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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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March 3, 2015
07:12 EDTCALLmagicJack volatility elevated into Q4 and revenue outlook
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March 2, 2015
16:22 EDTTSROTESARO files to sell $150M of common stock
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
07:21 EDTCOVSCovisint reinstated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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February 27, 2015
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MCD GOOG MNST BAC TSLA NFLX SINA AMZN WYNN
06:22 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch begins broadcasting online poker, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
11:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hires Jay Carney for corporate affairs position, Politico says
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has accepted the position of SVP for Worldwide Corporate Affairs at Amazon, says Politico. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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06:01 EDTAMZNGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTAMZNReport: Amazon reduces tablet orders to Compal, Quanta by 30%, DigiTimes says
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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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11:35 EDTAMZNAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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10:31 EDTAMZNEPIX announces extension to Prime Instant Video agreement
EPIX announced that it has extended its agreement with Amazon to license thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs for Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and delivers new releases such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, along with classic big film franchises including James Bond, Star Trek, Rocky and more.
06:25 EDTTSROMedivation removed from Focus List at Citigroup
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06:23 EDTTSROCiti ups TESARO price target to $79, adds to focus list
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:10 EDTAMZNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon expands two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Re/code says
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05:53 EDTTSROTESARO price target raised to $50 from $44 at Mizuho
Mizuho raised its price target for TESARO shares to $50 citing increased confidence and market opportunity for niraparib following the company's Q4 results. The firm expects approval for rolapitant in Q3 and reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
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