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July 25, 2014
18:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares likely range bound as costs escalate, Barron's reports
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16:49 EDTAMZNS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
16:18 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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12:51 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday and on track to end a week marked by a torrent of earnings reports on a definite down note. Some high-profile disappointments weighed on the major averages, as Visa (V) and Amazon.com (AMZN) both fell significantly after their quarterly reports last night, dragging on the Dow and Nasdaq, respectively. The domestic economic calendar’s sole release of consequence, the durable goods orders report, came out before the open and was better than expected, but that did little to brighten the market's negative tone. 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.com fell 10% 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, but its fiscal year EPS growth outlook was 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 in the 10-11% range. Shares of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component slid 4% following the report and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Datalink (DTLK), which jumped 17%, Mellanox (MLNX), which rose 13%, and VeriSign (VRSN), which gained 11%. Among the noteworthy losers was WellCare (WCG), which plunged 20% after the managed care company pre-announced significantly weaker than expected results. Also lower following their earnings reports were Swift Transport (SWFT), which fell nearly 15%, and Pandora (P), which dropped about 13%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 131.61, or 0.77%, to 16,952.19, the Nasdaq was down 24.45, or 0.55%, to 4,447.66, and the S&P 500 was down 9.04, or 0.45%, to 1,978.94.
10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon sinks after greater than expected losses, several downgrades
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10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $415 from $455 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer cut its target on Amazon after the company reported lower than expected EPS and its customer growth rate slowed. The firm keeps an Outperform rating.
07:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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07:39 EDTAMZNAmazon price target lowered to $400 from $410 at RW Baird
Baird called Amazon's Q2 earnings report "solid" but lowered its price target on the stock to $400 from $410 citing the company's margin compression and Q3 guidance. The firm, which also noted the stabilization of paid unit growth and healthy usage trends, keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.
07:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com results 'generally good,' says Cantor
Cantor believes that Amazon enjoyed sustained momentum in North America last quarter. Although AWS price cuts and investments are pressuring Amazon's profits, Cantor thinks the company's investments are justified, given what it sees as improving North America retail trends and large global opportunity. The firm trimmed its price target on the shares to $400 from $425 but keeps a Buy rating.
06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $358 from $395 at Citigroup
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $340 from $350 at JPMorgan
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $375 from $400 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Amazon.com shares to $375 following the company's Q2 results but maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
July 24, 2014
18:45 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com now down 10% after Q2 earnings conference call
18:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire Phone can be viable product independently
In addition to expectations that the Fire Phone will be viable as an independent product the company says Fire Phone is also integrated into existing business. Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:58 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands AWS business, reduces prices
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17:38 EDTAMZNAmazon says various business segments not included in 'unit growth' metric
Comment from Q2 earnings conference call.
16:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 operating margin (0.1%) vs. 0.7% last quarter
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16:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com drops 6% to $337.80 following Q2 results
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16:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 operating cash flow up 18% to $5.33B
Free cash flow increased to $1.04B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $265M for the railing twelve months ended June 30, 2013.
16:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B, consensus $20.83B
Sees Q3 operating loss $810M-$410M, consensus (7c).
16:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 EPS (27c), consensus (15c)
Reports Q2 revenue $19.34B, consensus $19.34B.
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:29 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly 360 straddle priced for 6.1% move into Q2
13:21 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon shares up almost 7% over last three months
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 24 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (15c) on revenue of $19.34B. The consensus range is (51c)-7c for EPS, and $19.0B-$19.65B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported first quarter EPS of 23c against estimates of 23c, on revenue of $19.74B against estimates of $19.43B. The company gave Q2 revenue guidance of $18.1B-$19.8B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($455M)-($55M). In its earnings conference call, Amazon said its AWS usage and third party growth continues to be strong. NEWS: Amazon announced the launches of a Fire Phone with a 4.7-inch display with Gorilla Glass 3. It also announced an unlimited ad-free music streaming service called Prime Music and a Kindle Unlimited subscription service. Amazon expanded same-day shipping service by allowing later ordering times as well as adding Sunday delivery to 15 cities in addition to Los Angeles and New York. The company also continued in a public battle with publisher Hachette as it refused orders and buying less inventory. ChannelAdvisor reported Amazon SSS grew 27% in April, 28.1% in May and 34.4% in June. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray said Amazon's music service is irrelevant due to its relatively low amount of songs, but will become relevant over time. It also said that the Amazon smartphone is a good start, although it lacks an app ecosystem. BMO Capital said the company's device could help drive additional wallet share and may spur additional consumers to buy Prime memberships. JMP Securities adds that the phone may take some time for it to gain meaningful share. Ahead of earnings, the company was downgraded at Citigroup, citing Amazon's "aggressive investment" in web services could pressure earnings over the next few quarters. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have risen more than $23, or 6.9%, over the last three months. In Thursday midday trading ahead of the Q2 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
11:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 23, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon expands Prime Music selection
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July 22, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon quietly debuts mobile wallet app, TechCrunch says
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTAMZNAmazon HomeAway TripAdvisor should be bought into results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest expects TripAdvisor (TRIP), Amazon (AMZN) and HomeAway (HOME) to report strong Q2 results. The firm thinks that all three companies have strong fundamentals.
09:08 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle (CMG), up 10.7%... Crocs (CROX), up 5%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% after announcing intent to form MLP... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 9.5% after reporting Q2 results, preclinical study results, price target on shares raised to $19 from $13 at Brean Capital... FuelCell (FCEL), up 5.4% after announcing German government support, EUR 4.9M in research awards... Apache (APA), up 5.2% after Bloomberg says activist investor JANA Partners disclosed $1B position in the stock. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Harley-Davidson (HOG), down 4.1%... Travelers (TRV), down 3.4%... McDonald's (MCD), down 2.3%... Coca-Cola (KO), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1% following downgrade to Neutral rating at Citigroup.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Appstore selection has nearly tripled over last year
Amazon announced that Amazon Appstore selection has nearly tripled over the past year, and since Fire phone launched, the rate of app submissions to the Amazon Appstore has more than doubled. App submissions are at record levels in the 5 week period since launch. In the few weeks since Fire phone launched, developers have already found innovative uses of the phone’s enhanced carousel, Dynamic Perspective and Firefly.
07:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down 1.6% following Citigroup downgrade
06:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded its rating on Amazon.com (AMZN) shares to Neutral from Buy saying the company's "aggressive investment" in web services could pressure earnings over the next few quarters. Citi also notes the stock is up 18% over the past 52 weeks. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $395 from $414. Amazon closed yesterday up $1.10 to $359.76.
July 18, 2014
09:48 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
07:32 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service for $9.99 per month
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07:30 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service
July 17, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
10:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 37, September is at 30, October is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:50 EDTAMZNAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
10:58 EDTAMZNAmazon testing 'Kindle Unlimited' subscription service, Gigaom reports
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:34 EDTAMZNLivingSocial names eBay's Guantam Thakar as president and CEO
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09:05 EDTAMZNSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
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07:23 EDTAMZNFortune to hold a conference
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July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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14:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded earlier to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe
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10:15 EDTAMZNAmazon hires Google Glass creator Babak Parviz, TechCrunch reports
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTAMZNStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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16:22 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
15:59 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:36 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:45 EDTAMZNAmazon climbs after ChannelAdvisor says sales growth accelerated
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09:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rises sharply in early trading, levels to watch
The shares are broadly outperforming this morning, trading up 3.9% to $340.88. At that price, next resistance is at $343.41 and then at $346.76. Support is at $336.37.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFC C SUNE FB AMZN TSLA TWTR
06:23 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor reports Amazon June SSS up 34.4%, eBay up 12.3%
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06:10 EDTAMZNJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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