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July 25, 2014
16:18 EDTAMZN, V, Z, TRLA, P, WCGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Earnings and guidance disappointments from a few notable names, particularly Visa (V) and Amazon.com (AMZN), put pressure on the averages from the outset. Buyers moved to the sidelines ahead of the weekend, as reports circulated that no truce accord was reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. Also late in the day, Goldman Sachs warned that it believes a sell-off in bonds could lead to a temporary sell-off in equities over the next three months. However, Goldman also noted that it has "strong conviction" that equities are the best positioned asset class over the next 12 months. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders rebounded 0.7% in June after a 1.0% decline in the prior month, beating expectations for June increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon fell $34.60, or 9.65%, to $324.01 after the e-commerce giant reported in-line second quarter revenue but a much higher than expected loss. A number of analysts responded to the news by downgrading the stock, while several others cut their price targets on the shares... Visa reported Q3 earnings per share and revenue that topped consensus forecasts. However, the company trimmed its fiscal year revenue growth view to be in the 9%-10% range from its prior forecast for low double-digit constant revenue growth of around 10%-11%. Shares of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component slid $7.97, or 3.58%, to $214.77 following the report and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were online real estate listing companies Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA), which climbed for a second session in a row after Bloomberg reported yesterday that the former was negotiating to buy the latter. Deutsche Bank analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors that the Bloomberg story is "credible" as there is a "compelling" rationale for the companies to combine and Zillow ended the day up $13.10, or 8.99%, at $158.86 while Trulia added another $2.61, or 4.86%, to close at $56.35. Among the noteworthy losers was WellCare (WCG), which plunged $15.24, or 19.83%, to $61.61 after the managed care company pre-announced significantly weaker than expected results. Also lower following its earnings report and guidance was online music service operator Pandora (P), which declined $2.97, or 10.34%, to $25.75. INDEXES: The Dow fell 123.23, or 0.72%, to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq dropped 22.54, or 0.5%, to 4,449.56, and the S&P 500 slid 9.64, or 0.48%, to 1,978.34.
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October 9, 2014
14:10 EDTPShazam, Sun Broadcasting to launch customized, interactive radio content
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08:02 EDTPPandora announces new auto partnership with Ford Australia
Pandora (P) Internet Radio has officially announced its partnership with Ford (F) Australia. The launch, effective across a range of nameplates including Fiesta ST and Focus ST and Ford Kuga line up, will continue to roll out across other Ford nameplates including the Fiesta, Focus, Ranger and Transit range by early 2015. Pandora locally also partners with Holden and Mazda, and will soon be released on new model Nissans (NSANY).
07:29 EDTPPandora 2016 EBITDA likely to beat consensus, says Oppenheimer
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06:33 EDTAMZNCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:26 EDTAMZNGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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October 8, 2014
17:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands operations in Costa Rica, creates more than 1,000 new jobs
Amazon Support Services in Costa Rica inaugurates its fourth service center and announces 1,000 new jobs at its offices located in Calle Blancos and Lagunilla. The Earth's most customer centric company offers seasonal jobs and permanent positions with open dress code, paid training, transportation, doctor on site, plus others. The new operation comes as part of the $19M accumulated investment by 2014. With the company's expansion and the ongoing hiring of staff at its other sites, Amazon expects to employ more than 3,000 persons in Costa Rica by the end of 2014.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
11:41 EDTAMZNJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
09:42 EDTAMZNeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTAMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
10:02 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air France-KLM (AFLYY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Alcobra (ADHD) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded at Bernstein... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... CalAmp (CAMP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Crown Holdings (CCK) upgraded at Macquarie... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... International Paper (IP) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Leidos (LDOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natus Medical (BABY) upgraded to Outperform at William Blair... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WellCare (WCG) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded at Sterne Agee
As previously reported, Sterne Agee upgraded WellCare to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, improving Q2 metrics, and and expected margin improvement in the Florida MMA program. Price target is $72.
08:08 EDTAMZNSplunk, AWS to integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands seller holiday deals program worldwide
Amazon announced that for the first time, top deals from sellers on Amazon will be featured on holiday deal pages worldwide. The holiday deals from sellers will now appear on the Amazon Today’s Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features. Participating sellers will be offering thousands of deals throughout the holiday season across most product categories. The seller holiday deals program, introduced for the first time last year, is now expanding to be available worldwide on local Amazon sites in the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.
06:14 EDTAMZNEC probes transfer pricing arrangements on taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the decision by Luxembourg's tax authorities with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Amazon in Luxembourg comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties and the Member States concerned an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The tax ruling in favor of Amazon under investigation dates back to 2003 and is still in force. It applies to Amazon's subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl, which is based in Luxembourg and records most of Amazon's European profits. Based on a methodology set by the tax ruling, Amazon EU Sarl pays a tax deductible royalty to a limited liability partnership established in Luxembourg but which is not subject to corporate taxation in Luxembourg. As a result, most European profits of Amazon are recorded in Luxembourg but are not taxed in Luxembourg. At this stage the Commission considers that the amount of this royalty, which lowers the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl each year, might not be in line with market conditions. The Commission has concerns that the ruling could underestimate the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl, and thereby grant an economic advantage to Amazon by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies whose profits are allocated in line with market terms. The Commission will now continue investigating to determine whether its concerns are confirmed. Luxembourg did not fully comply with the Commission's request for information as part of its information gathering exercise in relation to tax ruling practices in some Member States but only provided a limited sample. In June the Commission therefore initiated infringement proceedings against Luxembourg by issuing letters of formal notice. Although the Luxembourgish authorities have still not fully complied with the Commission's information request, in August Luxembourg did provide information on a number of cases requested by the Commission, including Amazon. Reference Link
06:11 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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06:02 EDTVVisa's CIO leaves company to join Charles Schwab, Re/code reports
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