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January 31, 2014
12:15 EDTGOOG, N, WMT, MPO, ZNGA, AMZN, GDOT, CMGOn 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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May 13, 2015
14:52 EDTAMZNAmazon launches new mobile advertising platform
Amazon has launched a new advertising platform for mobile app developers that promises to "promote your app to millions of users on Fire tablet wakescreens and mobile placements on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network." Amazon automatically generates advertisements once an ad placement order is submitted, and touts that an ad campaign can be launched in as little as 90 seconds. Reference Link
13:28 EDTWMT, AMZNWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTWMT, AMZNWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNHouse Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet holds a hearing entitled, "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internets Operation" with Vice President Misener of Amazon.com on May 13 at 10 am. Webcast Link
08:00 EDTGOOGGoogle fight with EU over 'right to forget' may end up back in court, WSJ says
Google has set up a detailed process to comply with the European Union's "right to forget" rules and removed hundreds of thousands of links in search results for people's names from the European versions of its search engine, but European regulators argue that the company is undermining the decision by not applying it globally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Google says it wants to avoid seting a precedent that one region can set global rules for the Internet and the fight may end up back in court, the report added. Reference Link
07:21 EDTNCredit Suisse to hold a conference
4th Annual Disruptive Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on May 13-14 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 13 at 10:35 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGBoeing ends work on only small satellite program, WSJ reports
Boeing is no longer working on a program for HySpecIQ, a private equity-backed startup, which had ordered two Boeing 502 Phoenix satellites that were expected to be launched in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reports. Boeing has ended work on the imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite order, due to the downturn in the natural resources market, the publication adds.
May 12, 2015
11:47 EDTGOOGYouTube's engineering head Panchapakesan dies, Re/code reports
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09:14 EDTGOOG, WMTApps World to hold a conference
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08:27 EDTWMTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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07:00 EDTGOOGPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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06:53 EDTGOOGGoogle sees India business doubling every year, Economic Times says
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06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle's Urmson: Self-driving cars not the cause of accidents, Medium reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars in three collisons since September, AP reports
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May 11, 2015
19:05 EDTGOOGFacebook tests in-house search engine, WSJ says
Facebook (FB) is testing a feature within its app that allows users to search for previously-shared links, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. "We’re piloting a new way to add a link that’s been shared on Facebook," said a company spokesperson. The Journal notes that the feature could give Facebook an information edge over search engine leader Google (GOOG). Reference Link
11:03 EDTGOOGLionsgate, Google Play partner on 'The Mad Men Experience'
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to open fulfillment center in Carteret, NJ
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06:11 EDTAMZN, GOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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