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April 25, 2014
10:40 EDTEBAY, AMZN, 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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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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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
11:24 EDTEBAYeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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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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09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAMZNMicrosoft 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.
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