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October 6, 2015
15:25 EDTAMZNAmazon cloud announcement unlikely to sink Splunk, analysts say
Amazon (AMZN) appears to be signaling an expanded presence in cloud-based data analytics, sending shares of incumbents in the space lower and prompting several analysts to weigh in on the e-commerce giant's potential impact. AMAZON CLOUD: Amazon is expected to announce a new "big data" analytics addition to Amazon Web Services, according to an October 4 Wall Street Journal report. The article follows the launch last week of Amazon Elasticsearch, adding further data crunching capabilities to the company's cloud computing platform. Commenting on the news, William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri said that Splunk (SPLK) investor concerns over Amazon are overblown. Elasticsearch is likely to remain primarily a document search platform rather than a direct competitor to Splunk's offerings, while Amazon's expected analytics announcement looks more likely to challenge Tableau (DATA) and Qlik (QLIK), the analyst argues. Meanwhile, FBR analyst Daniel Ives said that a tangential move into the data analytics space "makes a ton of strategic and financial sense" for Amazon, as the market is only about 10% penetrated despite aggressive expansion from Microstrategy (MSTR), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP), and others. That said, Ives cautioned that Amazon's ability to again disrupt the cloud space with this latest entry appear limited in the near term, with many companies already showing preference for pure-play analytics firms. Amazon may ultimately have to make a larger acquisition by picking up a Qlik, Tableau, or Splunk to gain traction, the analyst contended. PRICE ACTION: Splunk shares are down fractionally in afternoon trading after some earlier volatility, while Tableau and Qlik are showing respective losses of roughly 3.14% and 1.86%.
13:06 EDTAMZNAWS, Rackspace pact a sign of consolidation, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster views the partnership between Amazon Web Services (AMZN) and Rackspace (RAX) as another sign that market offerings are consolidating. The cloud space is set to continue to consolidate toward key winners AWS, Azure and Google (GOOG), Munster tells investors in a research note. He views AWS as the key driver for Amazon shares and the rollout of SaaS products as the next major catalyst. The unit could be worth north of $100B, Munster estimates. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $650 price target.
12:52 EDTAMZNCitron predicts Wayfair shares going to $20
Citron Research reiterated its cautious stance on Wayfair (W) by tweeting out a link to a Re/code story titled, "Amazon Is Absolutely Eviscerating Other Retailers Online, New Survey Shows." The short selling blog expects Wayfair shares to go to $20. The stock is currently trading at $38.52. Citron tweeted, "$AMZN Is Eviscerating retailers $W is a joke as insiders dump. Analysts- AMZN is bigger than "de- nile"- C U at $20."
09:18 EDTAMZNRackspace announces agreement with Amazon Web Services
Rackspace (RAX) announces an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), under which Rackspace will offer "tools, expertise, application management, and operational support" to customers on the AWS Cloud. The core offering, Fanatical Support for AWS, plus three additional beta offerings -- Managed Security for AWS, Compliance Assistance for AWS, and Managed Cloud for Adobe Experience Manager -- reflect Rackspace's "strategy of delivering best in class expertise and support for the world's leading technologies and platforms," it stated. Rackspace also has become an Amazon Web Services authorized reseller, completed the audit to become a Managed Services Partner, and is joining the AWS Partner Network at the Advanced Consulting Partner level with over 100 certified AWS engineers.
08:53 EDTAMZNSplunk investor concerns over Amazon overblown, says William Blair
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06:21 EDTAMZNRoughly 44% of online shoppers turn to Amazon first, Re/code reports
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05:43 EDTAMZNAmazon launch not immediate threat to Splunk, says UBS
UBS analyst Brent Thill attributes yesterday's weakness in shares of Splunk (SPLK) to Amazon's (AMZN) launch of its own Elasticsearch Service, which on the surface looks competitive to Splunk's Cloud offering. After speaking with Splunk management, however, Thill views Amazon's launch as more of a "Wall Street headline risk" than an immediate competitive threat to Splunk's financials. Amazon's product seems more high-level and less solution-centric compared to Spunk, Thill tells investors in a research note titled "All Analytics Not Created Equal." Shares of Splunk closed yesterday down $1.06 to $55.30. Thill keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $76 price target.
October 5, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; October 5, 2015
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10:16 EDTCLFBofa/Merrill global metals/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Tanners, European Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Ekblom, Russian Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Faritov and LatAm Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Lofiego, along with Sebastian Lewis, Editorial Director-China of Platts, review market conditions in key regions and discusses recent price moves in iron ore, met coat and steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 8 at 9 am.
09:39 EDTAMZNeSports seen as next big growth opportunity in media
Competitive video game playing in organized leagues, or eSports, is on the verge of reaching mainstream adoption and moving from an engagement tool to a monetization opportunity for video game makers, according to Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who calls the trend the "biggest media and sports growth opportunity you've never heard of." NEXT BIG THING: eSports could have 200M active and engaged participants as early as next year and can grow from about $200M this year to $1B in revenues by 2018, Sebastian tells investors this morning in a research note. Game publishers such as Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) are "natural beneficiaries," according to Sebastian, who believes that eSports has the potential to drive earnings growth and multiple expansion for the sector. eSports is still mainly a tool to help engage and keep core gamers, but Sebastian expects this to change quickly as game makers focus on incremental revenue opportunities and increasing average revenue per user. The analyst also sees "significant opportunities" from eSports for online streaming platforms, like Amazon's (AMZN) Twitch and Google's (GOOG) newer platform, as well as for Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and PC and component makers. ANOTHER eSPORTS BULL: Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis previously told investors that he believes the surging popularity of competitive video gaming on a global basis will benefit game publishers as well as hardware companies like NVIDIA (NVDA). In a note to investors last month, the analyst said that Activision Blizzard had five of the top fifteen most popular games on Twitch in July, and contended that the company looks best positioned among game makers to benefit from the eSports opportunity. On the date of his eSports note, Lipacis upgraded NVIDIA to Buy from Hold, saying secular growth in gaming will trump PC weakness. The company's Gaming Graphics Processing Unit is "under the radar" and has grown 23% annually over the past three years, noted Lipacis, who raised his price target for shares to $30 from $23. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Activision Blizzard rose 1.4% to $31.90, Electronic Arts gained 1.04% to $67.18 and Take-Two Interactive advanced 0.85% to $29.64.
07:19 EDTBAC, COpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:53 EDTC, BACAverage ATM fees reach $4.52, WSJ says
The average ATM fee rose to $4.52 this year as regulators have pressured banks to reduce other fees and consumers aren't using ATMs as frequently as in the past, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a Bankrate Inc. survey. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Cardtronics (CATM). Reference Link
October 4, 2015
17:53 EDTAMZNAmazon to add analytics service to cloud computing unit, WSJ says
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October 2, 2015
16:27 EDTBACOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at the open after the government's monthly jobs report showed fewer people than expected were hired last month and average hourly wages did not increase. However, the major indexes gathered themselves and began drifting higher, crossing back into the green in early afternoon trading. Before this morning, many investors expected that the Federal Reserve would start raising interest rates before the end of the year, but the jobs data for September has certainly raised doubts in that regard. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 142,000 nonfarm jobs were added last month, missing expectations for 201,000 job additions. Average hourly earnings were flat month-over-month, compared to expectations for them to rise 0.2% in September. The unemployment rate held at 5.1%, as expected. Factory orders fell 1.7% in August, versus expectations for them to drop 1.2%. Baker Hughes said that the U.S. rig count fell by 29 total rigs from last week to 809. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of big banks were underperformers after the jobs report cast doubt on how soon the Fed will begin raising interest rates. Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 0.32%, JPMorgan (JPM) dropped 0.21% and Bank of America declined 1.09%... Two of the nation's big four wireless carriers were in the news after Experian (EXPGY) announced that one of its units experienced an attack by hackers that exposed data from its client T-Mobile (TMUS) and The Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint (S) plans to eliminate as much as $2.5B in costs and make job cuts over the next six months. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which surged 22.73% to $63.47 following reports that the Chinese government may provide economic support to the gaming center Macau, where Wynn and several peers operate casinos. Shares of Las Vegas Sands (LVS) gained 10.52%, MGM Resorts (MGM) rose 6% and Melco Crown (MPEL) advanced 13.88% after the news as well. Among the noteworthy losers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which dropped 53.53% to $6.39 after the company said it is unlikely to submit a New Drug Application for its Fabry disease treatment to the FDA by the end of the year. Also lower were shares of backup generator maker Generac (GNRC), which fell 5.18% to $27.62 after weather forecasters' latest models predicted that Hurricane Joaquin may stay offshore and not make landfall along the East Coast of the U.S. INDEXES: The Dow rose 200.36, or 1.23%, to 16,472.37, the Nasdaq gained 80.69, or 1.74%, to 4,707.77, and the S&P 500 advanced 27.54, or 1.43%, to 1,951.36.
16:03 EDTBAC, COptions Update; October 2, 2015
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13:34 EDTINTCAltera to host special shareholder meeting
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13:26 EDTBAC, CBanks, brokers slide as weak jobs report pushes out rate hike
Shares of banks and brokers are sliding after a weak jobs report pushed out the probability of near-term rate hike. WHAT'S NEW: Friday morning, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added only 142,000 jobs in September compared to economists expectations of 203,000. The Labor Department's September jobs report strengthened the argument that the Fed will not raise rates in October, and even lessened the probability of a December rate hike. An increase in interest rates would let banks and brokers benefit from higher spreads on deposits. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and Wells Fargo (WFC) are all declining despite a rebound in the broad market. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of online brokers, including TD Ameritrade (AMTD), Charles Schwab (SCHW), E*TRADE (ETFC), and Interactive Brokers (IBKR) are also lower in afternoon trading.
12:09 EDTINTCMicrosoft acquires Havok from Intel, terms not disclosed
In a company blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said, "Today, we are proud to announce that Microsoft has acquired Havok, the leading provider of 3D physics, from Intel (INTC). As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok's development tools to partners." Reference Link
11:32 EDTAMZNAnalyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
11:29 EDTBACStocks with call strike movement; JPM BAC
JPMorgan (JPM) December 65 call option implied volatility increased 10% to 26, Bank of America (BAC) February 17 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 30 according to iVolatility.
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