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Yahoo

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Verizon

$50.30

0.4 (0.80%)

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Yahoo deal team working on final stages of 'liquidation,' NY Post says

Verizon (VZ) has confirmed it is pushing ahead with a deal to have its AOL unit acquire Yahoo's(YHOO) core internet business and sources say deals are in the works that will lead to the remainder of Yahoo's assets being "liquidated," according to the New York Post. Yahoo's deal team is now focused on selling the company's 36% stake in Yahoo Japan and SoftBank (SFTBF), which holds a 43% stake in the asset, is interested in buying it, sources told The Post. Yahoo's deal team is also working on the sale of the "Excalibur" patent portfolio and the company's 15.4% stake in Alibaba (BABA), sources tell the Post, adding that this mean Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's days "appear numbered." Reference Link

YHOO

Yahoo

$42.36

-0.32 (-0.75%)

VZ

Verizon

$50.30

0.4 (0.80%)

SFTBF

SoftBank

$63.67

-1.29 (-1.99%)

BABA

Alibaba

$103.62

-1.61 (-1.53%)

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YHOO Yahoo
$42.36

-0.32 (-0.75%)

09/23/16
RHCO
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Yahoo hack is probably not a material adverse change, says SunTrust
After Yahoo (YHOO) reported that over 500M of its accounts had been hacked, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck thinks that the news is probably not a material adverse change, or MAC, that would jeopardize the company's acquisition by Verizon (VZ). He notes that the sales contract says that a MAC will not be triggered by "any failure by Yahoo to meet its internal or published projections, budgets, plans, or forecasts of its revenues, earnings, or other financial performance or results of operations." The analyst says that the hack "may be manageable," since a majority of the victims could be e-mail users who are sticky. He keeps a Neutral rating on Yahoo.
09/28/16
SBSH
09/28/16
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Buy
Citi hopes Disney does not acquire Twitter
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet lays out four reasons for why he doesn't like Disney (DIS) pursuing an acquisition of Twitter (TWTR). Going back 15 years, the analyst can't think of a single web-based property that was successfully acquired by a traditional media firm. Two, he calls Twitter trends "troubling." Three, Bazinet estimates a cash offer would lower Disney's stock by $5 per share while an equity offer would drop its stock by $9. Four, the analyst feels it is unclear how Disney's content will help Twitter. Bazinet thinks both Yahoo (YHOO) and Twitter lost "significant money" when they streamed NFL content over the web. The analyst hopes Twitter is acquired by somebody other than Disney. He keeps a Buy rating on Disney shares. Both Loop Capital and Mizuho this morning downgraded Twitter to sell ratings.
09/16/16
OPCO
09/16/16
NO CHANGE
Target $55
OPCO
Outperform
Yahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein raised his price target for Yahoo (YHOO) to $55 from $48, citing the positive move in Alibaba's (BABA) share price and the $4.1B taxable basis of Yahoo's core, disclosed in a proxy statement. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on Yahoo's shares.
09/23/16
BOFA
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
Target $55
BOFA
Buy
BofA thinks Verizon deal stays on track despite Yahoo data breach
Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post said that Yahoo's (YHOO) disclosure of the massive data breach impacting over 500M of its users is clearly a negative for the company that could result in email account closures, but he does not anticipate a major impact on Yahoo's business related to this breach, citing as evidence the fact that he is not aware of any significant business impairment or financial liability related to security breaches at LinkedIn (LNKD) in 2012 and at eBay (EBAY) in 2014. Post adds that the Target (TGT) data breach, which did include credit card info, is not directly comparable to Yahoo's breach. For Verizon (VZ) to back out of its acquisition agreement, Post thinks the company would need to assume Yahoo acted in bad faith during negotiations and that the Yahoo asset is impaired or comes with significant liability, neither of which he sees as being the case. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on Yahoo and bumped his target on the shares to $55 from $53, citing an increased price target on Alibaba (BABA) that a peer at the firm recently set.
VZ Verizon
$50.30

0.4 (0.80%)

09/06/16
RHCO
09/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $18
RHCO
Neutral
SunTrust sees 'limited' list of Twitter suitors, says activist action unlikely
SunTrust analyst Robert Peck reiterated his belief that Twitter (TWTR) is unlikely to sell itself in 2016 in a new note to investors, but noted that investors have asked him who would be interested if Twitter were open to a sale. While giving his opinion on potential acquirers - which he sees possibly including Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Disney (DIS), Fox (FOXA), and Alibaba (BABA) - Peck said the company's high price and "unique" asset limit the potential buyers and gave his view that a PE buyer is highly unlikely given the company's lack of free cash flow. Additionally, Peck thinks activist action at Twitter seems "extremely unlikely" despite "unsubstantiated investor conjecture" and media reports. The analyst keeps Neutral rating and $18 price target on Twitter shares.
09/19/16
WELS
09/19/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Concerns about Frontier Communications leverage overdone, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that some investors have expressed concern about Frontier's leverage ratio. Specifically, the firm says there are some worries that if Frontier has difficulty integrating the Verizon (VZ) assets it purchased, it may trigger bank covenants. However, Wells says that Frontier's synergy realization and subscription outlook have improved since Q2. Wells adds that the company's dividend is "very secure neat-term," and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
SFTBF SoftBank
$63.67

-1.29 (-1.99%)

08/23/16
JPMS
08/23/16
UPGRADE
JPMS
Overweight
SoftBank upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Jun Tanabe upgraded SoftBank (SFTBF) to Overweight from Neutral and raised his price target on the stock to Y9,930 from Y6,500, citing improved earnings at Sprint (S), the growth in value of its stake in Alibaba (BABA), and the stability of cash flow in its domestic mobile business.
08/23/16
08/23/16
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Square (SQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel with analyst Scott Devitt saying he now feels more confident in the company's growth and profitability outlook and its competitive position following three quarters of consistent execution. 2. BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Christopher LaFemina saying he believes fundamentals have "clearly improved," citing supply that has declined in most cases and demand that has stabilized. 3. SoftBank (SFTBF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Jun Tanabe citing improved earnings at Sprint (S), the growth in value of its stake in Alibaba (BABA), and the stability of cash flow in its domestic mobile business. 4. Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink with analyst David Larsen saying he believes that the company's core fundamentals are improving "significantly." 5. Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst Arun Viswanathan saying that the company's merger with Axiall (AXLL) "creates a new way to play chlor-alkali," as well as synergies. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
BABA Alibaba
$103.62

-1.61 (-1.53%)

09/29/16
DBAB
09/29/16
NO CHANGE
Target $138
DBAB
Buy
Alibaba price target raised to $138 from $109 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Alan Hellawell raised his price target for Alibaba to $138 saying his firm's recent payments survey in China reveals Alipay ranks as the "clear #1" online payment method. Alipay has an "unrivalled" 40.8% of all online transactions, and 37.4% of O2O consumption, Hellawell tells investors in a research note. The survey respondents also revealed greater intentions to expand use of Alipay over other alternatives, the analyst adds. He keeps a Buy rating on shares of Alibaba.
09/29/16
MKMP
09/29/16
NO CHANGE
Target $130
MKMP
Buy
Alibaba soft third party tracking data a buying opportunity, says MKM Partners
MKM Partners said the 2% pullback in Alibaba shares this morning is being attributed to soft third party tracking data. The firm's analyst notes tracking data would not would not capture monetization improvement which has been the upside driver for revenue growth acceleration. MKM Partners rates Alibaba a Buy with a $130 price target.
10/11/16
EVER
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $125
EVER
Buy
Alibaba price target raised to $125 from $115 at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena raised Alibaba's price target to $125 due to favorable near-term macro data and steps the company has is taking into audience and logistics as fueling long-term continued growth. The analyst rates Alibaba a Buy.

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