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January 25, 2013
10:07 EDTSRPT, RHT, FOR, WPRT, OMCL, PKOH, BRO, SKS, EBAY, STRZA, MMC, CHMT, BIOS, AMZN, BMR, ACT, BXP, AON, ACNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Accenture (ACN) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Actavis (ACT) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Amazon.com (AMZN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aon Corp. (AON) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... BioMed Realty (BMR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... BioScrip (BIOS) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Brown & Brown (BRO) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Forestar Group (FOR) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Marsh & McLennan (MMC) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Park-Ohio (PKOH) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Red Hat (RHT) initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities... Starz (STRZA) initiated with a Sell at Stifel Nicolaus... Starz (STRZA) initiated with an Underweight at Evercore... Omnicell (OMCL) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... eBay (EBAY) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Westport Innovations (WPRT) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Chemtura (CHMT) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Saks (SKS) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
News For ACN;ACT;AMZN;AON;BMR;BIOS;BXP;BRO;FOR;MMC;PKOH;RHT;STRZA;OMCL;SRPT;EBAY;WPRT;CHMT;SKS From The Last 14 Days
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July 20, 2015
06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTAMZNStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:41 EDTAMZNMiramax talks to banks as it explores sale, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:46 EDTAMZNBest Buy sinks after analyst says sell to avoid comp sales risk
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10:13 EDTAMZNAmbarella to get boost from drone demand, analyst says
Ambarella (AMBA) should benefit from stronger than expected demand for drones, which are "literally flying off the shelves" at Best Buy (BBY), research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. Ambarella develops processors used in high definition cameras, such as those often utilized by drones. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson wrote that sales of drones have been stronger than expected. Ambarella should benefit from that trend, as well as from the fact that demand for GoPro (GPRO) cameras, which utilize Ambarella's chips, has been steady, Erickson stated. Although initial demand for GoPro's new Session camera "appears lukewarm," its newer cameras should drive a significant increase in sales volume starting in GoPro's October quarter, according to Erickson, who said the popularity of GoPro's cameras should enable Ambarella's results to beat Street expectations. The analyst continues to recommend buying Ambarella's stock and kept a $123 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy wrote that GoPro's risk/reward ratio was favorable heading into the company's Q2 results. According to Murphy, the stock fell recently because money rotated out of the shares following the initial public offering of Fitbit (FIT) and Goldman Sachs' initiation of coverage of the stock with a Neutral rating. However, Amazon (AMZN) data shows that GoPro's cameras are selling well and Ambarella's Q2 results beat expectations, Murphy noted. As a result, she expects GoPro's Q2 results to exceed expectations when they are reported next week. Murphy reiterated a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Ambarella rose 1.3% to $109.59, while GoPro added 0.5% to $55.53.
07:46 EDTEBAYeBay price target raised to $60 from $52 at Canaccord
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07:18 EDTAMZNApigee won;t be hurt by AWS API Gateway, says Pacific Crest
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06:39 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh close to launching in London, London Times reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNHulu considering ad-free option, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2015
16:22 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTEBAY, AMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
15:55 EDTEBAYeBay price target raised to $72 from $68 at Cantor
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15:29 EDTEBAYeBay price target raised to $72 from $69 at Baird
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12:30 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime Day order growth 18% more than Black Friday 2014
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12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon's Prime Day sales exceed Black Friday sales, breaks record
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12:12 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in positive territory after Greece's Parliament approved austerity measures that should pave the way for the country to receive a new bailout package. With earnings season gaining steam and the situations in Greece and China appearing more stable in recent days, the S&P and Nasdaq are back within striking distance of their all-time highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped to 281,000 in the week ended July 11, versus expectations for 285,000 first-time claims. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The Philly Fed business outlook index dropped 9.5 points to 5.7 in July, falling short of the 12.0 reading that was expected. In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers also reportedly agreed in principle to extend a $7.6B bridge loan to Greece. The loan, which will come from the European Financial Stabilization Mechanism, should help keep Greece afloat while Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras negotiates the details of the country's three-year bailout. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX) rallied 16% and hit a split-adjusted all-time high of $114.45 per share after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... The third-largest U.S. bank, Citigroup (C), posted second quarter profit, excluding adjustments and one-time items, of $1.45 per share, beating the $1.34 average estimate of analysts. Goldman Sachs (GS) reported Q2 earnings per share of $1.98, which fell far short of the consensus forecast of $3.89. However, the firm recorded $1.45B in net provisions for litigation and regulatory matters, which reduced EPS for the quarter by $2.77. Goldman Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein said the bank was "pleased" with its quarterly performance, adding that while "uncertainty in the EU" weighed on investors’ conviction, many of its businesses continued to benefit from generally improving economic conditions. Citi shares rose 3.5% following its report, while Goldman shares slipped a bit more than 1.5%... eBay (EBAY), which is set to split from PayPal (PYPL) in just a few days, reported better than expected earnings for the still-combined company. eBay also announced an additional $1B stock repurchase authorization, bringing its total buyback allowance to $3B, and confirmed it reached a deal to sell eBay Enterprise to a consortium consisting of Sterling Partners, Permira Funds and others for $925M. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amira Nature Foods (ANFI), which advanced 16% after the company reported earnings and said it sees "double-digit" revenue growth in its new fiscal year. Also higher was Philip Morris (PM), which gained 3% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue, excluding certain items. Among the noteworthy losers was Rovi (ROVI), which dropped 16.5% after Netflix was granted a motion of summary judgment invalidating all five of the remaining Rovi patents that were being contested in litigation between the companies. Also lower was Garmin (GRMN), which fell 9% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings that fell short of expectations, citing the negative impact of currency movements and a "more promotional pricing environment" in the fitness segment. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 35.47, or 0.2%, to 18,085.64, the Nasdaq was up 54.08, or 1.06%, to 5,153.02, and the S&P 500 was up 14.10, or 0.67%, to 2,121.50.
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10:00 EDTAMZNAmazon says HBO NOW available on Fire Tablets
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