Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) set to acquire Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) for cut price after high profile breaches

According to latest publications, Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has an agreement in place for a price cut on its preliminary $4.8 billion sale to Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ).

Telecommunications-Services sector giant Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) core internet arm was put in uncertainty last year following revelation of two big scale cyber-attacks.

US publications said Yahoo! Inc.(NASDAQ:YHOO) is now settled for a price cut of up to $350 million and decided to share liability with Verizon Communications Inc.(NYSE:VZ) for possible lawsuits.

NEW YORK, NY-based Verizon aims to combine Yahoo’s search, email and messenger properties, as well as advertising technology tools, with its AOL unit. Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 for $4.4 billion.

Verizon comprehends mobile video and advertising as new sources of revenue outside a congested US telecoms market.

Arguably one of the pioneer of internet search providers, Yahoo self-confessed in December 2016 it had been hit by a large cyber-attack in 2013 which affected more than a billion customer accounts.

In the past Yahoo had already disclosed another similar breach done in 2014 that had affected around half a billion users.

Meanwhile all the eyes are on the deal of Yahoo and Verizon, reports said last month that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an enquiry into whether Yahoo should have make known the breaches sooner.

On Wednesday, Yahoo sent a warning to users whose accounts may have potentially been accessed by hackers between 2015 and 2016, as part of a data security issue related to the breach it disclosed in December. Yahoo did not say how many users may have been affected.

Ever since the hacking exposes, Yahoo has concentrated on trying to reestablish confidence in its key search business.

However during the last quarter of 2016 Yahoo! (YHOO) search revenue dropped almost 6%. Though revenue from other segments of the business, the mobile, video, and social advertising units – surged during the period.

A Notable Analyst Coverage Of Two Stocks: Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG)

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) showed a decline of -0.21% from the market’s prior closing price. That fall sent the price at $43.69 per share as of February 02,2017 when the total trading capacity was lower compared with their three months average volume of 9.49M shares. The consensus analyst PT for this stock has now been moved to $45.86.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Price Indications

The firm keeps price-to-earnings ratio at – in 12 months. In last trade, the intraday high was $44.00, putting the share price -3.08% below its 52-week high and trades 67.07% higher from the lowest price they have traded at during the previous year. It turned higher 6.32% from its 50-day simple moving average. The current price is up 8.93% from the average market prices over a 200-day period.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Thorough Brokerage Views

There are numerous brokerage names which are spending time researching on this stock. Of them, 0 have a Sell, 5 suggested Buy, 6 said Outperform and 18 called Hold rating for the stock, based on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. 0 recommends the stock is “underperforming”. The company has a Consensus Recommendation of 2.45, according to Thomson Reuters data.

On February 02,2017, EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) closed session down at $99.71 with -1.28%. The institutional holdings in the company makes up 87.50% while the Beta factor is 0.94. The stock’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) reached 33.85.

EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) Price Potential

In recent trade, the price was 10.07% up its 200 day moving average and was brought -2.64% down versus its 50-day simple moving average. The stock exchanged hands at a volume of 5.06M shares whereas, the average volume was 3.63M shares. In the past 12 months, the share price floated in the $62.06 -$109.19 range. The market capitalization arrived at market cap 57.48 billion. After the day trading kicked off at $101.14, the stock was seen approaching $98.94 as its bottom price and $101.48 as its intraday high price. In previous session, the price was settled at $101.00.

EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) Analyst Point of Interest

There were more than a few analysts who recently mentioned the stock in their research. Currently the stock is holding a ‘Buy’ rating from 13 equity analysts. 0 Wall Street brokerages assign ‘Sell’ rating for the firm. 19 analysts are of a belief the stock is a ‘Hold’. ‘Underperform’ verdict was provided by 0 analysts and ‘Overweight’ verdict was shared by 10 analysts. The company has a Mean Recommendation of 2.14 based on a scale of 1-5 provided by Thomson Reuters.

Equities With Notable Analyst Assessments: salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) showed a decline of -0.66% from the market’s prior closing price. That fall sent the price at $78.58 per share as of February 01,2017 when the total trading capacity was higher compared with their three months average volume of 6.03M shares. The consensus analyst PT for this stock has now been moved to $94.46.

salesforce.com, inc. (CRM) Price Indications

The firm keeps price-to-earnings ratio at 267.28 in 12 months. In last trade, the intraday high was $79.30, putting the share price -6.98% below its 52-week high and trades 49.39% higher from the lowest price they have traded at during the previous year. It turned higher 7.49% from its 50-day simple moving average. The current price is up 2.92% from the average market prices over a 200-day period.

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) Thorough Brokerage Views

There are numerous brokerage names which are spending time researching on this stock. Of them, 0 have a Sell, 19 suggested Buy, 24 said Outperform and 3 called Hold rating for the stock, based on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. 1 recommends the stock is “underperforming”. The company has a Consensus Recommendation of 1.70, according to Thomson Reuters data.

On February 01,2017, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) closed session down at $43.78 with -0.66%. The institutional holdings in the company makes up 80.40% while the Beta factor is 1.62. The stock’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) reached 63.91.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Price Potential

In recent trade, the price was 9.25% up its 200 day moving average and was brought 6.66% up versus its 50-day simple moving average. The stock exchanged hands at a volume of 5.31M shares whereas, the average volume was 9.60M shares. In the past 12 months, the share price floated in the $26.15 -$45.08 range. The market capitalization arrived at market cap 41.77 billion. After the day trading kicked off at $44.25, the stock was seen approaching $43.71 as its bottom price and $44.26 as its intraday high price. In previous session, the price was settled at $44.07.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Analyst Point of Interest

There were more than a few analysts who recently mentioned the stock in their research. Currently the stock is holding a ‘Buy’ rating from 5 equity analysts. 0 Wall Street brokerages assign ‘Sell’ rating for the firm. 18 analysts are of a belief the stock is a ‘Hold’. ‘Underperform’ verdict was provided by 0 analysts and ‘Overweight’ verdict was shared by 6 analysts. The company has a Mean Recommendation of 2.45 based on a scale of 1-5 provided by Thomson Reuters.

Worth Watching Stock Analyst Recommendations: Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET)

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) showed a growth of 0.32% from the market’s prior closing price. That gain sent the price at $44.07 per share as of January 31,2017 when the total trading capacity was lower compared with their three months average volume of 9.58M shares. The consensus analyst PT for this stock has now been moved to $45.86.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Price Indications

The firm keeps price-to-earnings ratio at – in 12 months. In last trade, the intraday high was $44.15, putting the share price -2.24% below its 52-week high and trades 68.53% higher from the lowest price they have traded at during the previous year. It turned higher 7.53% from its 50-day simple moving average. The current price is up 10.08% from the average market prices over a 200-day period.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Thorough Brokerage Views

There are numerous brokerage names which are spending time researching on this stock. Of them, 0 have a Sell, 5 suggested Buy, 6 said Outperform and 18 called Hold rating for the stock, based on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. 0 recommends the stock is “underperforming”. The company has a Consensus Recommendation of 2.45, according to Thomson Reuters data.

On January 31,2017, MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) closed session down at $54.41 with -0.89%. The institutional holdings in the company makes up 75.90% while the Beta factor is 1.64. The stock’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) reached 48.18.

MetLife, Inc. (MET) Price Potential

In recent trade, the price was 17.58% up its 200 day moving average and was brought -0.92% down versus its 50-day simple moving average. The stock exchanged hands at a volume of 5.14M shares whereas, the average volume was 6.36M shares. In the past 12 months, the share price floated in the $34.07 -$58.09 range. The market capitalization arrived at market cap 59.80 billion. After the day trading kicked off at $54.72, the stock was seen approaching $53.81 as its bottom price and $55.16 as its intraday high price. In previous session, the price was settled at $54.90.

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) Analyst Point of Interest

There were more than a few analysts who recently mentioned the stock in their research. Currently the stock is holding a ‘Buy’ rating from 5 equity analysts. 1 Wall Street brokerages assign ‘Sell’ rating for the firm. 6 analysts are of a belief the stock is a ‘Hold’. ‘Underperform’ verdict was provided by 0 analysts and ‘Overweight’ verdict was shared by 6 analysts. The company has a Mean Recommendation of 2.22 based on a scale of 1-5 provided by Thomson Reuters.

Analyst Summary You Should Be Viewing Today: Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP)

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) showed a decline of -1.10% from the market’s prior closing price. That fall sent the price at $43.93 per share as of January 30,2017 when the total trading capacity was lower compared with their three months average volume of 9.56M shares. The consensus analyst PT for this stock has now been moved to $45.86.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Price Indications

The firm keeps price-to-earnings ratio at – in 12 months. In last trade, the intraday high was $44.22, putting the share price -2.55% below its 52-week high and trades 67.99% higher from the lowest price they have traded at during the previous year. It turned higher 7.38% from its 50-day simple moving average. The current price is up 9.82% from the average market prices over a 200-day period.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Thorough Brokerage Views

There are numerous brokerage names which are spending time researching on this stock. Of them, 0 have a Sell, 5 suggested Buy, 6 said Outperform and 18 called Hold rating for the stock, based on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. 0 recommends the stock is “underperforming”. The company has a Consensus Recommendation of 2.45, according to Thomson Reuters data.

On January 30,2017, Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) closed session down at $108.00 with -1.10%. The institutional holdings in the company makes up 80.60% while the Beta factor is 0.72. The stock’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) reached 58.93.

Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) Price Potential

In recent trade, the price was 15.95% up its 200 day moving average and was brought 4.10% up versus its 50-day simple moving average. The stock exchanged hands at a volume of 5.33M shares whereas, the average volume was 4.07M shares. In the past 12 months, the share price floated in the $67.00 -$111.38 range. The market capitalization arrived at market cap 89.00 billion. After the day trading kicked off at $108.94, the stock was seen approaching $106.34 as its bottom price and $108.96 as its intraday high price. In previous session, the price was settled at $109.20.

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) Analyst Point of Interest

There were more than a few analysts who recently mentioned the stock in their research. Currently the stock is holding a ‘Buy’ rating from 10 equity analysts. 2 Wall Street brokerages assign ‘Sell’ rating for the firm. 12 analysts are of a belief the stock is a ‘Hold’. ‘Underperform’ verdict was provided by 0 analysts and ‘Overweight’ verdict was shared by 7 analysts. The company has a Mean Recommendation of 2.26 based on a scale of 1-5 provided by Thomson Reuters.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Earns 18 Analysts Hold Rating

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) registered a -0.29% decrease, still its new closing price is 69.87% up from the company’s 1 year high of 45.08.It posted 5.64% gains in previous 5 sessions and is now the subject of 18 analysts who together assign a hold rating on stock. 0 of Wall Street analysts have an underperform rating; the 0 sells versus 5 buy or better ratings. The 29 stock analysts following this company have an average price target at $45.86, with individual PT in the $32.00-$57.00 range. The shares moved at $44.42, implying that brokerage firms see shares gaining about 54.50% in twelve months time.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) SEC Form 4 News

The stock is getting much attention these days as insiders are offloading shares while they posted a 14.87% rise year to date. A Chief Revenue Officer at Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) offloaded shares in a transaction closed on Monday January 23, 2017. Utzschneider Lisa sold 920 shares in the company at $41.95 each and collected $38,001 in proceeds. Utzschneider Lisa now owns 581,403 shares in the company after this transaction. A Chief Revenue Officer in the company, Utzschneider Lisa, disclosed a transaction on Tuesday January 10, 2017 that ended up generating $17,000 from the sale of 410 shares at $41.76 per share.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Upcoming Results on Tap

Yahoo! Inc. will next provide financial results for the March 2017 quarter. Stock analysts expect it to report per-share earnings of $0.14 in that period. Sales during the quarter are predicted to arrive at $1.24 billion.

Earnings surprise history: Last quarter, the company posted approximately $1.47 billion in revenue and EPS of $0.25. The mean forecast was for $1.38 billion and $0.21 a share, respectively. One quarter earlier, revenue for the stock was at $1.31 billion, with earnings at $0.20/share.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Brokerage Update

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is in Jefferies’s research list so their analyst rating change is noteworthy. These shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy by Jefferies, according to news reported on Friday October 21, 2016.Another important research note was issued by Needham on Tuesday October 18, 2016.The firm downgraded YHOO to Hold from Buy. Over the last six months and over the last three months, the shares of Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), have changed 15.32% and 5.56%, respectively.