Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P): According to William Blair, a new bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives last Friday to alter the method for determining internet radio rates would, if successful, have a significantly positive impact on Pandora Media Inc. William Blair noted that in the fiscal year 2012, 54.2% of Pandora’s revenue was spent on content and estimates this will increase to 60.2% in the fiscal year 2013. This is compared to the 2012 statutory rate of 8% of revenue applicable to satellite radio.
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Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT): As the company prepares for a slower growth environment, William Blair said that Caterpillar Inc.’s updated long-term outlook was in-line with their expectations. The firm believes that Caterpillar offered a realistic look at 2015 and thinks the company took a draconian downside off the table. As such, William Blair viewed Caterpillar’s analyst day as a modest but positive, given low investor expectations and keeps an Outperform rating on their stock.
Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT): Barclays said they are not surprised that Caterpillar Inc. lowered their 2015 outlook due to the weaker global economic recovery and noted that it was not due to weakening company fundamentals. The firm continues to view Caterpillar as a top pick in the Machinery sector. Shares are Overweight rated.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Capstone raised their target on Google Inc. as the firm believes the company has a foothold in the big data industry and several competitive advantages in that business. They think that Google has been developing new data products that could improve their ad business and they are poised to generate “steep” growth from their big data initiatives. Capstone maintains a Buy rating on their shares.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD): RBC Capital expects Gilead Sciences Inc. to announce “great data” next week for their Hepatitis C treatment, 7977. The firm expects the stock to advance on the news and maintains an Outperform rating on their shares.
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