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July 31, 2015
16:22 EDTINTCStocks end week higher in U.S. despite selloff in China
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 31, 2015
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11:47 EDTHPQStocks with call strike movement; LNKD HPQ
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09:45 EDTBACBofA shareholders to vote on rule change that made Moynihan chairman
Bank of America will hold a special shareholder meeting to vote on the rule change that allowed CEO Brian Moynihan to become chairman a year ago, according to a regulatory filing. "In October 2014, we amended the company’s Bylaws to provide flexibility in considering the appropriate leadership structure for the Board as facts and circumstances may require," the company said in a filing with the SEC. "As discussed in the proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and in the enclosed proxy materials, we determined it currently is in the company’s and stockholders’ best interests to have Brian Moynihan serve as Chairman and Jack Bovender serve as Lead Independent Director—a new Board leadership role with robust powers and responsibilities to facilitate strong independent Board leadership. Since we established this governance structure, the Board has continued its diligent and active oversight of management, and we are confident this Board’s leadership structure serves the best interests of the company and all of us as stockholders by providing effective and efficient Board leadership while maintaining strong, independent oversight of management. We undertook a thorough and thoughtful process before changing the company’s Bylaws, and, through our engagement with you, we have heard your desire to vote on this action. We now seek your support of our decision. We encourage you to read the attached proxy materials to understand why we believe you should ratify the Bylaw change." No date has been yet for the meeting. Reference Link
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon announces availability of Amazon Acoustics
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06:40 EDTC, BACU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
July 30, 2015
16:00 EDTHPQ, BACOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
10:09 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:45 EDTBACMerill Lynch brokers threaten to leave 'in mass,' Fox Business reports
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06:55 EDTBACBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
05:51 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Zynga (ZNGA) 66, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
July 29, 2015
18:15 EDTAMZNAmazon nears $30M e-book contract with NY Department of Education, CNY says
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16:00 EDTCLF, BACOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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14:12 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
10:58 EDTCLFCliffs Natural Resources sees trade cases as 'game changer' for steel makers
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10:36 EDTINTCLockheed Martin launches healthcare technology alliance
Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced the formation of a new healthcare technology alliance, combining the expertise of health IT providers, medical technology companies, and academic institutions to advance public health. The Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance's founding members include: Cisco (CSCO), Cloudera, Illumina (ILMN), Intel (INTC) and Montgomery College. The members of the Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance will collaborate on technology solutions that help improve care in rapidly evolving and growing areas of health technology such as those that: secure patient medical information; leverage advances in genomic research; and apply big data solutions to improve public health.
10:23 EDTCLFCliffs Natural Resources says it has 'ample liquidity'
Says customers updated forecast for prices was "substantially lower" than prior quarter. Says has opportunity to optimize working capital. Says able to maintain cost guidance despite volume cuts. Says it expects to receive anticipated $160M federal tax refund. Sees FY15 SG&A guidance of $120M. Says continues to resolve all issues left from previous regime. Says has moved forward with divestiture of several assets. Says "we control our destiny and our use of cash." Says working diligently with interested buyers for Pinnacle toward a deal, expects to announce in very near future. Says will continue to pursue further cost reduction opportunities in order to stay cash flow positive. Says will be temporarily be idling production at United Taconite facility. Comments taken from Q2 earnings call. In morning trading, shares in Cliffs Natural Resources were down 7.74% to $2.74.
10:01 EDTHPQBox names Paul Chapman as Chief Information Officer
Box (BOX) announced that 25-year IT industry veteran Paul Chapman has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer, responsible for driving a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company’s more than 1,200 employees worldwide and customer base of 47,000 organizations. Chapman was most recently CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon says to debut two new dramatic plots on Amazon Instant Video on Aug. 7
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08:21 EDTCLFCliffs Natural backs FY15 capital expenditure budget of $100M-$125M
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08:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 U.S. iron ore pellet sales volume down 2% to 4.2M tons
Cliffs Natural reports U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume in Q2 was 4.2M tons, a 2% decrease when compared to the second quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven by reduced year-over-year export sales and lower demand by U.S. mills, partially offset by improved shipping conditions on the Great Lakes. Cash production cost per ton in U.S. Iron Ore was $56.06, down 9% from $61.37 in the prior year's second quarter. The decrease was driven by a reduction in salaried workforce headcount and overall reductions in employment costs along with a year-over-year reduction in energy rates. This was partially offset by decreases in production volume due to scheduled maintenance and repairs. Realized revenue rates of $78.32 per ton were lower than previously guided as a result of a significant adjustment to the hot-band steel price estimate for one major contract.
08:17 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 EPS 39c, consensus (11c)
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy with $700 target at Stifel
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06:29 EDTINTCIntel defines 6 desktop market segments for CPU platforms, DigiTimes reports
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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05:59 EDTCLFStocks with implied volatility movement; AMGN CLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amgen (AMGN) 30, Cliffs Natural (CLF) 125 according to iVolatility.
July 28, 2015
16:53 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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16:00 EDTBAC, INTCOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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14:57 EDTINTCAnalyst skeptical after 'amateurish' Micron, Intel memory presentation
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13:57 EDTINTCMicron, Intel memory launch more diversion than revolution, says Summit Research
After Micron (MU) and Intel (INTC) introduced 3D XPoint memory technology, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said that at first glance the new product seems like an additive memory that will co-exist with DRAM and NAND. Sundararajan added that nothing about the "amateurish" presentation gives him confidence that Micron and Intel can catch Samsung (SSNLF) in terms of DRAM or 3D NAND.
12:44 EDTAMZNAmazon proposes drones-only fly zone, Guardian reports
Amazon proposed at a NASA UTM Convention at NASA Ames in California that a pristine slice of airspace above the world's cities and suburbs should be set aside for high-speed aerial drones without any human interference, the Guardian reports. The company suggested that a 200-foot parcel of air located between 200-400 feet from the ground should be segregated and reserved for high-tech drones, the report says. The proposal marks the next step in the company's goal of delivering packages via drones, the report says. Reference Link
12:43 EDTINTCIntel, Micron downplay concerns of 3D XPoint 'cannibalizing' NAND products
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12:31 EDTINTCIntel, Micron expect 3D XPoint cost to be 'somewhere between' NAND, DRAM
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12:08 EDTINTCIntel, Micron introduce 3D XPoint memory technology
Intel (INTC) and Micron Technology (MU) unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to "revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data." Now in production, 3D XPoint technology brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, according to Intel and Micron. 3D XPoint technology will sample later this year with select customers, and Intel and Micron are developing individual products based on the technology, the companies said.
12:02 EDTHPQ, INTCMicron, Intel to discuss technology similar to HP memristor, Hesseldahl says
Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code said on Twitter: "Intel and Micron are going to disclose technology similar to HP's memristor technology. It will be called: 3D XPoint" Reference Link
10:15 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:54 EDTAMZNCLSA U.S. Internet analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Internet Analyst James Lee hosts Toynk's E-commerce Director, Dave Madoch, to compare and contrast Amazon and eBay's cross-border trade business models and performance on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 3 at 11 am.
09:32 EDTCCaterpillar announces $1.5B accelerated stock repurchase
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces Amazon Launchpad program
Amazon announced Amazon Launchpad, a new program that makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe. The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network, all geared toward helping startups successfully launch their innovations and share their stories.
08:38 EDTINTCIntel and Micron to hold a joint press and analyst webcast
Micron and Intel Share Updates on Latest Storage and Memory Technologies in a webcast being held on July 28 at 12 pm. Reference Link
07:59 EDTINTCKLA-Tencor downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
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06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR HPQ
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05:15 EDTAMZNAmazon web services makes Amazon Aurora available to all customers
Amazon Web Services, or AWS, an Amazon.com company, announced that Amazon Aurora, a MySQL-compatible database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases, is now available to all customers. More than a thousand AWS customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, participated in the preview and saw that Amazon Aurora can provide up to five times better performance than the typical MySQL database, and availability as good or better than commercial databases – at one-tenth the cost. These customers also found Amazon Aurora has the scalability, durability, and reliability to run the most demanding enterprise and Internet-scale applications – everything from massive Internet of Things applications to mission-critical e-commerce sites.
July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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11:37 EDTHPQStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
10:47 EDTINTCQualcomm rises in down market after Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:35 EDTINTCIntel, Micron gain after announcing joint press event
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10:29 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX INTC MU VZ BIDU AMBA
08:33 EDTBACBank of America increases environmental initiative from $50B to $125B
Bank of America said it has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50B to $125B in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.
06:36 EDTINTCIntel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Computer Stick, DigiTimes reports
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July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTHPQ, AMZNAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTAMZNStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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16:22 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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14:04 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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14:01 EDTHPQHP granted approval for shareholder settlement on Autonomy, Bloomberg reports
14:01 EDTBACBank of America's Lynch to step down as general counsel, Bloomberg reports
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13:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com retraces, levels to watch
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13:00 EDTAMZNAmazon.com levels to watch
Shares appear to be trying to hold the line at the $550 area as the afternoon session begins. That is still over $68 of upside, but down nearly $42 from the after-hours session high yesterday. There is a risk the move is broadly extended and blow-off top at least in the short-term. Support is at the session low at $549.67. Without any established support price retracement is likely to follow round-number and common option strikes. Next support on that basis below the low would be $545 and then at $540. Resistance similarly is at $555.
12:54 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility pulls back on better than expected Q2 and outlook
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, August and September is at 27, compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 68, suggesting decreasing price risk.
10:46 EDTCCiti's Mexico unit facing expanding money laundering probe, Bloomberg says
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10:34 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTAMZNAmazon shares, price targets soar following earnings beat
Shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) are surging this morning and research firms are rushing to increase their price targets on the stock after the e-commerce giant unexpectedly reported a quarterly profit and gave a better than expected revenue forecast for its new quarter. UPGRADES: Barclays analyst Paul Vogel upgraded Amazon to Overweight from Equal Weight, saying the online retailer's margins are expanding much faster than previously thought. Vogel views the company's outside the U.S. and Web Services revenue growth as both a surprise and sustainable, telling investors that the second quarter "was too good in our view to wait" for an upgrade. He raised his price target for Amazon shares to $700 from $412. B. Riley analyst Scott Tilghman also upgraded Amazon this morning, upping it to Buy from Neutral as he also believes the company's revenue upside looks sustainable. Tilghman, who believes margin upside is likely to follow, raised his price target for the stock to $646 from $428. TARGETS ABOVE $700: JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth raised his December 2016 price target for Amazon.com to $710 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock, as he believes Amazon is now benefiting from its investments in Prime, category expansion and fulfillment centers. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak hiked his price target on Amazon.com to $740, which is the highest among firms tracked by Bloomberg at time of writing. Nowak, who entitled his note "The Everything Quarter," said the company's business is inflecting around the globe and noted that top-line growth accelerated in all four of its main retail segments for the second quarter in a row. PRICE ACTION: In early trading following its report last night, Amazon shares jumped 16% to about $561 per share.
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTBAC, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
08:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $740 from $520 at Morgan Stanley
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07:43 EDTAMZNGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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07:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $665 from $500 at Deutsche Bank
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07:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $650 from $460 at Citi
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07:07 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $650 from $550 at UBS
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $670 from $460 at Cantor
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06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon urges FTC to approve Staples-Office Depot deal, NY Post says
Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has reached out to FTC regulators through intermediaries supporting approval of Staples' (SPLS) proposed $6.3B offer to acquire Office Depot (ODP), the New York Post reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $710 from $535 at JPMorgan
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06:13 EDTINTCAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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05:53 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN TWTR
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05:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $630 from $475 at Baird
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian raised his price target for Amazon.com to $630 saying the company's Q2 was a "pristine quarter almost across the board." Accelerating growth and higher than expected margins will "prove irresistible to investors," Sebastian tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Amazon were upgraded this morning at B. Riley and Barclays.
05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $650 from $520 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Amazon.com shares to $650 saying the company just reported a third straight quarter of margins materially above expectations. Munster expects further margin expansion after management reiterated its intent to focus on productivity in 2015. He sees unit growth as being a catalyst for shares and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Amazon shares, which upgraded this morning at B. Riley and Barclays, are trading up $87.82 to $570.00 in pre-market trading.
05:45 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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05:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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05:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Overweight with $700 target at Barclays
Barclays analyst Paul Vogel upgraded Amazon.com to Overweight from Equal Weight saying the online retailer's margins are expanding much faster than previously thought. Following Amazon's Q2 results, Vogel views the company's outside the U.S. and Web Services revenue growth as both a surprise and sustainable. The quarter "was too good in our view to wait" for an upgrade, the analyst tells investors. He raised his price target for Amazon shares to $700 from $412. In pre-market trading, the stock is up $88.77 to $570.95.
July 23, 2015
19:41 EDTAMZNAmazon to test drive-thru grocery store, SV Business Journal says
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19:06 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 17.2%... Marketo (MKTO), up 15.4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 9.9%... NetGear (NTGR), up 9.2%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.1%... LogMeIn (LOGM), up 9.9%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 7.8%... Proofpoint (PFPT), up 5.1%... Supreme Industries (STS), up 4.7%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 3.6%... IGI Laboratories (IG), up 3.7%... Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), up 4.1%... Boyd Gaming (BYD), up 4.1%... Trinity Industries (TRN), up 5%... Trinity Industries (N), up 3.2%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Qorvo (QRVO), up 2.7% after Skyworks reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: TrueCar (TRUE), down 33.1% after reporting quarterly results and cutting fiscal 2015 revenue guidance... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 9.2%... Align Technology (ALGN), down 7.4%... Capital One (COF), down 4.9%... PMC-Sierra (PMCS), down 9.1%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (SNSS), down 59.7% after giving vosaroxin regulatory update... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL), down 5.6% after CEO Thomas Chalberg, Jr., Ph.D. resigns and Hans Hull name interim CEO.
18:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says prime membership continues to grow
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18:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says AWS segment income rose 407%
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17:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 AWS net revenue up 81% to $1.82B
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16:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 AWS segment net sales $1.82B
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16:12 EDTAMZNAmazon.com jumps 14% to $549.50 after reporting Q2 profits
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16:12 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q3 revenue $23.3B-$25.5B, consensus $23.89B
Sees Q3 operating income (loss) to be between ($480M) and $70M, compared to ($544M) million in third quarter 2014.
16:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 EPS 19c, consensus (14c)
Reports Q2 revenue $23.18B, consensus $22.39B. Operating cash flow increased 69% to $8.98B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.33B for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2014.
15:04 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:53 EDTAMZN“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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13:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly 35 straddle priced for 9.3% movement into Q2
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13:13 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Amazon to report Q2 results after ‘record breaking’ Prime Day
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13:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:04 EDTINTCRackspace, Intel announce OpenStack collaboration
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11:54 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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10:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
The key technical feature, most easily seen on a 5-year chart, is that a recent bullish pennant pattern has completed. Heading into earnings, even good news might still result in a retracement which is typical following a pattern's completion. That process may be underway as price eases down from the life high at $493.20. If there is strongly bullish news, the life high is the only resistance level on the chart. A breakout would likely mean a move to $500 and potentially much higher. Without overhead resistance, there is nothing to prevent a further run. Potential targets at $525 and $550 could be tested given the momentum coming into earnings. But such a move would be an extension of the already-parabolic advance, and typically these do not end well. A better scenario would be a consolidation in price at higher levels that builds support. If the news disappoints there is little in the way of enduring support below given the recent jumps. There is a zone of support at the $450 area which could be tested. Such a price drop would retrace the entire "pole" off the pennant that has brought shares to current levels. Below $450 there is only the low of the pennant pattern itself at the $425 area and then a zone of support below at $410 to $400 due to a price gap which was the first breakaway from resistance at the $400 area.
07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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07:15 EDTBACBank of America could underperform after executive changes, says Wells Fargo
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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:22 EDTINTCIntel to release notebook Skylake processor in October, DigiTimes reports
Intel is expected to release its upcoming notebook Skylake processor in October, reports DigiTimes. The company is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in Q4 as it looks to help boost notebook demand. The company is adjusting their schedules for Skylake products to minimize the impact of inventory issues. Reference Link
05:48 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HOT AMZN
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July 22, 2015
18:59 EDTBACBank of America announces CFO Bruce Thompson to step down
Bank of America announced that CFO Bruce Thompson has decided to step down after more than five years as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Donofrio, who has been with Bank of America since 1999 and has 25 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, will become CFO, effective August 1. Additionally, Global Human Resources executive Andrea Smith will assume a newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer. Replacing Smith as Global Human Resources executive is Sheri Bronstein.
18:37 EDTBACBank of America CFO Bruce Thompson to step down, WSJ reports
Bank of America CFO Bruce Thompson is leaving the bank, according to an internal memo, and will be replaced with Paul Donofrio, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:26 EDTCCiti releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
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15:41 EDTAMZNAngie's List price target lowered to $5.50 from $8 at Piper Jaffray
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14:51 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:58 EDTCCiti says to wind down banking operations at Banamex USA
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12:53 EDTCFDIC announces $140M civil penalty against Citi's Banamex USA unit
The FDIC announced the assessment of a civil money penalty of $140M against Banamex USA, Century City, California, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In a concurrent action, the California Department of Business Oversight assessed a civil money penalty of $40M. The FDIC's penalty of $140M will be satisfied in part by the CDBO's penalty. The FDIC's penalty will be paid to the United States Department of the Treasury. In taking this action, the FDIC determined that the bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program over an extended period of time. The institution failed to retain a qualified and knowledgeable BSA officer and sufficient staff, maintain adequate internal controls reasonably designed to detect and report illicit financial transactions and other suspicious activities, provide sufficient BSA training, and conduct effective independent testing.
12:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com offers Prime members 5% cash-back credit card, Re/code reports
Amazon is offering Prime members access to an Amazon credit card that pays back 5% on every Amazon.com order, reports Re/code. The company has quietly introduced the card in March and has been slowly rolling out marketing for it on the website since then. Reference Link
11:34 EDTCLFOptions with increasing put volume and implied volatility: RSX CLF FFIV
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open:
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities
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07:51 EDTAMZNAlibaba cloud services president says can catch AWS in 3-4 years, Bloomberg says
Speaking at an event about Alibaba Group's (BABA) accelerated investment in its data centers, the president of the company's Aliyun cloud services arm, Simon Hu said, "It took Amazon (AMZN) 10 years to get where it is today. It took us six years, and we hope to match or even surpass Amazon in three to four years,” according to Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAMZNJMP Securities says Amazon shifting to 'execution mode,' ups to Outperform
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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06:12 EDTAMZNAmazon.com's Home Services expands to many cities throughout U.S.
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06:08 EDTAMZNSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:27 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA AMZN
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July 21, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
14:24 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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10:58 EDTCCiti fined $70M, ordered by CFPB to provide $700M in relief
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09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
07:52 EDTHPQHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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07:45 EDTAMZNSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:19 EDTHPQSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTAMZNPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
17:20 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $5B investment in India ahead of Prime launch, ET says
Amazon is preparing a total investment of $5B in India and plans to launch Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the country later this year, the Economic Times reported earlier, citing two people directly familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:01 EDTBAC, COptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:46 EDTAMZNAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:03 EDTBAC, CFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTINTC, BACActive equity options trading on open
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07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTC, BACFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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15:54 EDTINTCTSMC confirms 10nm mass production in 1Q17, DigiTimes says
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14:09 EDTINTCIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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