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Match Group reports Q2 adjusted EPS 45c, consensus 35c
Reports Q2 revenue $421M, consensus $412.81M.
Match Group upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Brent Thill upgraded Match Group (MTCH) to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $50 from $40. The stock closed Friday up 65c to $41.52. A survey of 600 online daters shows many users do not wish to commingle dating with social media, Thill tells investors in a research note. As such, he believes Facebook's (FB) dating will likely appeal to an older demographic rather than millennials on Tinder. The analyst notes that many past Facebook product launches have not impacted publicly traded competition.
IAC price target raised to $200 from $175 at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Brent Thill raised his price target for IAC (IAC) to $200 in conjunction with his upgrade this morning of Match Group (MTCH) to Buy from Hold. Trading at just 12 times 2019 EBITDA and a $3B market discount to the company's ownership in Match and Angi Homeservices (ANGI), IAC's valuation looks attractive, Thill tells investors in a research note. He calls the company a top mid cap pick and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. UMC (UMC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein with analyst Mark Li saying he believes the company will deliver a better capital return. 2. Petrobras (PBR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James with analyst Pavel Molchanov saying the government's "dramatic intervention" in late May to slash diesel prices in response to a national trucker strike is largely reflected in valuation. 3. Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus with analyst Bill Selesky citing the impact of rising crude oil prices as well as the management's strategy of allocating nearly 70% of its FY18 capital spending program to production in the Permian basin. 4. Match Group (MTCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Brent Thill saying a survey of 600 online daters shows many users do not wish to commingle dating with social media. 5. First Data (FDC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs with analyst James Schneider saying despite "choppy" fundamentals, the company's revenue growth is poised to improve. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage,
Paid subscriptions for Match's Tinder tracking ahead of consensus, says Aegis
Aegis analyst Victor Anthony said his analysis of Tinder app MAUs in the second quarter-to-date lead him to believe Tinder is exceeding the consensus estimate of 250K Tinder average paid net additions by a "comfortable margin." He thinks this suggests Tinder continues to incrementally benefit from the Gold launch with higher than expected renewal rates, Anthony tells investors. The analyst maintains a Buy rating and $47 price target on Match Group shares.
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