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November 24, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 24, 2014
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 47% in third week November, eBay up 12%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:34 EDTMSFTJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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November 21, 2014
17:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft remains a Buy, Barron's says
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
15:08 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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14:08 EDTMSFTHacker group releases login info for three gaming networks, CNet says
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13:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:38 EDTMSFTJefferies says Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Symantec facing significant problems
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10:01 EDTAMZN, MSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTAMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTJefferies says new Microsoft looks like old, starts with Underperform
Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating after the closing bell, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributes the 30% rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock. Microsoft closed the trading day up 48c to $48.70.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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15:44 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTMSFTBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
14:25 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
07:40 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
07:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft U.S. suit against Samsung over royalties can proceed, Reuters reports
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07:19 EDTMSFTServer replacement seen coming as Microsoft ends 2003 support, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:31 EDTMSFTISS recommends invsetors vote against Microsoft CEO pay package, WSJ says
Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, is recommending shareholders vote against the pay package for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a nonbinding vote at the software company’s December annual meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. ISS criticized a "mega" grant of restricted stock to Nadella, which the firm values at $65M, and said iti s "concerning" that Microsoft plans to grant Nadella additional shares annually. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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12:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid announce alliance
Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed a landmark agreement accelerating the digital transformation of the club through technology. This alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the experience enjoyed by members and supporters of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices.
12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could spin off Nokia MixRadio, TechCrunch reports
According to sources, Microsoft (MSFT) is considering spinning off Nokia MixRadio, the music streaming service it acquired as part of its takeover of Nokia's (NOK) Devices and Services unit, TechCrunch reports. Microsoft is reportedly seeking investors for Nokia MIxRadio, and the potential spin-off is said to be making "good progress." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid to announce 'significant' partnership, Re/code reports
Microsoft is expected to today announce a "significant" tie-up with Real Madrid, a Spanish soccer team, Re/code reports. The partnership is likely to be a technology and sponsorship deal. Reference Link
06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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05:49 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MSFT UNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Microsoft (MSFT) 19, United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 57 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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12:02 EDTMSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 14, 2014
09:38 EDTMSFT, AMZNActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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11:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms acquisition of security company Aorato
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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07:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Aorato for about $200M, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:20 EDTMSFT, AMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
17:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says will have sold 10M Xbox One consoles 'shortly'
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
Developer Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13 with webcasted discussions will begin on November 12 at 10 am. Reference Link
07:48 EDTMSFTWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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12:09 EDTMSFTRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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November 10, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTMSFTRBC Capital to hold a conference
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