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  • Jun. 7, 2013, 4:14 PM
    Alibaba is the latest Chinese Internet giant to be named a buyer of Sohu's (SOHU +4.1%) Sogou search unit by the rumor mill. The Alibaba rumor follows reports in May claiming Qihoo and then Baidu had reached deals to buy Sogou for lofty sums (each report proved unfounded). Sohu closed up strongly today, but so did many other Chinese Internet names.
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  • May 29, 2013, 2:37 PM
    Mobile now makes up 15% of Web traffic, up from 10% a year ago, notes Mary Meeker in her latest Internet Trends Report. Also mentioned: China (BIDU, SINA, SOHU, YOKU) has 564M Web users (42% penetration), with 75% accessing the Web from their phones (71% use PCs); India's Web penetration is only at 11% (137M users); mobile now makes up 12% of U.S. media viewing time (it's 22% in China) and 3% of ad spend, up from 10% and 1% before; YouTube's (GOOG) per-minute video uploads are up 5x since '09; 60% of Facebook (FB) users log in daily, and the site receives 350M daily photo uploads; global smartphone penetration is still only at 21%. (Meeker in 2012)
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  • May 20, 2013, 10:15 AM
    Chinese Internet stocks jump in response to Qihoo's Q1 beat and very strong Q2 guidance, highlighted by ramping search ad sales and soaring online game revenue. YY +6.5%. RENN +6.8%. NTES +5.5%. BIDU +2.4%. PWRD +3.2%. SOHU +3%. SINA +2.3%.
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  • May 17, 2013, 11:14 AM
    Take this one with a grain of salt: an "industry source" claims Baidu (BIDU +1.6%) has reached a deal to buy Sohu's (SOHU +2.5%) Sogou search unit for $2B-$2.5B in cash and shares of Baidu's iQiyi online video unit. Though Sohu is rallying, the entire company still only has a market cap of $2.4B, indicating investors are as skeptical of this report as they were of Qihoo deal reports. Acquiring Sogou would pose integration challenges for Baidu, and (given Baidu's dominant Chinese search share) could also draw a regulatory response. (previous)
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  • May 15, 2013, 9:42 AM
    Sohu (SOHU -1.5%) slumps after CEO Charles Zhang throws cold water on M&A speculation. The rumor mill had been rife with reports Sohu is looking to sell its Sogou search engine, perhaps to finance a bid for Chinese P2P streaming platform PPTV.
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  • May 13, 2013, 10:13 AM
    Sohu (SOHU +2.5%) pops on Chinese media reports it's set to sell its Sogou search engine to Qihoo (QIHU -2.5%) for $1.4B. However, Sohu CEO Wang Xiaochuan has denied deal rumors; past reports have claimed Baidu and Tencent are also in the running. With Sohu still only having a market cap of $2.4B, it looks like many investors are skeptical (Sogou makes up less than 12% of Sohu's revenue). Qihoo (and for that matter, Baidu) would have to do a lot of heavy lifting to integrate Sogou with its own search engine.
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  • May 8, 2013, 1:10 PM
    A recent Chinese government proposal to allow local investors to buy stocks traded elsewhere could give a lift to "companies familiar to them," argues Stifel. The firm mentions Baidu (BIDU +3.3%), Qihoo (QIHU +2.1%), Youku (YOKU +1.2%), and Tencent (TCEHY.PK - trades in HK) as beneficiaries. All 3 U.S.-traded names are rallying, as are YY (YY +8.9%), Sohu (SOHU +5.1%), Perfect World (PWRD +1.6%), and Changyou (CYOU +3.1%). Youku fell yesterday after Baidu confirmed it's buying video site PPS, and will integrate it with its iQiyi site. Baidu claims PPS/iQiyi will create China's largest Web video platform in terms of mobile users and viewing time.
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  • May 6, 2013, 2:30 PM
    Chinese Internet stocks are surging after equities rallied in Shanghai and Hong Kong in spite of a major drop in China's services PMI. In addition to Qihoo (previous), winners include Renren (RENN +12.2%), YY (YY +13.3%), Baidu (BIDU +3.8%), Sina (SINA +2.8%), Sohu (SOHU +3.4%), Changyou (CYOU +4.3%), and Perfect World (PWRD +5%). YY is now up 20% since posting a strong Q1 report on Thursday afternoon; revenue rose 130.5% Y/Y to RMB315M ($50.7M), and EPS of $0.23 beat consensus by $0.06. Revenue is expected to hit RMB330M-340M in Q2.
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  • Apr. 29, 2013, 10:43 AM
    Sohu (SOHU +0.3%) is up slightly and subsidiary Changyou (CYOU -4.6%) is slumping after each posted a Q1 beat (I, II). Sohu is guiding for Q2 revenue of $333M-$342M and EPS of $0.50-$0.55 vs. a consensus of $318.8M and $0.61. Though a 41%-44% Y/Y increase in brand ad revenue, and a 58%-65% jump in Sogou search revenue, is expected to boost sales, Sohu's aggressive spending  - opex +40% Y/Y in Q1 - clearly isn't letting up. Sohu's online game revenue is expected to hit $165M-$170M in Q2, up from Q2 2012's $137M. Changyou expects Q2 revenue of $170M-$185M and EPS of $1.33-$1.38 vs. a consensus of $179.4M and $1.43. (PRs: I, II)
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  • Apr. 29, 2013, 6:16 AM
    Sohu.com (SOHU): Q1 EPS of $0.62 beats by $0.09. Revenue of $308M (+36% Y/Y) beats by $11.03M. (PR)
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  • Apr. 29, 2013, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Monday’s open: AUDC, AUXL, BWP, CMP, CYOU, EDR, ETN, FVE, L, MCY, ROP, SNH, SOHU, TEN
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  • Apr. 28, 2013, 5:30 PM
    Notable earnings before Monday’s open: AUDC, AUXL, BWP, CMP, CYOU, EDR, ETN, FVE, L, MCY, ROP, SNH, SOHU, TEN
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  • Apr. 17, 2013, 6:35 PM
    Sohu (SOHU) and Samsung have reached a deal to have Sohu Video's apps installed on all Samsung phones sold in China over the next 3 years, Shanghai Daily reports. As the paper notes, the deal could give Sohu a boost in its efforts to compete against market leader Youku Tudou (YOKU), which has seen its mobile viewing surge. Strategy Analytics estimates Samsung shipped over 30M smartphones in China last year.
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  • Mar. 28, 2013, 12:28 PM
    Baidu's (BIDU -0.9%) paid click growth fell to 20%-21% Y/Y in Q4 '12 after growing 64% in 2012, estimates Citi's Muzhi Li.  In addition to share losses to Qihu (QIHU) and Sohu's (SOHU) Sogou, Li thinks Alibaba's shopping search growth is taking a toll. He's also concerned Chinese Web user growth will slow, even though penetration is only at 42% - 77% of Chinese non-Web users responding to a survey showed no interest in going online. Baidu's PC search paid clicks and ad prices (CPCs) are respectively expected to rise 12% and 17% in 2013; total 2012 CPC growth is pegged at 21%.
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  • Mar. 20, 2013, 10:57 AM
    Solid earnings from Tencent (TCEHY.PK) and a rally in Shanghai help Chinese Internet stocks trade higher. YOKU +3.8%. SINA +2.8%. QIHU +2.5%. SOHU +1.8%. YY +1.8%. NTES +1.5%. PWRD +1.7%. Tencent, which rose 1.5% in Hong Kong, reported a 53% Y/Y increase in Q4 sales to $1.96B, and a 37% increase in net income to $557M. Ad sales were better than expected, and value-added service sales (includes online games) rose 32%. Registered accounts for Tencent's WeChat mobile IM platform, which competes with Sina's Weibo, have topped 300M.
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  • Mar. 6, 2013, 11:02 AM
    Some Chinese Internet stocks sell off after Qihoo sees a post-earnings drop and Sohu (SOHU -9.4%) denies reports it's thinking of going private. CYOU -6.8%. SINA -4.4%. YOKU -5.7%NTES -1.7%.
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Sohu.com Incis a Chinese online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service groupproviding comprehensive online products and services on PCs and mobile devices in the People's Republic of China.