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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 10, 2014
07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions for Jabong acquisition, Economic Times says
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October 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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14:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls to lows of the day, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2% and just off the lows of the session at $315.33. At current price, resistance is at $317.13. Support is at $315.33 and then at $314.14.
14:34 EDTAMZNAmazon plans first physical retail store in NYC, WSJ reports
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14:23 EDTAMZNAmazon plans first physical retail store in NYC, DJ reports
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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.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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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
October 6, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
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