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March 13, 2014
12:40 EDTCOVS, TSRO, MEI, AMZN, CALLOn 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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April 17, 2015
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTAMZNEtsy multiple 'well beyond' high end of any comparable group, says Wedbush
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05:48 EDTAMZNPiper positive on Amazon.com into March quarter earnings
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is positive on shares of Amazon.com into the company's March quarter earnings report on April 23. Munster believes Amazon's margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters, and he expects shares "will continue to work" if margins go higher. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon today with a $475 price target.
April 16, 2015
07:34 EDTTSROTESARO price target raised to $70 from $49 at Jefferies
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April 15, 2015
12:38 EDTAMZNAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon: Prime Instant Video to offer season one of Orphan Black for free on Fri.
Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video, the exclusive home for seasons one and two of BBC AMERICA’s Orphan Black, will offer season one of the gripping drama for free to all customers this Friday, April 17. Anyone can watch the first 10 episodes of Orphan Black at no cost using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/OrphanBlack. Season three of Orphan Black will premiere Saturday, April 18, 9:00 p.m. ET on BBC AMERICA and its sister networks AMC, IFC, Sundance TV and WE TV.
06:18 EDTAMZNApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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11:45 EDTAMZNAmazon fulfillment, third party strength reasons to be bullish, analysts say
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11:16 EDTAMZNCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTAMZNBaird survey suggests accelerating growth trends for Amazon.com
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07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $465 from $400 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Amazon.com shares to $465 from $400 after analyzing the retailing giant's fulfillment capabilities. The firm believes Amazon's fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term and margin improvement with scale. It views Amazon's fulfillment initiatives as part of a "bigger, multi-faceted strategy focused on better customer segmentation and category leadership." Jefferies keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of Amazon closed yesterday down 29c to $382.36.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime membership now includes ad-free internet radio service
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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09:27 EDTAMZNAmazon says X-Ray coming to Fire TV, Fire TV Stick
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09:03 EDTAMZNeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTAMZNNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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