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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 21, 2014
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:27 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 26, Netflix (NFLX) 38 according to iVolatility.
October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
12:01 EDTAMZN, NFLXNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 27, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTNFLXStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
12:38 EDTNFLXNetflix shares 'so far underpriced right now its amazing,' says Cuban
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12:17 EDTNFLXMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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11:38 EDTNFLXCuban say buying Netflix stock, predicts 'someone will try to buy them'
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10:58 EDTNFLXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on
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09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:24 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:22 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GT AMZN
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh now available in select areas in New York
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