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February 4, 2014
09:36 EDTAMZN, AAPL, GOOG, TWTR, ZNGAActive equity options trading on open
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January 28, 2016
13:53 EDTAAPLApple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout, Bloomberg reports
13:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:07 EDTAAPLFacebook says expanding ability to share live video in U.S. via iPhone
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12:22 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Amazon expected to report strong Q4 results after holiday season
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 28 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 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 $1.56 on revenue of $35.93B. The consensus range is 60c-$2.41 for EPS, and $35.11B-$36.75B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of 17c against estimates of (13c), on revenue of $25.4B against estimates of $24.91B. At that time, the company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $33.5B-$36.75B and Q4 operating income guidance of $80M-$1.28B, compared to $591M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 Amazon Web Services revenue $2.085B and AWS operating income $521M. The company said Prime Day added 2% to its global revenue growth rate. NEWS: In the past quarter, ChannelAdvisor said that Amazon outpaced the industry with a 16.8% holiday SSS growth. Specifically, Amazon's SSS grew 28.9% on Thanksgiving, up 20% on Black Friday, up 20.5% on Cyber Sunday, and up 25.6% on Cyber Monday. During that time, Amazon's Fire tablet was the top-selling product. According to a Re/code report in December, Amazon is now accounting for more than half of all sales growth in U.S. eCommerce. In Q4, Amazon also announced expansions for Prime Now in Los Angeles, San Diego, Baltimore, Austin and Chicago. It began delivering alcohol in Manhattan and offered delivery from local stores in China. By the end of 2015, Amazon was offering Prime Now in 26 cities. The company plans to open fulfillment centers in Columbus, Massachusetts and Canada. It also also build an Amazon Wind Farm in Ohio. Amazon announced that it will shutter its payments service and Groupon-style daily deals service in 2016. However, it also announced that it tripled its selection of free games and apps since launching Amazon Underground. Amazon held early tests of cargo aircraft as it looks to establish its own freight operations. During the Golden Globe awards, Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" received two awards, while its competitor Netflix (NFLX) left empty-handed. STREET RESEARCH: In the long-term, Citi said Amazon has a path towards $20 per adjusted EPS by 2018 due to an ongoing mix shift in the retail business and stellar growth in its high margin cloud business. The company was also initiated with an Overweight at Pacific Crest, and had its price target raised at Nomura and BofA.Merrill, citing the company's aim to be part of the consumer purchase process and its lead in both eCommerce and the cloud. Piper Jaffray said Amazon's Prime membership has been the most impressive despite a large base of users. It expected Amazon to add 8M-9M Prime subscribers during the full holiday season, ahead of its previous expectation of 6M-7M. Piper Jaffray added that estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and believes the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. Ahead of the Q4 earnings report, Stifel said Amazon revenue is expected to beat expectations due to healthy eCommerce trends, strong Prime adoption and strong adoption of AWS. Bernstein also said that the street margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, and believes the company is poised to beat street expectations. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares are near flat over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q3 report, Amazon.com shares are higher by 6.5%.
10:44 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN MSFT
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple supplier Cirrus jumps after results beat expectations
The shares of Cirrus Logic (CRUS) are surging after the company reported stronger than expected third quarter results last night. Research firm Oppenheimer responded to the news by upgrading the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Cirrus, which develops integrated circuits, is said to get about 75% of its revenue from Apple (AAPL). WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus reported Q3 EPS of 82c, versus analysts' consensus outlook of 81c. The company's revenue also came in slightly above expectations. However, it provided Q4 revenue guidance of $225M at the midpoint of their range of $210M-$240M, versus the consensus outlook of about $260M. However, Cirrus said that it continues to expect its revenue to increase more than 15% in its upcoming fiscal year. "Short-term weakness for certain audio products" caused Cirrus' Q3 results and Q4 outlook to be weaker than the company originally expected, the company stated. iPhones, whose sales came in below analysts' consensus forecast last quarter, utilize audio products from Cirrus. Cirrus CEO Jason Rhode said he remains upbeat about the company's prospects, stating, "We are confident that our strategy of focusing on innovative market leading customers in the fastest growing audio and voice segments will fuel future growth." Rhode added that Cirrus expects to sell more products to its existing customers going forward. ANALYST REACTION: Oppenheimer analyst Rick Schafer upgraded Cirrus to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors today. Apple will utilize a smart codec from Cirrus to reduce noise in the earbuds of the upcoming iPhone 7 device, Schafer predicted. As a result, Cirrus will obtain an average of about $5.50 for each iPhone 7 sold, up from about $3.50 for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, the analyst estimated. Meanwhile, Cirrus is selling more of its smart codecs and audio amps to Android smartphone makers, accrding to Schafer. He raised its 2017 EPS estimate for the company to $3.30 from $2.74, and he thinks the company's results could beat expectations through the second half of this year. Schafer set a $40 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Cirrus climbed 15.5% to $32.29.
10:05 EDTAAPLApple recalls wall plug adapters outside the U.S.
Apple announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. "In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched," the iPhone maker said in a statement. The wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide. The recall does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.
09:38 EDTTWTR, AAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:33 EDTAMZNOptions expected to be active
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08:04 EDTGOOGHarman CEO: On track to deliver full year plan
"I am pleased to announce our 11th consecutive quarter of top and bottom line growth. Our strong first half results were in-line with our expectations. While we are closely monitoring macroeconomic developments, at this time, we are on track to deliver on our full year plan," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman (HAR) Chairman, President and CEO. "HARMAN continues to innovate and bring industry-first solutions to market. We are also partnering with key technology leaders such as Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Under Armour (UA) to capitalize on the opportunities presented by IoT for automotive, enterprise and consumer electronics. In addition, our acquisition of TowerSec will strengthen our cybersecurity leadership position for automotive."
07:46 EDTAAPLNew iPad Air production to start in Q2, Digitimes reports
Apple is anticipated to unveil its new edition of the iPad Air in March 2016 and production will begin in Q2, with General Interface Solution and TPK to supply touch panels, Digitimes reports, citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The new iPad will reportedly come with a 4K resolution panel and up to 4GB in RAM, as well as better battery life, the report says. Reference Link
07:45 EDTGOOGFacebook price target raised to $140 from $125 at Cowen
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07:15 EDTAAPLMarathon Patent Group announces trial date of May 2 in case against Apple
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple may unveil iPad Air 3 at March event, 9to5Mac reports
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06:24 EDTGOOGSNP calls on EU to probe Google's U.K. tax agreement, FT reports
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06:22 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle, Apple push back on Euro tax deals, FT reports
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06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Amazon.com January weekly call option implied volatility is at 151, February is at 56, March is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 55 to 59, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
06:19 EDTGOOGItaly finance police say Google avoided EUR227M in taxes, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple could ship 20M Macs this year, DigiTimes reports
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05:44 EDTAMZNSpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
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