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January 15, 2014
09:13 EDTZ, AOLZillow forms partnership with AOL Real Estate
Zillow (Z) announced it has formed a partnership with AOL Real Estate (AOL) and is now powering the site's home shopping experience. With this partnership, Zillow is now the exclusive provider of for-sale and for-rent listings to these real estate websites.
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July 25, 2014
08:18 EDTZZillow, Trulia merger story viewed as credible at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank views Bloomberg's report of merger talks between Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) as credible, saying the deal would make a lot of sense. The firm says Trulia shares would be worth around $63 in a takeover when using Priceline's (PCLN) acquisition of OpenTable as a comparison. Even at that price, the firm sees nearly 20% upside for Zillow's enterprise value should an acquisition occur. Deutsche notes that neither company has denied yesterday's report, nor has either company announced an earnings date. It cautions, though, that the potential merger could easily fall apart as well. It has a Buy rating on Trulia and Hold rating on Zillow.
July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:51 EDTZZillow CEO said to leave meeting to head to San Francisco, CNBC reports
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15:27 EDTZZillow, Trulia deal 'rumors just ridiculous,' Citron Research says
Citron Research stated on Twitter that Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) "rumors just ridiculous Top 10 real estate websites COMBINED do not account for more than 50% of total real estate traffic." Reference Link
14:19 EDTZTrulia August volatility spikes on Zillow in talks to acquire
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14:16 EDTZZillow volatility spikes on talks to acquire Trulia, Bloomberg
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14:07 EDTZZillow in talks to acquire Trulia, Bloomberg reports
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14:03 EDTZTrulia, Zillow resume trading after volatility halts
14:00 EDTZTrulia jumps 11%, Zillow up 10% after Bloomberg report of buyout talks
13:58 EDTZTrulia could be valued as high as $2B in Zillow buyout, Bloomberg says
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13:57 EDTZZillow in talks to acquire Trulia, Bloomberg reports
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July 22, 2014
12:53 EDTZRealPage likely being presented with strategic alternatives, says Barrington
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTAOLGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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13:15 EDTAOLGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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July 18, 2014
12:48 EDTZRealPage tumbles after reporting preliminary Q2 revenue miss
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July 16, 2014
16:33 EDTZZillow acquires Retsly
Zillow announced it has acquired Vancouver, BC based Retsly, a software company that normalizes real estate data from multiple listing services so developers can build data-driven products for the real estate industry. The company also provides MLSs with the tools to manage software applications in their market and ensure their content is being used appropriately. Zillow is not disclosing the financial terms of the acquisition. "Retsly's platform will spur tremendous innovation in the real estate space, enabling developers to build software that works across MLS boundaries and without the overhead of dealing with local data formats," said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow CEO. "Retsly's team and cutting-edge technology is a great fit with Zillow and aligns with our goal to offer great value and services to our industry partners. We're thrilled to welcome Retsly to Zillow." Retsly was founded in 2013 and will continue to operate from Vancouver.
12:47 EDTAOLYahoo 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.
08:42 EDTAOLAOL's Adap.tv granted patent for system tying consumer sales to TV ads
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07:24 EDTZSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
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06:03 EDTAOLYahoo M&A chief says company not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is not planning to buy AOL (AOL), Yahoo M&A chief Jackie Reses commented at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, Re/code reports. When asked whether she thought AOL would be acquired in the next two years, Reses said "Not by us." Reference Link
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