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News For AMZN;SNI From The Last 14 Days
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February 8, 2016
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 8, 2016
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11:01 EDTSNITV networks seen beating expectations thanks to strong ad market
The outlook for television networks is positive and investors should overweight the sector, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves recommended that investors own the shares of TV network owners 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX) and AMC Networks (AMCX). The companies' results should beat expectations, driven by a strong U.S. advertising market and stable pay TV subscriptions, he forecast. Moreover, given their "low elasticity, limited exposure to emerging markets and credit-fueled funding, and historically low valuations," the networks look "highly defensible," the analyst stated. Based on viewership data, 21st Century Fox, AMC and Scripps Networks (SNI) are best positioned to increase their ad revenue going forward, Hargreaves believes. Meanwhile, Fox and Scripps should benefit from strong viewership trends for sporting events, contended the analyst, who kept Overweight ratings on 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and AMC Networks, but maintained a Sector Weight rating on Scripps. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hargreaves also kept a Sector Weight rating on CBS (CBS), but he recommended owning the stock in the near-term. The company's ad revenue should rise this year, driven by the Super Bowl and political spending, and its fourth quarter results could beat expectations on the back of strong ad revenue and content sales, the analyst predicted. Furthermore, CBS's content is well-positioned to be part of any significant bundle, and the stock's risk/reward ratio is positive, he wrote. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Class A Fox shares slid 3%, AMC gave back 4.4%, Time Warner retreated 2.7%, and CBS and Scripps each fell about 4%.
10:41 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AA AMZN
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10:06 EDTSNIScripps Networks announces retirement of Joseph NeCastro
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09:45 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tumbles, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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February 7, 2016
19:51 EDTAMZNAmazon food delivery app to take steep cut from restaurants, NY Post says
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16:25 EDTAMZNAmazon rolls out 'treasure truck' in Seattle area
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13:12 EDTAMZNAmazon valuation beginning to look reasonable, Barron's says
Shares of Amazon look "more tempting" after their recent declines, and their new price looks "almost reasonable," Barron's contends in its 'Follow Up' column. Though still richly valued, what matters is how much the company "could earn" once CEO Jeff Bezos "turns up the profit dial," the publication notes. Reference Link
February 5, 2016
15:59 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 5, 2016
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10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hits post-earnings low
The shares were last at $509.57, at a post-earnings low. Next support is at $499. Resistance is at $512.47.
07:31 EDTAMZNGrubHub downgraded on competition concerns at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein downgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Perform from Outperform saying he's increasingly concerned that competition from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Uber in New York will cut into the company's sales and profitability. The analyst sees downside risk to the stock despite the recent selloff and thinks a takeover is unlikely in the near term. Helfstein suspended his $30 price target for the shares. The online platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders closed yesterday up 13% to $21.53 following its Q4 results.
06:58 EDTAMZNAmazon offers free Square credit card readers to business owners, Re/code says
Amazon (AMZN) is offering to give free Square (SQ) credit card readers to business owners who previously purchased an Amazon Local Register, Re/code reports. The move comes a few months after Amazon said it was discontinuing this payment processing service on February 1, the report says. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNApple, Amazon, Google, Verizon in mix to bid for NFL stream rights, Variety says
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February 4, 2016
15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon renews card agreement with JPMorgan, WSJ says
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14:36 EDTAMZNAmazon renews co-brand credit card pact with JPMorgan, Dow Jones says
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10:25 EDTAMZN$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
10:10 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:30 EDTAMZNAmazon says Spotify Premium available on Amazon Echo
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08:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Alphabet Microsoft should get huge cloud boost, says Pacific Crest
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