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March 27, 2015
12:33 EDTAMZNLegg Mason's Miller says Intrexon, Amazon two of largest positions
10:15 EDTAMZNAmira Nature Foods says products to be available on Amazon.com
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTAMZNAmazon could buy Net-A-Porter, price likely to be lower than $2.19B, Forbes says
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06:43 EDTAMZNJon McCormack returns to Amazon two months after leaving for Yahoo, BI says
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $430 from $405 at Citigroup
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN AMD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Amazon.com (AMZN) 39, AMD (AMD) 62 according to iVolatility.
05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; GLW WMT
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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10:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility flat into U.S. strategic update
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09:39 EDTAMZNAmazon Cloud Drive launches unlimited cloud storage
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09:02 EDTTGT, AMZN, BBY, WMTSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
08:59 EDTAMZNAmazon to relaunch 'Home Services' marketplace, TechCrunch says
Amazon has rebranded "Amazon Local Services" as "Amazon Home Services" before a larger launch Monday, reports TechCrunch, citing sources familiar with the company's plans and a leaked internet link. The updated service will cover most major U.S. cities and will offer bookings for home improvement, lawn and garden, automotive, and computer servicing. Reference Link
08:08 EDTWMTStratasys' MakerBot expands 3D printer sales to Sam's Club locations
MakerBot (SSYS) says it recently started selling the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer at more than 300 Sam’s Club (WMT) retail locations across the United States.
07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions to buy Net-a-Porter, WWD reports
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06:39 EDTAMZNEU to open antitrust investigation of e-commerce companies, WSJ says
The European Union is opening an antitrust investigation into whether e-commerce companies, like Amazon, are restricting cross-border trade, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing EU’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. Reference Link
06:05 EDTEBAYPayPal agrees to $7.7M settlement over sanction violations, AP says
eBay's PayPal has agreed to a $7.7M settlement with U.S. regulators who alleged the company allowed violations of sanctions against Iran, Cuba, and Sudan, reports the Associated Press, citing statements by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. The agency claimed PayPal failed to properly screen certain payments that occurred from October 2009 to April 2013. Reference Link
06:01 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
06:00 EDTAMZNAmazon.com launches Prime Now one-hour delivery to Dallas
05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN BBRY
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March 25, 2015
15:24 EDTEBAYU.S. Treasury says PayPal to pay $7.7M on sanctions violations, Dow Jones says
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10:51 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:36 EDTAMZNNielsen to measure Netflix & Amazon viewing by middle of 2015, Bloomberg reports
Nielsen (NLSN) CEO Mitch Barns said the company will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) Prime subscribers starting mid-year, reports Bloomberg. Although Netflix and Amazon have been unwilling to share what their subscribers watch, Nielsen has been testing technology that measures audiences by listening to shows and sharing the results with select clients. Reference Link
06:05 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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06:02 EDTAMZNYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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March 24, 2015
14:04 EDTAMZNAmazon says permission for drone testing given to outdated aircraft, WSJ says
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10:40 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:32 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:14 EDTAMZNSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon announces new Fire TV features, announces launch in U.K. and Germany
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07:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com outlook still positive, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTBBYTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
06:00 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch notes 'unauthorized access' to some user account information
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05:51 EDTAMZNAmazon same-hour delivery expansion encouraging, says Piper Jaffray
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05:46 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN MNKD
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon adds Pandora-like stations to Prime Music app, The Verge reports
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09:16 EDTEBAYeBay says making 'solid' progress on separation of PayPal
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09:16 EDTEBAYeBay adds two independent directors in preparation for PayPal separation
eBay (EBAY) announced the appointment of two new independent directors in anticipation of completing its previously announced separation of eBay and PayPal. Tony Bates, President of GoPro (GPRO), and Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, have been appointed to eBay Inc.’s board of directors. eBay also announced that current directors William C. Ford and Richard T. Schlosberg, who have served for 10 years and 11 years, respectively, have advised the company that they do not plan to stand for re-election to the board at the 2015 Annual Meeting. With the appointment of Bates and McGovern, eBay's board currently is comprised of 17 directors, 15 of whom are independent. Following the company’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 1, eBay’s board will be comprised of 15 directors, 13 of whom will be independent. Additionally, eBay announced that Jonathan Christodoro has been elected to its board as part of the previously announced standstill agreement with Carl Icahn, the company’s largest active shareholder.
09:11 EDTAMZNAmazon 'Unlocked' to give away paid apps, TechCrunch says
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08:53 EDTAMZNAmazon VP and General Manager of Payments departs, TechCrunch says
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08:13 EDTAMZNPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
06:57 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Trinity church courtcase scheduled for April 8, WSJ says
A U.S. appeals court on April 8 will decide whether Wal-Mart shareholder Trinity church can force the company to hold a shareholder vote on gun sales, reports the Wall Street Journal. Wal-Mart maintains that what it chooses to sell in its stores is a matter of "regular business" and is not subject to shareholder review. Cornell law professor Lynn Stout and three dozen of her peers have submitted friend of the court briefs to support Trinity, which won an initial case against Wal-Mart in November. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN CELG
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March 22, 2015
18:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart shareholders allowed to vote for independent chairman, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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March 19, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZNAmazon Logistics UAS gets experimental airworthiness certificate
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11:18 EDTEBAYeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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10:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:17 EDTTGTStephens to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTTGTTarget settles class action lawsuit over data breach, Reuters reports
Target agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, according to Reuters. Under the settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge, the retailer also agreed to implement data security measures, including hiring a chief information security officer, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walmex unit to expand more slowly this year, Reuters reports
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05:53 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to shut down Shopify rival Amazon Webstore, Re/code reports
Amazon is planning to shut down Amazon Webstore, its competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce, Re/code reports, citing sources. The company will allow its Webstore customers over a year to find a new vendor before the service is fully shut down, the sources say. Reference Link
05:42 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
17:42 EDTTGTTarget to increase minimum wage paid to $9 per hour in April, WSJ says
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15:56 EDTTGTTarget to increase minimum wage paid to $9 per hour in April, Dow Jones says
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12:26 EDTTGTTarget unveils extended one-year return policy
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11:24 EDTEBAYeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTAMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTAMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:59 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on activist investor speculation
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10:54 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on activist investor speculation
Shares of Best Buy are moving higher amid speculation Carl Icahn may have acquired a stake in the company.
09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTTGT, BBY, AMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:45 EDTEBAYeBay marketplaces GMV to accelerate in 2H15, says Bernstein
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay launches Sotheby's live auctions experience
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06:42 EDTEBAYeBay to start selling Sotheby items today, NY Times says
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell Tide rival Persil in stores, WSJ reports
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March 13, 2015
17:11 EDTAMZNSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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11:37 EDTTGTTarget to close first Canadian stores next week, Globe and Mail reports
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10:34 EDTAMZNApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:50 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:15 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:03 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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