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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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May 22, 2015
09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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May 21, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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13:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks above short-term bearish price channel, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $520 on bullish trends at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Amazon.com's price target to $520 from $450 on bullish trends and multiple sources of potential upside. The firm's analyst believes the 2016 consensus gross profit view is 5% too low and implies a deceleration to 0% in 2016, which has never happened. Morgan Stanley said fulfillment costs per unit are falling for the first time since 2010 and will continue in 2015, but expects a return to investment in 2016. The firm also said international retail losses aren't as bad as perceived and believes they will moderate in 2016, given recent incremental discipline. Morgan believes Street estimates for AWS are too conservative, given its easy comps and the Q1 margin upside. As a result, Morgan Stanley raised its gross profit estimates for Amazon by 1% for 2015 and by 2% for 2016 and keeps its Overweight rating on the shares.
05:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces Prime Now service from local stores in Manhattan
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May 20, 2015
18:44 EDTAMZNeBay tests Amazon.com Prime-type program in Germany, WSJ reports
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13:37 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts concerned with competition hurting NetApp results
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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May 19, 2015
11:52 EDTAMZNDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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May 18, 2015
14:04 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 15, 2015
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May 14, 2015
18:55 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to expand Prime product selection, Re/code says
Amazon is in talks with select merchants to include products in the Prime two-day shipping program without requiring them to be stored in Amazon warehouses, reports Re/code, citing multiple people familiar with the program. The report notes that Amazon previously required that all Prime products be stored in the company's own warehouses, indicating that the move is a concession to sellers in exchange for improving the Prime experience. Reference Link
May 13, 2015
18:09 EDTAMZNWal-Mart to launch $50 unlimited shipping service in summer, AP says
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14:52 EDTAMZNAmazon launches new mobile advertising platform
Amazon has launched a new advertising platform for mobile app developers that promises to "promote your app to millions of users on Fire tablet wakescreens and mobile placements on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network." Amazon automatically generates advertisements once an ad placement order is submitted, and touts that an ad campaign can be launched in as little as 90 seconds. Reference Link
13:28 EDTAMZNWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTAMZNWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNHouse Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet holds a hearing entitled, "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internets Operation" with Vice President Misener of Amazon.com on May 13 at 10 am. Webcast Link
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