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June 11, 2014
13:55 EDTP, AMZNAmazon launching streaming music service tomorrow, NY Post says
Following prior reports that Amazon.com (AMZN) is readying a streaming music service for Amazon Prime subscribers, The New York Post, citing sources, said that the service will launch Thursday. Pandora (P), which offers its own music streaming service, has moved lower in afternoon trading following the publication of the Post's report. Reference Link
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November 14, 2014
11:05 EDTPPandora jumps following CEO share purchase
Shares of Pandora (P) are rallying after the company's CEO disclosed that he had bought 25,000 shares of the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: In a regulatory filing last night, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews disclosed that he had bought 25,000 of the company's shares on Wenesday at a price of $18.58 per share. McAndrews now owns over 475,000 shares of the stock, according to the filing. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote that McAndrews purchased the stock using his own personal funds. According to the analyst, it is quite rare for CEOs to take such an action. McAndrews' purchase of the stock was "a strong vote of confidence" in the company, Devitt contended. He kept a $29 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pandora announced that it would hold a conference call next Tuesday to discuss proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board. The board will determine the company's new royalty structure by December 2015, Devitt wrote. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Pandora climbed $2.30, or 12.5%, to $20.75.
09:38 EDTAMZN, PActive equity options trading
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08:18 EDTPPandora CEO share purchases a significant vote of confidence, says Stifel
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06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
18:47 EDTPPandora to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the current Web IV proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board will be held on November 18 at 5 pm.Webcast Link
18:40 EDTPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: TubeMogul (TUBE), up 12.4%... Weibo (WB), up 3.2%... Nordstrom (JWN), up 3.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Geron (GERN), up 30.7% after announcing a global strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech... Baker Hughes (BHI), up 16.2% following reports that the company is in talks to be acquired by Halliburton (HAL)... Halliburton is up 1.4%... Pandora (P), up 4% after announcing a conference call to discuss Web IV proceeding... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), up 1.1% after being awarded a $4.06B government contract. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Retrophin (RTRX), down 6.6%... Phoenix New Media (FENG), down 8.4%... Voxeljet AG (VJET), down 8.6%... Intrexon (XON), down 1.1%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 5.7%... Applied Materials (AMAT), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), down 6.9% following PB272 Phase II Trial results... EnLink Midstream (ENLK), down 4.8% after filing to sell 10.5M common units representing limited partners.
18:26 EDTPPandora announces conference call to discuss Web IV proceeding
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16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
07:48 EDTPWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTPRBC Capital to hold a conference
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