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June 25, 2014
14:39 EDTGRUB, AMZNAmazon taking on GrubHub with new local takeout service, TechCrunch says
Amazon.com (AMZN) is launching a food takeout service that is initially going to be part of Amazon Local, and is said to be a "direct competitor" to GrubHub (GRUB) and Seamless, the delivery service that GrubHub previously acquired, according to TechCrunch. Shares of GrubHub are down 4% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
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August 26, 2014
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Twitch deal won't move needle for 3+ years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes that Amazon's acquisition of Twitch.tv makes sense over a 3+ year window, but will not impact the e-commerce company's business before then. The firm thinks that Twitch offers Amazon unique content that attracts very active users. and could help Amazon drive digital download sales over the longer term. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon.
August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTGRUBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires Twitch Interactive for approximately $970M
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14:05 EDTAMZNAmazon has agreed to buy videogame site Twitch for more than $1B, WSJ reports
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13:08 EDTAMZNAmazon in late-stage talks to buy Twitch, The Information reports
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12:19 EDTGRUBGrubHub falls on share offering, levels to watch
The stock is down 5.8% to $40.28 after the company filed to sell 10M shares in a follow-on offering. At current price next support is at $39.36. Resistance is at $41.11.
10:45 EDTGRUBGrubHub resumes, down 6% after filing for 10M share offering
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10:32 EDTGRUBGrubHub files to sell 10M shares of common stock
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10:30 EDTGRUBYelp at high of day, up 2% after GrubHub halted for pending news
10:26 EDTGRUBGrubHub trading halted, pending news
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06:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 24, 2014
21:59 EDTAMZNVMware to hold a conference
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14:09 EDTAMZNAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon hopes entry-level smartphone could extend ecommerce reach, DigiTimes says
Amazon released its mid-range to high-end Fire Phone in late July as it looks to extend its e-commerce reach, reports DigiTimes Research. Amazon had been in talks with Taiwan-based handset ODMs for the production of entry-level Fire Phones prior to the release of the current Fire Phone. Reference Link
05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
August 21, 2014
12:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hired workers for drone delivery program, TechCrunch says
Amazon has hired several technical workers for its Amazon Prime Air project, which involves attempting to set up a program to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less using drones, according to TechCrunch. Among the employees that Amazon has hired for the project are former aerospace engineers, a NASA astronaut, a number of Microsoft researchers and Bing engineers, and the co-founder of Keyhole, the original developer of Google Earth, TechCrunch stated. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
August 20, 2014
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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