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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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January 27, 2016
11:34 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN up 3% to 49.89 into Q4 and outlook
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11:17 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN HOG
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09:32 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
07:13 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:59 EDTAMZNOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:10 EDTAMZNAmazon beats Netflix at Sundance deals, NY Post reports
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January 26, 2016
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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12:13 EDTAMZNFANG shares are trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
Amazon current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 49, compared to a one-month ago of 29, suggesting large price movement.
11:13 EDTAMZNActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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07:51 EDTAMZNStreet still underestimates Alphabet's outlook, says Bernstein
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07:44 EDTAMZNStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:59 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN +3% to 49.27 into Q4
14:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime grew 35% to 54M U.S. members in 2015, CIRP says
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10:44 EDTAMZNAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
10:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's email 'share' function deemed unlawful by German court, Reuters says
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com revenue should beat expectations, says Stifel
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05:51 EDTAMZNOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNPiper's Munster sees attractive entry point for Amazon shares
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is bullish on Amazon.com shares into the company's December quarter results. Concerns over a potential margin reinvestment phase are overblown, Munster tells investors in a research note. He believes Street estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and thinks the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. He views current share levels as an attractive entry point for investors and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with an $800 price target. The stock closed Friday up $21.36 to $596.38.
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