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News For AMZN;NFLX;IBM;CRM;RAX;VMW From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
14:54 EDTNFLXCiti ups Netflix target on international potential as company eyes China
Citigroup raised its price target for Netflix (NFLX) to $722 and maintained a Buy rating on the stock, citing the company's underappreciated international expansion and declining churn trends. WHAT'S NEW: In a research note, Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target on Netflix to $722 from $584, saying that despite the stock's 31% jump since reporting first quarter earnings on April 15, Netflix shares still have room to advance as the company extends its service globally. May believes the U.S. only accounts for 18% of Netflix's total addressable market based on broadband household metrics. Additionally, he thinks subscribership should trend positively as original content grows and churn declines, resulting in a potential 20% U.S. streaming revenue growth in 2016. The firm stated that Netflix's financial model should generate similar operating profits from "most" of the markets it chooses to enter, and that non-English speaking Netflix markets are being significantly undervalued when taking into account their size. Based on Citi's analysis, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have a $25 implied enterprise value per broadband household, which, at roughly 10% of the U.S. metric, implies "very conservative" assumptions. Citi highlighted that Netflix's current stock price does not account for any additional value from further international launches, which could include Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, Russia, and India. The firm also remains optimistic on subscriber numbers for coming quarters, saying both churn and content offerings are improving at the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On May 14, Bloomberg reported that Netflix has held talks with several Chinese media companies, including Wasu Media, backed by Alibaba (BABA) chairman Jack Ma. In response to the report, a Netflix spokesperson remarked that the company plans to be "nearly global" by the end of 2016. PRICE ACTION: Netflix is trading near flat on the day to $622.47.
14:06 EDTCRMSalesforce appears unlikely to sell, WSJ says
Salesforce "likely doesn't feel pressure to sell" and the chance of a deal looks "questionable," reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal believes that the firm's premium multiple and recent rumor downplaying from CEO Mark Benioff make a sale unlikely. Reference Link
13:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks above short-term bearish price channel, levels to watch
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10:12 EDTCRMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:58 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZN, CRM, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
09:15 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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09:03 EDTCRMOptions expected to be active
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09:01 EDTCRMWorkday Veeva have positive read throughs from Salesforce, says Pacific Crest
After Salesforce (CRM) reported stronger than expected Q1 results, Pacific Crest says Salesforce's strength in enterprises make it more confident in Workday (WDAY) and Veeva (VEEV). The firm says that its checks for both Workday and Veeva are positive. It notes that both companies are due to report their results next week and recommends buying theit shares.
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.
08:15 EDTCRMSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:28 EDTCRMSalesforce should be a 'structural' long, says Canaccord
Canaccord called Salesforce.com a "structural" long in that a core position should be traded around by adding when the price pulls back and selling when it moves higher. The firm noted the company's strong Q1 results and increased guidance and remains bullish on its long-term prospects. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $85 from $80 on Salesforce.com shares.
07:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $85 from $80 at UBS
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07:18 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $90-$95 from $75-$80 at Wells Fargo
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06:23 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $722 from $584 at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target for shares of Netflix to $722 with the stock up 31% since reporting earnings on April 14. After revisiting his valuation analysis, May continues to believe Netflix's international opportunity is underappreciated. The analyst also expects the streaming service's subscriber trends to continue benefiting from lower churn and better content. May maintains a Buy rating on Netflix. The stock closed yesterday up $5.05 to $621.53.
05:57 EDTCRMSalesforce Q1 contained 'big artificial boost' to billings, says Jefferies
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05:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces Prime Now service from local stores in Manhattan
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May 20, 2015
19:02 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: salesforce.com (CRM), up 6.6%... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 4%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 42% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xunlei (XNET), down 14.9%... NetApp (NTAP), down 8%... Open Text (OTEX), down 7.7%.... Rexnord (RXN), down 7.1%... Synopsys (SNPS), down 1.5%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 8.5% after filing to sell Class A common stock and warrants... OXiGENE (OXGN), down 5.1% after filing mixed securities shelf.
18:47 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO says company will serve all shareholders, sees value beyond EPS
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