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March 13, 2014
12:40 EDTCALL, COVS, TSRO, MEI, AMZNOn 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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August 20, 2015
18:59 EDTAMZNGoogle, Amazon, private equity compete for Indian data center unit, ET says
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18:20 EDTAMZNAuthors Group urges DOJ probe of Amazon.com, WSJ reports
Authors United group is urging the DOJ to launch an investigation into Amazon.com, claiming the company has "unprecedented power" over the book publishing market, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to open fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos
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13:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
The shares are down 2.8% at time of writing to $517.99. The last established support level before the large bullish gap from last earnings is at $513.06. If that level is taken out on the downside, a gam fill will begin. And the chart will be left with a blow-off top formation. Resistance is at $522.62.
12:56 EDTAMZNSmall drones bringing air traffic problems in U.S., Washington Post reports
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06:05 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to open data support center in London, Financial Times says
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05:56 EDTAMZNGoogle Express to shut down two California delivery hubs, Re/code says
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05:48 EDTTSROMizuho keeps TESARO, Verastem, OncoMed as top biotech picks
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August 19, 2015
07:42 EDTAMZNPhoenix Amazon warehouse evacuated due to chemical leak, ABC15 says
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07:22 EDTTSROCitigroup to hold a conference
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August 18, 2015
18:06 EDTAMZNAmazon tests 'Flex' package pickup service, GeekWire says
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16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon workplace policies making U.K. staff physically ill, Guardian says
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06:39 EDTAMZNUSPS boosts same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, Amazon, WSJ says
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August 17, 2015
16:53 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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11:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's Jay Carney defends company, CBS News reports
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10:10 EDTCALLHigh option volume stocks
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09:56 EDTAMZNLiberty Interactive CEO says to stay 'far away' from Amazon's business model
06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon's Bezos "doesn't recognize" NYT's Amazon, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's uses harsh workplace practices to reach creative goals, NYT says
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06:09 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO hails U.K.'s approach to drones, FT reports
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