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July 24, 2014
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.
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September 10, 2014
10:37 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor data shows soft August for eBay, says RW Baird
RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says ChannelAdvisor same-store-sales data for August confirms eBay (EBAY) had a soft month. Sebastian believes eBay's new Defect Rate may be pressuring sellers. He remains "somewhat cautious" on eBay in the near-term, but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. Sebastian noted that same-store-sakes data for Amazon.com (AMZN) is more positive.
10:31 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says August Amazon SSS up 45.1%, eBay up 5.9%
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10:26 EDTAMZNDiscovery CEO says likes doing deals with Netflix, Amazon
CEO David Zaslav says Comcast (CMCSA)/Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal "presents some serious issues," is talking to FCC about deal. Says will be opportunistic with international acquisitions, but "We don't feel like we need to acquire anything at this point." Says has more subscribers than ESPN with Europsport. Comments made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTAMZNTrex launches Outdoor Lighting on Amazon.com
Trex (TREX) has officially entered the e-commerce marketplace with the launch of its high-performance Trex Outdoor Lighting collection on Amazon.com (AMZN). The first product line to be sold by Trex online, Trex Outdoor Lighting will join other Trex-branded products currently available on Amazon through Trex licensees, including Trex Outdoor Furniture, Trex RainEscape and Trex Pergola.
06:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to debut Fire Phone in U.K.
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September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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15:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls to session lows, levels to watch
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10:18 EDTAMZNBarnes & Noble says won't launch new bn.com in time for holiday season
Says "extremely happy" with Retail's Q1 performance, sees moderation of physical booksales decline. Says sees sales lift due to dispute between Amazon (AMZN) and Hachette. Regarding the launch of bn.com says making progress on development, but completion taking longer than expected. The company plans to launch the new site later this FY, but not in time for holiday season. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call.
September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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11:12 EDTAMZNAmazon offering Fire Phone for 99c with two-year contract
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07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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13:13 EDTAMZNAmazon India unit examined by regulators, WSJ says
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon, USPS launch grocery delivery service in San Francisco, WSJ reports
Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service have launched a grocery-delivery experiment in San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon and USPS are already partners in Sunday deliveries, the publication notes. The Postal Service says it is testing AmazonFresh deliveries "to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial for the organization." Reference Link]:[http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-mail-to-deliver-amazon-groceries-in-san-francisco-1409854499?mod=rss_Technology]
September 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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