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Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) CEO Marissa A. Mayer sold 36,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, February 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.83, for a total value of $1,325,880.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 2,337,829 shares in the company, valued at approximately $86,102,242. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

YHOO has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at TheStreet reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yahoo! in a research note on Tuesday, February 4th. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Yahoo! in a research note on Wednesday, January 29th. They now have a $40.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Gabelli downgraded shares of Yahoo! from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 29th. Nineteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.00.

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) traded up 1.96% on Tuesday, hitting $38.50. The stock had a trading volume of 18,351,744 shares. Yahoo! has a 52 week low of $20.58 and a 52 week high of $41.72. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $38.94 and a 200-day moving average of $34.00. The company has a market cap of $39.992 billion and a P/E ratio of 29.97. Yahoo! also was the recipient of a large decrease in short interest during the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 22,956,647 shares, a decrease of 23.5% from the January 15th total of 30,026,789 shares. Approximately 2.4% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 28,011,227 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 0.8 days.

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) last announced its earnings results on Monday, January 27th. The company reported $0.46 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.20 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.32 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Yahoo! will post $1.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ:YHOO) to users, as well as a range of marketing services designed to reach and connect with those users on Yahoo! and through a distribution network of third-party entities (Affiliates).

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