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News For IBM;ADBE;BBY;WMT;AMZN;TGT;SHLD;NILE;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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February 7, 2016
19:51 EDTAMZNAmazon food delivery app to take steep cut from restaurants, NY Post says
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16:25 EDTAMZNAmazon rolls out 'treasure truck' in Seattle area
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13:12 EDTAMZNAmazon valuation beginning to look reasonable, Barron's says
Shares of Amazon look "more tempting" after their recent declines, and their new price looks "almost reasonable," Barron's contends in its 'Follow Up' column. Though still richly valued, what matters is how much the company "could earn" once CEO Jeff Bezos "turns up the profit dial," the publication notes. Reference Link
February 5, 2016
15:59 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 5, 2016
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12:26 EDTADBEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hits post-earnings low
The shares were last at $509.57, at a post-earnings low. Next support is at $499. Resistance is at $512.47.
08:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pursues sale of home office campus
J.C. Penney announced that it is pursuing the potential sale and partial leaseback of its Home Office building in Plano, Texas as part of an ongoing effort to reduce outstanding debt and effectively manage expenses. A combination of favorable market conditions and a surplus of available square footage within the building make this an attractive real estate opportunity for the company. It is expected that the cost of leasing space within the building would be offset by a reduction in maintenance costs, property taxes and interest expense as a result of paying down debt with proceeds from the transaction. CBRE Capital Markets has been selected to market the 1.8 million-square-foot, Class A office campus located in Legacy Business Park in Plano, Texas. The new owner will have the opportunity to market over 650,000 square feet of contiguous space within the coveted Legacy West submarket. These actions follow a decision in 2014 to contribute a significant portion of fringe land around the Home Office to a joint venture with a team of developers.
07:31 EDTAMZNGrubHub downgraded on competition concerns at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein downgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Perform from Outperform saying he's increasingly concerned that competition from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Uber in New York will cut into the company's sales and profitability. The analyst sees downside risk to the stock despite the recent selloff and thinks a takeover is unlikely in the near term. Helfstein suspended his $30 price target for the shares. The online platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders closed yesterday up 13% to $21.53 following its Q4 results.
06:58 EDTAMZNAmazon offers free Square credit card readers to business owners, Re/code says
Amazon (AMZN) is offering to give free Square (SQ) credit card readers to business owners who previously purchased an Amazon Local Register, Re/code reports. The move comes a few months after Amazon said it was discontinuing this payment processing service on February 1, the report says. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNApple, Amazon, Google, Verizon in mix to bid for NFL stream rights, Variety says
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06:23 EDTIBM20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon renews card agreement with JPMorgan, WSJ says
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14:36 EDTAMZNAmazon renews co-brand credit card pact with JPMorgan, Dow Jones says
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10:28 EDTJCPKohl's slumps after cutting forecast on lower than planned sales, margins
Shares of Kohl's (KSS) are plunging after the department store retailer cut its earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2015 based on lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margins. WHAT'S NEW: Kohl's said this morning that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter increased 0.4%, with total quarterly sales rising 0.8%. The company said that despite a "very strong" holiday selling season, sales were "very volatile and less than planned" in the quarter. Additionally, Kohl's said the holiday season results were offset by a "very slow start" to Q4 in November as well as a weaker than expected January due to soft demand for cold-weather goods that led to lower store traffic. Looking ahead, Kohl's cut its FY15 EPS view to $3.95-$4.00, excluding losses from debt repayment, against analysts' consensus estimate of $4.30. Kohl's previously expected FY15 EPS to be at the low end of its $4.40-$4.60 range. Kohl's said it lowered its guidance as a result of lower than expected quarterly sales and "significantly lower than planned" gross margin. Kohl's is expected to report Q4 results on February 25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kohl's is considering whether to hire an investment bank to advise the company on alternatives including going private or a break up, The Wall Street Journal reported on January 11, citing a source. Kohl's executives are said to be open to a strategic review, the source said. ALSO NOTABLE: Retailer Ralph Lauren (RL) this morning said that while international net revenue grew 6% in constant currency in its third quarter, North America revenue declined 4%, due in part to warmer temperatures for the fall and holiday season. ANALYST OPINIONS: Buckingham yesterday upgraded Kohl's to Buy from Neutral, as the firm expected Kohl's SSS to rise by a low single digit percentage level in Q4. Analysts at Stifel said on January 11 that Kohl's could be worth as much as $95 in a takeover. PRICE ACTION: Kohl's is down over 14% to $43.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ralph Lauren is down over 17.5% to trade near $95 per share. Department store peers Macy's (M) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are down 3% and 2%, respectively, this morning.
10:25 EDTAMZN$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
10:10 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:30 EDTAMZNAmazon says Spotify Premium available on Amazon Echo
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08:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Alphabet Microsoft should get huge cloud boost, says Pacific Crest
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06:14 EDTWMTWalmart sues Puerto Rico over tax increase, NY Times says
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February 3, 2016
20:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart to build own gas stations going forward, WSJ says
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to build and operate its own gas stations going forward, though Murphy USA (MUSA) will continue the operate the 1,000-plus stations it has already built near Wal-Mart locations, reports the Wall Street Journal. A Wal-Mart spokesperson told the publication that, when building new stores, the company will add its own gas stations "to as many as possible." Reference Link
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