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April 23, 2014
18:24 EDTAMZNApple has sold more than 20M Apple TV set-top boxes
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16:57 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:18 EDTIBMBuffett says bought IBM shares 'this year'
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14:12 EDTIBMIBM launches new servers
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12:51 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:36 EDTAMZNNetflix slides after Amazon signs content deal with HBO
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12:09 EDTAMZNAmazon deal with HBO helps Prime catch up with Netflix, says Cantor
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09:48 EDTAMZNNetflix drops 3% after HBO, Amazon enter content agreement
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon, HBO sign multi-year deal to bring HBO programming to Prime members
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08:24 EDTBBYAppliances may shift from tailwind to headwind this year, says Janney Capital
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08:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart shares recommended at UBS
UBS said Wal-Mart investor expectations are lo and shares have underperformed the market 3% year-to-date and recommends purchase. The firm said rising food inflation helps Wal-Mart as consumers better appreciate lower prices. The analyst expects U.S. comps to improve and for improving comps to drive shares higher.
06:44 EDTWMTWal-Mart low-price strategy fails to attract Brazilians, Bloomberg says
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06:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart to report how compliance affected executives' pay, WSJ reports
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April 22, 2014
13:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com's sales slumped when tax imposed, Bloomberg says
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12:18 EDTADBEBofA/Merrill's software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analysts, along with Ray Wang, Principal Analyst & CEO at Constellation Research, provide their perspectives on pertinent topics in the software industry and how disruptive technologies impact cross channel commerce and technology optimization on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 25 at 11 am.
10:19 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail/LatAm retail analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Hardline Analyst Chai and LatAm Retail Analyst Ford discuss Brazil's largest hardline retailer, Via Varejo and the survival of hardline retailers in a digital age, using as a case study, Best Buy (BBY), on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 23 at 10 am.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and expense outlook
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08:09 EDTAMZNAmazon.com risk/reward compelling into Q1 results, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank views the recent sell-off in shares of Amazon.com as overdone and believes the risk/reward is compelling into the company's Q1 results. Deutsche expects Amazon to post a larger than normal beat versus consensus in Q1 and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $475 price target.
07:25 EDTIBMNatural E Creative Group to hold a summit
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06:37 EDTAMZNCompanies with cloud businesses worried about Aereo case, Re/code says
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05:47 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP CRM
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April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
13:05 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Netflix shares trading up 3% since last earnings report
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12:47 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:54 EDTWMTMoneyGram continues sell off with Wal-Mart entering space
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07:12 EDTIBMU.S. judge allows GM South Africa apartheid lawsuit, Bloomberg says
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06:45 EDTAMZNApple and Google compete to offer exclusive game apps, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTADBECourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
April 19, 2014
20:17 EDTAMZNTwitter, Netflix, Amazon look pricey, Barron's says
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April 17, 2014
17:54 EDTIBMInvestors should stay away from IBM for now, Barron's says
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16:45 EDTIBMMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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16:31 EDTIBM, WMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon Fire TV's voice search partners with Hulu, Crackle, Showtime Anytime
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12:53 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:13 EDTSHLDSears director Thomas Tisch buys 475,000 shares
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10:40 EDTWMTMoneyGram, Western Union retreat after Wal-Mart launches competing service
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10:30 EDTWMTMoneyGram shares attractive with 13% of sales at risk, says Wells Fargo
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10:29 EDTWMTWestern Union transfer share not materially hurt by Wal-Mart, says Sterne Agee
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10:20 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TSLA
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09:35 EDTIBM, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTWMTMoneyGram, Western Union slide after new money-transfer service from Wal-Mart
Shares of MoneyGram (MGI) are down 12.5% in pre-market trading and Western Union (WU) is down over 5% after Walmart (WMT) and Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (EEFT), announced the launch of Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service. Walmart said the service allows customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for "up to 50% less than similar offerings on the market." Euronet shares are up nearly 8% before the open of the broader market, while Wal-Mart shares are fractionally higher.
09:13 EDTWMTWestern Union volatility expected to move on Walmart money-transfer service
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09:11 EDTWMTMoneyGram volatility expected to move on Walmart offering money-transfer service
MoneyGram (MGI) option implied volatility is expected to move on Walmart (WMT) announcing its own money-transfer service. Overall option implied volatility of 37 is near its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
09:09 EDTWMTWestern Union down 5% after Wal-Mart launches new money transfer service
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09:08 EDTWMTWalmart introduces new money transfer service in partnership with Euronet
Walmart (WMT) and Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (EEFT), announced the launch of Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service. Available April 24, the new service allows customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for "up to 50% less than similar offerings on the market," the company said. Walmart-2-Walmart offers a fee structure with just two pricing tiers: customers can transfer up to $50 for $4.50 and up to $900 for $9.50.
08:58 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market movers
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08:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces money transfer service
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08:46 EDTIBMIBM profit cycle has bottomed, says Cantor
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07:32 EDTWMTMoneyGram to host conference call
Conference call to discuss Walmart's announcement of new service offering will be held on April 17 at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:24 EDTIBMFutures lower as earnings disappoint
U.S. equity futures are lower following disappointing earnings reports from tech giants IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG). Earnings will be taking center stage for the next few weeks Meanwhile, investors will continue to analyze economic data. Expected to be released today are weekly jobless claims data and the natural gas inventory report.
06:30 EDTIBMIBM price target raised to $197 from $175 at JPMorgan
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06:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Euronet to announce new service today
Walmart (WMT) and Euronet (EEFT) last night announced that they will hold a conference call today to announce a new service. "Walmart and Euronet are committed to providing innovative solutions to help customers reduce costs and better manage their money," the press release stated. Shares of Euronet rallied 77c to $41.56 in after-hours trading following the news.
06:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart and Euronet host conference call
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06:10 EDTAMZNNearly 1,000 Amazon workers in Germany expected to strike, WSJ reports
Amazon workers in Germany are expected to strike today, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments from services union Verdi. The union believes 400-500 employees will strike at two locations over wage levels. Reference Link
06:09 EDTIBMIBM unchanged outlook effectively a guide-down, says UBS
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06:06 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $173 at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs says IBM reported "another tough quarter" on weakness in emerging markets and increasing competition in application outsourcing. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $173 from $175 and keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
April 16, 2014
18:55 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:55 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 Global Services total signings $11.2B
Outsourcing signings were $5.5B, and transactional signings were $5.7B. Comments from presentation slides for Q1 earnings.
17:22 EDTIBMIBM says FY14 revenue growth to be impacted by hardware business challenges
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16:54 EDTIBMIBM says still expects to deliver at least $20.00 in operating EPS in 2015
FY15 consensus $19.86. Guidance from Q1 earnings conference call.
16:40 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
16:16 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 cloud revenue up more than 50%
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16:16 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 adjusted gross profit margin 47.6%, up 90bps
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16:15 EDTIBMIBM down more than 2% following Q1 results
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16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 Global Technology Services segment revenues down 3%
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16:11 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 revenue from growth markets down 11%
Revenues from the company’s growth markets decreased 1%, down 5%, adjusting for currency. Revenues in the BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — decreased 11%, down 6%, adjusting for currency.
16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 revenue from Software segment up 2%
Revenues from the Software segment were up 2% to $5.7B, up 2%, adjusting for currency, compared with the first quarter of 2013. Software pre-tax income decreased 5% and pre-tax margin decreased to 29.1%, including an impact of approximately $0.2B for the workforce rebalancing charge.
16:08 EDTIBMIBM sees FY14 adjusted EPS at least $18.00, consensus $17.84
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16:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q1 adjusted EPS $2.54, consensus $2.54
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15:17 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:17 EDTIBMIBM April 195 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q1
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15:07 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:33 EDTIBMIBM sued for over $2.5B by Mexico's Iusacell, Reuters says
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12:30 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: Cantor more upbeat than Citi on IBM ahead of report
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTIBMThe Hartford, IBM announce six-year technology services agreement
The Hartford (HIG) and IBM (IBM) announced a new six-year technology services agreement to implement a new service model that includes a private cloud infrastructure. The Hartford will move to a private cloud-based infrastructure on IBM’s PureFlex System. Under the $500M agreement, IBM will also provide a number of other services related to mainframe, storage, backup and resiliency. The Hartford will define the services it requires, and IBM will be responsible for the solution and delivery of those services.
08:53 EDTAMZNSeveral e-commerce stocks look positive into earnings, says Pacific Crest
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08:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:30 EDTAMZNVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTIBM, AMZNAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTAMZNNBCUniversal planning digital video push
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06:17 EDTAMZNAmazon testing handheld grocery ordering device, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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12:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com pauses near session lows, levels to watch
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11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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11:23 EDTIBMInfosys falls after quarterly revenue trails estimates
Shares of Infosys (INFY), which consults on business information technology and systems integration, are falling after the company's fourth quarter revenue trailed analysts' consensus estimate. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Infosys reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 85c and revenue of $2.09B, compared to expectations of 79c and $2.11B, respectively. The company's CEO and Managing Director, S. D. Shibulal, said he was pleased that Infosys was able to double its growth rate for the full year compared to last year, though added that its performance in the last quarter of of the fiscal year had been "disappointing." The company noted that Infosys and its subsidiaries added 50 clients during the quarter and 238 during the year. Infosys forecast FY15 revenue growth of 7%-9%, compared to consensus of $9.06B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Infosys said its board had decided to increase the dividend pay-out ratio to up to 40% of post-tax profits effective FY14. Infosys' current policy is to pay dividends up to 30% of post-tax profits. OTHERS TO WATCH: Like Infosys, Wipro (WIT) is an IT services and software solution consultant headquartered in India. Others in the business consulting space include Cognizant Technology (CTSH), IBM (IBM) and Accenture (ACN). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Infosys fell $3.49, or about 6.3%, to $52.09 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Shares of Cognizant were down about 0.75% to $48.12, while Wipro was up about 2.6% to $13.56.
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTIBMIBM April volatility elevated at 55 into Q1
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07:59 EDTAMZNAmazon exec hired away by Square, Re/code says
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06:54 EDTIBMIBM downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded its rating on IBM to Neutral from Buy citing valuation and lowered its price target for shares to $200 from $235.
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rejects bitcoin, doesn't rule out payment network, Re/code says
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06:06 EDTIBMIBM establishes new Big Data & Business Analytics Center of Competence in Greece
IBM has announced that it will establish a new Big Data and Business Analytics Center of Competence in Athens, Greece advancing its ability to deliver Big Data and Business Analytics technical and consulting capabilities in the region, drawing on an emerging generation of highly skilled local expertise. The new center will help companies to better leverage analytics and cognitive computing capabilities, improving business operations and enhancing their competitiveness in the global marketplace.
05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 14, 2014
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:06 EDTIBM, ADBEU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:53 EDTTGTTarget breach sparks retail push to upgrade card technology, Bloomberg says
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06:45 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Amazon Fire TV out of stock until April 21
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April 13, 2014
19:59 EDTIBMImperva faces competition from firms like IBM, F5 Networks, Bloomberg says
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17:45 EDTSHLDLand's End shares could head lower, Barron's says
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April 11, 2014
17:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans to launch smartphone in 2H14, WSJ reports
According to sources, Amazon.com plans to launch a smartphone during the second half of 2014, with shipping likely to begin by the end of September, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans to launch smartphone in 2H14, Dow Jones reports
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14:26 EDTJCP, SHLDCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
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12:44 EDTAMZNHedge funds initiating shorts on Priceline, Amazon, Twitter, CNBC says
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12:04 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN GILD
Amazon.com (AMZN) May 380 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 43, Gilead (GILD) August 77 call option implied volatility decreased 15% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO says more than 1M subscribers joined Prime in 3rd week of Dec. alone
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07:57 EDTIBMIBM April volatility elevated at 37 into Q1
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07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com May volatility elevated into Q1 and profit outlook
Amazon.com April call option implied volatility is at 39, May weekly is at 59, May is at 48, June is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on late April 24.
06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 50 at upper end of index mean range
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April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to acquire digital comic book company comiXology
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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14:24 EDTIBM, AMZNAmazon Web Services CTO says ARM CPUs may be considered, The Register says
Amazon (AMZN) Web Services chief technology officer Werner told The Register that the company is “always looking for efficiency” and may consider using ARM (ARMH) CPUs in the future. Vogels said another processor architecture AWS has considered is IBM's (IBM) Power, the report noted. Reference Link
13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO confirms plans to expand Amazon Fresh offering, Re/code reports
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the company is planning to expand Amazon Fresh beyond its current three markets, Re/code reports, citing the CEO's 2013 letter to shareholders. He commented that "We’ll continue our methodical approach – measuring and refining Amazon Fresh – with the goal of bringing this incredible service to more cities over time." Bezos also commented on drones, saying "The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8." Reference Link
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTADBEAdobe risk/reward ratio great, says Pacific Crest
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09:06 EDTIBMIBM to acquire Atlanta-based software company Silverpop
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08:44 EDTIBMCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:55 EDTIBMIBM initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon unclear about limits of Fire TV voice search, BI says
Amazon (AMZN) claimed to have addressed user annoyances when it detailed the voice search features of its new Fire TV system last week, but the company was unclear about the fact that voice searches only present results from Amazon's Instant Video library and Vevo and exclude other services like Netflix (NFLX), said Business Insider. The company also was not upfront about the way voice searches are saved as recordings of users' voices, the report added. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon looking to court game developers for Fire TV, NY Post reports
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06:07 EDTAMZNRovi sell-off on patent ruling unwarranted, says Brean Capital
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