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April 26, 2015
12:48 EDTQCOMQualcomm could rise 30% to around $90, Barron's says
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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZN, GOOGStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTAMZN, GOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTGOOG, AMZNOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
12:53 EDTGOOGLuxottica says company working on new versions of Google Glass, Engadget says
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12:49 EDTJNPR, AMZN, GOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:40 EDTJNPRJuniper soars to new 52-week high after preliminary Q1 results beat expectations
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11:09 EDTAMZNStreet Check: Analyst correctly said Amazon could get boost from AWS reporting
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10:11 EDTJNPRHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: AERI UEC NUAN DSW CHU SVU PII ACTG GIMO JNPR
10:00 EDTAMZN, JNPROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:46 EDTJNPRJuniper breaks out after stronger earnings
Shares hit a fresh 52-week high at $26.09 and have settled back fractionally to $25.80. Resistance above the high of the day is at $26.88 which was a previous pivot high. Support is at $25.43.
09:37 EDTGOOG, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTAMZN, JNPR, GOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital after AWS profit 'curve ball'
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform from Market Perform with a $485 price target. The firm upgraded shares based on improving margins, moderating expense growth, strong AWS growth, and North American and International acceleration.
08:59 EDTJNPRJuniper price target raised to $31-$33 from $27-$29 at Wells Fargo
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08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $672 from $632 at FBR Capital
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07:49 EDTGOOGGoogle results 'on balance positive,' says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $625 at Deutsche Bank
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07:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $465 from $425 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Amazon.com to $465 from $425 following better than expected Q1 results. The firm noted the strong results included improved gross margins despite foreign exchange headwinds. Baird raised its price target on the stock to $465 on higher profit expectations and reiterated its Outperform rating on Amazon shares.
07:29 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Juniper to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm believes that the period of negative earnings revisions is behind the company, while its revenue is stabilizing and there are early signs of improving telecom spending. It adds that it expects routing switching and security to begin contributing to the company's growth in 2016. Target $29.
07:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $500 from $410 at Deutsche Bank
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07:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $500 from $400 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Amazon.com after the company reported stronger than expected Q1 results. The firm says that the company's cloud business is generating dramatically better results than it and the market had assumed. It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reported healthy Q1 results, says Cantor
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07:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $460 from $385 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Amazon.com after the company reported stronger than expected Q1 results. The firm remains bullish on Amazon's ability to outgrow competitors and show margin leverage over time. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $460 from $430 at Citigroup
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon facing tough competition in cloud computing, NY Times says
Amazon (AMZN) remains dominant in cloud computing services, but other huge tech players, some of whom have many more resources than the e-commerce company, have entered the fray, according to The New York times. Microsoft (MSFT), the distant number two in the space, is especially committed to cloud computing services and its business is growing quickly, although analysts believe that tt may have difficulty signing up smaller companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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06:27 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $650 from $600 JPMorgan
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06:16 EDTAMZN, GOOGEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGHillspire acquires minority stake in D.E. Shaw group from Lehman Brothers
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05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Netflix (NFLX) 27 according to iVolatility.
05:24 EDTAMZNAmazon announces shopping app for Apple Watch
The Amazon (AMZN) shopping app will be available on Apple Watch (APPL) in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.S. and U.K. Designed for the on-the-go customer, the shopping app offers a tailored Amazon experience, offering voice search and quick tap features including 1-Click purchase and save to Wish List.
April 23, 2015
19:29 EDTGOOGGoogle sees increased viewership, ad views at YouTube
On its Q1 earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said, "Over the past year we've seen YouTube viewership climb dramatically, both in established markets but also due to rapid expansion in emerging markets. And quality improvements in TrueView ads mean that more users are, in fact, choosing not to skip them, increasing the overall ad view. So, this means that there is much higher volume of TrueView ads being seen, which has been a significant driver of year-over-year growth in numbers that you seeing inside clicks... Viewership in YouTube videos and TrueView ads are growing significantly, and YouTube's contribution to our advertising revenue continues to grow at a strong rate year-over-year." During the Q&A portion of the call, Pichette added, "In the last quarter, we've just seen a real acceleration at YouTube and that's why we thought it was important because we saw this change, from the fundamental kind of strong performance of YouTube." In after-hours trading, Google is up more than 3% to $564.00.
19:16 EDTAMZN, GOOG, JNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com up almost 6% after announcing Q1 earnings, Q2 guidance
16:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q1 AWS revenue $1.57B
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16:21 EDTJNPRJuniper expects to return to higher revenue in 2H15
The company continues to see the long-term demand drivers as healthy and is confident in its innovation pipeline. Juniper expects to return to its historical pattern of higher revenue in the second half of 2015 versus the first half of the year.
16:21 EDTJNPRJuniper sees Q2 adjusted EPS 38c-42c, consensus 38c
Sees Q2 revenue $1.09B-$1.12B, consensus $1.09B. Q2 non-GAAP gross margin will be approximately 64%, plus or minus 0.5%. Non-GAAP operating expenses will be $475M, plus or minus $5M.
16:19 EDTJNPRJuniper reports preliminary Q1 adjusted EPS 32c, consensus 31c
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16:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares up $3.52 to $551.42 after Q1 results
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle says Q1 revenue $795M higher at constant exchange rates
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16:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says AWS is a $5B business 'and still growing fast'
"Amazon Web Services is a $5B business and still growing fast — in fact it’s accelerating,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Born a decade ago, AWS is a good example of how we approach ideas and risk-taking at Amazon. We strive to focus relentlessly on the customer, innovate rapidly, and drive operational excellence. We manage by two seemingly contradictory traits: impatience to deliver faster and a willingness to think long term. We are so grateful to our AWS customers and remain dedicated to inventing on their behalf.”
16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 websites up 14% revenue $11.93B
Reports Q1 Google Network Members' websites revenue up 1% to $3.58B. Total advertising revenues were up 11% to $15.51B.
16:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q2 revenue $20.6B-$22.8B, consensus $22.12B
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16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 Aggregate paid clicks up 13%
Reports Q1 Paid clicks on Google websites up 25% vs. last year, Paid clicks on Google Network Members' websites down 12%, Aggregate cost-per-click down 7%, Cost-per-click on Google websites down 13% and Cost-per-click on Google Network Members' websites up 2%.
16:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q1 EPS (12c), consensus (13c)
Reports Q1 revenue $22.72B, consensus $22.39B.
16:01 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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15:00 EDTJNPRJuniper April weekly 24 straddle priced for 5.5% movement into Q1
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15:00 EDTAMZN, GOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly 24 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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14:20 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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13:12 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Amazon ahead of Q1 report
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 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 (13c) on revenue of $22.39B. The consensus range is (56c)-35c for EPS, and $21.74B-$22.88B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported fourth quarter EPS of 45c against estimates of 17c, on revenue of $29.33B against estimates of $29.67B. The company gave Q1 revenue guidance of $20.9B-$22.9B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($450M)-$50M, compared to $146M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported worldwide paid Prime memberships increased 53% in 2014. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: During Amazon’s Q4 earnings conference call, CFO Thomas Szkutak said the company will look to invest in China and India. In the past quarter, an Economics Times report said the company was planning to create its own fashion and lifestyle private brands in India. RBC Capital says the company’s outlook is still positive due to significant opportunity for growth in India. UBS noted that Amazon could benefit from restructuring its China operations, making a case for Amazon to exit the country as it faces stiff competition from Alibaba (BABA) and Jd.com (JD). Amazon.com expanded its two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Baltimore, Miami, Austin and Atlanta. Piper Jaffray said the expansion of the program is "encouraging" and will prevent retailers from gaining mindshare from Amazon. The company announced the launch of its Amazon Giveaway tool, AWS Marketplace, new Fire TV features and greenlit five new Amazon Original series, but it plans to shut down Amazon Webstore. ChannelAdvisor said Amazon SSS was up 27% in January, 22.7% in February and 24.6% in March. In recommendations, the company’s price target was raised RW Baird after the firm assigned a standalone value of $40B-$45B to Amazon Web Services. Its price target was also raised at Citigroup due the company’s upcoming disclosure of new segment metrics. Earlier this month, Cleveland Research said its checks indicate Amazon has in-line sales growth and margin expansion that will lead to modest upside Q1 CSOI. Jefferies adds that the company’s fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term margin improvement with scale. Baird also said that its Amazon.com survey suggests accelerating growth trends in product selection and Prime-eligible units. Piper Jaffray said it is positive on Amazon shares because the firm believes margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters. Ahead of the company’s Q1 earnings report, Amazon was upgraded at Monness Crespi citing a the release of results for Amazon’s Web Service segment. The firm called it a "catalytic event" outside of the company’s "standard beat-and-raise" type of report. Amazon was downgraded, however, at BGC Financial due to the negative impact of currency. BGC added that it expects the company to "sustain its investment cycle regardless of overall profitability." PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 24% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q1 report, Amazon.com shares are down 0.35%.
12:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:31 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com spikes higher, levels to watch
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10:50 EDTCRMSalesforce.com calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Salesforce.com April weekly 68 and 69 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. April weekly option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 23, June is at 33, July is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:45 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce.com active on renewed takeover speculation
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10:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 163, May is at 50, June is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
10:00 EDTQCOM, CTXSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Northland... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Hold from Overweight at HSBC... Brink's (BCO) downgraded to Neutral, sees 'imminent' downside risk, says Macquarie... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Cognex (CGNX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Fulton Financial (FULT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Heartland Express (HTLD) downgraded on limited earnings growth at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... MobileIron (MOBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Omnicare (OCR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... RAM Energy (RAME) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Repsol (REPYY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Stillwater Mining (SWC) downgraded on lack of catalysts at BB&T... Texas Capital (TCBI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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08:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $87 at Brean Capital
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08:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $87 at Canaccord
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTSAPMedidata appoints Rouven Bergmann to CFO effective May 18
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06:33 EDTCTXSCitrix downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
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06:25 EDTAMZNAcacia Research subsidiaries enters into settlement agreement with Amazon
Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GMBH, subsidiaries of Acacia Research (ACTG), entered into a settlement and license agreement with Amazon (AMZN).
06:18 EDTQCOMQualcomm chip business to recover in 2016, says Citigroup
Citigroup says Qualcomm's Q2 results indicate the "very bad year" for the company's chip business continues. The firm, however, expects the chip unit to recover in 2016 and points out the royalty business is hitting record levels. Citi thinks Qualcomm's final guide-down is near and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with an $88 price target.
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to provide financial information for AWS unit today, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK NFLX
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CLDN AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Celladon (CLDN) 383, Amazon.com (AMZN) 44 according to iVolatility.
05:28 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral following the company's Q2 results.
April 22, 2015
19:14 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
18:27 EDTQCOMSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
17:31 EDTNFLXNetflix renews 'Daredevil' for season two, Hollywood Reporter says
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17:23 EDTAMZNNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:30 EDTQCOMQualcomm down 2.3% to $67.35 after FY15 outlook lowered
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16:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO says comprehensive review of cost structure initiated
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16:15 EDTCTXSCitrix sees FY15 EPS $3.55-$3.60, consensus $3.53
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16:13 EDTCTXSCitrix sees Q2 EPS 80c-83c, consensus 86c
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16:11 EDTCTXSCitrix reports Q1 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
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16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees CSR acquisition closing by the end of summer 2015
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it has not included any estimates related to the proposed acquisition of CSR plc (CSRE) in its FY15 outlook. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015. The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to Non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2016, the first full year of combined operations.
16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q3 EPS 85c-$1.00, consensus $1.14
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16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.60-$5.00, consensus $5.00
Qualcomm previously saw FY15 EPS $4.85-$5.05. Lowers FY15 revenue view to $25.0B-$27.0B from $26.3B-$28B, consensus $27.22B. The company is reducing its outlook for its semiconductor business, QCT, for the second half of fiscal 2015 primarily due to: the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier, which will reduce our sales of its integrated Snapdragon processors and skew its product mix towards modem chipsets in this tier; and a decline in its share at a large customer.
16:02 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q2 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.33
Reports Q2 revenue $6.89B, consensus $6.83B.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTCTXS, QCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
13:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of results
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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11:08 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR FMSA PSEC CSX AEO CRM BBY SPLS HPQ DTV
10:53 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:17 EDTGOOG, AMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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07:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 137, May is at 48, June is at 34, July is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2015
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12:54 EDTJNPRJuniper April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:46 EDTAMZNAmazon launches online travel market with Amazon Destinations, WSJ reports
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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11:00 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:20 EDTJNPRWells thinks carrier equipment vendors factored in weak capex
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10:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com cut to Hold ahead of Q1 results at BGC Financial
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10:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Hold from Buy at BGC Financial
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTQCOMOptions expected to be active
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07:15 EDTHONCelestica subcontracted by Honeywell Aerospace
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06:36 EDTQCOMQualcomm April weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Qualcomm April call option implied volatility is at 56, May is at 29, June is at 22, compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on April 22.
05:58 EDTGOOGEU's Vestager says has 'no grudge' against Google, Re/code reports
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading an antitrust lawsuit against Google, says she is not holding a grudge against the search giant, Re/code reports, citing comments made during a speech at the NYU School of Law. She commented that "We have made a statement of objection lining out our preliminary view on a certain conduct... This, as we see it, is a pretty straightforward case of consumer domination." Reference Link
05:45 EDTCSCredit Suisse sees momentum to carry over from Q1 into Q2
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05:45 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q1 net income CHF 1.05B vs. CHF 859M
Reports Q1 core pre-tax income of CHF 1.54B. Reports Q1 revenue CHF 6.67B vs. CHF 6.47B last year. Reports look-through CET1 ratio of 10% as of the end of Q1.
05:23 EDTSAPSAP sees FY15 non-IFRS operating profit EUR 5.6B-EUR 5.9B at constant currencies
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05:20 EDTSAPSAP reports Q1 EPS EUR 0.35 vs. EUR 0.45 last year
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
14:48 EDTQCOMQualcomm to have Samsung foundry make next high-end chip, Re/code says
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12:08 EDTNFLXTiming of Rovi renewal with Charter a plus, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the timing of the closing of Rovi's (ROVI) renewal of its IP and programming guide agreement with Charter (CHTR) is advantageous given Rovi's other impending renewals and should give some confidence that large service provider renewals don't hinge on the outcome of the company's court case with Netflix (NFLX). However, the firm added that it would not be surprised to see more volatility in Rovi shares if court rulings favor Netflix and it kept a Neutral rating on the stock.
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09:52 EDTNFLXRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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08:21 EDTGOOGTesla almost sold to Google while near bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 26, June is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:04 EDTGOOGTesla CEO held talks to sell company to Google in 2013, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a new book due out May 19, entitled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle concerns bring buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle EU regulatory worries don't warrant a sell off, WSJ says
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April 19, 2015
14:23 EDTNFLXNetflix stock may see pressure as content costs rise, Barron's says
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTNFLX, GOOGStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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16:11 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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11:20 EDTGOOGGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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11:16 EDTQCOMRumor: Qualcomm active on activist investor speculation
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09:59 EDTNFLXNetflix continues its post-earnings pop, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTHONHoneywell drops after results, levels to watch
The stock is down 2.6% at time of writing to $101.17. At that price next support is at $100.30. Resistance is at $102.96. With the 50-day moving average broken, the trend has shifted to down.
09:41 EDTHONHoneywell has yet to see oil prices benefit, not counting on pickup in economy
The company expects to see benefit of oil prices play through in U.S. and other oil importing nations, but it has yet to see this. There was weakness in January the company was unable to recover from, although there was some improvement as the quarter went on. Honeywell said the majority of its businesses exited quarter with momtnum, but it is not counting on a pickup in the global economy. Expects growth rate to increase as the year progresses. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
09:36 EDTCRM, NFLX, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:25 EDTHONHoneywell cuts FY15 Aerospace sales to $15B-$15.3B from $15.4B-$15.7B
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08:20 EDTHONHoneywell remains confident in 2015 outlook, with momentum heading into Q2
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07:58 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, May is at 26, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:45 EDTAMZNEtsy multiple 'well beyond' high end of any comparable group, says Wedbush
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07:15 EDTGOOGYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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07:04 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q1 Aerospace sales down 6% to $3.61B
Reports Q1 Automation and Control Solutions sales down 3% to $3.26B; Reports Q1 Performance Materials and Technologies down 5% to $2.34B.
07:03 EDTHONHoneywell to plan 'conservatively' due to global economic environment
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07:02 EDTHONHoneywell raises FY15 EPS to $6.00-$6.15 from $5.95-$6.15, consensus $6.09
Cuts FY15 revenue to $39B-$39.6B from $40.5B-$41.1B, consensus $40.52B. Cuts FY15 core organic growth to 3% from 5%. Backs FY15 free cash flow of $4.2B-$4.3B. Raises FY15 operating income margin to 17.4%-17.7% from 16.7%-17%. Raises FY15 segment margin to 18.3%-18.6% from 17.6%-17.9%.
07:01 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q1 EPS $1.41, consensus $1.39
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06:28 EDTNFLXNetflix receives better treatment from international service providers, WSJ says
International broadband providers open their networks to Netflix and integrate the app into their boxes, as opposed to U.S. providers, which are battling with the streaming video service over internet regulations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to improve how users view mobile search results
Google announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a fix to improve how people view mobile search results. The company said it is updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results "to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format." Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGEconomists warn of uphill battle in case against Google, Financial Times says
Economists believe that the European Commission will have an uphill battle in proving that Google's practices have harmed consumers, reports the Financial Times. Although the antitrust case is enjoying broad political support across Europe and among Google's rivals, economics professors have said “proving a company has engaged in exclusionary practices is not an easy task. This is an area of competition where it is difficult to adopt simple rules and where each case is often a special one.” Reference Link
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX SNDK
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05:48 EDTAMZNPiper positive on Amazon.com into March quarter earnings
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is positive on shares of Amazon.com into the company's March quarter earnings report on April 23. Munster believes Amazon's margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters, and he expects shares "will continue to work" if margins go higher. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon today with a $475 price target.
April 16, 2015
19:37 EDTGOOGGoogle plans $1B investment in Iowa data center, Des Moines Register says
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17:55 EDTCRMCloud computing firms lower after ServiceNow reports Q1 results, guidance
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16:21 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; April 16, 2015
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15:23 EDTHONNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:37 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:23 EDTNFLXStreet Check: Citi, UBS upgraded Netflix in week before earnings rally
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11:22 EDTJNPRJuniper April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Juniper April weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, May is at 35, July is at 25, October is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 of April 23.
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTCRMSalesforce.com's chief architect Scott Hansma joins LendingClub
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08:00 EDTCTXSCitrix will use part of GoTo sales proceeds to buy back shares, says Bernstein
After CRN reported that Citrix is considering a divestiture of its Online Services businesses, Bernstein expects the company to sell its GoTo businesses for $2.1B and use a portion of the proceeds to repurchase shares, possibly shrinking its share count by 10%-20%. The firm says it would view the move positively and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:53 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $625 from $509 at JPMorgan
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07:47 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $610 from $483 at Oppenheimer
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07:46 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $600 from $565 at UBS
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07:38 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $600 from $515 at Nomura
Nomura raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $600 based on accelerating core subscriber growth.
07:37 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $650 from $535 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Netflix after the company reported higher than expected global streaming subscriber growth for Q1. The firm expects the company's subscriber momentum to continue and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
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07:13 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform with $900 target at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Netflix to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target for shares to $900 from $400. The stock in premarket trading is up $61.91 to $537.37 after the streaming service reported Q1 results last night. FBR says its survey work with ClearVoice Research revealed that domestic Netflix subscribers "love the service more than TV." The firm now believes Netflix is very likely to move towards 180M global subscribers by 2020. It sees international streaming, with a market opportunity nearly six times the U.S., as supporting its new $900 price target. Netflix price targets are being raised around the Street following the company's Q1 results. Cantor took its target up to $580, Citigroup $584 and Needham $600. FBR at $900 is an outlier.
06:52 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $580 from $500 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Netflix as the firm thinks the company reported "very strong" Q1 results. The firm notes that Netflix's subscriber results and Q2 subscriber guidance exceeded expectations. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:09 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $584 from $525 at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target for Netflix shares to $584 saying the company posted "strong" Q1 results with a "favorable" outlook. May says both the streaming service's domestic and international subscriber growth exceeded expectations. Both segments benefited from original programming content that has been well received, May states. He views the Q1 results as evidence that Netflix is disrupting video viewing habits and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of the company are up $57.81 to $533.27 in premarket trading following the last night's earnings report.
06:08 EDTGOOGMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
18:56 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:43 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO Hastings backs target of 60M-90M U.S. subscribers
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18:36 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO says company looking for FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner deal
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings reiterated that the FCC should block the Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. Comment provided during Q1 earnings interview.
16:27 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees shifting some U.S. marketing budget to international in Q2
Netflix stated in its Q1 investor letter: "In 2015, we expect to run ahead of our US contribution margin growth target of 200 bps/year on average because a greater share of global and original content costs will be absorbed by existing and new international territories as we continue to expand globally, since we allocate global content costs by geography. In addition, starting in Q2 we intend to shift some of our US marketing budget to international to take advantage of the substantial available growth opportunities. This, in the short term, drives down international contribution profits and drives up US contribution profits. We are still targeting 40% contribution margin in the US in 2020."
16:12 EDTNFLXNetflix jumps 12.5% to $534.88 after Q1 member additions top forecast
16:11 EDTNFLXNetflix sees recommending stock split to board
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q2 net additions of 2.5M members
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16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix reports adding 2.3M new members in U.S. in Q1
In the U.S., Netflix gained 2.3M new members, "well above" its expectation of 1.8M due to both acquiring and retaining more members than forecast. Internationally, it added 2.6M members versus a forecast of 2.25M due to stronger growth than expected across a number of markets. "We think strong US growth benefited from our ever-improving content, including the launch of the third season of House of Cards and new shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline," the company said.
16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix reports 4.9M members added in Q1
Netflix said it added a record 4.9M new members globally in Q1, against its forecast of 4.1M and prior year of 4.0M, bringing its total global streaming membership to 62.3M.
16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q2 EPS 26c, consensus 90c
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16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q1 EPS 38c, consensus 69c
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14:34 EDTNFLXNetflix April 475 straddle priced for 9.4% movement into Q1
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13:53 EDTNFLXNetflix April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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13:18 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
Ahead of results the stock is trading relatively close, on a percentage basis, to its 52-week high and life high at $489.28. The technical disposition of the stock has always been somewhat problematic given the large number of discontinuities, gaps, on the chart. Despite an extreme valuation, sentiment in the stock has not wavered from strongly bullish, leaving the more than 8.5% of shares short in the float vulnerable to squeezes. That in large measure has been the source of the discontinuities on the chart. In the past few months the stock has largely traded in a wide range of $400 at the low and $480 at the high. Breaks of either end of this range are likely to determine how shares trade post-earnings. On a move above $480 and the life high at $489.29 there is no resistance. If the upward trend from April 2013 until early March 2014 is projected forward in time, a price objective of $560 might be possible on very bullish news or outlook. But the move could be even stronger than that based on previous extreme reactions to earnings news. If the news disappoints with a bearish outlook relative to very high expectations in the name, the low at $400 could easily be tested. Below that support, the next downside objective could be at the $380 to $375 area. This has previously been a zone of support and resistance. A move to these levels would break the long-term uptrend which has paused for the last 13 months. A slow migration down to the $300 area might then be possible over time. That level has previously been important support for the stock. It along with the $480 level constitutes a large scale rectangle of a trading range from March 2014 onward which is best seen on a 5-year chart.
12:39 EDTNFLXEarnings Watch: Netflix shares trading up 35% since last earnings report
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12:38 EDTAMZN, GOOGAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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12:30 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
11:23 EDTCRMSalesforce.com participates in a meeting with Stephens
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10:48 EDTGOOGGoogle 'strongly' disagrees with EU Statement of Objections
In a blog post from earlier, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said, in part: "We’ve seen similar allegations of harm from competitors in other areas. And the European Commission today confirmed that it is sending Google a Statement of Objections,SO, regarding the display and ranking of shopping results...While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways -- and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark. Any economist would say that you typically do not see a ton of innovation, new entrants or investment in sectors where competition is stagnating -- or dominated by one player. Yet that is exactly what’s happening in our world. Zalando, the German shopping site, went public in 2014 in one of Europe’s biggest-ever tech IPOs. Companies like Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon have been investing in their own search services and search engines like Quixey, DuckDuckGo and Qwant have attracted new funding. We’re seeing innovation in voice search and the rise of search assistants -- with even more to come. It’s why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead." Reference Link
10:27 EDTGOOGEU unlikely to force structural changes to Google Search, says Baird
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09:39 EDTCTXSCitrix weighing sale of online services subsidiary, CRN reports
Citrix Systems (CTXS) is weighing the sale of spinoff of its online services subsidiary, CRN reported last night, citing sources familiar with the matter. The unit includes GoToMeeting Web conferencing and GoToMyPC remote access apps, the website pointed out. Shares of Citrix are up $1.58 to $65.59 in early trading. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon: Prime Instant Video to offer season one of Orphan Black for free on Fri.
Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video, the exclusive home for seasons one and two of BBC AMERICA’s Orphan Black, will offer season one of the gripping drama for free to all customers this Friday, April 17. Anyone can watch the first 10 episodes of Orphan Black at no cost using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/OrphanBlack. Season three of Orphan Black will premiere Saturday, April 18, 9:00 p.m. ET on BBC AMERICA and its sister networks AMC, IFC, Sundance TV and WE TV.
09:03 EDTNFLXNetflix collaborates with Silverback Films and WWF for 'Our Planet'
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08:36 EDTHONHoneywell April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:17 EDTSAPSAP's financial integration platform selected by Citi and Asian Paints
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07:46 EDTJNPREricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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06:41 EDTCSECB authorizes new emergency funding for Greek banks, Reuters reports
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06:35 EDTQCOMSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle's wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi,' Android Police says
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU sends statement of objections to Google on comparison shopping service
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06:23 EDTGOOGEU opens formal investigation against Google regarding Android mobile OS
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06:18 EDTGOOG, AMZNApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
20:00 EDTGOOGGoogle says EU likely to open formal investigation into Android, Re/code says
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18:27 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to allow advertisers to target pre-existing customers, WSJ says
Google is in talks with advertisers to gain access to their customer information, allowing Google to target ads to pre-existing customers of a given company, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The new ads may be launched later this year or in early 2016, said the sources. Reference Link
16:00 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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15:45 EDTGOOGEU decides to charge Google with antitrust violations, WSJ says
European antitrust head Margrethe Vestager has decided to file formal antitrust charges against Google, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the decision will be announced Wednesday and was made after consulting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Journal notes that fines may theoretically exceed $6B.Reference Link
15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
11:45 EDTAMZNAmazon fulfillment, third party strength reasons to be bullish, analysts say
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11:16 EDTGOOG, AMZNCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
10:48 EDTQCOMAnalysts differ on Qualcomm after activist JANA presses for change
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10:12 EDTHONHoneywell management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
09:11 EDTNFLXDISH says Netflix now availble to Joey clients
DISH (DISH) announced that it began making Netflix (NFLX) available on Hopper’s accompanying Joey units for second, third and fourth-room viewing. With this update, DISH becomes the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to offer its customers a whole-home Netflix experience, the company said. The Joey launch follows the launch of the Netflix app on its second-generation Hopper DVR in December, DISH noted. DISH also said it became the first pay-TV provider to offer Vevo, which gives customers access to more than 140,000 music videos from their TV. The new Vevo app begins rolling out to DISH’s second-generation Hopper today.
08:57 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $530 from $450 at Canaccord
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Netflix April call option implied volatility is at 106, May is at 51, June is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 15.
08:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm businesses worth more together than apart, says Bernstein
After activist investor JANA Partners took a stake of over $2B in Qualcomm and advocated separating the company's chipset and licensing businesses, Bernstein disagrees with JANA, saying that the two businesses are probably worth much more together than they are apart. Bernstein is cautious about the long-term outlook of Qualcomm's business and keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
07:44 EDTAMZNBaird survey suggests accelerating growth trends for Amazon.com
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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.
07:03 EDTHON Honeywell, Inmarsat and Kymeta announce collaboration for Ka-band antenna
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06:25 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Qualcomm to Buy and maintained its $80 price target citing valuation. The firm said negatives are widely known and positives include stabilizing royalty trends, potential margin improvement, and capital returns.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
06:06 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $487 from $360 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson raised his price target for Netflix shares to $487 from $360 after analyzing the company's total addressable market and potential penetration through 2020. Olson has a "relatively more positive bias" on Netflix after his analysis suggested the company's earnings growth from 2016-2020 will average around 50%. He keeps a Neutral rating on Netflix, however, encouraging investors to take advantage of entry points closer to $400. Olson slightly reduced his 2016 earnings estimates for the company to reflect its continued investments ahead of a "material" earnings growth phase. UBS yesterday upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral with a $565 price target. Shares of the streaming service closed yesterday up $20.11 to $474.68.
April 13, 2015
19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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17:17 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime membership now includes ad-free internet radio service
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16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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13:26 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
13:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm bases after falling from session highs, levels to watch
Shares gapped-up this morning but have since turned negative on the day, trading last at $68.99. At that price next support is at $67.74. Resistance is at $69.46, the descending 50-day moving average resistance line.
13:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm repeats call to buy back $10B in stock within one year
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12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
12:42 EDTCRMFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTQCOM, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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09:27 EDTAMZNAmazon says X-Ray coming to Fire TV, Fire TV Stick
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09:20 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
09:19 EDTNFLXNetflix rises following upgrade
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09:03 EDTAMZNeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware® device connectivity platform.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:40 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
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
12:59 EDTCSJulius Baer CEO says no merger talks with Credit Suisse, Reuters reports
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