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February 1, 2013
10:07 EDTVSI, AMZN, WAG, GNCGNC drops after William Blair cuts rating on growth concerns
Natural supplement retailer GNC (GNC) is falling after William Blair analyst Mark Miller downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform in a note to investors earlier today. GNC's strong sales in the first half of 2012 increase the risk that the company's sales growth will decline in upcoming quarters, Miller believes. Meanwhile, Amazon.com (AMZN) is selling more of GNC's products at lower prices, creating additional competition for GNC. Since GNC doesn't sell its products to Amazon, the online retailer is likely receiving the supplements from GNC franchisees, Miller explains. Meanwhile, GNC is seeing increased competition from other brick and mortar retailers, including Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Walgreen (WAG), reports the analyst. In early trading, GNC dropped $1.95, or 5.43%, to $33.99.
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April 23, 2015
07:29 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe thesis unchanged despite activist investor stake, says Baird
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06:25 EDTAMZNAcacia Research subsidiaries enters into settlement agreement with Amazon
Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GMBH, subsidiaries of Acacia Research (ACTG), entered into a settlement and license agreement with Amazon (AMZN).
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to provide financial information for AWS unit today, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CLDN AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Celladon (CLDN) 383, Amazon.com (AMZN) 44 according to iVolatility.
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAMZNNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:44 EDTVSIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, but turned negative shortly after the open. The downside move failed to gain momentum and the averages remained near the flat line for most of the morning. The market moved to session highs by mid-afternoon and drifted higher into the close, as investors prepared for another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) rose $2.66, or 4.07%, to $68.01 and MasterCard (MA) advanced $3.43, or 3.91%, to $91.20 after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. Goldman Sachs said the overall rule is broader and simpler than expected, raising the possibility that Visa and MasterCard could operate more freely in China than the firm had previously expected... Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced $2.97, or 3.13%, to $97.84 after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Organovo (ONVO), which surged 67c, or 14.99%, to $5.14 after disclosing the company entered into a multi-year research collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK) that gives the drugmaker access to Organovo’s commercial exVive3D Human Liver Tissue service. Also higher was Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which gained $5.54, or 14.22%, to $44.50 after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped $1.38, or 19.94%, to $5.54 after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower were shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which fell $51.29, or 7.41%, to $641.23 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter comparable sales growth of 10.4%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 88.68, or 0.49%, to 18,038.27, the Nasdaq gained 21.07, or 0.42%, to 5,035.17, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.67, or 0.51%, to 2,107.96.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
13:44 EDTVSI, GNCVitamin Shoppe jumps after Carlson discloses 5% stake
The shares of Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) are climbing after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. WHAT'S NEW: Carlson disclosed its stake in the company in an SEC filing and said that it had held talks with the company's board about a number of matters, including the company’s business, management and strategic alternatives and direction. Carlson said it would continue to hold talks with the company, and others, about these issues. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Vitamin Shoppe reported last October that it had spoken to investment banks about retaining a financial adviser, Reuters reported at the time. The retailer had come under pressure to consider selling the company, added the news service. In February, New York's attorney general accused a Vitamin Shoppe competitor, GNC (GNC) of selling products whose content did not match their labels. Vitamin Shoppe's CEO said that, despite the fact that it was not targeted by the attorney general, it saw a slight impact on its sales from the news, according to trade website NUTRA ingredients-usa.com. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Vitamin Shoppe jumped 10.7% to $43.12, while GNC gained 2.8% to $47.25.
12:18 EDTVSI, GNCCarlson Capital reports 5.34% stake in Vitamin Shoppe, says plans more talks
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10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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07:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 137, May is at 48, June is at 34, July is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
April 21, 2015
12:46 EDTAMZNAmazon launches online travel market with Amazon Destinations, WSJ reports
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11:00 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com cut to Hold ahead of Q1 results at BGC Financial
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10:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Hold from Buy at BGC Financial
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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