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January 31, 2014
12:15 EDTGOOG, AMZN, WMT, CMG, ZNGA, N, GDOT, MPOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at the outset, but the averages have managed to cut their losses in half from that early low point. The market is approaching correction territory and investors may have tried to take advantage of stocks being beaten up to add to positions. With today's slide the market is putting the finishing touches on its first losing month since August. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income was reported to be flat in December, versus expectations for it to have grown 0.2%, though spending rose 0.4%, which was above the forecast for spending growth of 0.2%. Employment costs rose 0.5% during the fourth quarter, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. The Chicago ISM business barometer dropped to 59.6 in January from 60.8 in December, though that was a little better than analysts forecast for it to slip to 59.5. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell to 81.2 in the final January print, though that was close to expectations. In Europe, reports on the labor market and inflation suggested that the ECB will be under pressure to provide more monetary stimulus. The unemployment rate in the euro zone was 12% in December, unchanged since October after a revision of prior months’ data. The inflation rate came in at 0.7% in January, which is down from 0.8% in December and significantly lower than economists expected. The “core” rate excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco, rose to 0.8% in January from 0.7% in the prior month. COMPANY NEWS: The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart (WMT), warned that its profits for its Holiday quarter and for the year may come in at or slightly below its prior view. The company said two factors contributed to its lower than expected comparable store sales performance in the U.S., namely a greater than expected impact from the government's changes to its nutrition assistance program and eight named winter storms that forced store closures and hurt traffic throughout the quarter. Despite the downbeat view, shares of the company were fractionally higher near noon... Shares of another retail giant, on-line retailer Amazon.com (AMZN), fell 9% after the company’s fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance fell short of analysts’ expectations. Despite earnings and revenue that came in below forecasts, analyst commentary was mostly positive this morning, as four separate research firms raised their respective price targets on Amazon... Google (GOOG) edged closer to $1,200 per share, rising almost 4% near noon after its quarterly report last night revealed profits that fell a bit short of expectations but revenues that exceeded the consensus estimate. Several firms ratcheted up their price targets on the search leader's shares after the report, with FBN Securities bumping its price target for Google to $1,400, citing the company's strong paid click growth and improving network revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zynga (ZNGA), which advanced 16% after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss and said it expects to be profitable in 2014. The mobile game maker also announced a deal to acquire NaturalMotion for $527M and disclosed plans to cut 15% of its workforce. Also higher was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which rose nearly 14% to be the S&P 500's biggest gainer after the Mexican restaurant chain reported fourth quarter revenue that beat estimates and comparable restaurant sales that increased 9.3%. Among the noteworthy losers following their quarterly reports were software provider NetSuite (N), down more than 7% near noon, and pre-paid debit card provider Green Dot (GDOT), which fell over 16%. Also lower was Midstates Petroleum (MPO), down 14% after analysts at Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Equal Weight from Overweight, citing the company's disappointing production guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 86.04, or 0.54%, to 15,762.57, the Nasdaq was down 9.38, or 0.23%, to 4,113.75, and the S&P 500 was down 5.32, or 0.30%, to 1,788.87.
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September 18, 2014
05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces two new Kindles
Amazon introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Kindle Voyage features an all-new design, with a beautiful flush glass front and a magnesium back. Kindle Voyage uses a brand new Paperwhite display, with the highest resolution, highest contrast, and highest brightness of any Kindle. The new Kindle is available for pre-order today for $79 and will start shipping in October. The new Kindle Voyage is $199 and is available for pre-order and will start shipping in October.
05:51 EDTAMZNPiper questions why Amazon is in hardware business
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September 17, 2014
18:13 EDTAMZNBoeing, Lockheed Martin to team with Bezos firm on rocket engine, WSJ reports
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17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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06:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com ads could increase EPS, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Amazon.com's ad initiatives could boost its EPS by $2.60 and raise its operating margin by one point in 2018. The firm quotes ad tech experts with whom it spoke as saying that the company is "a potential juggernaut in the ad industry" and is "on a $1B run rate." The firm keeps a $460 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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September 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 16, 2014
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13:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart finalizes Coca-Cola ad agreement in New York, Bloomberg says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said that Wal-Mart (WMT) charged New York customers more for Coca-Cola (KO) products than stated in national circulars, going against inaccurate advertising regulations, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from Schneiderman. The retailer will pay a $66K penalty to settle the matter. Reference Link
10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
09:59 EDTGDOT, NOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
07:57 EDTAMZNFBN Securities to hold a tour
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart spokesman steps down due to resume fib, Bloomberg says
The Chief spokesman for Wal-Mart, David Tovar, stepped down after the retailer learned a nearly 20-year fabrication in his official resume, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAMZNBoeing, Lockheed ally with Amazon CEO on rocket engine, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart, AutoInsurance.com announce national expansion
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