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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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July 22, 2014
09:51 EDTWAGWalgreen added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
09:13 EDTAMZNAmazon HomeAway TripAdvisor should be bought into results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest expects TripAdvisor (TRIP), Amazon (AMZN) and HomeAway (HOME) to report strong Q2 results. The firm thinks that all three companies have strong fundamentals.
09:08 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle (CMG), up 10.7%... Crocs (CROX), up 5%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% after announcing intent to form MLP... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 9.5% after reporting Q2 results, preclinical study results, price target on shares raised to $19 from $13 at Brean Capital... FuelCell (FCEL), up 5.4% after announcing German government support, EUR 4.9M in research awards... Apache (APA), up 5.2% after Bloomberg says activist investor JANA Partners disclosed $1B position in the stock. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Harley-Davidson (HOG), down 4.1%... Travelers (TRV), down 3.4%... McDonald's (MCD), down 2.3%... Coca-Cola (KO), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1% following downgrade to Neutral rating at Citigroup.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Appstore selection has nearly tripled over last year
Amazon announced that Amazon Appstore selection has nearly tripled over the past year, and since Fire phone launched, the rate of app submissions to the Amazon Appstore has more than doubled. App submissions are at record levels in the 5 week period since launch. In the few weeks since Fire phone launched, developers have already found innovative uses of the phone’s enhanced carousel, Dynamic Perspective and Firefly.
07:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down 1.6% following Citigroup downgrade
06:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded its rating on Amazon.com (AMZN) shares to Neutral from Buy saying the company's "aggressive investment" in web services could pressure earnings over the next few quarters. Citi also notes the stock is up 18% over the past 52 weeks. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $395 from $414. Amazon closed yesterday up $1.10 to $359.76.
July 21, 2014
06:19 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe recommended ahead of Q2 report at Goldman
Goldman believes Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) competitive pressures are overblown and that the company has relatively low overlap with GNC (GNC) and that recent price cuts have had minimal impact. The firm expects Vitamin Shoppe's Q2 to mark the beginning of sharp earnings acceleration and better execution and recommends buying shares ahead of the Q2 report. Shares are rated Conviction Buy with a $60 price target.
July 18, 2014
09:48 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
07:32 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service for $9.99 per month
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07:30 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service
06:21 EDTWAGCTW Investment asks SEC to probe Walgreen's meetings, NY Post says
CTW Investment Group has asked the SEC to investigate private meetings that top Walgreen (WAG) executives held with investors to reincorporate overseas for tax reasons, reports the New york Post. The pension advisor is raising questions about whether Walgreen's meetings with Goldman Sachs (GS), Jana Partners, Och-Ziff and Corvex broke fair disclosure rules. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
10:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 37, September is at 30, October is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
10:12 EDTVSI, GNCGNC drops after analyst downgrades on sales concerns
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10:00 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:16 EDTGNCGNC Holdings downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded GNC Holdings to Hold citing a slowdown in industry sales trends and risk of near-term earnings disappointments. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $39 from $50.
06:50 EDTAMZNAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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05:30 EDTGNCGNC Holdings downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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