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November 26, 2014
06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to bring Black Friday discounts to China, China Daily says
Amazon is trying to make Black Friday a popular shopping day in China, according to China Daily. The company will offer discounts on its Chinese website on Friday, China Daily quoted the company as saying. Reference Link
05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com lowers price of unlocked Fire Phone to $199
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November 25, 2014
14:44 EDTAMZNcomScore: Desktop e-commerce sales up 11% so far in holiday season
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13:16 EDTAMZNAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
12:22 EDTAMZNAmazon uniquely positioned in home services market, says RW Baird
After the Wall Street Journal this morning highlighted the recent roll-out of Amazon (AMZN) Local Services in select U.S. cities, RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says the tech giant is "uniquely positioned" in the $400B home services market given its position in e-commerce and ability to geo-target traffic to local service professionals. Sebastian notes the market is increasingly competitive, with Angie's List (ANGI), Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the public companies in the space. He also expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon, point out Baird's initial e-commerce checks suggest a solid start to holiday shopping.
11:32 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
BlackBerry (BBRY) March 13 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 53, Twitter (TWTR) March 45 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 45 according to IVolatility.
11:23 EDTCHKChesapeake loses appeal to redeem bonds early, Reuters says
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11:10 EDTAMZNWorldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014, IDC says
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks." Publicly traded companies in the space include Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Reference Link
10:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry mentioned cautiously at Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt Securities said BlackBerry's partner Hon Hai's production center, slated for BlackBerry production, continues to sit idle.
09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:11 EDTAMZNAmazon launches local service provider offering in NY, LA, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) has launched Amazon Local Services, which connects customers to local service providers, in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person briefed on the plan. The Fly notes that Angie’s List (ANGI) operates a service for members to research, hire, and review local professionals. Reference Link
09:07 EDTBBRYBlackBerry offering rebates on Passport smartphone
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09:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces new BBM partners
BlackBerry disclosed today on its blog that it had entered into several new partnerships to expand its ad sales network and bring region-specific advertising sales expertise to BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM. Specifically, the company .said that it had chosen four new regional partners. Blyk will represent BBM globally, with dedicated sales representatives in Chicago, Dubai, London, Singapore, and Toronto, the company stated. Habari Media will represent BBM with dedicated sales representatives in South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana, it added. Blackberry added that businesses have several ways to connect with consumers via BBM, including sponsored posts, sponsored invites, and featured placements. Reference Link
08:30 EDTAMZNMakerBot offering 3D printed products on Amazon.com
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05:19 EDTBABoeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines
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November 24, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 24, 2014
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 47% in third week November, eBay up 12%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:19 EDTBADefense Secretary Hagel said to be stepping down, NY Times reports
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07:57 EDTENDPPerrigo confirms first to file patent challenge for generic version of Aveed
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07:11 EDTENDPTrimel announces license agreement with Endo for NATESTO
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07:02 EDTENDPEndo acquires rights to Natesto testosterone nasal gel
Endo announced the acquisition of rights to Natesto, the first and only testosterone nasal gel for replacement therapy in adult males diagnosed with hypogonadism, from Trimel BioPharma SRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporatio. Natesto™ was approved by the FDA in May of 2014. Under the terms of the agreement Trimel will receive an upfront payment of $25M and could receive additional payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory and sales milestones. Additionally, Trimel will be responsible for the manufacture and supply of Natesto and Endo will pay a tiered supply price for the product. Endo expects the transaction to close in early 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, Endo receives sole and exclusive commercial rights to the Natesto product in the US and Mexico. In addition, Endo will collaborate on all regulatory and clinical development activities in coordination with Trimel.
November 21, 2014
15:08 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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12:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTAMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
19:31 EDTBABoeing has no plans for long-range 737 MAX, Reuters reports
Boeing has no plans to extend the range of its upcoming 737 MAX 9 jetliner after Airbus Group's announcement that it will offer a long-range version of its competing A321 aircraft, according to Reuters, citing a senior Boeing executive. Reference Link
15:44 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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15:35 EDTBADelta Air Lines confirms order for 25 Airbus A350-900, 25 A330neo aircraft
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13:50 EDTBABoeing confirms Kuwait Airways intent to purchase 10 777-300ERs
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13:04 EDTKMPKinder Morgan announces shareholder approval of merger transactions
Kinder Morgan (KMI) announced that at special meetings held by each of KMI, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), unitholders and shareholders approved all proposals related to the merger transactions previously announced on Aug. 10. More than 95% of the votes cast at the special meeting of each company were voted in favor of the proposals related to the merger transactions. The deadline for KMP and EPB unitholders to elect the form of consideration they wish to receive in each of KMP’s and EPB’s pending mergers with KMI is 5:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 24, 2014. The election deadline may be extended, in which case KMI will issue a press release announcing the new election deadline. The closing of each merger is expected to occur on Nov. 26, 2014. Accordingly, it is expected that Nov. 26 will be the last trading day for KMP and EPB units as well as KMR shares.
09:43 EDTKMPKinder Morgan to host special shareholder meeting
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07:44 EDTBADelta near deal for 50 Airbus wide-body jets, Bloomberg reports
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07:33 EDTENDPEndo launches generic version of Hoffmann-La Roche's Valcyte
Endo's Qualitest subsidiary has launched a generic version of Hoffmann-La Roche's Valcyte. For the 12 months ending September 30, Valcyte had total U.S. sales of approximately $440M, according to IMS Health data.
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
17:13 EDTBABoeing awarded $194.78M government contract modification
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15:53 EDTBBRYSome make case for Yahoo considering BlackBerry acquistion, Re/code says
Sources close to Yahoo (YHOO) said the company has been considering several "big acquisitions," largely aimed at helping its display business, and is eyeing tech-related companies including MediaMath, RadiumOne and Turn, reported Re/code's Kara Swisher. Swisher added that "one of the most far-out" ideas that has been "floated by bankers and other sundry pundits" is that Yahoo should buy BlackBerry (BBRY), and Swisher said that while that may seem unlikely, such a purchase would be "well within the amount" that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has to spend. Reference Link
15:05 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO's forecasting skills under scrutiny, WSJ says
After Morgan Stanley suggested that BlackBerry may miss its revenue target for software sales, the forecasting skills of BlackBerry CEO John Chen may come under scrutiny, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Chen, known as a turnaround expert, has said the smartphone maker will double its software sales to $500M in its next fiscal year. The Morgan Stanley analyst who wrote the report, James Faucette, said in the note, “We are skeptical that BlackBerry will be able to achieve that level of success, particularly with a new product platform, new pricing and with a still very damaged brand,” added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
14:25 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry sinks after Morgan Stanley cuts to Underweight
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are sinking after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight, saying that the market had become too optimistic about the outlook for the company's software and messaging platform. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry's valuation indicates that the market expects the company's software revenue and messaging revenue to increase by $250M and $100M, respectively, in fiscal 2016, Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette wrote in a note to investors before the market opened today. These expectations are consistent with the targets set by the device maker's CEO, John Chen, Faucette stated. But the outlook "seems excessive," as they imply that BlackBerry will retain all of its enterprise subscribers, and convince them to pay the company three times more money than now, the analyst stated. BlackBerry will not "gain relevancy in the enterprise mobile management software market and will continue to lose enterprise subscribers," Faucette believes. He downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight and set a $7 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In September, BlackBerry reported that it had issued 3.4M licenses for its BES10 mobile device management system during its September quarter representing a nearly threefold increase over the previous quarter. The company stated that BlackBerry Messenger had 91M users, up from 85M users the previous quarter. In a note to investors on November 14, JPMorgan raised its price target on the stock to $13 from $10. The company's product announcements on November 13 increased the chances that its software strategy will work, according to the firm. JPMorgan added, however, that BlackBerry still had a long road back to health, and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, BlackBerry slid 5% to $10.20.
10:21 EDTENDPHigh option volume stocks
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
10:00 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Beacon Roofing (BECN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... BlackBerry (BBRY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Synchronoss (SNCR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Movado (MOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Transocean Partners (RIGP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Seadrill Partners (SDLP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
07:57 EDTBBRYBlackBerry downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:33 EDTENDPEndo, Auxilium receive early termination of HSR waiting period for deal
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06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTBBRYBlackBerry downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
November 18, 2014
15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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07:19 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded at Bernstein
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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10:02 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
08:12 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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07:33 EDTKMPMatrix Service awarded EPC contract by Kinder Morgan Energy
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05:12 EDTBABoeing signs agreement with Toray Industries for 777X wing composites
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTBBRYNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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10:00 EDTMTOROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTENDPJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
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07:20 EDTBBRYBlackBerry price target raised to $13 from $10 at JPMorgan
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07:19 EDTBBRYBlackBerry new partnerships positive, but still early days, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that BlackBerry has recruited good partners and distributors, but the firm thinks it's still unclear whether BES 12 can gain share from other Enterprise Mobility Management systems. RBC Capital keeps a $12 price target and Sector Perform rating on BlackBerry.
07:05 EDTKMPKinder Morgan says expected closing date of merger Nov. 24
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06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
05:27 EDTMTORMeritor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Meritor to Neutral citing limited upside potential following the outperformance of shares. Goldman upped its price target for the stock to $15 from $14.
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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15:51 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says 'new' value added services are 'available'
15:40 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says mission is to soften the SAF trajectory
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15:25 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says company is hiring
15:23 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says may do acquisitions and more partnerships
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15:19 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says company is now financially stable, cash position strong
15:17 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says has complimentary strengths with Samsung
BlackBerry CEO speaking on CNBC.
13:28 EDTBBRYBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
12:52 EDTBABoeing reports 90 new orders since last update
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12:29 EDTBBRYCitron Research says confident in $15 target for BlackBerry
Citron Research stated on Twitter: "All systems a go for Mr. Chen. New deal with Samsung makes Citron feel confident about our near term $15 target [on BlackBerry.] New 52 week high" Reference Link
12:04 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces strategic partnership with Samsung
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12:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces agreement with Salesforce.com
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12:01 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces partnership with Brightstar
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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11:00 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; ARCP BBRY
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10:01 EDTMTOROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
07:12 EDTBAOracle to hold a meeting
2014 OAGi Plenary Meeting is being held in Redwood City, California on November 13-14.
06:42 EDTMTORMeritor downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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12:00 EDTBBRYBlackBerry to host investor day
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11:37 EDTBIOCBiocept rises after announcing launch of lung cancer offering
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09:21 EDTMTOROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMTORMeritor sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.20-$1.30, consensus $1.01
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08:08 EDTMTORMeritor reports Q4 Commercial Truck & Industrial sales $729M
Reports Q4 Aftermarket & Trailer segment sales $240M.
08:08 EDTMTORMeritor reports Q4 adjusted EPS 35c, consensus 14c
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07:31 EDTCHKBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:10 EDTBAFly Leasing to sell 8 Boeing 757 aircraft
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