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June 18, 2014
12:33 EDTCAG, AMZN, ADBE, BBRY, LZB, FDXOn 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.
News For BBRY;AMZN;FDX;ADBE;CAG;LZB From The Last 14 Days
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November 13, 2014
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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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.
13:41 EDTCAGConAgra calls active as shares near 13-month high
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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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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTADBEWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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08:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO meets with Lenovo, seeks partnerships in China, Bloomberg reports
BlackBerry (BBRY) CEO John Chen acknowledged meeting with the heads of Xiaomi and Lenovo (LNVGY) and said his company's strengths in security, encryption and privacy may present opportunities for agreements on technology licensing, distribution or manufacturing in China, reported Bloomberg, citing an interview with Chen at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit. Reference Link
07:12 EDTFDXCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
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