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News For AMZN;EBAY From The Last 14 Days
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October 16, 2014
12:11 EDTEBAY, AMZNeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
10:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks below $300, levels to watch
Shares have broken psychologically important support at $300, last at $299.59. At that price, next support is at $296.76. Resistance is at $305.01.
10:06 EDTEBAYThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to hold a conference
7th Annual Federal Trade Commision Microeconomics Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on October 16-17.
10:01 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:23 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTEBAY, EBAYeBay downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform to reflect ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages, and potential M& barriers. Price target lowered to $52 from $66.
08:06 EDTAMZNAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:50 EDTEBAYeBay shares approaching compelling levels, says Stifel
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07:06 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay price target lowered to $60 from $63 at Cantor
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05:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to add 80,000 seasonal jobs
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October 15, 2014
18:26 EDTAMZN, EBAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY14 EPS at low end of $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.97
Lowers FY14 revenue view to $17.85B-$17.95B from prior view $18B-$18.3B, consensus $18.15B.
17:38 EDTEBAYeBay sees PayPal separation complete in 2H15
17:16 EDTEBAYeBay says biggest driver to increased operating expenses was sales/marketing
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17:12 EDTEBAYeBay cites slower Marketplace growth, FX headwinds for reduced guidance
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17:09 EDTEBAYeBay says PayPal on pace to process 1B mobile transaction this year
Comment from company Q3 earnings call.
16:30 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY14 EPS at low end of $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.97
16:28 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY14 EPS at the lower end of guidance
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16:19 EDTEBAYeBay lower by almost 5% to $48 after reporting Q3 results and guidance
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