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March 7, 2014
05:55 EDTTWTR, AMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWTR AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 51, Amazon.com (AMZN) 25 according to iVolatility.
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November 12, 2014
14:24 EDTTWTRTwitter says native video coming in first half 2015, announces other changes
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13:48 EDTTWTRTwitter says introducing 'timeline highlights' feature
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
13:33 EDTTWTRTwitter says Profiles has approximately 200M logged out visitors per month
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13:17 EDTTWTRTwitter says currently able to share audio on Twitter
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13:11 EDTTWTRTwitter says user base to shift towards Android, managing products accordingly
Says currently, user base equally split between iPhone and Android. Expects Android to become dominant amid global expansion.
13:06 EDTTWTRTwitter says plans to simplify sign-up process, will ask fewer questions
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12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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12:50 EDTTWTRTwitter says plans to launch consumer video
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12:42 EDTTWTRTwitter says now measuring impressions from syndication partners
Says has about 185B impressions per quarter.
12:38 EDTTWTRTwitter says not interested in streaming music business
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12:38 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:33 EDTTWTRTwitter says scope to meet goal includes syndication platform
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12:28 EDTTWTRTwitter says expects to grow as fast or faster than IDC forecast rate
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12:19 EDTTWTRTwitter says will explore additional mobile applications
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12:17 EDTTWTRTwitter says will introduce 'instant timeline' feature
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12:16 EDTTWTRTwitter says plans to accelerate pace and breadth of product change
Says adding significant functionality to private messaging and will roll out this quarter. Says goal is to build world's largest daily audience. Comments from analyst day presentation.
11:59 EDTTWTRTwitter November weekly 40 straddle priced for 5% move into analyst day
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09:37 EDTAMZN, TWTRActive equity options trading
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06:37 EDTTWTRTwitter weekly volatility increases into analyst day
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