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QIHOO 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (QIHU)

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  • Fri, Jan. 2, 4:00 PM
    • Though Baidu has sold off and Alibaba is near breakeven, a slew of Chinese Internet and mobile names have delivered strong gains on a day the Nasdaq is down fractionally.
    • Standouts include online retailers JD.com (JD +3.8%) and Vipshop (VIPS +5%), auto sites Bitauto (BITA +6%) and Autohome (ATHM +3.9%), beaten-down Qihoo (QIHU +4.2%) and NQ Mobile (NQ +8.4%), and newly-public social network/mobile chat platform Momo (MOMO +6.3%).
    • Chinese online real estate plays SouFun, E-House, and Leju have delivered 10%+ gains after the city of Beijing hiked a credit ceiling for home purchase loans, and Perfect World has soared after receiving a going-private offer. Renren also had a very good day.
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  • Dec. 16, 2014, 4:53 PM
    • Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) will invest $409.1M to obtain a 45% stake in a mobile phone JV with fast-growing Chinese Android OEM Coolpad. The JV will make phones under Coolpad's well-known Dazen brand, and primarily sell them online.
    • As part of the deal, Qihoo will become "the default provider of key mobile services," for Coolpad's entire phone lineup. Qihoo's search engine, app store, and mobile security software are among the covered products.
    • Coolpad, which faces off against the likes of Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Samsung in China's hotly-competitive Android market, forecast in April its phone shipments would rise 50% this year to 60M units, with a third of the sales coming from online orders. Xiaomi has also seen considerable success selling online.
    • The deal could help Qihoo narrow the gap between its mobile and PC search shares; the company is aiming to roughly triple its Chinese mobile search share to 30% within two years. It also stands to bolster the position of Qihoo's app store, which faces stiff competition from Baidu and Tencent.
    • Shares sold off to new 52-week lows today. Nomura defended Qihoo amid the rout.
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  • Dec. 8, 2014, 2:51 PM
    • Though Shanghai was up 2.8% overnight following positive trade surplus data, Chinese Internet stocks are off sharply in U.S. trading amid a broader equity selloff. The Nasdaq is down 0.9%.
    • Major decliners: WUBA -11.9%. QIHU -6.9%. MOBI -6.8%. YY -5.9%. WBAI -7.7%. CCIH -9.3%. VNET -8.9%. JMEI -8.9%. ATHM -8.5%. DANG -6.5%. SOHU -4.6%. SFUN -4.3%. EJ -4.4%. CMCM -6.9%. CMGE -8.3%.
    • Valuations for the group are generally much lower today than they were in spring.
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  • Dec. 1, 2014, 10:38 AM
    • Chinese Internet  and telecom names are among the biggest tech decliners as the Nasdaq registers a 0.9% drop. A soft November PMI print isn't helping.
    • Giants Alibaba (BABA -4.3%) and Baidu (BIDU -2.8%) are among the casualties. As is Qunar (QUNR -5.8%), which reports after the bell.
    • Other Internet decliners: BITA -12%. QIHU -4.4%. CTRP -4.3%SFUN -7.2%. LEJU -7.5%. RENN -6.3%. SINA -3.8%. WB -3%. YY -3.9%. VIPS -3.8%. SOHU -3.5%. MOBI -4.3%. CMGE -8.6%.
    • Telecom decliners: CHL -3.6%. CHU -3.9%. CHA -4%.
    • ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
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  • Nov. 25, 2014, 12:45 PM
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  • Nov. 25, 2014, 11:25 AM
    • After barely budging AH yesterday in response to its Q3 beat and solid Q4 sales guidance, Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) is now up sharply.
    • SA author WestEnd511 is pleased with the 65% Y/Y growth in Qihoo's Mobile Safe MAUs, declaring it demonstrates "QIHU's dominance in China's mobile security space, despite rising competition from CMCM and other sub-scale solution providers." The author does admit declining gross margins and soaring marketing spend remain concerns - the latter is chalked up to app pre-install deals with mobile OEMs.
    • ONeil Trader notes Qihoo's net margin, while down 890 bps Y/Y, rose 200 bps Q/Q, as top-line growth outweighed margin pressure and aggressive spending. "I believe that Qihoo is a bargain at the current price, given the significant growth opportunities and the fact that it is trading at just 17x its [estimated] 2015 EPS."
    • Update (2:00PM): Credit Suisse has upgraded Qihoo to Outperform.
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  • Nov. 25, 2014, 9:15 AM
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  • Nov. 24, 2014, 5:01 PM
    • QIHOO 360 Technology (NYSE:QIHU): Q3 EPS of $0.63 beats by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $376.4M (+100.3% Y/Y) beats by $11.05M.
    • Shares +3.3% AH.
    • Press Release
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  • Sep. 23, 2014, 5:35 PM
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  • Sep. 19, 2014, 12:44 PM
    • Whether it's a case of selling on the news, freeing up capital to buy Alibaba shares, or a mixture of the two, a slew of Chinese Internet stocks are selling off as Alibaba (though off its highs) registers a 30%+ post-IPO gain.
    • Baidu (BIDU -2.2%) and JD.com (JD -4.5%), both of which rallied yesterday, are among the decliners. Others: QIHU -2.7%. SFUN -3%. EJ -2.7%. YY -2.1%. WB -2.3%. WUBA -6.3%. MOBI -6.4%. CMGE -6.5%.
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  • Sep. 15, 2014, 1:21 PM
    • Maybe looking to raise cash with which to buy Alibaba (Pending:BABA) this week, investors are dumping a wide swath of other Chinese internet names.
    • Qihoo (QIHU -2.6%), Sohu.com (SOHU -5.3%), Baidu (BIDU -3.8%), Sina (SINA -4.9%), Renren (RENN -4%), Weibo (WB -11.3%), YY (YY -7.3%).
    • Previously: Alibaba to boost IPO size
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  • Aug. 26, 2014, 10:54 AM
    • Citing soft mobile search traffic and competition, Credit Suisse has downgraded Qihoo (QIHU -2.8%) to Neutral a day after the company sold off due to the margin concerns triggered by its Q2 report.
    • On the CC (transcript), CEO Hongyi Zhou said is "making [a] strategic shift in focus on resources to mobile search," and is aiming for its mobile search share to match its PC share over the long-term.
    • CFO Alex Xu stated mobile now accounts for a "low-teen to mid-teen" percentage of Qihoo's search traffic, up from ~5% at the beginning of 2014, and that the company is aiming to raise this figure to 25% by year's end.
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  • Aug. 25, 2014, 1:11 PM
    • Though Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) beat Q2 estimates and offered above-consensus Q3 sales guidance, its gross margin fell to 79.1% from 79.5% in Q1 and 88.3% a year ago. In addition, opex rose 19% Q/Q and 114% Y/Y to $208.3M on the back of a 254% Y/Y increase in sales/marketing spend.
    • Online ad revenue +22.3% Q/Q and +89% Y/Y to $171.3M thanks to search and mobile ad growth. Internet value-added service revenue +17.2% Q/Q and +140% Y/Y thanks to PC/mobile gaming growth.
    • Total monthly active users of Qihoo's PC products totaled 496M in June, up from 497M in March and 461M a year ago. Smartphone users of Qihoo's 360 Mobile Safe app rose to 641M from 538M in March and 338M a year ago.
    • Daily unique visitors for Qihoo's 360 browser home page grew to 128M in Q2 from 122M in Q1 and 114M a year ago. Average daily clicks for the page grew totaled 749M, up from 590M a year ago but down from 772M in Q1.
    • Citi estimates PC search revenue (boosted by share gains) rose 52% Q/Q to $62M (20% of total revenue), and that mobile revenue rose 16% Q/Q to $68M, with 67% coming from games. At the same time, it expects heavy spend to result in op. margin falling to 25% in 2014 from 34% in 2013.
    • Q2 results, PR
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  • Aug. 25, 2014, 12:46 PM
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  • Aug. 25, 2014, 9:11 AM
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  • Aug. 4, 2014, 10:20 AM
    • The Chinese government's procurement agency has warned departments not to use antivirus software from Symantec (SYMC -0.6%) and fellow U.S. supplier Kaspersky Lab.
    • Qihoo (QIHU +3.4%), which has a giant share of the Chinese antivirus software market, is rallying, though it's worth noting several other Chinese tech companies are also doing well.
    • Previously, China's Public Security Ministry had warned Symantec's Data Loss Prevention software had security loopholes that could enable outside access. As in several other regions, NSA-related tensions have been running high in the Middle Kingdom. Local authorities have also launched an anti-monopoly probe against Microsoft.
    • The whole of Asia-Pac accounted for 17% of Symantec's FQ4 revenue. FQ1 results arrive on Wednesday.
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Company Description
Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd provides high-quality internet and mobile security products in China. Its products and services are supported by its cloud-based security technology.
Sector: Technology
Country: China