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  • Obama appoints Ebola czar [View news story]
    Hi all:

    Just entering this thread to clarify the difference between what you usually see here (in our News section) vs. the articles on the opinion side (what you can find via the "Latest Articles" tab and other locations).

    It's my firm position that we (News Team) are not here to editorialize, and there is a clear difference between editorializing like this and bringing an analytical point of view to news goings-on. That difference needs to be reinforced -- there are misconceptions all over that Seeking Alpha has positions or "house positions" on investments, and that that might affect what goes into this News section. That may be the case for article contributors who have "skin in the game"; it's not the case here in Breaking News. I'm leaving this item up, because to remove it would pull this discussion offline.

    A lot of political information is good for inflaming opinion, but has a whole lot less to do with investing than many in our community think. *Our commitment is to stick to actionable (and factual) information and analysis, and we will reinforce that going forward.*

    --Jason Aycock
    Managing Editor, SA News
    Oct 18, 2014. 06:12 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Glu +1.5% AH after King partly blames Kardashian game for woes [View news story]
    COO Stephane Kurgan:
    "There are a number of possible external factors, one of which is obviously competition, and indeed we've seen a number of games emerge in the top 10 where there is clearly a demographic overlap with our business.

    "You have two categories, right? You have, you know, a very successful game from Glu, which is the Kardashian game, which has risen very fast, which clearly has strong overlap with our demographic.

    "But you also have a game like '2048,' which is another great success which we haven't seen in the top grossing, but which obviously has an impact on the time, on the minutes being played by your player base."
    Aug 12, 2014. 07:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Target hires PepsiCo exec as CEO [View news story]
    Hi mbn:

    The headline was clarified to remove ambiguity -- but it was a few minutes after ls1gto's comment.
    Jul 31, 2014. 09:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Premarket Gainers / Losers [View news story]
    Sorry, folks ... a technical slip had Friday's premarket losers make it into today's report.
    We're working to prevent any more like this in the future and sorry for the quickened pulses.
    Jul 21, 2014. 01:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple may make largest acquisition with $3.2B Beats deal [View news story]
    I would look to the streaming-music side of this for the whys ... at least based on everything I've heard about the phones.
    May 8, 2014. 06:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3D Systems misses by $0.01, beats on revenue [View news story]

    To address comments here about a penny miss vs. meeting expectations:

    As you all likely know, there are various estimates used by different media and investing sources and some of them can vary, sometimes by a lot but usually by just a penny or so when they do.

    We are using CapitalIQ estimates for mean consensus of $0.16, signaling a $0.01 miss. Those pointing to First Call, Yahoo etc. ... there are different takes on what expected EPS is.

    *To further clarify,* other people reporting Capital IQ numbers may be looking at a median measure or other thing that can cause a discrepancy. We are talking about consensus mean estimate, and the confirmed consensus mean at CapitalIQ for DDD in FQ1 is $0.16. If they happen to change that, we would issue a correction and mail all subscribers.

    Apr 29, 2014. 04:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MCig dives; SA author critical of valuation, competitive standing [View news story]
    You ask: "Isn't the author of a publication that dropped a stock 11% coming out and publicly admitting less than a day later that what he wrote was not correct "news to subscribers like the 2,243 folks who subscribe for information on MCIG"??? "

    That's exactly why we posted the update above. It's tied to this item to get it into the hands of those who consumed the initial information. And of course it shows up on our MCIG quote page, portfolios of those who own MCIG, etc. We have concise information here as well as a link to what the author is saying today.

    As for your other question, about SA reporting that an SA article made the stock go down: The alternative would be when an SA contributor -- and there are many -- makes a case either way that definitely moves a stock, that we on the newsteam just pretend like that didn't happen. That's a disservice to those who sign up for news alerts (and of course, you can sign up for opinion article alerts, news alerts, or both ... but my concern is our audience in the news section).
    Mar 25, 2014. 08:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MCig dives; SA author critical of valuation, competitive standing [View news story]

    I wanted to reply to your comment since it was a good opportunity to shed some light on how we work. I'm the managing editor of Seeking Alpha's Newsteam.

    You all know that as a site, Seeking Alpha publishes hundreds of articles a day, pieces bullish and bearish on any of thousands of securities. Many more instablogs exist as well, written by folks who want to sign up and contribute.

    Over here on the news side (what you're reading now), it's a bit different. Our team's decisions are separated from those on the Opinion team's -- we don't have a say in what opinion pieces go out, and vice versa -- and my overriding goal is determining what's news to subscribers like the 2,243 folks who subscribe for information on MCIG. When something is moving the stock 11%, we want to bring that to those subscribers' attention. Sometimes it will be because of market events, C-suite changes, etc. -- and sometimes it will be an SA article ... even if that article ends up withdrawn/updated, like this one. So "news" needs to be considered in light of what the stock's alert subscribers consider news. There are many factors that go into newsplay, but an 11% decline for thousands of subscribers merits some attention.

    To other commenters: We pulled this news item out of an abundance of caution after the piece was withdrawn, even though we qualified the contents of this item as coming from Moscoe's piece. It's back here now so that we can add the new information, and not just leave the old info sitting unaddressed in your inboxes and mobile notifications. The goal was getting more information into your hands rather than less, since more information equals better decisions.

    As always, thanks for commenting.
    --Jason Aycock
    Managing Editor, News
    Mar 25, 2014. 07:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Changes To Market Currents: What We've Done, And Why [View article]
    Hi davewallnursery:

    We still have this ... there is a drop-down at the top of the news column that says "Latest" ...
    --Change it to "Today so far"
    --Then directly underneath, select "Flip Order" to start from midnight and read through the day.

    This also locks down the "auto-refresh" that would happen if you were to leave it on "latest" ... this so that you can read through the day's news without being interrupted by a reload.

    Check it out and make sure it works for you ...
    Feb 3, 2014. 01:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tech giants feel impact of U.S. spying scandal [View news story]
    Whoops, we were clearly a bit distracted by the cinema in the first bullet; we've changed it to "Snowden" to match the other bullets so it should all make sense now ...

    Managing Editor, Market Currents
    Nov 15, 2013. 05:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NXP Semiconductors beats EPS expectations [View news story]

    Just a note to say this item has been corrected after a temporary glitch in our consensus numbers ... now reflecting actual non-GAAP EPS of $0.71 vs. expectations of $0.64 and revenues coming in line.
    Aug 5, 2013. 12:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Union Pacific Corporation declares $0.79 dividend [View news story]
    Hey folks -- we fixed the glitch in this item; it's a $0.10 *increase* to $0.79, not a $0.10 dividend. Sorry for the math error here.
    Aug 1, 2013. 01:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]
    We are extremely human ...

    ... using what techno-help we can, along the way, but I'd contrast what we're putting together using human editors with some of what I've seen that's automated, and adds little value or context. I think the best of what we're doing is illuminating ideas and connections in each market day, for involved investors.
    Jul 30, 2013. 01:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]

    The MC page auto updates in the sense that it automatically reloads -- in fact some other comments in this thread don't like that -- but I suspect you are talking about the AJAX-style, "slide-in" update that doesn't refresh the whole page (which is how it works in the home page unit)?

    Which is something we can take a look at, performance-wise.
    Jul 29, 2013. 03:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]
    Tack, I'm especially interested in your take here, because it's been interesting to see the use cases for Market Currents change -- people discovering them via the home page shrinking some, while people entering MCs through alerts (emails/notifications) on a very strong growth path.

    Do you find yourself spending a lot of time on the SA home page (watching MCs as well as changing top opinion articles)? vs. spending time on the Market Currents page (
    Jul 29, 2013. 12:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment