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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTAMZN, PETM, WFC, SHPG, ECOM, SLXP, RAI, ABBV, VZ, AA, LOStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
Stocks finished the week lower as problems experienced by a Portuguese bank and a statement by the Fed worried investors. MACRO NEWS: The shares of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo, plunged yesterday after its parent company reportedly missed a debt payment and was accused of accounting irregularities. The news triggered fresh fears about Europe's financial stability. However, Portugal's central bank today said that Banco Espirito's funds are undoubtedly secure... The Fed was concerned that investors may not be adequately factoring in uncertainty about the outlook for the economy and monetary policy, minutes of the central bank's last meeting indicated. The central bank also indicated that it would likely end the tapering of its asset purchases in October... On a positive note, fewer new jobless claims than expected were filed last week. Additionally, Chinese inflation for June came in slightly below expectations, leading to speculation that Beijing would be able to implement additional stimulus measures. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season kicked off, with Alcoa (AA) reporting stronger than expected results. Wells Fargo (WFC) became the first large bank to report results this earnings season. Its revenue surpassed expectations but its profits were in-line with the consensus estimate... In M&A news, AbbVie (ABBV) raised its takeover bid for U.K.-based Shire by 11% to over $51B in cash and stock. Another drug company, Salix (SLXP), announced that it would merge with its U.K.-based peer, Cosmo Technologies. The deal is expected to lower Salix's effective long-term tax rate from a high 30% level to a low 20% level. In the tobacco sector, Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... Longview Asset Management announced that it had obtained a 9% stake in pet supplies and services retailer PetSmart (PETM) and recommended that the retailer engage advisors for the purpose of exploring a potential sale and "other strategic alternatives," as had been suggested by another large investor in the stock, Jana Partners... Verizon (VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company had added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth... Consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that Amazon's (AMZN) same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. INDEXES: This week, the Dow fell 0.73% to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq fell 1.57% to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 fell 0.9% to 1,967.51.
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December 9, 2014
07:40 EDTVZVerizon competition increased, company should be able to respond, says Canaccord
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07:32 EDTVZUBS to hold a conference
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon warns of moving more drone research abroad, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazonís traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customerís offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
06:15 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at RW Baird
As previously reported, Baird downgraded Verizon to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing last night's negative pre-announcement due to increasing competitive concerns, margin pressures, higher churn, and full valuation. Price target lowered to $50 from $54.
06:01 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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05:38 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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05:34 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:05 EDTVZVerizon sees Q4 impacts of promotional offers will pressure wireless EBITDA, EPS
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:26 EDTWFCDeutsche Bank sued by U.S. over alleged scheme to avoid income taxes
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10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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08:25 EDTRAIReynolds American CFO change not related to negative event, says RBC Capital
After Reynolds' CFO retired, RBC Capital says that the CFO's retirement appears to have been planned ahead of time and does not indicate any problems at the company. The firm keeps a Top Pick rating on the shares.
07:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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06:35 EDTWFCValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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06:21 EDTPETMDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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