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March 13, 2014
12:40 EDTMEI, AMZN, CALL, COVS, TSROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as an initial bump from better than expected domestic economic data got overshadowed by poor data from China and increasing jitters about the situation in Ukraine. Stocks began the session slightly higher thanks in part to better than expected jobless claims and retail sales figures. The market moved higher at the open but then began to drift lower and crossed into negative territory a little over an hour into trading. Comments by Secretary of State Kerry that the U.S. and Europe would react to Russia on Monday if a dialogue had not taken place may have reignited anxiety about the still unsettled situation there. It certainly did not help the market tone that virtually all of the data released overnight by China missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 9K from the revised total for the prior week to 315K in the week ended March 8. The 315K weekly figure was a three-month low and came in below the consensus forecast for 330K initial claims. Retail sales rose 0.3% in February compared to the previous month, beating an expected increase of 0.2%. The import price index for February rose 0.9% from the prior month, versus an expected increase of 0.5%. Business inventories grew 0.4% in January, which was in-line with the consensus estimate. In China, industrial output growth slowed to 8.6% in January and February compared to the prior year, which missed forecasts of 9.5% and is down from 9.7% in December. Property sales, fixed-asset investment and retail sales for the two months all also dropped and came in below forecasts. Note that China publishes January and February numbers together to smooth out distortions caused by the timing of the lunar new year. COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN) shares were up 1% after the company announced an increase in the price of its Prime service for existing regular members to $99 from $79. During its fourth quarter results conference call in late January the e-commerce giant had said that it could raise the price for the Prime service by $20-$40 per year in the future. In a note to investors earlier today, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan reiterated his theory that Amazon would have to provide Prime users with additional services in order to justify the price increase. Sheridan first disseminated the theory on February 2 and today he noted that media outlets have reported that the company is developing a streaming music service. Another firm, Piper Jaffray, estimates Amazon's $20 Prime pricing increase could add about $800M in revenue and $150M in operating income through the first full year. Piper expects any increase in operating income would be reinvested back into the business and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $420 price target. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was TESARO (TSRO), which jumped 29% after the company signed a license agreement with AnaptysBio that Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson said provides the company access to multiple candidates in the "rapidly developing" cancer immunotherapy market. Also higher was magicJack (CALL), a provider of voice over Internet protocol services in the United States, which surged 17% after its fourth quarter results and guidance significantly surpassed analysts' consensus estimate. Among the noteworthy losers was Covisint (COVS), which dropped 24% after it gave a preliminary Q4 revenue view that missed forecasts and named a new interim CEO. Also lower was Methode Electronics (MEI), which fell 13% after the company's third quarter profit missed expectations following two straight "beat and raise" reports in its past two quarters. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 130.95, or 0.8%, to 16,209.13, the Nasdaq was down 41.09, or 0.95%, to 4,282.24, and the S&P 500 was down 12.98, or 0.69%, to 1,855.22.
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November 12, 2014
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:43 EDTTSROLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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10:20 EDTCALLHigh option volume stocks
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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
08:29 EDTCALLmagicJack price target lowered to $12 from $14 at Canaccord
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06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
18:32 EDTCALLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:22 EDTCALLmagicJack reports Q3 EPS 18c, consensus 13c
Reports Q3 revenue $25.8M, consensus $27.48M.
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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10:14 EDTCALLHigh option volume stocks
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07:01 EDTCALLmagicJack November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 8, 2014
14:03 EDTAMZNJefferies software and internet analysts hold a dinner meeting
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November 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 7, 2014
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:46 EDTAMZNCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
November 6, 2014
12:41 EDTAMZNLivingSocial cuts jobs, exploring new ways to work with Amazon, Re/code says
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12:17 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN BHI
Amazon.com (AMZN) April 345 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 28, Baker Hughes (BHI) April 17 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 31 according to IVolatility.
07:53 EDTAMZNPepsi, Amazon among many said to have secret Luxembourg tax deals, ICIJ reports
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06:22 EDTAMZNGlobal companies silent on local impact, transparency report shows
Transparency International issued a report saying that global companies are saying too little regarding their businesses abroad. The agency said, "The world’s biggest companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their home country, a new report from Transparency International reveals. Ninety of the 124 companies assessed do not disclose the taxes they pay in foreign countries, while 54 disclose no information on their revenues in other countries. BHP Billiton (BHP), Eni (E), Statoil (STO) and Vodafone (VOD) scored more than six out of ten. The four companies report on a range of corruption prevention measures and disclose details of subsidiaries. However, only three companies, Statoil, Telefónica (TEF) and Vodafone score above 50% for country-by-country reporting, disclosing tax payments in almost all the countries where they operate, though not all financial data. Forty-four of the firms in the report are American, of which Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and Google (GOOG) performed worst. Only two US companies publish tax payments in foreign countries, ConocoPhilips (COP) in Canada, Walmart (WMT) in Chile. Surprisingly, the sector that makes greater transparency possible is one of the least transparent. U.S. tech giants Amazon, Apple (AAPL), Google and IBM (IBM) all score less than three out of ten." Reference Link
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