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March 14, 2014
16:43 EDTGM, KKD, FCEL, PLUG, AMZN, JOSB, MW, BA, HLF, CALLMarket finishes week lower as China, Ukraine weigh on shares
Stocks ended the week lower as investors worried about the impact of slowing growth in China and the situation in Ukraine. MACRO NEWS: China reported weaker than expected retail sales and urban fixed asset investment for the two month period ended February 28. The data exacerbated fears about a potential significant Chinese economic slowdown... Also fanning fears on Wall Street was the standoff in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Russia would face consequences if it continued to occupy Ukraine on Monday. Kerry's statement fueled concerns about a potential escalation of the standoff... U.S. economic data was mixed as February retail sales and jobless claims were better than expected, but an index of consumer sentiment missed expectations. COMPANY NEWS: The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation stated that they would investigate General Motors' (GM) handling of problems with the ignition on some of its vehicles... The government is also probing Herbalife (HLF), as the FTC disclosed that it was launching an investigation of the multi-level marketer... Another American company that found itself facing new difficulties was Boeing (BA), which disclosed that it had found cracks in some wings of its 787 Dreamliner planes. As a result, the delivery of some of the aircraft will be delayed.... Menswear retailers Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) ended their long and public courtship as Men's Wearhouse struck a deal to acquire its peer for $65 per share in cash... Amazon.com (AMZN) raised the price of its Prime service by 25% for most of its customer base... In earnings news, VoIP phone service provider magicJack (CALL) rose after reporting stronger than expected results and providing higher than expected revenue guidance, and doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme (KKD) climbed after reporting slightly weaker than expected results but raising its full-year EPS guidance and increasing its share repurchase allocation. On the other hand, fuel cell maker Plug Power (PLUG) finished the week lower after the company reported an in-line EPS loss, but research firms Roth Capital and Cowen downgraded the stock. Another company in the sector, FuelCell (FCEL), also ended the week lower after reporting in-line results. Both stocks had jumped by large amounts in previous weeks.
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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:04 EDTHLFAckman will continue Herbalife short position as needed, Bloomberg reports
Bill Ackman's hedge-fund Pershing Square said most of the Herbalife contracts it holds will expire next year and that it will extend their terms by "paying additional premiums if it is necessary to do so," according to Bloomberg, citing Ackman's quarterly letter to investors. In the letter, Ackman said that the cost of holding a short position in options of Herbalife has dropped "substantially" after the company canceled its dividend, the report noted. Reference Link
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.
11:21 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife may be unable to refinance 2016 credit, Bloomberg reports
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10:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rises after announcing Local Register, levels to watch
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10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors invests $174M in new Lansing stamping facility
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10:01 EDTFCELOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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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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09:15 EDTFCELOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:24 EDTGMGM says antitrust regulator approached China division, Reuters says
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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.
06:09 EDTBABoeing, Sikorsky selected to build Technology Demonstrator
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies (UTX) and Boeing (BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Armyís Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB>1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorskyís X2 coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017. Reference Link
06:08 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor reports Amazon July SSS up 40.4%, eBay up 9.7%
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06:07 EDTGMOpel CFO expects to be profitable in Europe by mid-decade, Detroit News reports
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06:04 EDTGMGM workers returning to Warren tech center after flooding, Detroit News reports
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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.
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