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March 31, 2014
10:08 EDTAMZN, NFLXAmazon advances after analyst sees most Prime users keeping service
Shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) are outperforming the market after research firm Piper Jaffray predicted that the company would retain most of its Prime subscribers following the recent price increase for the service. WHAT'S NEW: After Amazon.com raised the annual price of its Prime service to $99 from $79, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted that 85% of the service's current subscribers would retain their memberships. After analyzing mentions of Prime on Twitter following the announcement of the price increase, Munster reports that 80% of the mentions were positive. Meanwhile, the number of Google searches for the words "cancel Amazon Prime" spiked 193% immediately following the announcement of the price increase, but that jump was much lower than the increase for the search term "cancel Netflix" following that company's price hike in 2011, added the analyst. Amazon's price increase could raise its operating income by $150M over the next year, added Munster. The analyst kept a $420 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: UBS analyst Eric Sheridan has been less upbeat about Amazon's price hike. In a note to investors on February 2, Sheridan argued that the company would have to provide Prime users with additional services in order to justify the price increase. Additionally, Amazon may have to spend more money on marketing Prime in the wake of the price increase, Sheridan believes. The analyst had a $375 price target and Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon climbed $6.01, or 1.78%, to $344.31.
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October 14, 2014
09:37 EDTNFLX, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:35 EDTAMZNAmazon set to open first retail store in San Francisco, GeekWire reports
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07:11 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated at 97 into Q3 and outlook
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.in, Future Group enter into a strategic partnership
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06:19 EDTAMZNGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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05:45 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG
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October 13, 2014
16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTAMZNGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
11:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to create 1,000 new permanent jobs at UK fulfillment centers
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09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime members to get early access to select Lightning Deals
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon, Future Group in online sales pact, Economic Times reports
India's largest listed retailer, Future Group, has signed a deal to jointly sell items over the Internet with Amazon, reported Economic Times, which noted that Future will begin by selling apparel and then expand to in-house brands in the home, electronics and food categories. Reference Link
07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTAMZNGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:02 EDTNFLXActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix spends $150M annually on content recommendations, Gigaom reports
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions for Jabong acquisition, Economic Times says
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