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July 25, 2014
10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon sinks after greater than expected losses, several downgrades
Shares of e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) are falling after the company 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. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon reported a Q2 per share loss of (27c), compared with analysts' consensus outlook for losses per share of (15c). The company provided third quarter revenue guidance of $19.7B-$21.5B, versus the consensus outlook of $20.8B. The e-commerce giant's operating margin came in at (0.1%), down from 0.7% during the previous quarter. Amazon noted that it had significantly cut prices on its cloud offerings and had launched many new initiatives. ANALYST REACTION: In notes to investors earlier today, CRT Capital downgraded Amazon.com to Fair Value from Buy, while B. Riley lowered its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy and Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth responded to the news by cutting his price target on the stock to $340 from $350. The company's operating income guidance indicates that its margins will decline significantly as it makes additional investments in several areas, the analyst believes. He predicted that the stock would drop in the near-term and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Similarly, Citigroup cut its price target on the shares to $358 from $395. Amazon's Q3 margin guidance was worse than expected and the company's increased investments will make it difficult for the stock to outperform. The firm kept a Neutral rating on the shares. More upbeat on the stock was Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali, who wrote that Amazon's results were "generally good." The company's core retail North American business is continuing to improve significantly, Squali believes. Given this trend and the company's large global opportunity, its investments are justified, the analyst contended. He trimmed his price target on the shares to $400 from $425 but kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 11.3% to $318.14.
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October 23, 2014
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon: AWS cloud computing platform available to German datacenter customers
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07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 171, November is at 43, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments before earnings
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13:14 EDTAMZNMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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11:59 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; MYL AMZN
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07:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 131, November is at 40, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
October 21, 2014
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
12:01 EDTAMZNNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 17, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:22 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GT AMZN
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh now available in select areas in New York
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