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Fly News Breaks for March 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017 | 09:11 EDT
Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser downgraded Alphabet (GOOGL) to Hold from Buy citing brand safety concerns and valuation following the recent rally in the shares. News last week that Havas, the sixth largest global media network, is pulling its spending from Google's YouTube and Google Display Network in the U.K. because Google was "unable to provide specific reassurances, policy and guarantees that their video or display content is classified either quickly enough or with the correct filters" is a big deal, Wieser tells investors in a research note. Many of the U.K.'s largest brands working with agencies are reportedly suspending their advertising on YouTube and/or other Google ad products due to similar concerns, Wieser points out. He sees the U.K. issues impacting Google's global growth and cut his price target for Alphabet shares to $950 from $970. The stock in premarket trading is down $2.58 to $869.79.
News For GOOGL;GOOG From the Last 2 Days
Apr 22, 2017 | 13:57 EDT
Catch up on the top industries and stocks that were impacted, or were predicted to be impacted, by the comments, actions and policies of President Trump and his administration with this weekly recap compiled by The Fly: 1. STEEL SECTOR: On Thursday, Donald Trump met with several steel company CEOs at the White House to discuss the state of the industry and the administration's plans to crack down on steel dumping. Following the sit down, Trump signed a memorandum related to section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and said he has directed the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into whether or not foreign companies, particularly those from China, are dumping steel on the U.S. market. Publicly traded companies in the steel space include Steel Dynamics (STLD), AK Steel (AKS), U.S. Steel (X) and Nucor (NUE). 2. HOSPITALS: Earlier this week, hospital stocks were under pressure following reports of Health bill progress. CNBC's Kayla Tausche tweeted, "NEW: If health care changes in MacArthur memo are in bill text, they'd get 18-20 new @freedomcaucus votes. Brings total to 25-30, per source." Publicly traded companies in the space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS). 3. TECH COMPANIES: According to a news report by Recode, tech companies such as Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG; GOOGL), and Microsoft (MSFT) have focused some of their lobbying sums in Washington over the past three months on fighting President Trump, as he looked toward major changes to the U.S. tax code and placed new restriction on foreign immigrants. Both issues are present on many companies' first quarter lobbying reports, the publication notes. 4. HUMANA: On Friday, Jefferies analyst David Windley downgraded Humana (HUM) to Hold and lowered his price target on the shares to $221 from $237. The analyst told investors that he views the shares as expensive and pointed out that 2018 premium growth under President Trump is lower than 2017 under Obama. Events that would enhance Medicare Advantage decidedly above Medicaid and Commercial "are not blossoming," Windley contended. 5. FINANCE-RELATED EXECUTIVE ORDERS: President Trump signed two finance-related executive orders on Friday aimed at unwinding regulations put into place after the financial crisis. The directives target "living wills" that banks must formulate to show how they would be broken up it there is danger of failure. Alongside banking measures, the administration is ordering a review on rules regarding inversions. Publicly traded money center banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). 6. TAX REFORM: On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during the International Finance Washington Policy Summit that the Trump administration is close to bringing forward "major tax reform." The following day, Trump told Associated Press that he will unveil a tax plan next week that includes "massive" tax cut for individuals and businesses. "Week in Review" is The Fly's weekly recap of its recurring series of "Trump Effect" exclusive stories.
Apr 21, 2017 | 06:26 EDT
Oracle (ORCL) is acquiring digital ad tracker Moat for more than $850M, Recode reports, citing a person familiar with the deal. When the deal closes, Moat will operate as an independent unit offered as part of Oracle's "data cloud" suite of products. Both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) allow Moat to check in on advertisements that run on their platforms and "Google's YouTube recently announced that it would work with Moat to help advertisers verify that their messages aren't running next to offensive videos," according to Recode. Reference Link
Apr 21, 2017 | 06:17 EDT
Advertising and tech companies are in discussions to implement ad blocking that would prevent browsers such as Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Chrome and Microsoft (MSFT) Edge from displaying ads which weaken the consumer experience, Advertising Age reports, citing comments made by Stu Ingis, counsel to the Coalition for Better Ads and attorney at Venable. The discussions are taking place among members of the coalition including Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble (PG), Unilever (UL, UN), WPP's ad-buying giant GroupM, Facebook (FB), Thomson Reuters (TRI), The Washington Post, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Association of National Advertisers. The companies expect to have a "blocking mechanism in place before the end of this year, Ingis predicted," according to Ad Age. Reference Link
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