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News For AMZN;AAMRQ;SAP;LYV;JNPR;CRM;CS;HON;GOOG;NFLX;CTXS;QCOM From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2016
10:32 EDTAMZNAnalysts remain upbeat on Amazon in face of post-earnings selloff
The shares of Amazon (AMZN) are falling after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. However, many analysts defended the stock, saying that the miss was caused by higher than expected shipping costs, while the company's outlook for operating margin expansion remains intact. RESULTS: Amazon last night reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.00, versus the consensus outlook of $1.56. The company's revenue came in slightly below expectations. The e-commerce giant said the number of consumers subscribing to its Prime service jumped 51% in 2015 versus the year earlier. ANALYST REACTION: Amazon's profit margin came in slightly below expectations because of the large jump in Prime adoption and higher than expected order rates, Piper Jaffray tech analyst Gene Munster wrote. Additionally, a higher than expected percentage of orders on Amazon were lodged with third party retailers, raising the company's fulfillment costs beyond the Street's outlook, Munster stated. However, Amazon said it continues to focus on productivity, and in the past this has been the company's way of saying that its margins are rising, the analyst wrote. As a result, he expects Amazon's margins to beat expectations this year. Munster kept an $800 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. According to Citi analyst Mark May, the decline in the stock in after-hours trading yesterday was overdone. The company's margins, excluding certain items, rose in Q4 versus the same period a year earlier, and the revenues generated by its cloud business jumped 69% year-over-year, May estimated. He continues to expect Amazon's EPS, excluding certain items, to increase to about $20 per share in 2020. May trimmed his price target on the shares to $780 from $785 but reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Also upbeat on Amazon was Pacific crest analyst Edward Yruma. High fulfillment costs weighed on Amazon's profits, but its results indicate that the company is gaining share in both retail and the cloud, the analyst stated. Moreover, the weakness in the stock creates a good entry point for long-term investors, according to Yruma, who kept an $800 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Also defending Amazon today were analysts at JPMorgan and RBC Capital. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 9% to $578 per share.
10:18 EDTHONHoneywell expects UOP unit return to growth path in 2017
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10:16 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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10:10 EDTCTXS, AMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: ETE INVN FTNT VMW CTXS NOW COH AMZN NWL NYRT
10:07 EDTHONHoneywell expects 2016 to see top line growth, strong margin expansion
10:05 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
09:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com trades off session lows
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09:39 EDTHONHoneywell expect to be 'opportunistic' when it comes to share repurchases
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09:38 EDTHONHoneywell backs FY16 Aerospace sales $15.3B-$15.6B, core organic growth 1%-2%
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09:37 EDTHONHoneywell expects to face challenging end markets, but framework has not changed
The company expects to continue to spend conservatively to keep planning framework the same.
09:36 EDTHONHoneywell sees Q1 EPS $1.48-$1.53, consensus $1.49
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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09:21 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weakness creates good entry point, says Pacific Crest
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08:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
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08:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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08:13 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Alphabet February weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, February is at 42, March is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 42, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 1.
07:35 EDTAMZNJPMorgan ups Amazon target, says buy on the weakness
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth admits that after four quarters of "big beats and clean results," Amazon.com's Q4 results last night were more mixed. The analyst, however, believes Amazon's "strong topline growth trajectory" in unchanged. He expects the company's margin expansion to continue. Anmuth raised his price target for the shares to $825 from $800 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name. He recommends buying Amazon on today's selloff. The stock is down $62.35 to $573.00 in pre-market trading.
07:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com outlook remains positive, says Oppenheimer
After Amazon.com reported lower than expected North American margins and the stock fell in after-hours trading, Oppenheimer blames the miss on seasonal Q4 factors. Consequentially, the firm does not expect a repeat performance this quarter. It says that pricing remains strong at AWS, and it remains upbeat on the company's outlook. Oppenheimer cut its price target on the name to $700 from $745 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:53 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu upgraded Juniper to Outperform with a $31 price target on shares. The analyst said shares have fallen to attractive levels while fundamentals are strong and stable to improving. Ferragu said the cautious Q1 guidance reflects management being prudent given the uncertain macro environment and reminds investors 65% of revenues come from the Service Provider market, which means the company will benefit from late cycle exposure and could surprise to the upside, at least initially. Furthermore, the analyst said the CFO resignation and transition had been in the plans for some time and presents no risk.
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