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Youku Tudou Inc. (YOKU)

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  • Wed, Aug. 19, 6:28 PM
    • China's net-TV leader Youku Tudou (NYSE:YOKU) is up 3.7% after hours in U.S. trading, as the company posted "accelerated and increasingly diversified" top-line growth and posted a better-than-expected loss for Q2.
    • Net loss widened significantly, to 220.7M yuan ($35.6M) on a non-GAAP basis, compared with a loss of 76.9M yuan ($12.4M) in the year-ago period. The company had guided high of expectations for revenue and delivered with 1.61B yuan.
    • Content costs were up slightly again, to a non-GAAP 649.8M yuan ($104.8M), representing 43% of net revenues compared to a year-ago 42%. Gross profit of 253.8M yuan ($41M) was up 14%.
    • "With nearly half of advertising revenues coming from mobile, we have achieved broad adoption of mobile advertising by domestic and international advertisers alike," said CEO Victor Koo.
    • The company's guiding to Q3 revenues between RMB1.69B and RMB1.78B, and advertising net revenues of RMB1.34B-RMB1.4B.
    • Shares had closed 5% lower during U.S. market hours; they're down 15.1% over the past month.
    • Conference call to come at 9 p.m. ET.
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  • Tue, Aug. 11, 12:27 PM
    • In its latest move to boost slowing economic growth, the PBOC has devalued the yuan, while insisting it's a one-time move. The yuan/dollar ratio is currently at 6.33, down from 6.21 yesterday.
    • A number of Chinese Internet stocks that record the lion's share of their revenue in yuan are seeing their U.S. shares (denominated in dollars, of course) underperform (CQQQ -3.4%) amid a 1.3% drop for the Nasdaq. Major decliners include Baidu (BIDU -3.8%), Qunar (QUNR -10.2%), Ctrip (CTRP -5.9%), JD.com (JD -5.8%), Sina (SINA -5%), NetEase (NTES -3.9%), Jumei (JMEI -10.7%), Youku (YOKU -6.2%), Bitauto (BITA -6.4%), Leju (LEJU -6%), Changyou (CYOU -7.7%), and Autohome (ATHM -5.3%).
    • Among Chinese solar names, Daqo (DQ -14.4%) and JinkoSolar (JKS -3.3%) are seeing big losses.
    • JD.com is adding to the Monday losses seen following a Morgan Stanley downgrade and news Alibaba has formed an alliance with major electronics retailer Suning. Both JD and Jumei could be affected by fellow online retailer Vipshop (down 11.1%), which yesterday afternoon provided light Q3 sales guidance to go with a Q2 EPS beat.
    • ETFs: KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
    • Yesterday: Chinese Internet stocks rally after Shanghai/Shenzhen post big gains
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  • Mon, Aug. 10, 12:14 PM
    • A slew of U.S. traded Chinese Internet stocks are seeing outsized gains after the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges respectively rose 4.9% and 4.5% overnight, buoyed by hopes regulators will continue pulling out all the stops to prop up both the economy and equity markets. The Nasdaq is up 1.1%.
    • Major gainers include Bitauto (BITA +8.5%), Wowo (WOWO +16.2%), Youku (YOKU +7.5%), 500.com (WBAI +4.9%), SouFun (SFUN +5.7%), Sina (SINA +4.8%), and Weibo (WB +4.3%).
    • Bitauto and SouFun are reversing the Friday losses seen after the companies provided below-consensus guidance (I, II) to go with their Q2 beats. SouFun also announced IDG, Carlyle, and members of management are investing up to $1B.
    • ETFs: CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
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  • Mon, Jul. 27, 9:29 AM
    • After bouncing in recent weeks with the help of massive government support, Chinese markets nosedived once again overnight amid a backdrop of weak manufacturing data. Shanghai fell 8.5%, Shenzhen fell 7%, and the ChiNext Index fell 7.4%.
    • Not surprisingly, many U.S.-traded Chinese tech names are off sharply in premarket trading. YY -4.2%. Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) -5.5%. JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) -5.4%. SOHU -6%. iDreamSky (NASDAQ:DSKY) -9.6%. SouFun (NYSE:SFUN) -8%. SINA -5.5%. Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) -7.8%. Vipshop (NYSE:VIPS) -4.8%. Youku (NYSE:YOKU) -6.2%. Qunar (NASDAQ:QUNR) -6.2%. Dangdang (NYSE:DANG) -5.4%. 58.com (NYSE:WUBA) -4.7%. 500.com (NYSE:WBAI) -7.2%. Jumei (NYSE:JMEI) -5.7%. NQ Mobile (NYSE:NQ) -6%. Bitauto (NYSE:BITA) -6.3%. Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) -4.8%. Cheetah Mobile (NYSE:CMCM) -10.1%.
    • Sohu and Changyou reported this morning. Baidu reports after the close.
    • ETFs: CQQQ, QQQC, KWEB, EMQQ
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  • Fri, Jul. 17, 9:22 AM
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  • Wed, Jul. 15, 3:37 PM
    • Youku Tudou (NYSE:YOKU) is pacing media decliners among U.S.-listed China stocks, down -6.9% to its lowest point today in U.S. trading, on a day where Shanghai declined 3%.
    • YOKU ADRs are off almost 39% since hitting a 52-week high in early June. Also slipping in Chinese telecom/media stocks, Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ:XNET) is down 8%; Phoenix New Media (NYSE:FENG) is off 3.3%; Ku6 media (NASDAQ:KUTV) is down 2.2%. Game maker NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) is also down 2.5%.
    • Alex Eppstein says Youku is one of the stocks proving Bill Ackman right, when he warns about a Chinese market that "looks worse to me than 2007 in the U.S."
    • Speaking at the Delivering Alpha conference today, Ackman said: "The Chinese stock market is a fairly remarkable phenomenon and I think kind of a frightening one ... If you look at the Chinese financial system, you look at shadow banking, you look at the amount of leverage, you look at how desperately they worked to keep the stock market up."
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  • Thu, Jul. 9, 9:14 AM
    • Shares in Youku Tudou (NYSE:YOKU) are rebounding, +13.3% premarket, along with China stocks that finally arrested a slide and made up ground today (though in a landscape of suspended trading).
    • In NYSE ADR trading, Youku had lost 20% so far this week and more than 37% over the past month.
    • China's taken steps to halt a slide and calm investors, with bans in place against major shareholders selling stock and a pursuit of "malicious" short sellers.
    • Also rebounding premarket among Chinese media: Xunlet (XNET +9.9%), NetEase (+5%), China Mobile Games & Entertainment (CMGE +2.5%)
    • Previously: China halts stock plunge for now (Jul. 09 2015)
    • Previously: YY receives going-private offer from chairman, CEO (Jul. 09 2015)
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  • Tue, Jul. 7, 10:42 AM
    • The selloff in Chinese equities refuses to let up: Shanghai fell 1.3% overnight, Shenzhen fell 5.3%, and Hong Kong fell 2.7%. The declines come amid a backdrop of frantic government efforts to halt the plunge, and requests by hundreds of Chinese companies for trading halts.
    • The lion's share of U.S.-traded Chinese Web and mobile firms are down at least 5%, and many are down more than twice that. In alphabetical order by ticker, major decliners include Autohome (ATHM -10.6%), Bitauto (BITA -18.7%), Baozun (BZUN -22.7%), ChinaCache (CCIH -14.6%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM -15.2%), China Mobile Games (CMGE -13.2%), Ctrip (CTRP -10.1%), Changyou (CYOU -12.6%), Dangdang (DANG -13.8%), iDreamSky (DSKY -15.4%), E-House (EJ -15.9%), Jumei (JMEI -20.2%), Leju (LEJU -12.1%), eLong (LONG -12.6%), Momo (MOMO -9.4%), NQ Mobile (NQ -16.7%), NetEase (NTES -12.2%), Qihoo (QIHU -10.3%), Qunar (QUNR -14.2%), Renren (RENN -17.8%), SouFun (SFUN -16.3%), Sohu (SOHU -10.9%), Taomee (TAOM -15.1%), Vipshop (VIPS -9.7%), Weibo (WB -10.9%), 500.com (WBAI -26.2%), Wowo (WOWO -26.7%), 58.com (WUBA -17.3%), Xunlei (XNET -14%), Youku (YOKU -12.2%), and YY (YY -9.4%).
    • The plunge seen over the last two months (aided by panic selling and margin calls?) has led multiples for U.S.-traded Chinese tech names to compress dramatically, with forward P/E and P/S ratios often below those of U.S. peers sporting similar growth profiles. The Guggenheim China Tech ETF (CQQQ -9.3%) is down 29% from a May peak of $45.64.
    • ETFs: KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
    • Yesterday: Chinese tech stocks tumble again in spite of fresh government support
    • Earlier today: Chinese phone firms decline as country's markets sink
    • Update: The group pared its losses a bit in afternoon trading. CQQQ closed down 5.8%.
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  • Mon, Jul. 6, 11:01 AM
    • The Shanghai exchange rose 2.4% overnight following a Greek rejection of austerity measures and the unveiling by Chinese brokerages of a government-endorsed plan to buy at least RMB120B ($19.3B) worth of shares to prop up nosediving equity prices. However, Shenzhen fell 2.7% and Hong Kong fell 3.7%, with small-cap names especially hard-hit.
    • U.S.-traded Chinese Web/mobile names are seeing heavy losses (CQQQ -7.8%), with small/mid-cap firms unsurprisingly bearing the brunt of the damage. Major decliners include Sina (SINA -8.8%), Weibo (WB -11.6%), YY (YY -7.3%), Sohu (SOHU -9.1%), Changyou (CYOU -11.8%), Youku (YOKU -12.3%), Jumei (JMEI -8.2%), Xunlei (XNET -8.7%), SouFun (SFUN -9.3%), Leju (LEJU -7.6%), E-House (EJ -6.9%), Sky-mobi (MOBI -9.4%), NQ Mobile (NQ -6.3%), 500.com (WBAI -11.6%), Momo (MOMO -6%), and Dangdang (DANG -6.7%).
    • The NYT observes $2.7T in value has evaporated from Chinese equities since local markets peaked on June 12. The paper also notes individual investors own over 80% of Chinese stocks, and that Chinese investors respectively own 112M and 142M accounts on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges, with each exchange seeing ~20M account openings this spring.
    • ETFs: KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
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  • Fri, Jun. 26, 11:45 AM
    • As was the case a week ago, Chinese Web and mobile names are getting clocked in response to a sharp overseas selloff: Shanghai and Shenzhen respectively fell 7.4% and 7.9% overnight, putting their recent declines around the standard bear market threshold of 20%. The Nasdaq is down 0.4%.
    • Explanations for China's selloff range from tighter margin requirements to cautious analyst notes to speculators simply choosing to take profits following a massive run-up. Shanghai and Shenzhen's 12-month gains now stand at 106% and 132%.
    • Major U.S.-traded decliners include YY (YY -6.5%), Sohu (SOHU -5.4%), Sina (SINA -4.7%), Weibo (WB -5.2%), Xunlei (XNET -9.5%), Dangdang (DANG -8.7%), Jumei (JMEI -9.1%), Youku (YOKU -8.7%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM -7.2%), Bitauto (BITA -6.7%), SouFun (SFUN -5.9%), ChinaCache (CCIH -5.4%), Zhaopin (ZPIN -5.6%), Wowo (WOWO -3%), and 500.com (WBAI -5.3%).
    • ETFs: CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
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  • Wed, Jun. 17, 10:23 AM
    • Qihoo says it has received a ~$10B going-private offer from a group led by CEO Hongyi Zhou, the largest offer yet in the wave of bids received by U.S.-traded Chinese firms in recent weeks.
    • Meanwhile, ahead of Qihoo's announcement, the high-flying Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges respectively rose 1.7% and 2%. The indices are respectively up 140% and 181% over the last 12 months.
    • In addition to YY and SouFun (previously covered), major Chinese tech gainers include Sina (SINA +4.8%), Weibo (WB +6.1%), Bitauto (BITA +4.9%), Youku (YOKU +6.8%), Momo (MOMO +8.3%), Xunlei (XNET +8.6%), Dangdang (DANG +5.6%), Sohu (SOHU +4.4%), Zhaopin (ZPIN +5.9%), and Jumei (JMEI +6.1%).
    • ETFs: CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC
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  • Wed, Jun. 17, 10:14 AM
    • Ku6 Media (NASDAQ:KUTV) is down 1.5%, bucking China media stocks that are sharply higher this morning.
    • Youku Tudou (YOKU +7.4%), Xunlei (XNET +6.3%) and Sohu.com (SOHU +5.6%) are following other Chinese stocks significantly higher, and Phoenix New Media (NYSE:FENG) is up 2.1%.
    • Ku6 has lost 7.2% of its value since a Q1 report Friday where revenues slipped 32% Q/Q and expressed "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue as a going concern.
    • Previously: Ku6 Media down 7.9% as Q1 revenues slide (Jun. 12 2015)
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  • Fri, Jun. 5, 11:18 AM
    • Youku Tudou (NYSE:YOKU) is up 3.9% after some volatile trade following a statement from the firm clarifying its role in what it had called an "exclusive" deal for Marvel content.
    • "Youku Tudou would like to clarify that while it has worked with Disney since 2013 on numerous online marketing initiatives in China pertaining to the Marvel collection of movies and TV series, no exclusive marketing deals or arrangements have been signed or concluded by the two companies."
    • Shares were up solidly before dropping to a loss on the day with the statement, and have quickly recovered.
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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.