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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 4, 2014
12:30 EDTGOOGFTC says Google settles app purchase charges for $19M
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTZNGAZynga up 2% following announcement of new Zynga Poker
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08:39 EDTZNGAZynga announces launch of new Zynga Poker
Zynga announced that the new Zynga Poker is now available to consumers worldwide on the App Store and Google Play.
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.
07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle has upward bias to estimates, says Credit Suisse
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06:40 EDTGOOGApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTGOOGIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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06:16 EDTGOOGLuxottica's returning CEO says 'embarrassed’ by Google Glass, FT reports
Luxottica's (LUX) founder and returning CEO Leonardo Del Vecchio told the Financial Times earlier this week that he has not used Google Glass (GOOG) and that it would "embarrass [him] going around with that on my face." Luxottica signed a deal with Google earlier this year to develop the $1,500 interactive headset. Reference Link
September 3, 2014
13:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com slips lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1% to $338.94. At that price next support is at $337.55, the session low. Resistance is at $340, an intraday pivot high.
13:03 EDTNConcur advances after report says acquisition being explored
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13:02 EDTGOOGAbbVie, Calico announce collaboration
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11:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico scales back 2014 store expansion plans, WSJ says
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11:08 EDTGOOGAppeals court upholds Google win in patent suit brought by buySAFE
A district court previously ruled that patent claims asserted by buySAFE were invalid because they cover subject matter ineligible for patenting. An appeals court agreed that the district court’s holding is correct and Google did not infringe. Reference Link
10:00 EDTGDOTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGDOTGreen Dot downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Green Dot (GDOT) to Underperform given ongoing Walmart (WMT) renegotiations, industry pricing pressure, and potential additional regulatory scrutiny.
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the company’s business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle satellite exec Greg Wyler leaves company, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle, UCSB partner on hardware initiative
Google yesterday said it is backing a project to design and build "new quantum information processors" with researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Google comments, "With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture. We will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the 'Vesuvius' machine at NASA Ames which will be upgraded to a 1000 qubit 'Washington' processor." Reference Link
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