Jul. 14, 2014, 11:43 AM
- LinkedIn (LNKD +3.1%) has bought Newsle, provider of a service that alerts users when contacts have been mentioned somewhere on the Web. Terms are undisclosed.
- "LinkedIn and Newsle share a common goal: We both want to provide professional insights that make you better at what you do," LinkedIn declares. Much like job search engine/listing platform Bright (acquired in February), Newsle relies on natural-language processing and machine-learning algorithms to weed out useful/relevant information.
- The purchase is the latest in a string of moves meant to improve relatively low user engagement rates. Last year, LinkedIn bought (and proceeded to integrate) mobile reader app Pulse, and added the ability to embed rich media within news feed posts.
- More recently, LinkedIn overhauled its Contacts app (now known as Connected) to emphasize news feed updates and encourage user interactions.
- Q2 results arrive on July 31. Shares are rallying on a good day for tech.
Jul. 8, 2014, 12:45 PM
- Echoes of April: Following a big May/June rally that propelled the Nasdaq to new post-Dot.com bubble highs, momentum stocks are nosediving nearly across the board today.
- The selloff comes ahead of Alcoa's afternoon Q2 report, the unofficial start of earnings season. Some of the cash going out of equities is flowing into Treasurys.
- Notable 6%+ decliners: TWTR -7.6%. DDD -6.5%. SSYS -7.9%. P -7.7%. LNKD -7.1%. DATA -10.1%. SPLK -9.3%. WDAY -7.7%. YELP -8.3%. GOGO -6.5%. YOKU -6.6%. ZU -10.5%. NOW -6.8%.
Jun. 19, 2014, 7:00 PM
- LinkedIn Job Search aims to give job-hunters a better, more streamlined experience than LinkedIn's (LNKD) core mobile apps. Customizable search options and recommended listings are part of the feature set.
- The company claims over 40% of its users "are currently using mobile to look at jobs on LinkedIn." 58% of LinkedIn's Q1 revenue came from its Talent Solutions business.
- Job Search joins a broader trend among Internet giants to offer an array of apps optimized for specific services, both to improve the user experience and (hopefully) have more than one icon on a user's homescreen. Facebook has been especially aggressive here.
- The app is only available in the U.S. iOS App Store for now. Android and international markets should be supported in time.
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Jun. 13, 2014, 4:30 AM
- LinkedIn (LNKD) is facing a lawsuit which claims it violated customers’ privacy rights for marketing purposes. The company is accused of accessing users' external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses though the users e-mail address provided when signing up to the site.
- LinkedIn customers can now pursue damages for revenue it made from using the e-mail address books.
- The lawsuit calls into question how wiretap laws enacted before the Internet apply to data generated when people send e-mails and surf online.
Jun. 4, 2014, 11:45 AM
- A new $10/month "Spotlight" subscription option ($8/month if billed annually) provides access to all of LinkedIn's (LNKD +0.6%) premium features ... save for the ability to message members a user isn't connected with. Business plan ($30/month) subs can send 3 messages/month, and Business Plus ($60/month) subs can send 10 messages/month.
- Along with the cheaper subscription option, LinkedIn is rolling out a slew of new features for premium subs. These include larger search listings (twice the size of free member listings), an "Open Profile" option that allows all members to see a user's full profile, and keyword suggestions for making a profile stand out.
- LinkedIn is also giving premium subs revamped, image-heavy, profile pages (echoes of Facebook's Timeline pages), but this feature will be rolled out to free subs in a few months.
- LinkedIn's subscription sales rose 46% Y/Y in Q1, and accounted for 20% of revenue. The update comes with shares down 39% from a high of $257.56, thanks to valuation and growth concerns.
May 13, 2014, 5:05 PM
- Active usage has been slipping for Facebook (FB) and many other popular social networks, GlobalWebIndex reports in a new study -- though Facebook is still the worldwide king.
- Active usage of YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) dropped 8% since Q3 2013, according to the report, with Facebook slipping 6%. Other usage decliners: LinkedIn (LNKD) fell 3%; Twitter's (TWTR) usage dropped 3%, and Google+ usage fell 1%.
- Going the other direction were a few robust gainers: Instagram counters its parent with a 25% growth in usage; Tumblr usage up 22%, and Pinterest usage up 7%.
May 2, 2014, 3:44 PM
- LinkedIn (LNKD -7.5%) hasn't received any downgrades since offering light guidance with its Q1 beat, and has even caught an upgrade to Buy from UBS. Eight firms have cut their PTs, but it's worth noting many of those targets were set when shares were soundly above $200.
- UBS' Eric Sheridan asserts LinkedIn now offers "one of the best risk/rewards in our coverage universe," and notes it still has “a first mover (and sustainable) advantage as a social network for the professional community on a global scale.” His PT remains at $225.
- BMO calls Q1 "a non-event," and is upbeat about recently-acquired Bright's ability to help LinkedIn "better match employers to job seekers," and perhaps eventually connect salespeople to leads. FBN observes LinkedIn is usually conservative with its guidance, and that mobile now accounts for 43% of unique visitors.
- Raymond James remains positive on LinkedIn's potential, but also notes Talent Solutions customer adds (1,400) missed Street expectations, and considers shares "fairly valued" at 8x 2014E EV/sales. FBR (PT cut to $141 from $190) worries management comments point to slowing engagement and revenue growth.
- Q1 results, guidance/details, CC transcript
May 1, 2014, 4:17 PM
- LinkedIn (LNKD) expects Q2 revenue of $500M-$505M, below a $505.1M consensus, and 2014 revenue of $2.06B-$2.08B, below a $2.11B consensus.
- The company expects Q2 adjusted EBITDA of $118M-$120M, up from Q1's $116.7M, which beat guidance of $106M-$108M. Full-year adjusted EBITDA guidance has been raised to $505M-$510M from $490M.
- Talent Solutions (jobs, 58% of revenue) revenue rose 50% Y/Y in Q1 after growing 53% in Q4. Marketing solutions (ads, 22% of revenue) rose 36% vs. 38% in Q4, and subscriptions (20% of revenue) rose 46% vs. 48%.
- The U.S. produced 60% of revenue vs. 61% in Q4. Costs/expenses rose 57% Y/Y (above rev. growth of 46%) to $474M on the back of big increases in sales/marketing and R&D spend.
- LNKD -1.9% AH. Some bad news has been priced in over the last few months.
- Q1 results, PR
May 1, 2014, 4:08 PM
May 1, 2014, 12:26 PM
- Yelp's Q1 report, which was accompanied by a full-year guidance hike and followed by a slew of upgrades, is helping fuel a major rally in high-beta Internet stocks that were pummeled over much of March and April.
- LinkedIn (LNKD +5.5%), which reports after the close and entered trading down 40% from a high of $257.56, is among the notable gainers. As are Twitter (TWTR +3.5%), crushed yesterday in response to its Q1 numbers and guidance, and Pandora (P +6.5%), hit hard last Friday due to the light Q2 guidance provided with a Q1 beat.
- Facebook (FB +3.5%), less damaged by the selloff than some peers, is posting solid gains as the Street gives a thumbs-up to yesterday's mobile ad network launch. "Facebook is essentially bringing the high advertising ROI and targeting precision it has perfected on its own app to the rest of the mobile web," proclaims Goldman, albeit while cautioning near-term sales will be limited.
- Netlifx (NFLX +5.5%), off 30% from its high going into trading in spite of a positive response to last week's Q1 beat and price hike announcement, is bouncing strongly.
- Other gainers: ZU +5.9%. TRLA +5.6% (rallied yesterday following earnings). PCLN +2.8%. EXPE +3.7%. MEET +4.3%. LIVE +9.9%. ANGI +3%.
Apr. 22, 2014, 1:16 PM
- Bloomberg reports LinkedIn (LNKD +1.3%) has agreed to fully lease an office tower under construction in San Francisco's SoMa district (home to many tech companies). The lease covers 450K sq. feet on 26 floors.
- Given current S.F. office real estate prices, the lease can't be cheap. Salesforce recently agreed to pay $560M over 15.5 years to lease 714K sq. feet of office space in a tower under construction.
- Q1 results arrive on May 1.
Apr. 9, 2014, 9:45 AM
- LinkedIn (LNKD +2.3%) and FireEye (FEYE +3%) have been upgraded to Buy by Topeka. The firm expects LinkedIn to post strong Q1 numbers and provide healthy guidance. FBN upgraded FireEye on Monday, and Wedbush on Tuesday.
- Yelp (YELP +3.3%) has been upgraded to Buy by CRT Capital. The local reviews leader has already received two other upgrades this week to go with a downgrade.
- Korea Telecom (KT +5.1%) has received a two-notch upgrade to Buy from BofA/Merrill.
Apr. 8, 2014, 4:00 PM
- Smart bargain hunting or catching a falling knife? After being bludgeoned almost ceaselessly over the last couple of weeks, many high-beta tech stocks are closing the day with sizable gains.
- The rebound comes on a day when hedge fund Coatue Management announced plans to return over $2B to investors following a 9% March decline caused by tech stock losses. It also comes as several tech giants, including Apple, Microsoft, H-P, and IBM, finish the day near breakeven, or with modest losses.
- Leading U.S. Internet gainers: LNKD +6.2%. P +6%. ZU +5%. SALE +7.2%. SSTK +6%. AOL +4.6%.
- Chinese Internet gainers: EJ +9.1%. WBAI +8.9%. QIHU +7.9%. ATHM +8.1%. YY +6.8%. SFUN +8.7%. GOMO +9.8%. Ctrip and Qunar were among the sector's biggest gainers following M&A rumors.
- Others: FSLR +7%. NMBL +6.2%. NPTN +5.9%. PANW +5.5%. EGHT +5.4%. RFMD +4.9%. QIWI +4.9%. CRUS +4.3%. RALY +5.5%.
Apr. 7, 2014, 5:36 PM
Feb. 26, 2014, 7:55 AM
- The stock being down 13% over the past six months vs. a 12% rise in the S&P creates a buying opportunity in LinkedIn (LNKD), says analyst Mark Mahaney, upping it to Outperform with price target lifted to $250.
- Working against the stock were overly aggressive Street estimates, a heavier-than-expected 2014 investment outloo, a greater-than-expected slowdown in Talent Solutions growth, and uncertainty over Marketing Solutions format changes, says Mahaney.
- "The first issue has been addressed – Street 14 EBITDA estimates have been reduced 11% since the beginning of this year. And we believe LNKD’s 14 investments – salesforce buildouts, product and market expansions, and acquisitions – are coming from a position of strength against large TAMs. Our very recent proprietary work helps address Drag Issues 3 & 4. Hence, the Upgrade..."
- Shares +2.4% premarket
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