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  • Jul. 6, 2015, 11:01 AM
    • The Shanghai exchange rose 2.4% overnight following a Greek rejection of austerity measures and the unveiling by Chinese brokerages of a government-endorsed plan to buy at least RMB120B ($19.3B) worth of shares to prop up nosediving equity prices. However, Shenzhen fell 2.7% and Hong Kong fell 3.7%, with small-cap names especially hard-hit.
    • U.S.-traded Chinese Web/mobile names are seeing heavy losses (CQQQ -7.8%), with small/mid-cap firms unsurprisingly bearing the brunt of the damage. Major decliners include Sina (SINA -8.8%), Weibo (WB -11.6%), YY (YY -7.3%), Sohu (SOHU -9.1%), Changyou (CYOU -11.8%), Youku (YOKU -12.3%), Jumei (JMEI -8.2%), Xunlei (XNET -8.7%), SouFun (SFUN -9.3%), Leju (LEJU -7.6%), E-House (EJ -6.9%), Sky-mobi (MOBI -9.4%), NQ Mobile (NQ -6.3%), 500.com (WBAI -11.6%), Momo (MOMO -6%), and Dangdang (DANG -6.7%).
    • The NYT observes $2.7T in value has evaporated from Chinese equities since local markets peaked on June 12. The paper also notes individual investors own over 80% of Chinese stocks, and that Chinese investors respectively own 112M and 142M accounts on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges, with each exchange seeing ~20M account openings this spring.
    • ETFs: KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
    | Jul. 6, 2015, 11:01 AM | 16 Comments
  • Jun. 29, 2015, 9:03 AM
    • Believing the company could join the wave of U.S.-traded Chinese firms to receive going-private offers, Mizuho has upgraded SOHU to Buy, and hiked its target by $24 to $70.
    • Mizuho adds it thinks the Chinese search/online video/gaming firm trades at a 17% discount to its fair value on a sum-of-the-parts basis.
    • No movement yet premarket. Sohu fell 7% on Friday, taking part in a broader Chinese tech rout. The Shanghai exchange was down another 3.3% overnight.
    | Jun. 29, 2015, 9:03 AM
  • Jun. 26, 2015, 11:45 AM
    • As was the case a week ago, Chinese Web and mobile names are getting clocked in response to a sharp overseas selloff: Shanghai and Shenzhen respectively fell 7.4% and 7.9% overnight, putting their recent declines around the standard bear market threshold of 20%. The Nasdaq is down 0.4%.
    • Explanations for China's selloff range from tighter margin requirements to cautious analyst notes to speculators simply choosing to take profits following a massive run-up. Shanghai and Shenzhen's 12-month gains now stand at 106% and 132%.
    • Major U.S.-traded decliners include YY (YY -6.5%), Sohu (SOHU -5.4%), Sina (SINA -4.7%), Weibo (WB -5.2%), Xunlei (XNET -9.5%), Dangdang (DANG -8.7%), Jumei (JMEI -9.1%), Youku (YOKU -8.7%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM -7.2%), Bitauto (BITA -6.7%), SouFun (SFUN -5.9%), ChinaCache (CCIH -5.4%), Zhaopin (ZPIN -5.6%), Wowo (WOWO -3%), and 500.com (WBAI -5.3%).
    • ETFs: CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
    | Jun. 26, 2015, 11:45 AM | 6 Comments
  • Jun. 23, 2015, 5:34 PM
    | Jun. 23, 2015, 5:34 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 17, 2015, 10:23 AM
    • Qihoo says it has received a ~$10B going-private offer from a group led by CEO Hongyi Zhou, the largest offer yet in the wave of bids received by U.S.-traded Chinese firms in recent weeks.
    • Meanwhile, ahead of Qihoo's announcement, the high-flying Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges respectively rose 1.7% and 2%. The indices are respectively up 140% and 181% over the last 12 months.
    • In addition to YY and SouFun (previously covered), major Chinese tech gainers include Sina (SINA +4.8%), Weibo (WB +6.1%), Bitauto (BITA +4.9%), Youku (YOKU +6.8%), Momo (MOMO +8.3%), Xunlei (XNET +8.6%), Dangdang (DANG +5.6%), Sohu (SOHU +4.4%), Zhaopin (ZPIN +5.9%), and Jumei (JMEI +6.1%).
    • ETFs: CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC
    | Jun. 17, 2015, 10:23 AM | 14 Comments
  • Jun. 17, 2015, 10:14 AM
    • Ku6 Media (NASDAQ:KUTV) is down 1.5%, bucking China media stocks that are sharply higher this morning.
    • Youku Tudou (YOKU +7.4%), Xunlei (XNET +6.3%) and Sohu.com (SOHU +5.6%) are following other Chinese stocks significantly higher, and Phoenix New Media (NYSE:FENG) is up 2.1%.
    • Ku6 has lost 7.2% of its value since a Q1 report Friday where revenues slipped 32% Q/Q and expressed "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue as a going concern.
    • Previously: Ku6 Media down 7.9% as Q1 revenues slide (Jun. 12 2015)
    | Jun. 17, 2015, 10:14 AM
  • Jun. 14, 2015, 11:19 AM
    • Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) is planning to build China's version of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and HBO (NYSE:TWX) via a new service called Tmall Box Office.
    • "We want to create a whole new family entertainment experience," Alibaba's Liu Chunning told reporters in Shanghai.
    • TBO will launch in about two months, with content bought from China and other countries, as well as in-house productions.
    • Related tickers: Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), Sohu (NASDAQ:SOHU)
    | Jun. 14, 2015, 11:19 AM | 69 Comments
  • Apr. 27, 2015, 6:02 AM
    • Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU): Q1 EPS of -$0.81 beats by $0.41.
    • Revenue of $455.33M (+24.6% Y/Y) beats by $15.99M.
    | Apr. 27, 2015, 6:02 AM
  • Apr. 26, 2015, 5:30 PM
  • Apr. 16, 2015, 3:19 PM
    • Today's notable tech gainers include Chinese online gaming/entertainment platform YY (YY +4.5%), Chinese search engine/portal owner Sohu (SOHU +5.4%), U.S. solar installer Vivint (VSLR +4.9%), U.S. solar installer Vivint (VSLR +4.9%), solar power optimizer/inverter maker SolarEdge (SEDG +5%), M2M hardware/software provider I.D. Systems (IDSY +8.9%), DSP core IP provider Ceva (CEVA +7.2%), cloud healthcare software provider Castlight (CSLT +6.1%), and NAND controller/4G transceiver vendor Silicon Motion (SIMO +4.8%). The Nasdaq is nearly flat.
    • Notable decliners include local services marketplace Angie's List (ANGI -6.6%), IP licensing firm Acacia (ACTG -4.4%), and gaming system maker IGT (IGT -5.1%).
    • Dougherty has launched coverage on I.D. Systems at Buy, and Canaccord has done the same for Ceva. Vivint is one of several solar firms to get an Outperform rating from Avondale Partners. Silicon Motion has surged to fresh 52-week highs, and is up 22% since last week's Q1 pre-announcement.
    • Angie's List is giving back some of the big gains seen yesterday after announcing long-time CEO Bill Oesterle plans to retire, and slightly hiking its 2015 adjusted EBITDA guidance. IGT is returning a chunk of the gains seen last week following the closing of the Gtech merger.
    • Previously covered: Etsy, AMD, Fairchild, SanDisk, 58.com, Audience, Travelzoo, Sequans, Carbonite, Identiv
    | Apr. 16, 2015, 3:19 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 8, 2015, 10:58 AM
    • Following a big overnight rally in Hong Kong (followed a 3-day holiday during which Shanghai rallied), beaten-down Chinese Internet and mobile stocks have soared in U.S. trading.
    • The biggest gainers include many names that are far below their 2014 highs: The group includes Qihoo (QIHU +10.5%), YY (YY +14.9%), Taomee (TAOM +14.3%), Sina (SINA +8.7%), and Weibo (WB +12.1%). Mobile game publishers Sky-mobi (MOBI +12.6%), China Mobile Games (CMGE +8%), and iDreamSky (DSKY +13.4%) are also sharply higher, as are online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +13.1%), E-House (EJ +6.1%), and Leju (LEJU +9.8%).
    • Giants Alibaba (BABA +3.4%) and Baidu (BIDU +4.1%) aren't being left out. Neither are Youku (YOKU +7.5%), 21Vianet (VNET +7.4%), Momo (MOMO +6.8%), Sohu (SOHU +7.7%), Changyou (CYOU +4.5%), Dangdang (DANG +7.3%), Vipshop (VIPS +4.8%), JD.com (JD +3.9%), Jumei (JMEI +6.6%), Sungy Mobile (GOMO +5.8%), China Techfaith (CNTF +7.1%), and KongZhong (KZ +5.5%).
    • Alibaba has proposed an asset injection into its money-losing Alibaba Pictures (+36% in Hong Kong) film arm. Sky-mobi has seen Rosenblatt (Buy) hike its target to $11, while noting many Chinese mobile game developers have been bought out; it thinks Sky-mobi's investments in developers could be worth $140M. NetEase has been upgraded by CICC Research.
    • Over in Hong Kong, software/cloud services provider Kingsoft (OTCPK:KSFTF) rose 24.2% to HKD$29.50. Messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) rose 3.3% to HKD$154.80.
    • ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
    | Apr. 8, 2015, 10:58 AM | 134 Comments
  • Mar. 20, 2015, 12:20 PM
    • #3 Chinese search engine Sogou is planning an IPO that will feature a $3B+ valuation, Bloomberg reports. Sources add Sogou, which is controlled by Sohu (SOHU +3.7%), could see an offering in 2H15.
    • Sogou has been easily outgrowing Sohu's portal and gaming ops: Its revenue rose 70% Y/Y in Q4 to $119M. It had an estimated 6.9% Q4 Chinese search share, trailing Baidu's (NASDAQ:BIDU) 74.4% and Qihoo's (NYSE:QIHU) 17.3%.
    • Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) bought a 40.9% stake in Sogou in 2013 for $516M, and has integrated Sogou's services with its wildly popular WeChat mobile messaging platform (recently hit 500M MAUs). Aside from search, Sogou's services include a Web directory, games, and popular Chinese-language typing software (Sogou Pinyin).
    | Mar. 20, 2015, 12:20 PM | 7 Comments
  • Mar. 12, 2015, 3:13 PM
    • Major tech gainers are about even with major decliners on a day the Nasdaq is up 0.8% (thanks to a broader market rally) in spite of Intel's Q1 warning.
    • Notable gainers include 3D printer maker Voxeljet (VJET +5.9%), cloud ERP/HR software provider NetSuite (N +3.7%), flash sales site Zulily (ZU +7.5%), stock photo marketplace Shutterstock (SSTK +6.5%), cloud telecom expense software vendor Tangoe (TNGO +5.6%), It services provider Virtusa (VRTU +4.7%), online video ad platform TubeMogul (TUBE +4%), and online ad campaign software provider Marin (MRIN +4.2%).
    • Notable decliners include several Chinese firms. Specifically, search/portal/game provider Sohu (SOHU -5.3%), entertainment/IM/gaming platform YY (YY -4.2%), mobile game publisher Sky-mobi (MOBI -5.8%), and sports lottery site 500.com (WBAI -5.6%).
    • Other big decliners include printer maker Lexmark (LXK -2.6%), chip packaging/testing provider ChipMOS (IMOS -4.7%), and smart grid/wind turbine component maker AMSC (AMSC -6.3%).
    • Zulily is just a day removed from making fresh lows the wake of last month's Q4 miss and soft guidance. BMO provided an upbeat note on TubeMogul yesterday.
    • YY has now more than given back the gains it saw last week following its Q4 beat. ChipMOS posts Q4 results after the close, and is two days removed from reporting its February sales rose 10.5% Y/Y, a slower pace than in recent months (thanks in part to the timing of the Chinese New Year). 500.com recently crashed due to license suspensions, but had bounced from its lows. Lexmark drop comes shortly after HP refreshed its printer lineup.
    • Previously covered: Box, Rosetta Stone, CyberArk, Integrated Silicon, Universal Display, Spherix, Synchronoss, Ingram Micro
    | Mar. 12, 2015, 3:13 PM
  • Feb. 9, 2015, 10:34 AM
    • Though SOHU beat Q4 estimates, it's guiding for Q1 revenue of $425M-$440M and EPS of -$0.95 to -$1.05, below a consensus of $445.1M and -$0.72.
    • Subsidiary Chanyou (NASDAQ:CYOU), which posted a revenue beat and an EPS miss, is guiding for revenue of $195M-$200M and EPS of $0.64-$0.68; the former is below a $201M consensus, and the latter above a $0.24 consensus.
    • Changyou has also announced the appointment of Sohu exec Jasmine Zhou as its permanent CFO. Zhou takes over from Rucia Ren, who had been serving as interim CFO.
    • Sohu's online game revenue (stems from Changyou) rose 7% Y/Y in Q4 to $184M. Sogou search revenue rose 70% to $119M (share gains), and brand ad revenue 20% to $148M. Changyou's average monthly active accounts and quarterly active paying accounts respectively rose 81% and 59% to 13.9M and 2.7M.
    • Sohu's gross margin was 59%, up from Q3's 58% but down from 64% a year ago. Operating expenses rose 16% Y/Y to $288M (compares with 24% revenue growth), with Changyou's opex rising 14% to $149.4M.
    • Sohu: Q4 results, PR. Changyou: Q4 results, PR.
    | Feb. 9, 2015, 10:34 AM
  • Feb. 9, 2015, 6:00 AM
    • Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU): Q4 EPS of -$0.36 beats by $0.13.
    • Revenue of $477.2M (+23.8% Y/Y) beats by $5.99M.
    | Feb. 9, 2015, 6:00 AM
  • Feb. 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Company Description
Sohu.com Inc is a Chinese online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service group providing comprehensive online products and services on PCs and mobile devices in the People's Republic of China.