Apr. 4, 2014, 11:43 AM
- Youku (YOKU -5.1%) is down 11% over the last two days. Though a broad selloff in tech momentum stocks is clearly a factor, concerns about slumping drama video views also seem to be taking a toll.
- T.H. Capital thinks Youku's average daily video views for newly-added hit TV dramas may have fallen to just 25M in Q1, after totaling 56M in Q4. Meanwhile, the firm thinks average daily views for Youku's in-house professional content may have only grown to 41.3M from 35.4M.
- Youku has been spending aggressively to acquire rights to popular Chinese TV dramas and other professional content, as it continues battling with Baidu, Tencent, and Sohu's online video platforms. Content spend equaled 37% of revenue in Q4, down slightly from Q3's 39%.
Mar. 26, 2014, 9:19 AM
- A source close to Youku (YOKU) tells Marbridge Consulting Tencent (TCEHY) has reached a tentative deal to buy a 20% stake in the Chinese online video platform for at least $300M in cash. Tencent would merge its own sizable online video business into Youku as part of the deal.
- Marbridge has a mixed track record with M&A rumors. Youku rallied last July on a rumor from a Chinese site regarding a Baidu stake purchase.
- Helping Marbridge's report appear plausible: Tencent has already spent nearly $400M this month to buy stakes in e-commerce firm JD.com and real estate site Leju, as it battles with Baidu and Alibaba for Chinese Web/mobile supremacy on a number of fronts.
Mar. 26, 2014, 9:14 AM
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- Alibaba (ABABA) is spending $805M to buy a 60% stake in ChinaVision Media, a Hong Kong-based producer of films and TV dramas.
- The deal represents a big expansion of the Chinese e-commerce giant's attempts to carve a foothold in China's fast-growing and fragmented online/mobile video market. Though Youku (YOKU) remains the market's biggest player, strong competition is provided by Baidu, Sohu, and Tencent.
- Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent have been constantly finding ways to encroach on each others' turf. Yesterday, Tencent announced it's buying a 15% stake in #2 Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com.
Mar. 10, 2014, 3:57 PM
- Chinese Internet and solar names, many of them among the standouts of the 2013/2014 tech rally, are heading into the close with steep losses after the Chinese government reported exports fell 18.1% Y/Y in February (much worse than expected).
- Internet decliners: WUBA -10.7%. YOKU -7.3%. ATHM -7.2%. QUNR -6.4%. NQ -6%. RENN -5.2%. CTRP -5.2%. YY -4.4%. WBAI -4.4%. KONG -5.5%.
- Solar decliners: JKS -6.3%. YGE -5.8%. TSL -6.7%. CSUN -4.9%. CSIQ -4.5%. DQ -4.2%. HSOL -4.5%.
- Solar ETFs: KWT, TAN
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Feb. 27, 2014, 5:53 PM
- Youku (YOKU) expects Q1 revenue of RMB680M-RMB720M, in-line with a consensus of RMB702.2M ($114.5M)
- Content spend (closely watched) equaled 38% of revenue in Q4, down from 39% in Q3 and 41% a year ago. Likewise, bandwidth costs fell to 20% of revenue from 21% in Q3 and 26% a year ago, and Y/Y opex growth of 35% trailed revenue growth of 42%.
- Youku chalks up its strong Q4 top-line performance to rising brand advertiser spend, something that fueled an increase averaging spending per customer.
- Q4 results, PR
Feb. 27, 2014, 5:38 PM
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Feb. 19, 2014, 9:48 AM
- SolarCity (SCTY -4.2%) has been cut to Neutral by Baird ahead of Monday's Q4 report.
- Red Hat (RHT +1%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Cowen.
- Gogo (GOGO +3.5%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Evercore. Q4 results are due on March 13.
- Youku (YOKU -3.3%) has been cut to Sell by Maxim. Q4 results are expected later this month.
- SMIC (SMI -0.9%) has been cut to Neutral by JPMorgan following its Q4 miss and soft Q1 guidance.
- Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP +4.6%) has been upgraded to Buy by D.A. Davidson.
Feb. 18, 2014, 4:03 PM
- On a good day for many tech momentum plays, solar and Chinese Internet stocks led the way.
- Solar names could be benefiting from Chinese government remarks suggesting Beijing remains open to trade talks to end its ongoing solar import dispute with the U.S. The comments come after the ITC added Chinese solar panels made with Taiwanese cells to its list of Chinese panels covered by import duties.
- Also: SunEdison (SUNE +6.6%) has filed for an IPO for its solar project business, a move that could entice other companies with major solar project ops to do the same.
- Solar gainers: FSLR +6.9%. SCTY +8%. JASO +12.6%. DQ +9.2%. CSUN +8.1%. YGE +5.5%. JKS +5.3%.
- Chinese Web gainers: CTRP +11.5%. CCIH +16.8%. RENN +11%. YOKU +6.1%. QIHU +6.9%. WUBA +10.6%. WBAI +7.9%. GOMO +9.1%. SOHU +5.6%.
- Solar ETFs: KWT, TAN
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Jan. 2, 2014, 2:55 PM
- After receiving a $42K fine from China's National Copyright Administration for providing access to pirated material, Baidu (BIDU +1.5%) has agreed to filter pirated movies and TV shows from its services.
- Chinese online video leader Youku (YOKU +4.3%), which has invested heavily on building a library of legally-distributed content (content costs totaled 56% of the company's Q3 revenue), is up sharply.
- Baidu's widely-used video player has turned into a top source for pirated material. Youku, along with several peers and copyright agencies, sued Baidu in November for allegedly enabling piracy through a variety of products/services.
- At the same time, Baidu's PPS and iQiyi sites have joined rivals in licensing and distributing professional content.
Dec. 10, 2013, 1:34 PM
- Though still generally below their mid-October highs, Internet momentum stocks are turning in what might be their best performance during a rally that has now lasted two weeks. While Twitter (previous) is the star of the show, Facebook (FB +3.5%), Yelp (YELP +1.8%), Groupon (GRPN +4.7%), Netflix (NFLX +2.1%), LinkedIn (LNKD +1.4%), and Pandora (P +3.4%) aren't getting left out.
- Several Chinese Internet names are also higher. In addition to Baidu, which is benefiting from a bullish Pac Crest note, Sina (SINA +6%), Ctrip (CTRP +6.1%), Qunar (QUNR +6.3%), and Youku (YOKU +3.9%) are staring at big gains.
- Morgan Stanley's Scott Devitt is out with another bullish note on Groupon. Devitt notes an MS survey of 358 SMBs found only 26% of merchants have run Groupon deals in the last 12 months, something he thinks suggests there's "a long run way of merchants" that can still be signed up.
- He also sees room for Groupon to improve its customer targeting - the company still isn't able to track which deals were shown to customers, or were clicked on, in prior e-mails - and expects its new site (allows deals to be browsed without an e-mail address being given) and a revamped e-mail layout to boost growth.
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