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News For IBM;ADBE;BBY;WMT;AMZN;TGT;SHLD;NILE;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
16:11 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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15:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart to slash layer of in-store management, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTIBMIBM acquires Explorys from Heritage Group
Explorys, a portfolio company of venture capital firm Heritage Group, has been acquired by IBM in an agreement signed April 13. In May 2012, big data company Explorys received a significant investment from the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund, a $167M strategic venture fund that invests in businesses that reduce healthcare costs, improve outcomes and increase the efficiency of delivery.
07:45 EDTAMZNEtsy multiple 'well beyond' high end of any comparable group, says Wedbush
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06:33 EDTIBMChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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05:48 EDTAMZNPiper positive on Amazon.com into March quarter earnings
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is positive on shares of Amazon.com into the company's March quarter earnings report on April 23. Munster believes Amazon's margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters, and he expects shares "will continue to work" if margins go higher. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon today with a $475 price target.
April 16, 2015
07:11 EDTSHLDSears may need to contibute more money into pension plan, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTWMTFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
17:32 EDTTGTMasterCard reaches agreement with Target to resolve claims
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15:14 EDTIBMIBM April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
IBM April weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, May is at 22, June is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 21.
12:38 EDTAMZNAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon: Prime Instant Video to offer season one of Orphan Black for free on Fri.
Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video, the exclusive home for seasons one and two of BBC AMERICA’s Orphan Black, will offer season one of the gripping drama for free to all customers this Friday, April 17. Anyone can watch the first 10 episodes of Orphan Black at no cost using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/OrphanBlack. Season three of Orphan Black will premiere Saturday, April 18, 9:00 p.m. ET on BBC AMERICA and its sister networks AMC, IFC, Sundance TV and WE TV.
08:43 EDTIBMIBM estimates lowered at Credit Suisse ahead of the Q1 report
Credit Suisse lowered IBM estimates ahead of the Q1 report on April 20 and reiterated its Underperform rating and $125 price target on the stock. The firm's Q1 estimates for EPS and revenue go to $2.84/$19.8B versus consensus of $2.86/$19.9B and FY15 to $15.59/$85B versus consensus of $15.98/$85.4B. Credit Suisse concerns remain a weak order book and a reduction in industry-wide deal sizes, margin dilution from the cloud despite any revenue growth, less effective restructuring, and internal turmoil and underinvestment.
06:18 EDTAMZNApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTTGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailer’s massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
18:32 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart can reject shareholder proposal on gun sales, WSJ says
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18:17 EDTTGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, DJ says
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
11:45 EDTAMZNAmazon fulfillment, third party strength reasons to be bullish, analysts say
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11:16 EDTAMZNCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
07:44 EDTAMZNBaird survey suggests accelerating growth trends for Amazon.com
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07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $465 from $400 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Amazon.com shares to $465 from $400 after analyzing the retailing giant's fulfillment capabilities. The firm believes Amazon's fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term and margin improvement with scale. It views Amazon's fulfillment initiatives as part of a "bigger, multi-faceted strategy focused on better customer segmentation and category leadership." Jefferies keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of Amazon closed yesterday down 29c to $382.36.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime membership now includes ad-free internet radio service
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17:13 EDTIBMIBM Medtronic to partner to improve diabetes care
IBM (IBM) and Medtronic (MDT) announced that they will work together to combine powerful analytics and cognitive computing with diabetes medical devices and health data to develop a new generation of personalized diabetes management solutions. People using Medtronic diabetes solutions could benefit from new solutions developed in collaboration with IBM's newly-formed Watson Health unit.
17:12 EDTIBMIBM acquires Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel
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17:10 EDTIBMIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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16:07 EDTBBYBest Buy chairman retiring June 9, CEO Joly to take on chairman role
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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14:18 EDTTGTTarget names Anne Dament as SVP, Merchandising
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09:27 EDTAMZNAmazon says X-Ray coming to Fire TV, Fire TV Stick
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09:23 EDTSHLDSears moves higher on Simon Property Group deal
Price was last higher by over 3.8% in the pre-market to $44.60 after the company struck a deal with Simon Property Group (SPG) similar to that previously made with General Growth Properties (GGP). Resistance is at $45.69. Support is at $44.02.
09:03 EDTAMZNeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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06:35 EDTSHLDSears volatility low into Simon Property a joint venture of real estate holdings
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06:22 EDTSHLD, JCP, TGTGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSHLDSears, Simon Property form 50/50 JV
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTAMZNNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
15:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walton family puts shares in newly formed trust, Reuters says
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April 10, 2015
18:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Walton family to place 6% of shares in trust, Reuters reports
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16:05 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 10, 2015
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com acquired shoe fitting technology startup, TechCrunch says
Amazon has purchased Shoefitr, a startup whose 3D technology helps match online shoppers with shoes that will best fit them, reported TechCrunch, citing a "reliable source very close to the company." Reference Link
09:11 EDTAMZNCleveland Research sees modest Q1 CSOI upside for Amazon.com
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says High Dynamic Range coming to Prime Instant Video this year
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon begins suing websites providing fake product reviews, BI reports
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06:15 EDTAMZNAmazon receives FAA approval for new drone tests, Reuters reports
Amazon has won the approval from the FAA to test new delivery drone outdoors, reports Reuters. The FAA granted the company request to test delivery drones in a letter dated Wednesday on the agency's website. According to the letter, Amazon must keep flights at an altitud no more than 400 feet and no faster than 100 miles per hour. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
14:36 EDTAMZNAmazon announces AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps
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13:28 EDTAMZNAmazon gets Spike Lee movie ‘Chiraq,' the Wrap says
Director Spike Lee is making his next movie "Chiraq" for Amazon Studios, says the Wrap. Lee is said to be courting actors Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West for the ensemble cast of “Chiraq,” added the Wrap. Reference Link
12:05 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; HLT AMZN
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10:00 EDTADBEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adobe (ADBE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Anadarko (APC) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Apache (APA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... BioScrip (BIOS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Canadian Pacific (CP) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Cancer Genetics (CGIX) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Denny's (DENN) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Fifth Third (FITB) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Garrison Capital (GARS) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Home Properties (HME) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Intersect ENT (XENT) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Jack in the Box (JACK) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... LogMeln (LOGM) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Marvell (MRVL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Masonite (DOOR) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Natures Sunshine Products (NATR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Nielsen (NLSN) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Plug Power (PLUG) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... RiceBran (RIBT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... StarTek (SRT) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Market Perform at Telsey Advisory.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTJCP, BBY, TGTBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTAMZNPitney Bowes, AWS team to enable commerce with cloud solutions
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07:55 EDTADBEAdobe initiated with an Overweight at Stephens
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announced that Prime Now launches in Austin
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon, Flipkart eye 49% stake in FSCS, Times of India reports
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April 8, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNActionable Options for Wednesday, April, 8
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12:21 EDTIBMIBM announces U.S. Army is using IBM Hybrid Cloud for logistics
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12:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart: Pay raises for over 34,000 associates in Florida effective this week
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10:01 EDTIBMIBM announces longstanding collaboration with Care.com
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06:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports March sales up 9.4% from last year
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06:02 EDTAMZNGoogle plans service to connect users with home-service providers, BuzzFeed says
Google (GOOG) is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, BuzzFeed reported yesterday, citing sources close tot he company. The new service is expected to be announced at an advertising conference later this spring. Amazon (AMZN) last week launched its new Home Services site. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD AMZN
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05:16 EDTWMTWalmart announces pay raises for over 72K associates in TX go into effect
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April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTIBMXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTTGTFreshpet dry food product launched at Target, says Baird
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09:19 EDTIBMCLSA holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:09 EDTAMZNAmazon licenses technology from Crytek, sources say, Kotaku reports
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06:31 EDTIBMIBM an unlikely target for activists, Reuters columnist says
Shareholders calling for activist investors to take aim at IBM are likely to be disappointed, according to a Reuters columnist. The company has already carried out a great deal of financial engineering, and it will probably need to spend heavily on R&D and invest in its business for a couple of years in order to turn itself around, the columnist believes. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
09:25 EDTAMZNeBay threatened by merchant satisfaction with Amazon, Bloomberg says
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06:00 EDTAMZNIndian railways may tie up with Amazon for parcels, Economic Times says
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April 5, 2015
16:56 EDTAMZNEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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