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March 5, 2014
12:22 EDTTFM, WFM, AMZN, SVU, KR, FWM, SWY, TGTAnalyst 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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May 13, 2015
14:52 EDTAMZNAmazon launches new mobile advertising platform
Amazon has launched a new advertising platform for mobile app developers that promises to "promote your app to millions of users on Fire tablet wakescreens and mobile placements on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network." Amazon automatically generates advertisements once an ad placement order is submitted, and touts that an ad campaign can be launched in as little as 90 seconds. Reference Link
14:05 EDTTGTTarget May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Target May weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, June is at 21, July is at 19; compared to its 90-day average of 19, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 20.
13:28 EDTAMZNWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTAMZNWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNHouse Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet holds a hearing entitled, "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internets Operation" with Vice President Misener of Amazon.com on May 13 at 10 am. Webcast Link
May 12, 2015
08:05 EDTKRGoldman Sachs to hold a forum
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May 11, 2015
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to open fulfillment center in Carteret, NJ
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09:01 EDTTGTLowe's acquires leases of 13 former Target stores in Canada
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06:11 EDTAMZNStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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May 10, 2015
17:45 EDTTGTJudge allows $19M Target data breach settlement to move ahead, Reuters says
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14:12 EDTKR, WFMWhole Foods stock unlikely to outperform in near-term, Barron's says
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May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTWFMStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
13:09 EDTAMZNCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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11:44 EDTTFM, WFMSprouts Farmers Markets tumbles after Q1 results miss expectations, SSS slows
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09:56 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh expands to parts of Northern New Jersey, Re/code reports
Amazon Fresh, Amazon's grocery delivery business, has been quietly expanded to reach parts of Northern New Jersey, including Hoboken, Edison and Paramus, Re/code reports. Amazon began delivering groceries to Manhattan and Brooklyn in last eight months. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open:
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06:22 EDTAMZNCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
06:02 EDTTGTWal-Mart expects to invest C$350M in Canadian market
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