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March 13, 2014
12:40 EDTAMZN, TSRO, CALL, MEI, COVSOn 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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September 12, 2014
07:13 EDTAMZNAmazon readies India wholesale plans, Times of India says
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06:30 EDTAMZNGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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September 11, 2014
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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10:37 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor data shows soft August for eBay, says RW Baird
RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says ChannelAdvisor same-store-sales data for August confirms eBay (EBAY) had a soft month. Sebastian believes eBay's new Defect Rate may be pressuring sellers. He remains "somewhat cautious" on eBay in the near-term, but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. Sebastian noted that same-store-sakes data for Amazon.com (AMZN) is more positive.
10:31 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says August Amazon SSS up 45.1%, eBay up 5.9%
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10:26 EDTAMZNDiscovery CEO says likes doing deals with Netflix, Amazon
CEO David Zaslav says Comcast (CMCSA)/Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal "presents some serious issues," is talking to FCC about deal. Says will be opportunistic with international acquisitions, but "We don't feel like we need to acquire anything at this point." Says has more subscribers than ESPN with Europsport. Comments made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTTSROTESARO management to meet with Leerink
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08:02 EDTAMZNTrex launches Outdoor Lighting on Amazon.com
Trex (TREX) has officially entered the e-commerce marketplace with the launch of its high-performance Trex Outdoor Lighting collection on Amazon.com (AMZN). The first product line to be sold by Trex online, Trex Outdoor Lighting will join other Trex-branded products currently available on Amazon through Trex licensees, including Trex Outdoor Furniture, Trex RainEscape and Trex Pergola.
06:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to debut Fire Phone in U.K.
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September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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15:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls to session lows, levels to watch
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10:18 EDTAMZNBarnes & Noble says won't launch new bn.com in time for holiday season
Says "extremely happy" with Retail's Q1 performance, sees moderation of physical booksales decline. Says sees sales lift due to dispute between Amazon (AMZN) and Hachette. Regarding the launch of bn.com says making progress on development, but completion taking longer than expected. The company plans to launch the new site later this FY, but not in time for holiday season. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call.
September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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12:22 EDTTSROOPKO reports licensee TESARO submits NDA for Rolapitant
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11:12 EDTAMZNAmazon offering Fire Phone for 99c with two-year contract
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08:10 EDTTSROTESARO submits rolapitant NDA to FDA
TESARO announced that it has submitted the New Drug Application, or NDA, for oral rolapitant to the FDA. Rolapitant is an investigational neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist developed for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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