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April 25, 2013
15:34 EDTAMZN, BMRN, EXPE, KLAC, MXIM, ALTR, PFG, EMN, RSG, RRC, CERN, CB, BIDU, SBUX, VRSNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Amazon (AMZN), consensus 9c; Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 48c; Baidu (BIDU), consensus $1.03; Chubb (CB), consensus $1.74; Cerner (CERN), consensus 63c; Range Resources (RRC), consensus 28c; Republic Services (RSG), consensus 40c; Eastman Chemical (EMN), consensus $1.57; Principal Financial Group (PFG), consensus 74c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 33c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 42c; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 86c; Expedia (EXPE), consensus 23c; BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN), consensus (29c); VeriSign (VRSN), consensus 54c.
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06:37 EDTSBUXStarbucks to test mobile phone ordering, Re/code reports
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05:21 EDTBIDUChangyou.com appoints Rucia Ren as acting CFO
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July 17, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
10:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 37, September is at 30, October is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:49 EDTCERNCerner can capture much of $5B health record replacement opportunity, says UBS
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06:50 EDTAMZNAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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July 16, 2014
17:35 EDTRRCRange Resources initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
10:58 EDTAMZNAmazon testing 'Kindle Unlimited' subscription service, Gigaom reports
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:34 EDTAMZNLivingSocial names eBay's Guantam Thakar as president and CEO
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12:55 EDTALTREarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
10:56 EDTBMRNFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:00 EDTMXIMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adecogro (AGRO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Campbell Soup (CPB) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Credicorp (BAP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Kellogg (K) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Bernstein... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Republic Airways (RJET) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
09:05 EDTAMZNSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
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07:46 EDTBIDUBaidu looking to strike game partnerships in Canada, Globe & Mail says
Baidu is meeting with game developers in Vancouver and Toronto to see if it can strike relationships as the Chinese search giant looks to build on the 40% shares of China's games market on the Android platform that it currently holds, reported The Globe & Mail. Reference Link
07:23 EDTAMZN, SBUXFortune to hold a conference
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05:28 EDTMXIMMaxim Integrated downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Maxim Integrated to Equal Weight citing limited upside to estimates and the move higher in shares since its upgrade. The firm keeps a $35 price target for the stock.
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