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August 13, 2014
09:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July SSS acceleration positive, but early, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views ChannelAdvisor's reported July Amazon same-store-sales growth of 40.4% as positive, but notes itís early in the quarter and that ChannelAdvisor data is less helpful after the discrepancy in the June quarter. Piper notes ChannelAdvisor pegged Amazon's June quarter SSS acceleration at 900 basis points while Amazon reported flat North American growth. It has an Overweight rating on the stock.
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April 23, 2015
14:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly 24 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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13:12 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Amazon ahead of Q1 report
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 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 (13c) on revenue of $22.39B. The consensus range is (56c)-35c for EPS, and $21.74B-$22.88B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported fourth quarter EPS of 45c against estimates of 17c, on revenue of $29.33B against estimates of $29.67B. The company gave Q1 revenue guidance of $20.9B-$22.9B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($450M)-$50M, compared to $146M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported worldwide paid Prime memberships increased 53% in 2014. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: During Amazonís Q4 earnings conference call, CFO Thomas Szkutak said the company will look to invest in China and India. In the past quarter, an Economics Times report said the company was planning to create its own fashion and lifestyle private brands in India. RBC Capital says the companyís outlook is still positive due to significant opportunity for growth in India. UBS noted that Amazon could benefit from restructuring its China operations, making a case for Amazon to exit the country as it faces stiff competition from Alibaba (BABA) and Jd.com (JD). Amazon.com expanded its two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Baltimore, Miami, Austin and Atlanta. Piper Jaffray said the expansion of the program is "encouraging" and will prevent retailers from gaining mindshare from Amazon. The company announced the launch of its Amazon Giveaway tool, AWS Marketplace, new Fire TV features and greenlit five new Amazon Original series, but it plans to shut down Amazon Webstore. ChannelAdvisor said Amazon SSS was up 27% in January, 22.7% in February and 24.6% in March. In recommendations, the companyís price target was raised RW Baird after the firm assigned a standalone value of $40B-$45B to Amazon Web Services. Its price target was also raised at Citigroup due the companyís upcoming disclosure of new segment metrics. Earlier this month, Cleveland Research said its checks indicate Amazon has in-line sales growth and margin expansion that will lead to modest upside Q1 CSOI. Jefferies adds that the companyís fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term margin improvement with scale. Baird also said that its Amazon.com survey suggests accelerating growth trends in product selection and Prime-eligible units. Piper Jaffray said it is positive on Amazon shares because the firm believes margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters. Ahead of the companyís Q1 earnings report, Amazon was upgraded at Monness Crespi citing a the release of results for Amazonís Web Service segment. The firm called it a "catalytic event" outside of the companyís "standard beat-and-raise" type of report. Amazon was downgraded, however, at BGC Financial due to the negative impact of currency. BGC added that it expects the company to "sustain its investment cycle regardless of overall profitability." PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 24% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q1 report, Amazon.com shares are down 0.35%.
12:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 163, May is at 50, June is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
08:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:25 EDTAMZNAcacia Research subsidiaries enters into settlement agreement with Amazon
Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GMBH, subsidiaries of Acacia Research (ACTG), entered into a settlement and license agreement with Amazon (AMZN).
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to provide financial information for AWS unit today, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CLDN AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Celladon (CLDN) 383, Amazon.com (AMZN) 44 according to iVolatility.
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAMZNNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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07:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 137, May is at 48, June is at 34, July is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
April 21, 2015
12:46 EDTAMZNAmazon launches online travel market with Amazon Destinations, WSJ reports
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11:00 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com cut to Hold ahead of Q1 results at BGC Financial
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10:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Hold from Buy at BGC Financial
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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