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July 25, 2014
16:18 EDTTRLA, AMZN, WCG, Z, P, VOn 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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March 23, 2015
08:13 EDTAMZNPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:20 EDTVBarclays to hold a forum
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05:55 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN CELG
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:18 EDTWCGLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZNAmazon Logistics UAS gets experimental airworthiness certificate
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05:53 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to shut down Shopify rival Amazon Webstore, Re/code reports
Amazon is planning to shut down Amazon Webstore, its competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce, Re/code reports, citing sources. The company will allow its Webstore customers over a year to find a new vendor before the service is fully shut down, the sources say. Reference Link
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
10:00 EDTPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:28 EDTPPandora upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTAMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTAMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
07:40 EDTZZillow Group impact minimal from ListHub, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes Zillow will see little disruption from ListHub not sending its listings after the company won its legal battle against Trulia. News Corp. (NWSA) owned ListHub will stop sending the listings in April, but Canaccord believes the combined Zillow/Trulia guidance may hold some positive surprises and expects 2016 to be a breakout year for the company. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Zillow shares.
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