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June 11, 2014
09:09 EDTBIOF, OREX, HRB, SYNA, NWBO, MU, ANGI, HLT, RCPT, RMBS, ULTA, AMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Amazon.com (AMZN), up 1% after Goldman Sachs upgraded shares to Conviction Buy... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 12% after reporting better than expected Q1 results, giving Q2 guidance, and reaffirming FY14 guidance... Synaptics (SYNA), up 19% after acquiring Renesas SP Drivers for $475M, and raising its Q4 revenue guidance to reflect the acquisition... H&R Block (HRB), up 4.3% after reporting better than expected Q4 ongoing EPS, revenue... Biofuel Energy (BIOF), up 21% after to acquire JBGL from Greenlight Capital for $275M... Rambus (RMBS), up 8% after signing license agreement with Qualcomm (QCOM), raising its Q2 revenue view... Angie's List (ANGI), up 4.4% after upgraded at Wunderlich... Micron (MU), up 4% after upgraded at BofA/Merrill... LOWER: Orexigen (OREX), down 15% after receiving three month extension of FDA NB32 review... Receptos (RCPT), down 3.4% after filing to sell $150M in common stock... Exelon (EXC), down 2.9% after filing to sell 50M shares, 20M equity units... Hilton (HLT) down 2% after filing to sell 90M in common stock for holders.
News For AMZN;HLT;SYNA;ULTA;ANGI;HRB;RMBS;MU;OREX;RCPT;NWBO;BIOF From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2016
13:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com may help Covenant Transportation rise 50%, Barron's says
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13:43 EDTAMZNAmazon filing another clue on future Transportation & Logistics plan, says Baird
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who has forecast for some time that Amazon will eventually offer Transportation & Logistics services to third parties, noted that Amazon called itself a "transportation service provider" for the first time in a regulatory filing this morning and added this expense to its cost of sales. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating and $710 price target on Amazon shares.
11:17 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAL
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10:37 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN down 26% to 37.33
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10:32 EDTAMZNAnalysts remain upbeat on Amazon in face of post-earnings selloff
The shares of Amazon (AMZN) are falling after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. However, many analysts defended the stock, saying that the miss was caused by higher than expected shipping costs, while the company's outlook for operating margin expansion remains intact. RESULTS: Amazon last night reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.00, versus the consensus outlook of $1.56. The company's revenue came in slightly below expectations. The e-commerce giant said the number of consumers subscribing to its Prime service jumped 51% in 2015 versus the year earlier. ANALYST REACTION: Amazon's profit margin came in slightly below expectations because of the large jump in Prime adoption and higher than expected order rates, Piper Jaffray tech analyst Gene Munster wrote. Additionally, a higher than expected percentage of orders on Amazon were lodged with third party retailers, raising the company's fulfillment costs beyond the Street's outlook, Munster stated. However, Amazon said it continues to focus on productivity, and in the past this has been the company's way of saying that its margins are rising, the analyst wrote. As a result, he expects Amazon's margins to beat expectations this year. Munster kept an $800 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. According to Citi analyst Mark May, the decline in the stock in after-hours trading yesterday was overdone. The company's margins, excluding certain items, rose in Q4 versus the same period a year earlier, and the revenues generated by its cloud business jumped 69% year-over-year, May estimated. He continues to expect Amazon's EPS, excluding certain items, to increase to about $20 per share in 2020. May trimmed his price target on the shares to $780 from $785 but reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Also upbeat on Amazon was Pacific crest analyst Edward Yruma. High fulfillment costs weighed on Amazon's profits, but its results indicate that the company is gaining share in both retail and the cloud, the analyst stated. Moreover, the weakness in the stock creates a good entry point for long-term investors, according to Yruma, who kept an $800 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Also defending Amazon today were analysts at JPMorgan and RBC Capital. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 9% to $578 per share.
10:10 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTSYNAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Chuy's (CHUY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... First Financial (FFIN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Mitsubishi UFJ... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gabelli... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com trades off session lows
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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09:21 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weakness creates good entry point, says Pacific Crest
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08:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
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08:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:36 EDTSYNASynaptics downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham
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07:35 EDTAMZNJPMorgan ups Amazon target, says buy on the weakness
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth admits that after four quarters of "big beats and clean results," Amazon.com's Q4 results last night were more mixed. The analyst, however, believes Amazon's "strong topline growth trajectory" in unchanged. He expects the company's margin expansion to continue. Anmuth raised his price target for the shares to $825 from $800 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name. He recommends buying Amazon on today's selloff. The stock is down $62.35 to $573.00 in pre-market trading.
07:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com outlook remains positive, says Oppenheimer
After Amazon.com reported lower than expected North American margins and the stock fell in after-hours trading, Oppenheimer blames the miss on seasonal Q4 factors. Consequentially, the firm does not expect a repeat performance this quarter. It says that pricing remains strong at AWS, and it remains upbeat on the company's outlook. Oppenheimer cut its price target on the name to $700 from $745 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:50 EDTAMZNDeutsche says buy Amazon 'once the dust settles'
Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler says the post-earnings pullback in shares of Amazon.com shares should create a "nice buying opportunity once the dust settles." He calls around $530 per share a "decent entry point" and notes the Q4 results did not change his long-term bullish thesis. Ross keeps a Buy rating on Amazon with an $800 price target.
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com results better than selloff suggested, says Citi
Citi analyst Mark May says Amazon.com's Q4 results are better than the after-hours stock selloff suggested. May continues to see the business trending toward $20 per share in adjusted earnings per share in 2018. He lowered his price target for the stock to $780 from $785 and reiterates a Buy rating on Amazon.
06:29 EDTAMZNOptions expected to be active: AMZN EA MSFT EWJ FLEX SWKS GOOG GOOGL FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com selloff a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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