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February 1, 2013
10:07 EDTGNC, AMZN, VSI, WAGGNC 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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September 8, 2014
11:12 EDTAMZNAmazon offering Fire Phone for 99c with two-year contract
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07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
06:54 EDTWAGWalgreen appoints JANA's Barry Rosenstein to board of directors
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05:50 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; DE WAG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Deere (DE) 15, Walgreen (WAG) 30 according to iVolatility.
September 7, 2014
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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13:13 EDTAMZNAmazon India unit examined by regulators, WSJ says
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12:42 EDTWAGStocks with increasing options volume
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11:47 EDTWAGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:55 EDTWAGWalgreen call activity attributed to activist investor speculation
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10:00 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen strength attributed to activist investor speculation
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07:31 EDTWAGWalgreen notifies customers about label printing errors, WSJ reports
Walgreen has found that its systems were printing drug labels with random characters in the instructions during a recent system crash, making some hard to understand, and has reached out to notify thousands of customers about the issue, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a company spokesman and an internal memo. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon, USPS launch grocery delivery service in San Francisco, WSJ reports
Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service have launched a grocery-delivery experiment in San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon and USPS are already partners in Sunday deliveries, the publication notes. The Postal Service says it is testing AmazonFresh deliveries "to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial for the organization." Reference Link]:[http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-mail-to-deliver-amazon-groceries-in-san-francisco-1409854499?mod=rss_Technology]
September 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:04 EDTWAGWalgreen reports total Q4 sales $19.06B, consensus $18.99B
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08:03 EDTWAGWalgreen reports August SSS up 3.7%
Walgreens had August sales of $6.39B, an increase of 3.6% from $6.16B for the same month in fiscal 2013. Total front-end sales increased 2.1% in August compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.4%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 1.7% while basket size increased 3.1%.Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 1.1% in August and increased 3.2% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. August 2014 had one additional Sunday and one fewer Thursday compared with August 2013. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 2.1 percentage points.
07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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