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News For AAPL;AMZN From The Last 14 Days
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April 23, 2015
13:12 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Amazon ahead of Q1 report
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (13c) on revenue of $22.39B. The consensus range is (56c)-35c for EPS, and $21.74B-$22.88B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported fourth quarter EPS of 45c against estimates of 17c, on revenue of $29.33B against estimates of $29.67B. The company gave Q1 revenue guidance of $20.9B-$22.9B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($450M)-$50M, compared to $146M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported worldwide paid Prime memberships increased 53% in 2014. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: During Amazon’s Q4 earnings conference call, CFO Thomas Szkutak said the company will look to invest in China and India. In the past quarter, an Economics Times report said the company was planning to create its own fashion and lifestyle private brands in India. RBC Capital says the company’s outlook is still positive due to significant opportunity for growth in India. UBS noted that Amazon could benefit from restructuring its China operations, making a case for Amazon to exit the country as it faces stiff competition from Alibaba (BABA) and Jd.com (JD). Amazon.com expanded its two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Baltimore, Miami, Austin and Atlanta. Piper Jaffray said the expansion of the program is "encouraging" and will prevent retailers from gaining mindshare from Amazon. The company announced the launch of its Amazon Giveaway tool, AWS Marketplace, new Fire TV features and greenlit five new Amazon Original series, but it plans to shut down Amazon Webstore. ChannelAdvisor said Amazon SSS was up 27% in January, 22.7% in February and 24.6% in March. In recommendations, the company’s price target was raised RW Baird after the firm assigned a standalone value of $40B-$45B to Amazon Web Services. Its price target was also raised at Citigroup due the company’s upcoming disclosure of new segment metrics. Earlier this month, Cleveland Research said its checks indicate Amazon has in-line sales growth and margin expansion that will lead to modest upside Q1 CSOI. Jefferies adds that the company’s fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term margin improvement with scale. Baird also said that its Amazon.com survey suggests accelerating growth trends in product selection and Prime-eligible units. Piper Jaffray said it is positive on Amazon shares because the firm believes margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters. Ahead of the company’s Q1 earnings report, Amazon was upgraded at Monness Crespi citing a the release of results for Amazon’s Web Service segment. The firm called it a "catalytic event" outside of the company’s "standard beat-and-raise" type of report. Amazon was downgraded, however, at BGC Financial due to the negative impact of currency. BGC added that it expects the company to "sustain its investment cycle regardless of overall profitability." PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 24% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q1 report, Amazon.com shares are down 0.35%.
12:35 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; CSX AAPL
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12:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:52 EDTAAPLApple lists several job openings for speech & language teams, Apple Insider says
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11:27 EDTAAPLApple could announce new iPod touch this year, Apple Insider reports
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10:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 163, May is at 50, June is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
09:43 EDTAAPLApple not targeting May 8 for Apple Watch second wave launch, 9to5Mac says
Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple is not currently targeting May 8 for its launch of pre-ordering for the Apple Watch in a second wave on countries, refuting a report yesterday from Italy's iSpazio that said that was the date being considered for the next wave of launches. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
08:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:25 EDTAMZNAcacia Research subsidiaries enters into settlement agreement with Amazon
Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GMBH, subsidiaries of Acacia Research (ACTG), entered into a settlement and license agreement with Amazon (AMZN).
06:19 EDTAAPLSome Apple Watch orders prepared for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac says
Though many Apple Watch customers were hit with months-long shipping delays, Apple has started preparing some orders for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac reports. A spokesperson says "We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received." Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to provide financial information for AWS unit today, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CLDN AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Celladon (CLDN) 383, Amazon.com (AMZN) 44 according to iVolatility.
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAMZN, AAPLNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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09:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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