yahoo has a 24% stake in the Chinese e-commerce group. Reference Link
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August 19, 2014
05:48 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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August 18, 2014
11:06 EDTSFTBFSoftBank chooses Sharp as low-cost smartphone partner, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay, terms not disclosed
Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
August 15, 2014
06:24 EDTYHOOYahoo introduces Yahoo Stores
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August 13, 2014
12:00 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO FB
Yahoo (YHOO) January 42 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 82.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 35 according to IVolatility.
09:15 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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August 12, 2014
17:09 EDTYHOO, SFTBFYahoo says Alibaba to sell assets relating to its SME loan business for $518M
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16:50 EDTYHOOAlibaba restructures arrangement with Small and Micro Financial Services Company
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13:05 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Zofari, terms not disclosed
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August 8, 2014
06:01 EDTYHOOYahoo to strengthen email encryption for users, Mashable reports
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August 7, 2014
06:17 EDTSFTBFSoftbank shifting focus to Sprint turnaround, WSJ reports
SoftBank's (SFTBF) decision to end its pursuit of T-Mobile US (TMUS) has shifted focus to how the company will turn around Sprint (S) without the deal as well as other potential investment targets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
August 6, 2014
17:05 EDTSFTBFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were nearly unchanged following a session dominated by talk of big name deals that did not happen. The market moved lower in the early going but found a level in the second half hour of trading and began to drift off the bottom. The averages crossed into positive territory about an hour after the opening bell and then spent most of the afternoon drifting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed to $41.5B in June from a revised $44.7B in May. In Europe, Italian GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2% in Q2, putting the country into a technical recession, while German manufacturing orders surprised with a 3.2% June drop. COMPANY NEWS: Time Warner (TWX) reported better than expected quarterly profits, but its stock fell $10.95, or 12.85%, to $74.24 after 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) last night announced that it had withdrawn its takeover bid for the parent of HBO, Warner Bros. and other entertainment properties. Class A shares of 21st Century Fox advanced $1.03, or 3.29%, to $32.33 in the wake of the news and the company's announcement of a $6B share repurchase program... Wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) both fell after multiple media outlets reported that the third largest mobile phone carrier in the U.S. has ended its pursuit of trying to combine with the fourth largest one. Sprint, which also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, declined $1.38, or 18.96%, to $5.90, while T-Mobile shares slid $2.85, or 8.4%, to $31.06. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was brewer Molson Coors (TAP), which rose $3.87, or 5.76%, to $71.08 after the company's second quarter profits topped expectations. Also higher following its earnings report was Enphase Energy (ENPH), which advanced $1.36, or 14.02%, to $11.06. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which dropped $9.91, or 14.34%, to $59.21 after the company exercised its option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots that it does not already own but said its purchase of the rest of the U.K.'s Boots will not be a "tax inversion" deal, as many had been expecting. Also lower were shares of Groupon (GRPN), which fell 90c, or 12.72%, to $6.17 after the company reported first quarter revenue that missed expectations and it lowered its fiscal 2014 adjusted EBITDA outlook. INDEXES: The Dow added 13.87, or 0.08%, to 16,443.34, the Nasdaq rose 2.22, or 0.05%, to 4,355.05, and the S&P 500 barely budged, gaining 0.03 to 1,920.24.
12:12 EDTSFTBFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:28 EDTYHOOYahoo appoints former Netflix executive Mike Kail as CIO
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10:53 EDTSFTBFSprint, T-Mobile dive after merger talks reportedly end
Shares of wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that Sprint has ended its pursuit of buying T-Mobile. Previous reports had suggested that Sprint was interested in acquiring its competitor. In the wake of the news, Wells Fargo remained upbeat on Sprint, while FBR Capital wrote that the deal could still occur. WHAT'S NEW: Sprint has ended its pursuit of T-Mobile due to opposition to the tie-up by regulators multiple news outlets reported last night, citing unnamed sources. Sprint also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son said "While we continue to believe industry consolidation will enhance competitiveness and benefit customers, our focus moving forward will be on making Sprint the most successful carrier." ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche wrote that the news on Sprint should improve going forward, while the company should benefit from new spectrum it has acquired. History suggests that the best time to buy Sprint's stock is when it appears to be capitulating, added the analyst, who believes that the company is still well-positioned to pursue other strategic alternatives. However, Fritzsche thinks that some of T-Mobile's "likely and logical" partners may not be ready to make a deal in the near-term, while the company has "more questions than answers." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Sprint and a Market Perform rating on T-Mobile. Meanwhile, FBR Capital analyst David Dixon wrote that he was not convinced that Sprint had abandoned its bid for T-Mobile. Rather, the companies are probably not prepared yet to make a deal that is likely to be approved by regulators, the analyst stated. The deal could be approved if the companies demonstrate that their combined network would improve the experience of users, and the companies are taking steps to meet this goal, according to Dixon, who kept a Market Perform rating on Sprint. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the wake of the news that Sprint will apparently drop its pursuit of T-Mobile, French telecom company Iliad (ILIAF), which has made a bid for T-Mobile, sees no immediate need to boost its takeover offer, according to The Wall Street Journal. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Sprint fell 17.9% to $5.98 and T-Mobile sank 6.1% to $31.85.
09:28 EDTSFTBFIliad continues with T-Mobile bid, won't boost for now, WSJ says
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08:31 EDTSFTBFSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
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08:09 EDTSFTBFSoftbank seen as still interested in M&A after dropping T-Mobile plans, WSJ says
Despite the reports that Sprint (S) parent Softbank (SFTBF) is no longer pursuing a deal for T-Mobile (TMUS), some analysts said they doubted that the setback had killed the company's appetite for a big acquisition of a network operator, though they said the company might shift its focus from the U.S. to Europe, according to The Wall Street Journal. An analyst at SMBC Nikko said he thought Softbank might announce another deal shortly, but that rather than aiming to buy another mobile operator that it would try to build up its digital content portfolio, the report added. Reference Link
07:49 EDTYHOOcomScore price target raised to $44 from $40 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on comScore (SCOR) to $44 from $40 as they believe the company is well positioned for an acceleration in fundamentals. The firm expects its recent years of investment to impact their online business as the integration of Yahoo (YHOO) vCE is up and running and Google (GOOG) is expected to be completed by the end of Q3, leading to an acceleration of top line growth. Brean maintains its Buy rating on comScore.
06:03 EDTSFTBFSprint could name Marcelo Claure as new CEO, Reuters reports
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