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News For AMZN;EBAY From The Last 14 Days
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May 29, 2015
09:58 EDTAMZNAmazon.com trades higher, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $515 from $488 at Janney Capital
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05:55 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility movement; MDLZ EBAY
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05:52 EDTAMZNIDC: PC shipments to decline for fourth straight year in 2015, DigiTimes says
The IDC said PC shipments will decline by 6.2% in 2015 and will be the fourth consecutive year of falling volume, reports DigiTimes. The market almost saw stable shipments in mid-2014 as the end of support for Windows XP boosted demand, but that cycle passed and was replaced by a reduction in inventory on the supply side as the market awaits the arrival of Windows 10. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAMZNIDC: Worldwide tablet growth to decline 3.8% in 2015, DigiTimes says
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May 28, 2015
18:17 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to offer its own brand of grocery items, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) plans to expand its private-label Element brand to include grocery items such as cereal, baby food, and milk, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that earlier this month, the company applied for trademarks for over 24 categories under the Elements brand, including water, pasta, coffee, and soup. Sources said Amazon has approached certain private-label food makers -- including TreeHouse Foods (THS) -- regarding partnerships. Reference Link
16:03 EDTEBAYOptions Update; May 28, 2015
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10:02 EDTAMZNSandvine: Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak Internet traffic, Variety reports
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07:58 EDTEBAYeBay says platform is good for Europe's businesses, WSJ reports
eBay released a study this week that said European businesses who joined the company since 2011 have sold $20.22B in goods via its platform in the past four years, reports the Wall Street Journal. eBay added that business using the service are far more likely to survive and export within Europe than other small businesses as a whole. Reference Link
06:15 EDTAMZNAmazon moves to make speedier delivery free, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAMZNTarget CEO says would be open to Uber partnership, Re/code reports
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May 27, 2015
10:01 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abbott (ABT) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Aldeyra (ALDX) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Black Stone Minerals (BSM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Cidara Therapeutics (CDTX) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Coach (COH) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... EPIRUS (EPRS) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Enviva (EVA) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... General Finance Corp (GFN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Jarden (JAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Kate Spade (KATE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Medtronic (MDT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... MoneyGram (MGI) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Opexa Therapeutics (OPXA) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Paratek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Progenics (PGNX) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Rite Aid (RAD) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... St. Jude Medical (STJ) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Talen Energy (TLN) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Virtu Financial (VIRT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... eBay (EBAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka.
06:35 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Buy at Topeka
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06:26 EDTAMZNEU says Amazon tax inquiry to move forward, FT reports
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06:13 EDTEBAYTech companies look for ways to fend off activist investors, WSJ reports
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May 26, 2015
16:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com is hiring over six thousand full-time jobs
Amazon announced it is hiring for more than 6,000 full-time jobs across its U.S. fulfillment network to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders. Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
13:03 EDTEBAYeBay confirms launch of promoted listings service
eBay confirmed via a blog post earlier that it is "launching a new service that challenges standard advertising models, and applies new levels of ROI rigor to guarantee the effectiveness of our advertising for our customers." It stated, "The new service, which we call promoted listings, will help sellers with an eBay Stores subscription increase their visibility and sales – and sellers will only pay when an item is purchased after a click on their promoted listing ad. This new model – cost-per-sale – purposefully diverges from the more traditional cost-per-click ad model, and is one of the first examples of how eBay is developing new advertising models and products that allow our sellers – and us – to win in the commerce space."
10:14 EDTEBAYeBay to test Promoted Listings ad service, internetRetailer reports
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09:58 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: L Brands (LB) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... The Fresh Market (TFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Health Care REIT (HCN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... InterXion (INXN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:47 EDTAMZNActives on open:
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08:18 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy at Axiom ahead of PayPal spin-off
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07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon German unit paid $16M in taxes on $11.9B in sales, Reuters says
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07:06 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom
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May 25, 2015
18:35 EDTAMZNAmazon changes tax policy for European sales, WSJ says
Amazon has begun registering its European sales in individual countries rather than reporting all sales in Luxembourg, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing a company spokesperson and a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the policy was enacted May 1, and has been implemented in the U.K., Spain, Germany, and Italy thus far. The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of Amazon's European tax practices, and the Journal notes that it could raise the company's tax bill. Reference Link
May 22, 2015
18:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com targets Etsy with artisan goods marketplace, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) is preparing a marketplace for artisan goods to compete with Etsy (ETSY) and has named it Handmade, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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05:50 EDTEBAYPayPal's Dan Schulman expects new services for mobile world, AP reports
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May 21, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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13:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks above short-term bearish price channel, levels to watch
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12:52 EDTEBAYESPN and StubHub agree to content distribution deal, Variety reports
Disney's (DIS) ESPN has agreed to a content distribution deal with eBay's (EBAY) StubHub, reports Variet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN plans to feed scores, team stats and articles to StubHub's app, a feature that will be available in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $520 on bullish trends at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Amazon.com's price target to $520 from $450 on bullish trends and multiple sources of potential upside. The firm's analyst believes the 2016 consensus gross profit view is 5% too low and implies a deceleration to 0% in 2016, which has never happened. Morgan Stanley said fulfillment costs per unit are falling for the first time since 2010 and will continue in 2015, but expects a return to investment in 2016. The firm also said international retail losses aren't as bad as perceived and believes they will moderate in 2016, given recent incremental discipline. Morgan believes Street estimates for AWS are too conservative, given its easy comps and the Q1 margin upside. As a result, Morgan Stanley raised its gross profit estimates for Amazon by 1% for 2015 and by 2% for 2016 and keeps its Overweight rating on the shares.
05:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces Prime Now service from local stores in Manhattan
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May 20, 2015
18:44 EDTAMZN, EBAYeBay tests Amazon.com Prime-type program in Germany, WSJ reports
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17:36 EDTEBAYTwitter announces full launch of objective-based ad service
In a company blog post, Twitter (TWTR) stated, "Last year, we launched a... way for advertisers to create and optimize their ad campaigns, and only pay for the actions that are aligned with their marketing objectives. After seeing strong results in beta, we’re excited to offer objective-based campaigns, reports and pricing to all advertisers globally, starting today." Based on the beta test of the service, Twitter claims that eBay (EBAY) was able to drive a 59% quarter-over-quarter decrease in average paid cost per link click, while Tableau (DATA) reduced its cost per link click by over 40% quarter-over-quarter. Twitter went on to say, "When creating a new campaign, you can select from one of six objectives -- and our customized workflow will help you choose the best ad format. For example, if you want to drive traffic to your brand’s website, you can select a website clicks or conversions campaign... You’ll only be charged when a user clicks on a link to your website -- all other engagements, like a favorite or a retweet, are free. You’ll never pay for actions that aren’t relevant to your goal." Reference Link
13:37 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts concerned with competition hurting NetApp results
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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May 19, 2015
12:29 EDTEBAYPayPal to pay $25M to settle CFPB charges of deceptive advertising
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced earlier that it is filing a complaint and a proposed consent order against PayPal (PYPL) for illegally signing up and billing tens of thousands of consumers for its online credit product, PayPal Credit. The Bureau alleges that PayPal, which is scheduled to be separated from eBay (EBAY), lured in consumers to this product with deceptive advertising, signed up people without them knowing it, and then mishandled billing disputes when they arose. Under the CFPB's proposed order, PayPal would return the $15M that it illegally took from consumers and it would pay a $10M penalty for its wrongful actions.
11:52 EDTAMZNDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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07:32 EDTEBAYPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
May 18, 2015
14:04 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTEBAYSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:13 EDTEBAYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
11:08 EDTEBAYOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:55 EDTEBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:13 EDTEBAYISS, Glass Lewis advise Intel investors to vote 'no' on eBay CEO, WSJ reports
ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co, two influential proxy advisory firms, are recommended Intel (INTC) investors vote against the reelection of eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe to the company's board, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing what it characterized as a poor attendance record, Glass Lewis commented "We view this as a failure by this director to fulfill a fundamental responsibility to represent shareholders at such meetings," while ISS said Donahoe "lacked a valid excuse" for attending less than 75% of the meetings held by the Intel board and committees he serves on in 2014. Intel's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for May 21. Reference Link
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