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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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April 14, 2015
07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $465 from $400 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Amazon.com shares to $465 from $400 after analyzing the retailing giant's fulfillment capabilities. The firm believes Amazon's fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term and margin improvement with scale. It views Amazon's fulfillment initiatives as part of a "bigger, multi-faceted strategy focused on better customer segmentation and category leadership." Jefferies keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of Amazon closed yesterday down 29c to $382.36.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTVZUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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17:17 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime membership now includes ad-free internet radio service
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16:21 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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15:38 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:26 EDTWFCWells Fargo April 54.5 straddle priced for 2.2% movement into Q1
14:07 EDTABBVEarnings Watch: Johnson & Johnson shares down slightly since last earnings
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12:39 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Wells Fargo April call option implied volatility is at 27, May is at 17, June is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
11:16 EDTWFCConocoPhillips looks to sell noncore U.S. acreage, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTAMZNAmazon says X-Ray coming to Fire TV, Fire TV Stick
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09:03 EDTAMZNeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:34 EDTABBVAbbVie upgraded on Imbruvica outlook at BMO Capital
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07:20 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $288 from $267 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Shire to $288 after lifting its estimates for Lifitegrast in dry eye following the FDA's Priority Review designation. The firm believes the FDA is very likely to approve the application in October of this year, without waiting for the third Phase III study late 2015. It upped its 2020 Lifitegrast forecasts by $600M to $900M and reiterates an Overweight rating on Shire.
07:16 EDTVZTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
07:02 EDTABBVAbbVie upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTAMZNNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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