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March 5, 2014
12:22 EDTAMZN, TGT, KR, WFM, SWY, SVU, TFM, FWMAnalyst sees groceries as 'massive' opportunity for Amazon
Amazon.com's (AMZN) grocery initiative, Amazon Fresh, could spark a new, long-term growth spurt for the company, research firm PiperJaffray wrote in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: According to the USDA, Americans spent $677B on groceries in 2012, Piper analyst Gene Munster wrote. As a result, Fresh will be a "massive" opportunity for Amazon.com, the analyst stated. Fresh also provides Amazon.com with an indirect opportunity, Munster believes. Specifically, the initiative could cause users to spend more time on the website, ultimately resulting in higher sales for Amazon, the analyst believes. Target (TGT) used a similar strategy beginning in 2009, as it added grocery sections to its smaller stores in an effort to entice consumers to visit the stores more frequently. Noting that Amazon currently offers Fresh in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Munster wrote that the service is convenient, fast and efficient, but could improve in the areas of price and selection. He kept a $420 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon.com shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Fresh costs $299 per year. In addition to the grocery service, subscribers receive all the other benefits of Amazon Prime. OTHERS TO WATCH: Supermarkets that could be affected by the launch of Fresh include Whole Foods (WFM), Safeway (SWY), Supervalu (SVU), Kroeger (KR), The Fresh Market (TFM), and Fairway Group (FWM). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Amazon.com rose $6.65, or 1.8%, to $370.50.
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August 12, 2014
09:43 EDTWFMRumor: Whole Foods strength attributed to takeover speculation
05:58 EDTAMZNAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:19 EDTFWMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:20 EDTFWMFairway Group downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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August 10, 2014
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon urges customers to express opinions on e-book prices with Hachette
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15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTTGTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon executive defends $2B investment in India, WSJ says
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August 7, 2014
18:10 EDTAMZNHachette drops bid for Perseus Books, reports WSJ
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16:36 EDTFWMFairway Group reports Q1 EPS (22c), consensus (11c)
Reports Q1 revenue $198.3M, consensus $196.9M. Same store sales declined 1.7% in the quarter.
09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon readying to launch grocery service in New York area, Re/code says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:36 EDTAMZNGoogle, Barnes & Noble launching same-day book delivery service, NY Times says
Google (GOOG) and Barnes & Noble (BKS) today will begin allowing consumers in three cities to order books carried by Barnes & Noble stores and have them delivered to their homes on the same day, according to The New York Times. Users will order the books on Google Shopping Express, and the service will compete with Amazon, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
August 6, 2014
10:59 EDTWFMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:47 EDTTGTRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
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07:45 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral and cut the price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcment, lack of catalysts, and ecommerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers.
05:27 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands 'Get It Today' to six more cities
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