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November 28, 2014
13:09 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 28, 2014
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:18 EDTGOOGEuropean Parliament vote calls on regulators to consider Google break-up
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05:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $400 from $350 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Amazon.com (AMZN) shares to $400 from $350 saying it believes the company will keep its eCommerce market share despite growing competition from traditional retailers. Piper believes holiday sales data will highlight this over the next four weeks and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon shares. The stock closed Wednesday down $1.47 to $333.57.
November 26, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 26, 2014
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12:34 EDTGOOGApple Pay competitor to reportedly launch in China, WantChinaTimes says
China UnionPay, the largest issuer of credit and debit cards in China, is promoting a mobile payment system for smartphones that use Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, China Business News reported, according to WantChinaTimes. The service will use NFC technology like Apple;'s (AAPL) Apple Pay, and launch in the third quarter of 2015, WantChina Times quoted the China Business News article as saying. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Broadcom (BRCM) manufacture NFC chips. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to bring Black Friday discounts to China, China Daily says
Amazon is trying to make Black Friday a popular shopping day in China, according to China Daily. The company will offer discounts on its Chinese website on Friday, China Daily quoted the company as saying. Reference Link
05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com lowers price of unlocked Fire Phone to $199
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November 25, 2014
14:44 EDTAMZNcomScore: Desktop e-commerce sales up 11% so far in holiday season
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14:29 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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13:16 EDTGOOG, AMZNAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
12:22 EDTAMZNAmazon uniquely positioned in home services market, says RW Baird
After the Wall Street Journal this morning highlighted the recent roll-out of Amazon (AMZN) Local Services in select U.S. cities, RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says the tech giant is "uniquely positioned" in the $400B home services market given its position in e-commerce and ability to geo-target traffic to local service professionals. Sebastian notes the market is increasingly competitive, with Angie's List (ANGI), Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the public companies in the space. He also expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon, point out Baird's initial e-commerce checks suggest a solid start to holiday shopping.
11:10 EDTGOOG, AMZNWorldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014, IDC says
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks." Publicly traded companies in the space include Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Reference Link
10:16 EDTGOOGYahoo seeks to replace Google when Apple deal ends next year, Information says
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:11 EDTAMZNAmazon launches local service provider offering in NY, LA, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) has launched Amazon Local Services, which connects customers to local service providers, in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person briefed on the plan. The Fly notes that Angie’s List (ANGI) operates a service for members to research, hire, and review local professionals. Reference Link
08:30 EDTAMZNMakerBot offering 3D printed products on Amazon.com
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November 24, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 24, 2014
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13:53 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Google will buy GoPro in 2015, Wareable reports
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 47% in third week November, eBay up 12%, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:53 EDTGOOGEU lawmakers to vote Thursday on motion proposing Google breakup, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle may plan to shut down Glass Basecamps, 9to5Google reports
Google may plan to shut down its Glass Basecamps, reports 9to5Google. Citing a post on Google+ by Glass Exporer Spencer Kleyweg, the company is no longer accepting scheduled appointments to Glass support hubs. The shudown apparently affects all four of its basecamps, located in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London. Reference Link
November 21, 2014
15:08 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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13:45 EDTGOOGEuropean parliament poised to call for Google break-up, FT reports
Germany’s Günther Oettinger has raised significant concerns about Google's power since his nomination to be the EU’s digital commissioner, and a new European parliament draft motion says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
12:49 EDTGOOGGoogle to let users pay to avoid web ads
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12:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTGOOG, AMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
15:44 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTGOOGGoogle loss of Mozilla unlikely to have material impact, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Google's (GOOGL) loss of Mozilla as an affiliate to Yahoo (YHOO) will unlikely have a material impact on revenue and said EBITDA will only be impacted by .2%-.5%. Shares are Outperform rated with a $722 price target, down from $723 due to an error in a previous note.
06:48 EDTGOOGNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTGOOGBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires iOS prototyping tool maker RelativeWave
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14:25 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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11:22 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch app store in China, The Information reports
Google intends to reverse its prior policy and distribute a version of its Google Play app store with phone makers and other potential partners in China, according to The Information, citing several people with knowledge of the company’s plans. Reference Link
10:29 EDTGOOGGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
09:57 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
08:02 EDTGOOGApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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November 18, 2014
15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's Q4 gross ad revenues tracking slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Google's Q4 gross ad revenue is tracking to $16.35B vs. consensus of $16.29B.
06:08 EDTGOOGIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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