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June 18, 2014
12:33 EDTBBRY, AMZN, FDX, ADBE, CAG, LZBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks opened slightly lower this morning and then moved back and forth across the flat line a couple of times in a narrow range. Investors are in a holding pattern, typical for a day when the FOMC rate decision is expected. Investors will be waiting to see if the Fed has any change in policy including the timing of any change in bond buying tapering or interest rate increases. As the European markets closed, the market has drifted to the downside with all three major equity indices slightly lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The U.S. MBA mortgage market index sank 9.2% in data released earlier, along with a 4.7% drop in the purchase index and a 12.7% dive in the refinancing index for the week ended June 13... The EIA inventory data showed a 600k barrel fall in crude stocks. The street had been expecting a 1/0 M barrel decrease. COMPANY NEWS: BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that the Amazon (AMZN) Appstore will be available with the launch of the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall, greatly expanding app and game access to BlackBerry customers. MAJOR MOVERS: FedEx (FDX) is up 4.85% after the company reported Q4 earnings and giving FY15 guidance... Adobe Systems (ADBE) is up 7.23% after the company reported Q2 earnings and gave Q3 guidance... ConAgra (CAG) is down 7.67% after the company cut its EPS outlook for Q4... La-Z-Boy (LZB) is down 8.41% after the company reported Q4 earnings last night. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was down 34.55, or 0.21%, to 16,773.94; the Nasdaq was down 6.45, or 0.15%, to 4,330.78; and the S&P 500 was down 1.12, or 0.06%, to 1,940.87.
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August 13, 2014
11:41 EDTAMZNAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
10:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rises after announcing Local Register, levels to watch
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09:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July SSS acceleration positive, but early, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views ChannelAdvisor's reported July Amazon same-store-sales growth of 40.4% as positive, but notes itís early in the quarter and that ChannelAdvisor data is less helpful after the discrepancy in the June quarter. Piper notes ChannelAdvisor pegged Amazon's June quarter SSS acceleration at 900 basis points while Amazon reported flat North American growth. It has an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:29 EDTFDXUPS, FedEx face new challenges, invest in technology to answer, FT says
Online retailing is driving up traffic volumes and the number of stops needed for both UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX), while also making flows harder to predict, and the shipping giants are making efficiency-boosting investments in technology to avoid a repeat of the type of issues that plagued UPS last Christmas, said Financial Times. Reference Link
06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com could sell 1M-2M phones in first year, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray estimates Amazon.com could sell 1M-2M Fire phones in the first twelve months, adding the product will not have an impact on the company's financials. After testing the phone, Piper says the Fire is a "quality phone but lacks uniqueness or price needed to attract measurable market share." It expects the phone to quickly improve and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:08 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor reports Amazon July SSS up 40.4%, eBay up 9.7%
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05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces credit card reader Amazon Local Register
Amazon.com announced Amazon Local Register, what it calls a "secure card reader and mobile app that provides local businesses with the tools they need to quickly and easily accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their growing business." It added that customers who sign up for Amazon Local Register before October 31 will also receive a promotional rate of 1.75% per card swipe on all major credit and debit cards until January 1, 2016.
August 12, 2014
05:58 EDTAMZNAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTCAGConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin announces intent to retire
ConAgra Foods announced that Gary M. Rodkin, CEO, has informed the ConAgra Foods Board of Directors of his intention to retire at the end of the companyís fiscal year, May 2015. The Board of Directors has established a search committee, led by independent director Richard Lenny, to identify Rodkinís successor. Lenny is the former chairman and CEO of The Hershey Co. and has served on the ConAgra Foods board since 2009.
07:45 EDTCAGConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin announces intent to retire
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTADBECourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon urges customers to express opinions on e-book prices with Hachette
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15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
16:16 EDTADBEU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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12:46 EDTCAGConAgra head Rodkin anticipated to resign in coming months, Reuters says
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon executive defends $2B investment in India, WSJ says
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