Yahoo to axe up to 15% of workforce: Report

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil a cost-cutting plan that would eliminate up to 15% of the Internet company's workforce, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Mayer will announce the cuts Tuesday after the market closes when Yahoo is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2015 earnings, according to the Journal report, which cited anonymous sources. Yahoo had about 10,700 employees in the most recent quarter.

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Yahoo has been under mounting pressure from Wall Street to articulate its strategy for the future of the company. In December, the company scrapped plans to spin off its stake in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba and announced that it would instead do a reverse spinoff of its other assets, putting those businesses into a separate publicly traded company.

Shares of Yahoo were down 1.5% in midday trading Monday, amid a broader decline in the market.

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The layoffs could be prelude to Yahoo selling its core assets. Executives at Verizon Communications, which last year acquired AOL, have said they would be interested in exploring a deal for the Yahoo businesses.

Mayer previously said that Yahoo would "work to narrow our strategy, focusing on fewer products with higher quality to achieve improved growth and profitability," speaking on the company's Q3 2015 earnings call in October.

Since then, Yahoo's retrenchment has included shutting down Yahoo Screen, its video hub that included the first NFL game streaming exclusively online, licensed clips of "Saturday Night Live" and a slate of original series. That exclusive content included the sixth season of "Community" from Sony Pictures Television, after NBC canceled the comedy; Yahoo took a $42 million writedown for "Community" and two other series last year after concluding it would be unable to make money on them.

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Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo!, arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers the keynote address at the first-ever Yahoo Mobile Developer's Conference, in San Francisco. Mayer was the highest paid female CEO in 2014, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE- In this Monday, April 19, 2010 file photo, Google vice president of search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer, attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Yahoo announced Monday, July 16, 2012, that it is hiring longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years as the company struggles to rebound from years of financial malaise and internal turmoil. Mayer, who starts at Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday, was one of Googleâs earliest employees and was most recently responsible for its mapping, local and location services. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Marissa Mayer attends the Glamour Magazine 2009 Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Goggle Inc., speaks about the new Google Earth 5.0 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Google Inc. is launching a new version of Google Earth that will let users explore the oceans, view images of Mars and watch the Earth's surface change over time. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Marissa Mayer, president and chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., speaks during the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The forum gathers Global 500 CEO's and innovators, builders, and technologists from some of the most dynamic, emerging companies all over the world to facilitate relationship building at the highest levels. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Marissa Mayer, president and chief executive officer at Yahoo! Inc., smiles during the 2015 Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Mayer said that the company's spinoff of its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is proceeding as planned. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo attends 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Press Preview at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer attends the 2015 Yahoo Digital Content NewFronts at Avery Fisher Hall on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Yahoo)
Marissa Mayer, president and chief executive officer at Yahoo! Inc., smiles during a press conference at the Yahoo! Inc. Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Mayer unveiled a suite of development tools for mobile applications that integrate its own advertising services with features it acquired with analytics startup Flurry Inc. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., listens during a panel session on day four of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the five day event runs from Jan. 22-25. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during her keynote address at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Marissa Mayer, president and chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., reacts during the DreamForce Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Yahoo boosted its stock-buyback plan by $5 billion, returning more cash to shareholders as Mayer seeks to revive growth at the largest U.S. Internet portal. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., smiles at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Yahoo! Mayer said the Web portal has surpassed 800 million active monthly users, a 20 percent increase since she joined the company in July 2012. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, attends the Cannes Lions 2014, 61st International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival is a world's meeting place for professionals in the communications industry.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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