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August 10, 2014
15:21 EDTDIS, AMZNAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
Amid a separate contract disagreement with publisher Hachette, Amazon (AMZN) has stopped preorders for some DVDs and Blu-ray discs from Walt Disney (DIS), in an apparent contract dispute, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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July 22, 2015
06:08 EDTAMZNSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:27 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA AMZN
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July 21, 2015
12:43 EDTDISEarnings Watch: Analysts expect GoPro to beat expectations in Q2
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07:45 EDTAMZNSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
05:34 EDTAMZNPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
17:20 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $5B investment in India ahead of Prime launch, ET says
Amazon is preparing a total investment of $5B in India and plans to launch Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the country later this year, the Economic Times reported earlier, citing two people directly familiar with the matter. Reference Link
13:46 EDTAMZNAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
July 19, 2015
15:43 EDTDISDisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $58M
For the weekend of July 19, Disney's (DIS) "Ant-Man" topped domestic box office charts at $58M. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Minions" landed in second place with $50.2M, while Universal's "Trainwreck" came in third with $30.2M. Disney's "Inside Out" and Universal's "Jurassic World" took fourth and fifth place at $11.7M and $11.4M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTAMZNStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:41 EDTAMZNMiramax talks to banks as it explores sale, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:46 EDTAMZNBest Buy sinks after analyst says sell to avoid comp sales risk
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10:13 EDTAMZNAmbarella to get boost from drone demand, analyst says
Ambarella (AMBA) should benefit from stronger than expected demand for drones, which are "literally flying off the shelves" at Best Buy (BBY), research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. Ambarella develops processors used in high definition cameras, such as those often utilized by drones. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson wrote that sales of drones have been stronger than expected. Ambarella should benefit from that trend, as well as from the fact that demand for GoPro (GPRO) cameras, which utilize Ambarella's chips, has been steady, Erickson stated. Although initial demand for GoPro's new Session camera "appears lukewarm," its newer cameras should drive a significant increase in sales volume starting in GoPro's October quarter, according to Erickson, who said the popularity of GoPro's cameras should enable Ambarella's results to beat Street expectations. The analyst continues to recommend buying Ambarella's stock and kept a $123 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy wrote that GoPro's risk/reward ratio was favorable heading into the company's Q2 results. According to Murphy, the stock fell recently because money rotated out of the shares following the initial public offering of Fitbit (FIT) and Goldman Sachs' initiation of coverage of the stock with a Neutral rating. However, Amazon (AMZN) data shows that GoPro's cameras are selling well and Ambarella's Q2 results beat expectations, Murphy noted. As a result, she expects GoPro's Q2 results to exceed expectations when they are reported next week. Murphy reiterated a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Ambarella rose 1.3% to $109.59, while GoPro added 0.5% to $55.53.
07:18 EDTAMZNApigee won;t be hurt by AWS API Gateway, says Pacific Crest
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06:39 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh close to launching in London, London Times reports
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06:13 EDTAMZN, DISHulu considering ad-free option, WSJ reports
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