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April 25, 2014
10:40 EDTAMZN, EBAY, BKSAmazon.com slides after guidance disappoints
Shares of online retailer Amazon.com (AMZN) are falling after the company’s second quarter outlook failed to impress the street. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Amazon.com reported first quarter earnings per share of 23c and revenue of $19.74B, against consensus views of 23c and $19.43B, respectively. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 operating income of ($455M)-($55M) and Q2 revenue of $18.1B-$19.8B, compared to consensus of $19.03B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly negative. Three firms -- Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank -- all lowered their respective price targets on Amazon.com. The firms cited the company's Q2 sales guidance, which came in below its expectations at the mid-point, as well as its Q2 operating income guidance, which came in below expectations, as reasons for the downgrades. Another firm, Raymond James, downgraded Amazon.com to Outperform from Strong Buy, citing mixed Q1 results, a continued significant investment cycle, and slowing unit growth and media sales. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $391 from $443. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Amazon.com is down 32.26, or about 9.6%, to $304.89 on heavy trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained over 10% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the online retail space include eBay (EBAY) and Barnes & Noble (BKS).
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August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
13:22 EDTEBAYeBay has not denied PayPal story, The Information says
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12:44 EDTEBAYeBay says stance on PayPal hasn't changed, Reuters reports
eBay says it's stance on PayPal spinoff hasn't changed, Reuters reporter Deepa Seetharaman tweeted. "The board will continue to assess all alternatives" to create long term value, Seetharaman attributed eBay as saying.
12:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hired workers for drone delivery program, TechCrunch says
Amazon has hired several technical workers for its Amazon Prime Air project, which involves attempting to set up a program to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less using drones, according to TechCrunch. Among the employees that Amazon has hired for the project are former aerospace engineers, a NASA astronaut, a number of Microsoft researchers and Bing engineers, and the co-founder of Keyhole, the original developer of Google Earth, TechCrunch stated. Reference Link
11:59 EDTEBAYeBay rises sharply, levels to watch
Shares spiked on a report that the company may consider spinning-off PayPal. At the current price of $56.26, resistance is at $57.05, the session high. Support is at $55.70.
10:34 EDTEBAYeBay jumps after report says PayPal spin-off under consideration
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay jumps 2% to $54.55 after The Information report on PayPal spin
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay saying PayPal spin-off may come next year, The Information reports
eBay has been telling PayPal CEO candidates that it is considering spinning off the payments business as soon as next year, The Information reports, citing two people briefed on the conversations. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
August 20, 2014
09:32 EDTBKSSamsung, Barnes & Noble announce new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
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06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:11 EDTEBAYeBay volatility at record low
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTEBAYOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
15:48 EDTBKSCNET to hold a live blog
CNET holds a live blog of the unveiling of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet in New York on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
13:40 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to start selling new Samsung tablet tomorrow, Digital Reader says
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13:04 EDTEBAYPayPal taking up Braintree’s Venmo Touch technology, GigaOM says
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
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