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March 17, 2014
12:22 EDTKNDI, SGK, SINA, LMIA, VRSN, YHOO, MATW, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the first day of the new trading week amid better than expected industrial production data at home and relief that there was no violence despite Crimeans voting in favor of leaving Ukraine. The vote was declared invalid by the international community and has led to no military action, at least as of yet. The Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day policy meeting this week, capped by Janet Yellen’s first press conference as head of the central bank on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York Fed Empire state manufacturing survey reading of 5.61 came in below the consensus estimate of 6.5. However, the index rose from last month’s reading of 4.48. Industrial production rose 0.6% in February, beating expectations for a month-over-month increase of 0.2%. Capacity utilization in February came in at seen 78.8%, which was above the 78.6% forecast. The NAHB housing market index for March came in at 47, which was up 1 point from the prior reading but below the expected reading of 50. In Europe, an overwhelming majority of people in Ukraine's Crimea region voted to join Russia, although that result was widely anticipated. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) advanced nearly 4% after Alibaba Group confirmed it has decided to commence the process of an initial public offering in the United States. Note that Yahoo currently owns about a 24% stake in Alibaba, which is China’s largest e-commerce company. Shares of another Chinese Internet name, SINA (SINA), rose 7% after the company's majority-owned subsidiary Weibo, which operates a social media platform in China, filed a preliminary prospectus on Friday for its own initial public offering in the U.S. Weibo is seeking to raise up to $500M via the stock offering... Shares of General Motors (GM) came off their earlier highs and fell into negative ground just before noon after the company announced three new recalls involving U.S. production and sales of approximately 1.55M vehicles. GM is at the center of a great deal of press scrutiny and an increasing number of government investigations into its handling of an ignition flaw linked to 13 deaths. GM said it expects to take a charge of approximately $300M in the first quarter primarily for the cost of the repairs for the three safety actions announced today and the previously announced ignition switch recall. GM's stock came off its lows to be fractionally higher at midday following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schawk (SGK), which jumped 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Matthews International (MATW) for the equivalent of $20 per share in cash and stock. Shares of Matthews also rose over 2.5% after announcing the deal. Also higher was Chinese electric vehicle maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI), which rose 24% after the company reported its results for the fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was VeriSign (VRSN), which fell more than 7% after a government regulatory body said it plans to transition the role it plays in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system. Also lower were shares of LMI Aerospace (LMIA), which dropped 12% after the company's quarterly revenue missed expectations and it withdrew its previously issued 2014 guidance in order to provide time for its new CEO to conduct "a thorough review of the company's forecast and operations." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.29, or 1.05%, to 16,233.96, the Nasdaq was up 40.46, or 0.95%, to 4,285.86, and the S&P 500 was up 16.50, or 0.9%, to 1,857.63.
News For YHOO;SINA;GM;VRSN;SGK;MATW;LMIA;KNDI From The Last 14 Days
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November 12, 2014
14:53 EDTSINASINA weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
SINA November weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, December is at 41, January is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 13.
12:56 EDTYHOOFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
10:58 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO DAL
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08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $55 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) appreciation. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:27 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $58 from $52 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) to $58 from $52 following its announcement it will acquire BrightRoll. The firm said the price adjustment reflects its recent price target increase on Alibaba (BABA) to $125 from $100 last week. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Yahoo shares.
06:00 EDTYHOOYahoo investors met with AOL CEO to push merger, Reuters reports
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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16:43 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640M
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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.
07:32 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies volatility low into corporate analyst meeting
Kandy Technologies overall option implied volatility of 69 compares to its 26-week average of 73 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into a corporate analyst meeting.
November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:44 EDTKNDIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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09:43 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies reports Q3 EPS 12c vs. (87c) last year
Reports Q3 revenue $44.21M vs. $17.15M last year. The company said, "The Car-Share Program has been highly recognized and well received by the customers, we believe our EV business model will be expanded to more EV pilot cities in China. We are also thrilled with our recent partnership with Ant Financial Services Group to launch Alipay, including Alipay Wallet services and technology platform, to Kandi's EV end users. We hope to raise the market awareness of the Kandi brand through the 300 million registered Alipay users."
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
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