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April 10, 2012
15:44 EDTCBS, NWSA, AMZN, PSOSeveral publishers refusing to sign new contracts with Amazon, paidContent says
At least two of the "Big Six" publishers refused to sign new annual contracts with Amazon.com (AMZN), sources confirmed to paidContent, leading the internet retailer to change the way it promotes big-six housesí books on the site and in marketing materials. An earlier report from Salon said all of the Big Six would not sign Amazonís latest annual contract because of steep increases in promotional fees. Reference Link
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August 24, 2015
06:08 EDTAMZNAmazon keeps pushing back Prime Fresh trial end date, Re/code reports
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August 23, 2015
18:44 EDTAMZNACLU offers legal representation to Amazon employees
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15:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. eyeing advertising technology start-up, Telegraph says
Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks has returned to News Corp. and is working on a deal to acquire a U.K.-based advertising technology start-up, reports the Telegraph, citing finance sources. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTAMZNMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:50 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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11:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com heads back toward session lows
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11:13 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TWTR
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11:12 EDTAMZNQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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08:53 EDTCBSAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
August 20, 2015
18:59 EDTAMZNGoogle, Amazon, private equity compete for Indian data center unit, ET says
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18:20 EDTAMZNAuthors Group urges DOJ probe of Amazon.com, WSJ reports
Authors United group is urging the DOJ to launch an investigation into Amazon.com, claiming the company has "unprecedented power" over the book publishing market, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to open fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos
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13:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
The shares are down 2.8% at time of writing to $517.99. The last established support level before the large bullish gap from last earnings is at $513.06. If that level is taken out on the downside, a gam fill will begin. And the chart will be left with a blow-off top formation. Resistance is at $522.62.
12:56 EDTAMZNSmall drones bringing air traffic problems in U.S., Washington Post reports
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09:17 EDTCBSDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTCBSBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
06:05 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to open data support center in London, Financial Times says
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05:56 EDTAMZNGoogle Express to shut down two California delivery hubs, Re/code says
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August 19, 2015
07:42 EDTAMZNPhoenix Amazon warehouse evacuated due to chemical leak, ABC15 says
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