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News For AMZN;BA;CHK;MERU;BIOC;CPNO;KMP;ISIS;MTOR;NOC;PLXT;HNT;CODE From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
14:01 EDTBABoeing technical comments ahead of results
The stock has performed in line with returns from the broader averages over the last three months. The trend has been range bound with the bulk of the range contained at $118 at the low and $128.50 at the high. These two bounds become the defining markers for post-earnings reactions. A breakout above $128.50 would see first resistance at $130.31 and then at $132.99 and $133.97. The latter is a prior pivot high. If the news disappoints, it isn't likely that shares would reach the low of the range unless the news was an extreme disappointment. First support of significance would be at $124.10 and then at $122.16 and $120.29.
13:31 EDTBABoeing invests over $1B in Everett site
Boeing announced the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Washington campus. Permitting for the new 1M-square-foot facility was completed approximately seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction. Boeing is investing more than $1B in the Everett site for construction and outfitting of the new building. Completion of the new building, which is expected in May 2016, will require approximately 3.5M hours of work. At its peak, there will be approximately 1.2K contract employees working on the project. First delivery of the 777X is targeted for 2020.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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08:06 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman by Airbus Helicopters
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07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
07:26 EDTKMPKinder Morgan pipeline faces opposition from native tribes, Reuters says
Kinder Morgan's plans for a Canadian pipeline expansion worth $4.8B is now up against lawsuits from indigenous communities who are aiming to use the courts to hinder the proposed oil pipeline, according to Reuters, citing comments from Grand Chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
14:29 EDTCODEEarnings Preview: Texas Instruments down 9% over last three months
Semiconductor maker Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Monday, October 20, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $3.46B. The consensus range is 66c-74c for EPS on revenue of $3.44B-$3.5B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, Texas Instruments guided to Q3 EPS of 66c-76c on revenue of $3.31B-$3.59B. LAST QUARTER: On July 21, Texas Instruments reported second quarter EPS of 62c, which was higher than analysts' consensus of 59c. The company's revenue of $3.29B exceeded analysts' expectation of $3.27B. Texas Instruments noted that the restructuring changes which occurred in Q2 are positioned to be nil in Q3 and noted that it anticipated utilization in Q3 to remain consistent with Q2 levels. NEWS: On September 18, Texas Instruments increased its quarterly dividend by 13% to 34c. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After the close on October 9, Microchip (MCHP), which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future." STREET RESEARCH: Analysts were fairly quiet on Texas Instruments during the quarter. The day after the company issued its Q2 earnings report, Sterne Agee believed that Texas Instruments' commentary on 4G telecom, auto and industrial strength should be positive for Spansion (CODE). RBC Capital noted on the same day that Texas Instruments had "strong" Q2 results, particularly in its execution, while its operating margin leverage was "impressive. The firm maintained a $57 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. On July 24, Tigress Financial upgraded Texas Instruments to Neutral from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Texas Instruments' shares are down about 9%. Since October 10, the day after Microchip's warning on the industry correction it believes has begun, Texas Instruments shares are down over 3%. In afternoon trading before tonight's report, Texas Instruments was up 1.7% to $44.41.
13:01 EDTBABoeing partners with Kenya Airways
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12:01 EDTAMZNNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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06:10 EDTBALufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 17, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
11:58 EDTBATextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:32 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTBAEMC volatility elevated into Q3 results and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, November is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
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