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News For AMZN;NFLX;IBM;CRM;RAX;VMW From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 19, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 29.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX according to Track Data.
11:54 EDTVMWRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
10:17 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
06:48 EDTRAXRackspace coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $56.
December 18, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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15:07 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime Now points to widening fulfillment moat, says Piper Jaffray
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14:39 EDTAMZNBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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14:19 EDTAMZNMacmillan CEO says new deal struck with Amazon
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14:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Prime Now positive, says Wells Fargo
After Amazon launched its under one hour delivery service called Prime Now, Wells Fargo thinks the service will strengthen the attachment to Prime of consumers in urban markets. The firm thinks Prime Now is compelling compared with competing services. It keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon.
14:00 EDTCRMEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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11:49 EDTCRMOracle soars to 52-week high after Q2 results beat estimates
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11:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com continues downtrend, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon announces thousands of titles in Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
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06:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com named a top pick for 2015 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray calls Amazon.com a top pick for 2015, saying it expects investors will become increasingly confident that the business will scale longer term. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $400 price target.
05:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com introduces Prime Now
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December 17, 2014
16:03 EDTIBMIBM adds Cloud Centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas
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16:00 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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15:12 EDTIBMIBM, Lufthansa get approval for IT services deal from EU Commission
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of parts of Lufthansa Systems Aktiengesellschaft of Germany, a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa (DLAKY), by a subsidiary of International Business Machines (IBM). The Lufthansa business to be acquired by IBM Central Holding provides certain IT services to the Lufthansa group. The European Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the very limited overlaps between the parties' activities and the presence of several strong alternative players that would remain active after the merger.
11:14 EDTNFLXNetflix rises after MKM downplays production risks, DISH deal announced
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are climbing after research firm MKM Partners recommended that investors buy shares of the online streaming service heading into the New Year. The shares could triple or quadruple over the next four to five years, the firm predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Some believe that Netflix's stepped up content production increases its risk, MKM analyst Rob Sanderson reported. However, Netflix's movie content purchase deals carry similar risk and the company's massive content portfolio insulates it from risk, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Sanderson disagrees with initial reviews of Netflix's "Marco Polo" series. The series is no "Games of Thrones," but the season of "Marco Polo" as a whole is better than the first few episodes, Sanderson believes. Netflix should benefit more than expected from the advent of 4K resolution and the company should announce partnerships with cable companies at a faster rate next year, the analyst indicated. He continues to identify the stock as his favorite large-cap name and estimates that it could triple or quadruple over the next four or five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Satellite broadcaster DISH (DISH) earlier today announced that it had become the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix app into its set-top box. The app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, DISH added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix gained 3.4% to $327.21.
10:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers to continue strike over wages, WSJ reports
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09:53 EDTNFLXDISH integrates Netflix into set-top box
DISH (DISH) today became the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix (NFLX) app into its set-top box. Available on DISH’s second-generation Hopper, the app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, including “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” from the same platform used to access their linear television channels. The Netflix app will rollout to DISH customers throughout the day. The Netflix app is currently available on all broadband-connected second-generation Hopper set-top boxes. In the coming months, DISH expects the app to rollout to Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Additionally, in the future, titles available on Netflix could be integrated into the search functionality across live, recorded and Video On Demand programs for both the Hopper as well as DISH’s forthcoming OTT service.
09:41 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading
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09:00 EDTAMZNEU expanding 'sweetheart' tax probe, WSJ reports
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08:40 EDTNFLXNetflix shares should be bought into New Year, says MKM Partners
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08:19 EDTCRMSalesforce.com announces launch of Salesforce Files Connect
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December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
13:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated as shares trade below $300
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13:19 EDTCRM, VMW, AMZNResearch firm sees Amazon spinning off AWS in 2015, CNBC reports
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13:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks $300 level, moderates
The stock is hugging the line at $300 after falling to an intraday low of $297.52 earlier in the session. That level remains support for the day. Resistance is at the session high at $304.49.
11:31 EDTRAX, IBMRackspace looks to reduce reliance on Intel chips, Bloomberg says
Rackspace Hosting (RAX), which has been testing server computers based on IBM (IBM) Power chip designs, is looking to reduce its reliance on Intel (INTC) chips as it shifting to some server computers based on modified International Business Machine processors, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
10:35 EDTAMZNOffice Depot rises after BB&T upgrades shares citing merger potential
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09:36 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN C TSLA PBR TWTR NFLX JPM CLF ABX
09:17 EDTNFLX, AMZNInternet sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Americas Internet sector to Attractive to Neutral based on more reasonable valuations, reduced expectations, and strong sector growth. As part of the sector change, the firm upgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Buy from Neutral, downgraded Shutterfly (SFLY) to Neutral from Buy, and lowered Priceline (PCLN) to Buy from Conviction Buy.
09:03 EDTIBMBernstein U.S. IT hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
U.S. IT Hardware Analyst Sacconaghi discusses the key drivers of IBM's financial model and provides an analyst's perspective on the stock on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 19 at 11 am.
06:36 EDTAMZNAmazon says HBO GO now available on Fire TV
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06:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com extends free shipping order cutoff to Dec. 19
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December 15, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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15:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Seattle HQ partially evacuated due to threat, GeekWire reports
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15:05 EDTAMZNGoogle to step up challenge to Amazon with new shopping features, WSJ says
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11:16 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN BABA
RT Options Scanner shows Amazon.com (AMZN) January 350 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 38, Alibaba (BABA) January 117 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39 according to IVolatility.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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07:33 EDTCRMSusquehanna to hold a tour
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers begin fresh three-day strike, Independent.ie reports
Workers at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in Germany have started a fresh-three day strike to press the retailer for better pay and working conditions, The Independent.ie reports. Reference Link
05:55 EDTIBMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM XOM
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December 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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12:26 EDTVMWPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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12:22 EDTNFLXNetflix introduces Atlas telemetry platform
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10:01 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
09:08 EDTIBMHatch to look to push tech worker bill, Reuters reports
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08:10 EDTRAXRackspace downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson
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07:30 EDTAMZNAmazon forced to remove app from Google Play store, TechCrunch reports
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06:36 EDTCRMSalesforce.com resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Price target lowered to $64 from $74.
06:34 EDTVMWVMware resumed with an Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:33 EDTNFLXNetflix responds to FCC Commissioner's fast lanes allegations, TechCrunch says
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06:16 EDTAMZNGlobal demand for e-paper on the decline, DigiTimes reports
Global demand for e-paper from e-book vendors is decreasing due to competition from tablets, reports DigiTimes, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain. Due to the decline, Toshiba (TOSBF), Sony (SNE), and Panasonic (PCRFY) have withdrawn from the e-book reader market. According to the sources, Amazon is still look at growth in the China market, but the e-book reader market is not showing any signs of a rebound. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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14:55 EDTRAXRackspace management to meet with William Blair
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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07:58 EDTVMWVMware pullback creates attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
After meeting with VMware's management, RBC Capital continues to believe that the company has significant cross selling opportunities and can benefit from a $60B data center total available market. The firm believes that several of the company's markets could reach a positive turning point in 2015. RBC keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:34 EDTRAXBarclays to hold a bus tour
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December 10, 2014
13:10 EDTCRMSalesforce.com management to meet with FBR Capital
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10:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com calls active on activist investor speculation
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10:05 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce.com moves up on activist investor speculation
08:36 EDTIBMApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
08:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expected to outperform this holiday season, says Nomura
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08:16 EDTIBMBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
06:34 EDTAMZNAmazon's publishing boss to leave company, Seattle Times reports
The boss of Amazon's publishing division is leaving after a little more than a year in the job, The Seattle Times reports, citing a confirmed statement from an Amazon spokeswoman. Daphne Durham was at the company for over 15 years. Mikyla Bruder will assume most of Durham’s responsibilities. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch to acquire GoodGame agency, terms not disclosed
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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11:48 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX TSLA
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11:29 EDTNFLXDiscovery CEO says international market 'steady, good' for company
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10:32 EDTNFLXNetflix hits a fresh 6-month low, levels to watch
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07:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com continuing to gain share, says Pacific Crest
After conducting a consumer technology survey, Pacific Crest reports that 81% of respondents plan to shop at Amazon this holiday, while 31% plan to do most or nearly all of their online holiday shopping on the website. The firm thinks the company is continuing to gain share and it recommends buying the stock.
06:48 EDTNFLXNetflix wants to be 'completely global' within five years, GigaOM reports
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that the company wants to be "completely global" and available everywhere in the world before 2020, GigaOM reports. CEO Reed Hastings has previously said that the company could eventually generate up to 80% of its revenue outside the U.S. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon warns of moving more drone research abroad, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazon’s traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customer’s offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
06:00 EDTCRMSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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05:34 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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11:29 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2% to $342.44. At that price next support is at $340.05. Resistance is at $345.45.
10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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07:28 EDTCRMFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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