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Youku Tudou Inc. (YOKU)

  • Nov. 11, 2013, 8:41 AM
    • Twitter (TWTR) has been started at Neutral by Sterne Agee. Shares -1.4% premarket after dropping 7% on Friday in the wake of neutral/bearish coverage launches. Shares still +58% from their $26 IPO price.
    • Veeva Systems (VEEV) has received four bullish ratings and two neutral ones on underwriter coverage day. Shares +0.6%.
    • American Tower (AMT) has been upgraded to Buy by Citi.
    • Youku (YOKU) has been upgraded to Buy by Brean ahead of Thursday's Q3 report. Shares +3.1%.
    • BT has been upgraded to Overweight by JPMorgan after outbidding Sky for the U.K. TV rights to Champions League games.
    • Netgear (NTGR) has been upgraded to Sector Perform by RBC.
    • Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY, DTEGF) has been cut to Sell by Goldman after striking a $729M deal to buy wireline carrier GTS Central Europe.
    • Lam Research (LRCX) has been cut to Neutral by Susquehanna.
    • Diodes (DIOD) has been cut to Outperform from Strong Buy by Raymond James ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report.
    | Nov. 11, 2013, 8:41 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 7, 2013, 11:48 AM
    • Even as Twitter blasts off to a $25B valuation following its much-hyped IPO, U.S. and foreign Internet stocks are giving back some more of the massive 2013 gains that have led many names to trade at steep multiples.
    • One sign investors in this space are in a profit-taking mood: Zillow (Z -4.3%) and YY both sold off yesterday in spite of delivering Q3 beats (I, II) and above-consensus guidance; Zillow is adding to its losses today. Likewise, SouFun (SFUN -5.4%) has turned negative after providing a Q3 beat and strong guidance.
    • Notable U.S. decliners: FB -2.4%. LNKD -2.8%. GRPN -4.7% (reports after the close). ZNGA -2.7%. P -3.8%. TRLA -5.4%.
    • Notable foreign decliners: BIDU -2.4%. QIHU -6.7%. SINA -5% (generally viewed as the Chinese Twitter). DANG -6.2%. VIPS -7.7%. RENN -4.2%. AMAP -4.7%. CTRP -5.7%. YOKU -5.6%. RENN -4.2%. YNDX -5.1%. MELI -2.4% (plunged yesterday thanks to a Q3 miss). SIFY -2.6%.
    • Internet/social media ETFs: FDN, PNQI, SOCL
    | Nov. 7, 2013, 11:48 AM | 16 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2013, 8:21 PM
    • Several Chinese Internet names recently pressured by a generally selloff in tech momentum plays are up AH after Baidu beat Q3 estimates on the back of strong growth in ad revenue/customer, and issued above-consensus Q4 guidance.
    • SINA +2.3% AH. QIHU +2.1%. YOKU +2%. RENN +2.1%. NTES +2.5%. DANG +1.6%.
    • NQ Mobile (NQ) is up 2.5% AH after posting a 25.1% gain in regular trading as investors welcomed its fund transfer announcement.
    • Bulls and bears continue to argue fiercely over NQ's prospects. On SA, bearish Goldbaum Research observes NQ's games (offered via its FL Mobile game publishing subsidiary) appear to have been pulled from Apple's App Store, while bullish Toro Investment Partners argues Muddy Waters' track record is quite mixed, and that many firms have had a chance to look at NQ's books.
    | Oct. 29, 2013, 8:21 PM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 25, 2013, 4:21 PM
    • Chinese Internet and solar stocks, many of which have skyrocketed this year, have closed with decent losses after the Shanghai exchange fell for the fourth day in a row amid credit crunch worries, and as NQ Mobile continued to feel the impact of Muddy Waters' fraud allegations.
    • Muddy Waters' detailed accusations regarding ghost addresses, a shell company, inflated market share figures, dubious cash balances, and spyware are likely to yield fresh scrutiny of the financial statements provided by Chinese ADRs, and could also affect the reception given to upcoming IPOs (I, II). Investor concerns about the bookkeeping of U.S.-traded Chinese firms had diminished some this year.
    • Chinese Internet decliners: VIPS -9.1%. AMAP -6.1%. YY -6%. QIHU -4.8%. PWRD -5.7%. CYOU -4.7%. SINA -3.8%. LONG -3.5%. YOKU -3%.
    • Chinese solar decliners: YGE -12.2%. JKS -9.4%. JASO -9%. DQ -7.2%. TSL -6.8%. CSIQ -4.8%CSUN -4.4%.
    | Oct. 25, 2013, 4:21 PM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 18, 2013, 10:29 AM
    • "We believe that Google's (GOOG +12.8%) ability to monetize experiences through engagement-based services will allow it to disrupt many hardware and software layers over time," writes Evercore's Ken Sena, exemplifying the glowing analyst commentary that has followed Google's Q3 beat.
    • Sena, who is raising his PT to $1,100, sees Google's services investments pressuring near-term margins, but also creating "a stronger platform ecosystem in which more collected data, better predictive analytics, and an increased amount of screen connectivity will lead to better overall search economics in addition to new opportunities."
    • Needham and Jefferies have raised their PTs to $1,150, and Deutsche has raised its target to $1,220. YouTube's mobile growth, strong paid click volumes, and the potential for Enhanced Campaigns to lift search ad sales (after doing less damage than expected in Q3) are all mentioned as reasons to stay bullish.
    • U.S. Internet peers continue to rally in sympathy: FB +4.1%. LNKD +3.7%. YELP +7.8%. AMZN +3.3%. Z +3.9%. TRLA +4.8%. ZNGA +2.8%.
    • Foreign Internet names are also moving higher: BIDU +5%. YOKU +6.9%. SINA +3.7%. RENN +4.4%. QIHU +4.9%. DANG +5.9%. YNDX +4%. SIFY +3.4%.
    • Google's Q3 results, details, CC remarks, transcript
    | Oct. 18, 2013, 10:29 AM | 17 Comments
  • Oct. 8, 2013, 11:48 AM
    • With the government shutdown having reached day 8, many U.S. and Chinese Internet stocks that have seen giant 2013 gains (often with the help of momentum traders and/or short squeezes) are falling sharply.
    • U.S. decliners include Facebook (FB -5.2%), Yahoo (YHOO -5.2%), Netflix (NFLX -4.7%), LinkedIn (LNKD -7%), Zillow (Z -5.3%), Trulia (TRLA -7.5%), Yelp (YELP -9.3%), Groupon (GRPN -4.9%), and (WWWW -10.2%).
    • Chinese decliners include Baidu (BIDU -6.2%), Sina (SINA -7.5%), YY (YY -7.3%), Sohu (SOHU -5.1%), Renren (RENN -9.2%), Youku (YOKU -9.6%), Vipshop (VIPS -6.9%), and Dangdang (DANG -10.7%).
    • A chart of the YTD performance of some key names speaks for itself.
    | Oct. 8, 2013, 11:48 AM | 32 Comments
  • Oct. 7, 2013, 4:46 PM
    • Youku (YOKU) has reached a multi-year content deal with FremantleMedia, the Bertelsmann unit responsible for producing American Idol, X Factor, Project Runway, and many other popular shows. 202 hours of programming will be made available in year 1.
    • Youku's content spend has been growing rapidly, as the company tries to stay ahead of Baidu, Sohu, and other rivals in a competitive Chinese online/mobile video market. Youku's content costs rose 46% Y/Y in Q2 (outpacing rev. growth of 30%), and equaled 40% of revenue.
    | Oct. 7, 2013, 4:46 PM | Comment!
  • Sep. 26, 2013, 11:05 AM
    • Citi, which is reiterating a Buy on Youku (YOKU +4.2%), is upbeat about the company's launch of mobile video ads that charge based on performance (i.e. clicks or subsequent user activity) rather than views.
    • The firm thinks such ads will boost mobile monetization on account of being easier to sell to advertisers and less content-dependent, and gaining more traction in "low-tier" Chinese cities.
    • Citi notes Youku expects performance-based mobile ads to produce "meaningful revenues" in Q4 and Q1, while cautioning mobile isn't expected to make up more than 10% of total revenue in the near-term.
    • Mobile now makes up over 30% of Youku's traffic.
    | Sep. 26, 2013, 11:05 AM | Comment!
  • Sep. 13, 2013, 5:24 PM
    • Youku's (YOKU +9%) Tudou mobile video apps will integrate a Qihoo (QIHU -2.5%) "handset cleaner" tool that scans phones for viruses and promises to improve device performance.
    • The partnership is tied to Qihoo's Highlights initiative, which gives 3rd-party developers access to its security APIs. Qihoo claims nearly 100 apps now support the initiative.
    • Both Youku and Qihoo are doing well on mobile. Youku's daily mobile video views have topped 200M, and mobile now makes up over 30% of the company's traffic. Qihoo asserts 338M smartphones used its 360 Mobile Safe security app at the end of Q2.
    | Sep. 13, 2013, 5:24 PM | Comment!
  • Aug. 30, 2013, 12:48 PM
    • The China mobile internet sector has collected enough users, J.P. Morgan says, and prefers Qihoo (QIHU -0.7%) and Tencent (TCEHY.PK, TCTZF.PK) because they have already amassed large mobile platforms.
    • Both companies should continue to capitalize on China’s booming mobile economy, the firm says; it expects Tencent to capture 30%-35% mobile game share by the end of 2014 through content development and distribution, while QIHU could take 10% through distribution.
    • The firm cuts Youku (YOKU -2.7%) and Sohu (SOHU -2.1%) to Neutral from Overweight.
    • JPM also likes online real estate services platform Soufun (SFUN +4.6%) for its market leading position; users seem sticky and barrier to entry seems high.
    | Aug. 30, 2013, 12:48 PM | Comment!
  • Aug. 30, 2013, 9:41 AM
    • Deutsche upgrades ARM Holdings (ARMH +0.7%) to Buy. Analyst Kai Korschelt thinks Intel fears are overblown and will have limited impact on ARM's EPS going forward.
    • Bernstein upgrades Telecom Italia (TI +8.6%) to Outperform. TI is down 27.3% in the last year as the telco has been roiled by the spectre of credit downgrades and antitrust troubles.
    • JPMorgan scythes a number of Chinese tech stocks: Dangdang (DANG -4.7%) to Underweight with a PT of $6.50, Youku Tudou (YOKU -1.3%) to Neutral with a PT of $23, and (SOHU -0.7%) to Neutral with a PT hike to $66 ($56 previous).
    • JPMorgan also initiated a number of Chinese stocks: Soufun (SFUN +1.5%) with an Overweight rating and PT of $49 and YY (YY +1.1%) with an Overweight rating and PT of $47.
    • Swedbank downgrades Nokia (NOK -2.4%) to Reduce.
    | Aug. 30, 2013, 9:41 AM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 22, 2013, 1:16 PM
    • Chinese tech names, already having a spring/summer to remember, are largely outperforming after China's August flash manufacturing PMI came in at 50.1, easily beating a consensus of 48.3.
    • Baidu (BIDU +2%), Dangdang (DANG +6.3%), Vipshop (VIPS +3.8%), Youku (YOKU +3.1%), Sina (SINA +2.7%), and Renren (RENN +2.1%) are among the winners.
    • However, LightInTheBox (LITB -7.9%), which crumbled on Tuesday due to a revenue miss and soft guidance, is adding to this week's losses, and making new post-IPO lows in the process.
    | Aug. 22, 2013, 1:16 PM | Comment!
  • Aug. 21, 2013, 11:51 AM
    • Macquarie gave Youku (YOKU +5.8%) a two-notch upgrade to Outperform last December.
    • Shares of the Chinese online/mobile video leader sold off earlier this month after its Q2 revenue and Q3 guidance failed to impress, but remain well above their April lows.
    | Aug. 21, 2013, 11:51 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 9, 2013, 9:17 AM
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  • Aug. 8, 2013, 6:28 PM
    • Youku (YOKU) posted Q2 revenue of $122.8M (+30% Y/Y), almost in-line with a $122.7M consensus.
    • The Chinese online video leader expects Q3 revenue of $135.6M-$142.2M vs. a $139.5M consensus.
    • Q2 ad sales amounted to $118.4M, or 96% of revenue.
    • Content costs surged 46% Y/Y to $49.4M (outpacing rev. growth) and made up 40% of revenue. Opex only rose 2% Y/Y to $42.5M (a major reason for the EPS beat), as Youku reaps synergies from the Tudou merger. R&D spend +14% Y/Y and sales/marketing +12%, but G&A -22%.
    • Youku once more trumpets its strong mobile growth (previous): daily mobile video views have more than doubled in the last 6 months.
    • YOKU -5.5% AH. CC at 8PM ET. Q2 results, PR
    | Aug. 8, 2013, 6:28 PM | Comment!
  • Aug. 8, 2013, 5:21 PM
    • Youku Tudou (YOKU): Q2 EPS of -RMB0.63 beats by RMB0.11.
    • Revenue of RMB753.5M. Shares -5.5% AH. (PR)
    | Aug. 8, 2013, 5:21 PM | Comment!
Company Description
Youku Tudou Inc is an Internet television company in china. Its internet television platform enables consumers to search, view and share high-quality video content quickly and easily across multiple devices.