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July 25, 2014
18:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares likely range bound as costs escalate, Barron's reports
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16:49 EDTAMZNS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
16:18 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTGOOG, AMZNOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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12:51 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday and on track to end a week marked by a torrent of earnings reports on a definite down note. Some high-profile disappointments weighed on the major averages, as Visa (V) and Amazon.com (AMZN) both fell significantly after their quarterly reports last night, dragging on the Dow and Nasdaq, respectively. The domestic economic calendar’s sole release of consequence, the durable goods orders report, came out before the open and was better than expected, but that did little to brighten the market's negative tone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders rebounded 0.7% in June after a 1.0% decline in the prior month, beating expectations for June increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon.com fell 10% after the e-commerce giant reported in-line second quarter revenue but a much higher than expected loss. A number of analysts responded to the news by downgrading the stock, while several others cut their price targets on the shares... Visa reported Q3 earnings per share and revenue that topped consensus forecasts, but its fiscal year EPS growth outlook was trimmed its fiscal year revenue growth view to be in the 9-10% range from its prior forecast for low double-digit constant revenue growth in the 10-11% range. Shares of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component slid 4% following the report and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Datalink (DTLK), which jumped 17%, Mellanox (MLNX), which rose 13%, and VeriSign (VRSN), which gained 11%. Among the noteworthy losers was WellCare (WCG), which plunged 20% after the managed care company pre-announced significantly weaker than expected results. Also lower following their earnings reports were Swift Transport (SWFT), which fell nearly 15%, and Pandora (P), which dropped about 13%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 131.61, or 0.77%, to 16,952.19, the Nasdaq was down 24.45, or 0.55%, to 4,447.66, and the S&P 500 was down 9.04, or 0.45%, to 1,978.94.
12:49 EDTGOOGYouTube could name music subscription service 'MusicKey,' GigaOM reports
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10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon sinks after greater than expected losses, several downgrades
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10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $415 from $455 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer cut its target on Amazon after the company reported lower than expected EPS and its customer growth rate slowed. The firm keeps an Outperform rating.
07:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle X project to gather 'baseline' of healthy human, WSJ says
Google X, the search giant's research arm, is undertaking "Baseline Study," an ambitious project to collect genetic and molecular information first from 175 people, and later from thousands more, to amass a much larger and broader set of new data on what a healthy human being should be than is currently available or being gathered by other mass studies, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:39 EDTAMZNAmazon price target lowered to $400 from $410 at RW Baird
Baird called Amazon's Q2 earnings report "solid" but lowered its price target on the stock to $400 from $410 citing the company's margin compression and Q3 guidance. The firm, which also noted the stabilization of paid unit growth and healthy usage trends, keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.
07:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com results 'generally good,' says Cantor
Cantor believes that Amazon enjoyed sustained momentum in North America last quarter. Although AWS price cuts and investments are pressuring Amazon's profits, Cantor thinks the company's investments are justified, given what it sees as improving North America retail trends and large global opportunity. The firm trimmed its price target on the shares to $400 from $425 but keeps a Buy rating.
06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $358 from $395 at Citigroup
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $340 from $350 at JPMorgan
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $375 from $400 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Amazon.com shares to $375 following the company's Q2 results but maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to buy Twitch for $1B, VentureBeat reports
Google will acquire Twitch, a game livestreaming company, for around $1B, sources confirm to VentureBeat. It is unclear when the deal will be announced or what the exactly purchase price will be, but the sources say YouTube is heading the purchase. Reference Link
05:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
July 24, 2014
18:45 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com now down 10% after Q2 earnings conference call
18:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire Phone can be viable product independently
In addition to expectations that the Fire Phone will be viable as an independent product the company says Fire Phone is also integrated into existing business. Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:58 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands AWS business, reduces prices
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17:38 EDTAMZNAmazon says various business segments not included in 'unit growth' metric
Comment from Q2 earnings conference call.
16:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 operating margin (0.1%) vs. 0.7% last quarter
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16:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com drops 6% to $337.80 following Q2 results
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16:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 operating cash flow up 18% to $5.33B
Free cash flow increased to $1.04B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $265M for the railing twelve months ended June 30, 2013.
16:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B, consensus $20.83B
Sees Q3 operating loss $810M-$410M, consensus (7c).
16:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 EPS (27c), consensus (15c)
Reports Q2 revenue $19.34B, consensus $19.34B.
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:29 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly 360 straddle priced for 6.1% move into Q2
13:21 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon shares up almost 7% over last three months
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 24 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (15c) on revenue of $19.34B. The consensus range is (51c)-7c for EPS, and $19.0B-$19.65B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported first quarter EPS of 23c against estimates of 23c, on revenue of $19.74B against estimates of $19.43B. The company gave Q2 revenue guidance of $18.1B-$19.8B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($455M)-($55M). In its earnings conference call, Amazon said its AWS usage and third party growth continues to be strong. NEWS: Amazon announced the launches of a Fire Phone with a 4.7-inch display with Gorilla Glass 3. It also announced an unlimited ad-free music streaming service called Prime Music and a Kindle Unlimited subscription service. Amazon expanded same-day shipping service by allowing later ordering times as well as adding Sunday delivery to 15 cities in addition to Los Angeles and New York. The company also continued in a public battle with publisher Hachette as it refused orders and buying less inventory. ChannelAdvisor reported Amazon SSS grew 27% in April, 28.1% in May and 34.4% in June. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray said Amazon's music service is irrelevant due to its relatively low amount of songs, but will become relevant over time. It also said that the Amazon smartphone is a good start, although it lacks an app ecosystem. BMO Capital said the company's device could help drive additional wallet share and may spur additional consumers to buy Prime memberships. JMP Securities adds that the phone may take some time for it to gain meaningful share. Ahead of earnings, the company was downgraded at Citigroup, citing Amazon's "aggressive investment" in web services could pressure earnings over the next few quarters. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have risen more than $23, or 6.9%, over the last three months. In Thursday midday trading ahead of the Q2 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
11:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:38 EDTGOOGWatchdog says Google evokes memories meant to be omitted, Bloomberg says
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July 23, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
13:01 EDTGOOGSprint teams with Google to offer Google Apps for business
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12:27 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires drawElements
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon expands Prime Music selection
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06:50 EDTGOOGGoogle, Spotify didn't talk about a deal, Re/code says
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06:45 EDTGOOGMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle tried to buy Spotify last year, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTGOOGYouTube's Chris LaRosa quits as music head, WSJ reports
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July 22, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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12:30 EDTGOOGEU regulators to revisit Google antitrust settlement, WSJ reports
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11:56 EDTGOOGEU may revise antitrust settlement with Google, Dow reports
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10:16 EDTAMZN, GOOGAmazon quietly debuts mobile wallet app, TechCrunch says
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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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
06:30 EDTGOOGItaly grants Google 18 months to modify data use habits, Reuters says
Italy's data protection regulator granted Google 18 months to modify the manner in which it treats and stores user information, ending a probe that is part of a European target to change the company's privacy practices, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the Italian watchdog. A Google spokesman said the firm had always complied with the regulator and would continue to do so. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGOOGWitsView: Acer surpasses Samsung in Chromebook shipments in Q2, DigiTimes says
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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
16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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10:45 EDTGOOGAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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07:15 EDTGOOGO'Reilly to hold a conference
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July 18, 2014
18:47 EDTGOOGGoogle considers transforming NYC pay phones to Wi-Fi hot spots, Bloomberg says
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16:47 EDTGOOGMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:42 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
12:21 EDTGOOGCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:03 EDTGOOGEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:41 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
09:48 EDTAMZN, GOOGActive 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
09:24 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:18 EDTGOOGSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $690 from $675 at RW Baird
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $715 from $700 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Google to $715 from $700 following its strong Q2 results. The firm cited valuation, potential for margin expansion, and undiscounted potential from Youtube, mobile ad pricing and other adjacent businesses. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Google.
07:55 EDTGOOGGoogle results positive, says Wells Fargo
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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
07:13 EDTGOOGGoogle looks to expand Google Fiber to Britain, Telegraph reports
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06:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $645 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Google shares to $670 citing accelerating growth and mobile monetization improvements following the company's "strong" Q2 results. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:23 EDTGOOGYouTube making new content push with video-makers, WSJ reports
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05:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reported solid Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora leaving to join Softbank
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16:13 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 average cost-per-click down 6%
Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 6% over prior year and remained constant from Q1. Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 25% over prior year increased approximately 2% over Q1.
16:12 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 sites revenue up 23% to $10.94B
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16:11 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 EPS $6.08, consensus $6.24
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16:01 EDTAMZN, GOOGOptions 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.
15:26 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:26 EDTGOOGRaymond James remains positive on Google ahead of tonight's results
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13:33 EDTGOOG, AMZNAmazon.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
12:52 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares up 4.5% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $6.24 on revenue of $15.62B. The consensus range is $5.73-$6.64 for EPS, and $15.36B-$15.94B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported first quarter EPS of $6.27 against estimates of $16.40 on revenue of $15.42B against estimates of $15.52B. Google reported Q1 paid clicks up 26% and average cost-per-click decreased 9%. The company also reported Q1 Sites revenue $10.47B and Q1 Network revenue $3.4B. Google said it expects to continue to make "significant capital expenditures" and reported free cash flow in Q1 of $2.05B. NEWS: Google announced several acquisitions in the past quarter, most notably for music streaming service Songza, live video-streaming service Twitch, and high-res imaging satellite maker Skybox Imaging. The company also expanded Shopping Express to New York and other parts of California, including Los Angeles. There were also reports that Google has set aside $500M to expand the service worldwide. Bloomberg reported the company intends to spend a "significant portion" of its offshore cash to make acquisitions with nearly $20B-$30B on foreign companies and foreign technology rights. Google also entered the domain registration business through an invite-only beta website, may likely overhaul Google+ in the near future, and is said to be developing a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. At Google's I/O opening keynote in June, the company said Android had over 1B users, Chrome for Mobile had 300M active users and Google Drive has over 190M active users. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said the company's revenue growth relative to CapEx has declined in the past several years as it has spent less efficiently on growth than its peers. Susquehanna, on the other hand, said Google's recent underperformance has created a buying opportunity due to favorite mix shift and strong core growth at Google.com and YouTube. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, Google's price target was also raised at Citigroup after channel checks with search marketing companies suggested the business accelerated slightly in Q2. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have risen 4.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of Q2 report, Google shares are down a little over 1.5%.
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.
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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08:39 EDTGOOGMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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06:50 EDTAMZN, GOOGAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle plans big push in India for Android One initiative, The Informations says
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July 16, 2014
17:39 EDTGOOGeBay says Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June
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16:00 EDTGOOG, AMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
12:47 EDTGOOGYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
10:58 EDTAMZNAmazon testing 'Kindle Unlimited' subscription service, Gigaom reports
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10:58 EDTGOOGSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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July 15, 2014
18:23 EDTGOOGGoogle hires cyber-security researchers to improve internet security, WSJ says
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18:02 EDTGOOGAdobe, Google announce digital type breakthrough
Adobe (ADBE) announced the release of Source Han Sans, an open source typeface supporting Japanese, Chinese and Korean, as well as Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. It was developed in collaboration with Adobe’s key partner Google (GOOG) and contracted foundry partners across East Asia. Source Han Sans marks a record-breaking typeface in terms of size, scale, complexity and support for Japanese, Chinese and Korean all within the same font family. It provides designers and developers creating content for international audiences one uniform font to use in print and Web files no matter the language - eliminating the need to license multiple fonts.
17:35 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Alan Mulally appointment to board
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16:15 EDTGOOGGoogle appoints ex Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board, CNBC says
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16:00 EDTAMZN, GOOGOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:34 EDTAMZNLivingSocial names eBay's Guantam Thakar as president and CEO
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:05 EDTAMZNSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
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07:23 EDTAMZNFortune to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTGOOGIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle Fit may benefit remote medical care industry, DigiTimes Research says
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06:02 EDTGOOGSamsung, Nest, ARM team up for Thread wireless networking protocol
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05:44 EDTGOOGNovartis to license Google 'smart lens' technology
Novartis (NVS) announced that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google (GOOG) to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses. The agreement with Google[x], a team within Google that is devoted to finding new solutions to big global problems, provides Alcon with the opportunity to develop and commercialize Google's "smart lens" technology with the potential to transform eye care and further enhance Alcon's pipeline and global leadership in contact lenses and intraocular lenses. The transaction remains subject to anti-trust approvals. The agreement between Google and Alcon represents an important step for Novartis, across all of its divisions, to leverage technology to manage human diseases and conditions. Google's key advances in the miniaturization of electronics complement Novartis's deep pharmaceuticals and medical device expertise. Novartis aims to enhance the ways in which diseases are mapped within the body and ultimately prevented.
July 14, 2014
18:49 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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16:00 EDTAMZN, GOOGOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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14:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded earlier to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe
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10:15 EDTAMZN, GOOGAmazon hires Google Glass creator Babak Parviz, TechCrunch reports
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTGOOGGoogle looked to Page, Brin to woo Facebook workers, WSJ says
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08:10 EDTGOOGEndurance announces extension of partnership with Google
Endurance International Group (EIGI) announced the extension of its partnership with Google (GOOG) for the Get Your Business Online initiative. The partnership will allow more businesses to benefit from the overall web presence solutions the program provides. The Get Your Business Online program has already provided web presence services and support to bring hundreds of thousands of American businesses online for the first time.
06:10 EDTGOOGTaiwan touch panel makers see more orders from handset vendors, DigiTimes says
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July 13, 2014
17:00 EDTGOOGYouTube mulls funding production to add premium content, Reuters says
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July 12, 2014
15:59 EDTGOOGGoogle expands in San Francisco, San Jose Mercury News says
Google is building out its presence in San Francisco by leasing space in one location and buying an office tower on the Embarcadero, says San Jose Mercury News. Reference Link
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