Investment firm Morgan Stanley on Wednesday resumed coverage of music streaming giant Pandora's (P) stock with an "Overweight" rating and a $12 price target.
Cash from Sirius XM, which just took a stake in Pandora, leaves the company's ultimate strategic impact unclear for now, but it does stabilize its balance sheet, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne noted.
Furthermore, Pandora's large user base has provided the company with room to grow its share of advertising, he contends.
"Pandora's 80 mm monthly active users spend over 20 hours a month on the platform. We believe high single digit annual ad revenue growth in '18-'20 should be achievable through a combination of rising ad load and rising ad prices as Pandora continues to target the $15 billion terrestrial radio market and even larger mobile display market," Swinburne noted.
Shares of Pandora closed higher by 1.37% to $8.89 per share on Wednesday.
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Volvo is no longer feeling gas engines: Ford's (F) - Get Report founder Henry Ford may be rolling over in his grave on this one. Volvo Cars said Wednesday that all of its cars will feature an electric engine from 2019, as it embraces of the new technology in the face of industry-wide adoption. The Swedish car maker will roll out a mix of all-electric, hybrid and mild hybrid cars from 2019 and will no longer offer vehicles that carry just a traditional internal combustion engine, TheStreet reports.
"This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car," said CEO Hakan Samuelsson. "Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1 million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it." Meanwhile, Nissan said Wednesday that its new all-electric Leaf will hit markets starting September 6.
Microsoft on the clock: With speculation swirling of impending layoffs, TheStreet takes a look back at how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has reshaped the tech giant. Since taking over in 2014 from the energetic Steve Ballmer, Nadella has completely reorganized Microsoft by driving better internal collaboration and via the purchase of LinkedIn. The stock market has rewarded Nadella accordingly: Microsoft shares hit an all-time high in January after better than expected earnings.
Summer paychecks for tech interns are no joke: It doesn't beat working as a summer intern for Apple (AAPL) - Get Report. Apple pays an average of over $7,000 per-month in pay (plus paid overtime) for college interns, along with free housing near its San Francisco Bay-area headquarters, TheStreet reports.
Wait, we stand corrected. Being a college intern and logging into work for Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Reportand Facebook (FB) - Get Report isn't too shabby, either: you can pull in the equivalent of $96,000 a year.
Costco has been crushed: Shares of the membership club retailer have plunged 13% to $158.82 inside of a month, as investors have grown worried about a world where Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report owns organic food pioneer Whole Foods (WFM) . Costco's market cap has fallen a shade more than $9 billion, TheStreet points out. The more one looks at the grocery store landscape, the stock market has good reason to be concerned about Costco's future.
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