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March 31, 2014
10:08 EDTNFLX, AMZNAmazon 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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February 24, 2015
10:01 EDTNFLXNetflix teams up with Judd Apatow for 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday'
Netflix will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman. Judd Apatow and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Production is slated to begin in early 2015.
07:15 EDTNFLXNetflix may enter Russia within two years, Hollywood Reporter says
Netflix' head of communications in Europe, Joris Evers, says the company hopes to make its entrance in Russia within the next two years, The Hollywood Reporter says. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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11:35 EDTAMZNAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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10:31 EDTAMZNEPIX announces extension to Prime Instant Video agreement
EPIX announced that it has extended its agreement with Amazon to license thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs for Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and delivers new releases such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, along with classic big film franchises including James Bond, Star Trek, Rocky and more.
February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:10 EDTAMZNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon expands two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Re/code says
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon advances after Munster says margin could jump
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07:17 EDTAMZNMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
05:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $475 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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February 18, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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09:37 EDTNFLXOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series
Amazon announced it has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, which is based on the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel; an hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs; docu-series The New Yorker Presents; along with kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
08:43 EDTAMZNIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
Website holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), and e-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) are all see by analysts as potential candidates for breakups or spin-offs, according to Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
February 17, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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February 15, 2015
16:45 EDTAMZNFAA proposes new rules for commercial operation of drones in U.S
The Department of Transportationís Federal Aviation Administration proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, in todayís aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS, under 55 pounds, conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Publicly traded companies in the space include General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), AeroVironment (AVAV), SAIC (SAIC), Textron (TXT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and GoPro (GPRO). Reference Link
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