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June 9, 2014
13:43 EDTGOOG, AMZN, ECOM, EBAYeBay slips after May SSS estimate, Amazon payment launch
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are slipping after e-commerce peer Amazon (AMZN) launched a new online subscription payment service and data released late Friday estimated the impact that eBay's recent data breach may have had on its merchandise volume growth. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported that Amazon is aiming to begin managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies with the launch of its new service, which is the e-commerce giant's latest motion into the territory of PayPal, eBay's payments division, over the past twelve months. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Data released late on Friday by ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), a provider of information and research for retailers, estimated that eBay's same-store-sales rose 11.5% in May, which was down from April's 14% growth. ChannelAdvisor noted that eBay had "unusual" events happen during the month, pointing out that on May 21 eBay announced they were dealing with a data breach from hackers and, the next day, reports said that Google's (GOOG) Panda 4.0 release caused anywhere from 40-80% of eBay's pages to be de-indexed. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that ChannelAdvisor's May SSS report for eBay and the disclosure of the before and after breach impacts to gross merchandise volume growth show that eBay decelerated from about 13% before the breach to about 8% after the breach. Munster feels that this implies U.S. GMV growth was in-line with the firm's lowered estimate. Piper Jaffray anticipates that June data will see a similar affect from the security breach. While Munster says his long-term view of eBay is intact, he feels that Wall Street consensus expectations for eBay's June performance are likely still too high given the chances for lower GMV growth. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on eBay. PRICE ACTION. During afternoon trading, shares of eBay slipped 8c, or 0.2%, to $49.62.
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January 26, 2016
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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12:13 EDTAMZNFANG shares are trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
Amazon current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 49, compared to a one-month ago of 29, suggesting large price movement.
11:13 EDTAMZNActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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08:26 EDTGOOGTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:51 EDTAMZN, GOOGStreet still underestimates Alphabet's outlook, says Bernstein
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07:44 EDTAMZN, GOOGStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle tax avoidance deal reignites controversy, FT reports
The U.K. government is distancing itself from George Osborne's belief taht the tax deal with Google was "a major success," the Financial Times reports. Google's deal to pay GBP130M in back taxes to the U.K. government has brought back a controversy that made fixing tax avoidance the top priority three years ago, the report says. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman declines to repeat Osborne's claim that the deal was a "success" and a "victory," the report says. Reference Link
January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:59 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN +3% to 49.27 into Q4
14:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime grew 35% to 54M U.S. members in 2015, CIRP says
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12:53 EDTGOOGVine head Jason Toff to leave Twitter to join Google
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10:44 EDTAMZN, GOOGAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
10:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's email 'share' function deemed unlawful by German court, Reuters says
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07:54 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility up into Q4, costs, income projects outside of core business
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com revenue should beat expectations, says Stifel
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's added transparency may make ad business seem more profitable, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTGOOGYouTube hires Broock as 'Global VR Evangelist,' Re/code reports
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05:51 EDTAMZNOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNPiper's Munster sees attractive entry point for Amazon shares
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is bullish on Amazon.com shares into the company's December quarter results. Concerns over a potential margin reinvestment phase are overblown, Munster tells investors in a research note. He believes Street estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and thinks the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. He views current share levels as an attractive entry point for investors and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with an $800 price target. The stock closed Friday up $21.36 to $596.38.
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