Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering deals. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.

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Never Mind
Wall Street can't figure out what to make of Snapchat. Morgan Stanley halved its initial price target in the latest sign of doubt over the company's more niche approach to social media.
Source: Bloomberg
Quite a Trip
TripAdvisor shares are trading around their lowest level in four years. Changes to its executive-severance plan suggest it may be laying the groundwork for a takeover.
Source: Bloomberg
Not Good, But Better
Express's second-quarter results showed the struggling retailer still has some fight in it. Comparable sales were down, but were sequentially better.
Source: Bloomberg
Buy High
United Technologies' M&A hunt deserves activist scrutiny. What challenges is it trying to distract from by bidding for Rockwell Collins at peak valuations?
Source: Bloomberg

And don't miss Chris Bryant on cuddlier Ryanair's political unfriendliness: "Ryanair’s image as a labor-scourge is unhelpful because it finally seems like Europe’s fragmented airline market is poised for consolidation: Air Berlin and Alitalia SpA may not be the last airlines in need of restructuring. But when jobs are at risk, Ryanair’s argument that it should be allowed to expand further is likely to fall on deaf ears.''

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