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News For AMZN;NFLX;IBM;CRM;RAX;VMW From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
16:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com ticks higher after hours following share repurchase plan
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16:07 EDTAMZNAmazon authorizes $5B stock repurchase program
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16:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com authorizes repurchase of up to $5B in stock
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 10, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 18c to 28.06. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC TWTR DIS NFLX TSLA MSFT CSCO ETE CBOE Volatility Index VIX -24c to 26.30, intra-day range 24.47 to 26.60 cboe.com/VIX
15:41 EDTIBMIBM heads lower, may test 52-week low
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13:03 EDTCRMSalesforce rally continues after second upgrade in as many days
Shares of Salesforce (CRM) are advancing again today after the cloud computing company's stock received its second analyst upgrade in as many days. SLOWING GROWTH, FAIRLY VALUED: Jefferies analyst John DiFucci upgraded Salesforce to Hold from Underperform on Tuesday while maintaining his $54 price target on the shares. The analyst revealed that his checks with contacts in the field suggest that Salesforce's enterprise business has improved over the past few quarters and was "strong" in the fourth quarter, though an artificially tough compare to last year's Q4 could generate negative optics come Salesforce's earnings report on February 24. Additionally, a Jefferies survey of Salesforce partners indicates that the company continues to see "solid" mid-market performance. DiFucci reiterated, however, that he believes Salesforce's new subscription annual contract values are slowing, with the cost of further growth becoming egregiously high, but he said the stock remains "fairly valued" nonetheless. CLSA SAYS BUY: Research firm CLSA upgraded Salesforce to Buy on Wednesday while lowering its target to $78 from $87, arguing that the recent selloff in software names represents a buying opportunity for this "premier, pure-play" name in Software-as-a-Service. Salesforce has substantial advantages in scale and innovation, and its "burgeoning" platform is poised to serve as a fundamental growth engine over the long term, the analyst contended. CEO STAKE IN FITBIT: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff disclosed early Wednesday that he has taken a 5.3% stake in Fitbit (FIT), with shares of the fitness wearables company gaining 5.4% to $15.07 after the news. PRICE ACTION: After falling more than 25% from early January through the first week of February, shares of Salesforce have risen 4.6% to $59.98 in afternoon trading, building on its 6% advance yesterday.
12:18 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have undergone another see-saw ride. The averages opened in positive territory, added to their gains in early trading, then saw much of their gains disappear, with the Dow now slipping below the flat line. Market watchers are intently listening as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks before the House Finance committee. She has maintained her mantra that the central bank will be data dependent in making its policy decisions and given little clue as to the potential pace of further rate hikes, though she did say that she does not believe the Fed will need to cut rates again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and a further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to U.S. economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and its stock was punished. The shares were down 2% near noon, after being down much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, and the company hiked its dividend 15% and approved a $5B share buyback program. Disney (DIS) last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares also fell about 5% this morning as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 20% after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. A number of analysts cut their price targets on the stock but maintained their buy or equivalent ratings, though Roth Capital analyst Philip Shen downgraded SolarCity to Neutral and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $65. SolarCity's slide weighed on its peers in the solar space as well, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 2.5% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 12.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 5% after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher were Akamai (AKAM), Panera (PNRA), and Sealed Air (SEE), which gained 21%, 5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Kapstone (KS), which fell 25% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank following its Q4 earnings report. Also lower were Assurant (AIZ) and Medidata (MDSO), which were down 15% and 13%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.17, or 0.06%, to 16,005.21, the Nasdaq was up 50.11, or 1.17%, to 4,318.87, and the S&P 500 was up 10.35, or 0.56%, to 1,862.56.
11:48 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN C
Amazon.com (AMZN) March 55 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 40, Citi (C) April 42.5 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to iVolatility.
10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests upper end of recent range
The stock had based for the last two session near the $485 area and today broke free of that base, last at $503.55. There are multiple layers of resistance overhead, with next resistance at $504.80 and then at $508.61.
10:01 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Dr. Reddy's (RDY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Zelman... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive outlook at BTIG... Goodyear Tire (GT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PROS (PRO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Press Ganey (PGND) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Salesforce (CRM) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Shire (SHPG) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... SolarCity (SCTY) upgraded to Strong Buy on valuation at Raymond James... Spark Energy (SPKE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... TransDigm (TDG) upgraded to Gradually Accumulate from Hold at Wellington Shields... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open; FB NFLX INTC DIS AAPL BAC CSCO JNJ SCTY
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon orders four 13-episode seasons of 'Thunderbirds Are Go'
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08:43 EDTCRMFitbit rises after Benioff reports 5% stake
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07:43 EDTVMWVMware board change prompts questions on possible CEO change, Re/code reports
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07:17 EDTVMWGoldman Sachs to hold a conference
Technology & Internet Conference is being held in San Francisco on February 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 10 at 11 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon expanding logistics operations in China, Reuters reports
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06:33 EDTVMWVMware names GoPro president, EMC director to board
VMware (VMW) yesterday announced that Anthony J. Bates and Donald J. Carty have been elected to the VMware board of directors. Carty joined the board in December 2015 and Bates joined on February 8, 2016. Bates currently serves as president and member of the board of directors at GoPro (GPRO). Carty has been a director of EMC (EMC) since January 2015.
06:27 EDTCRM, CRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
05:53 EDTNFLXTime Warner's HBO Now 'falling short of analyst expectations,' NY Post reports
HBO Now, Time Warner's (TWX) streaming service, is falling short of analyst expectations after getting off to a slow start, The New York Post reports. According to two pay-TV insiders, HBO Now had 800,000-1M paying subscribers at the end of 2015, below the 1M-2M subscribers Wall Street forecast. Netflix (NFLX) said last month that it had over 75M subscribers, while Sling TV, part of Dish Network (DISH), reported nearly 400,000 subscribers as of November. Reference Link
February 9, 2016
16:53 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the day sharply lower in the wake of a stock market selloff in Japan, but the domestic averages quickly gathered themselves and were in positive territory before long. From there stocks spent most of the day searching for direction but not moving far from the flat line. A late day rally made it seem like a green close was possible, but the averages could not hold and the market's losing streak continued, though the losses were modest. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale sales dipped 0.3% in December, while inventories fell 0.1%. The Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed job openings rose 261,000 in December to about 5.61M. In Asia, most major markets remain closed for Chinese New Year, but one of the exceptions, Japan, saw its main indexes plunge, as the Nikkei dropped 5.4% and the Topix fell 5.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) declined 1.85% to $24.14 after the company reported lower than expected second quarter revenue and cut its 2016 outlook, while peer Viacom (VIAB) tumbled 21.5% to $32.86 following its own revenue miss. The largest name in the space, Disney (DIS), rose fractionally ahead of its own earnings report after the bell, but its shares dipped nearly 3% in after-hours trading following the company's report... Deutsche Bank (DB) continued its recent slide, falling another 1% in New York trading despite a report of co-CEO John Cryan telling employees in a memo that the bank is "absolutely rock-solid." The stock came well off its lows in afternoon trading, however, after Financial Times said the German giant is considering buying back several billion euros of its debt... Anadarko Petroleum (APC) lost 7.5% to $37.06 after slashing its dividend to 5c from 27c per share, with Anadarko Chairman and CEO Al Walker defending the step as "the appropriate action to take in the current environment." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Boston Scientific (BSX), which advanced 5% to $16.87 after announcing that the government's Medicare and Medicaid will cover its Watchman cardiac device. Also higher was Salesforce (CRM), which gained 6.1% to $57.33 after being upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies, with the research firm arguing that Salesforce is seeing improved traction in enterprise and continued solid mid-market performance. In addition, Wyndham (WYN), Spirit Airlines (SAVE) and Masco (MAS) rose 2.6%, 5.8% and 8.2%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. Among the noteworthy losers was ITC Holdings (ITC), which fell 1.85% to $38.65 after agreeing to be acquired by Fortis in a cash-and-stock deal valued at roughly $11.3B. Also lower were Regeneron (REGN) and Wendy's (WEN), which lost 6.3% and 4.3%, respectively, after announcing their quarterly results. INDEXES: The Dow fell 12.67, or 0.08%, to 16,014.38, the Nasdaq lost 14.99, or 0.35%, to 4,268.76, and the S&P 500 declined 1.23, or 0.07%, to 1,852.21.
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