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July 30, 2014
08:53 EDTWMTSodaStream sees sales trends for sodamakers remaining challenging in U.S. in 2H
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08:51 EDTWMTSprint to launch Virgin Mobile Custom at Wal-Mart on August 9
Sprint (S) subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA introduced Virgin Mobile Custom, a no-annual-contract offer with unique parental controls and the ability for customers to build personally tailored rate plans. Virgin Mobile Custom will be available exclusively to Walmart (WMT) customers at select stores beginning Saturday, Aug. 9. Under the offer, customers will purchase a designated Custom phone and activate that device on the Base plan, which comes with 20 texts and 20 voice minutes, or the Unlimited plan for $35 with unlimited talk and text, with the ability to activate up to five lines for as low as $6.98 per line per month.
06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon calling on Hachette to lower e-book prices
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06:22 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $2B investment in India, WSJ reports
Amazon is planning to invest $2B to expand in India, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to CEO Jeff Bezos, "We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India." Reference Link
July 29, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 29, 2014
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12:32 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires online product discovery community Luvocracy
The company disclosed the acquisition on a post to its WalmartLabs blog. Reference Link
10:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTIBMIBM to host investor meeting
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07:27 EDTWMTPlug Power up 12.3% after confirming follow-on GenKey order from Wal-Mart
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07:25 EDTWMTPlug Power confirms follow-on GenKey order from Wal-Mart
Plug Power (PLUG) confirms the company has received a follow-on GenKey purchase order from Wal-Mart (WMT) to add an additional, seventh, GenKey site to the original six-site contract it announced in February. This additional site in Sterling, IL consists of 286 GenDrive fuel cell units and is planned to deploy in Q3. The add-on Sterling, Illinois GenKey site is currently in the planning stages and is expected to be deployed by the end of Q3.
06:11 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Wal-Mart to Neutral given the company's focus on growth and investment over returns, which is likely to impact share performance. Price target remains $83.
July 28, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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13:23 EDTWMTIcahn 'pleased' with Family Dollar deal, 'hopeful' alternate deal may surface
Carl Icahn released the following statement regarding Family Dollar Stores (FDO): "While we continue to believe there are a handful of potential buyers who could realize greater synergies through a combination with Family Dollar and are hopeful that one or more of them will surface as a result of today’s announcement, we are extremely pleased with Dollar Tree’s (DLTR) intention to acquire Family Dollar in a transaction that values the company at $74.50 per share. This is a big win for all shareholders of Family Dollar and yet another validation of the activist investment philosophy in general." Another company in the space, Dollar General (DG), has previously been speculated as an alternative partner for Family Dollar and Wal-Mart (WMT) is seen as a competitor to dollar store operators.
12:26 EDTAMZNIHS teardown says Amazon Fire phone costs $205 to build, Re/code reports
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11:39 EDTWMTWells says potential for competing Family Dollar bid an unknown
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11:28 EDTAMZN3D printer makers fall after Amazon unveils 3D product store
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11:00 EDTAMZNAmazon teams with Materialise, others for 3D store, says Piper Jaffray
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10:44 EDTAMZNAmazon set to launch mobile credit card reader in August, 9to5Mac reports
Amazon (AMZN) could be preparing to launch its mobile cred card reading hardware at $9.99 in the coming weeks, reports 9to5Mac, citing internal Staples (SPLS) documents. Staples stores will stock a product called the "Amazon Card Reader" alongside readers from Square, eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and Staples' own in-house brand. Reference Link
09:50 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:40 EDTAMZNAmazon could see new cloud competition on many fronts, WSJ says
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07:21 EDTIBMBlackBerry, Dell play-down risk of Apple-IBM partnership, Reuters says
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06:51 EDTAMZNAmazon aims for 5 new India warehouses, Reuters says
Amazon's Indian division is poised to establish five new warehouses in the region, which will nearly double its storage capacity to 500K square feet, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company's unit. The new facilities are set to be located in Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and outside of Gurgaon. Reference Link
July 27, 2014
18:57 EDTAMZN, IBMAmazon's cloud computing unit AWS faces more rivals, WSJ says
Amazon.com's (AMZN) cloud computing unit AWS has been competing with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) but more company's have launched offerings in the space including Verizon (VZ), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM) and VMware (VMW), which may threaten the profitability plans that Amazon has for AWS, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
15:38 EDTAMZNApple acquires book analytic startup BookLamp, TechCrunch says
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08:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart doesn't look cheap, Barron's says
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July 25, 2014
18:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares likely range bound as costs escalate, Barron's reports
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16:49 EDTAMZN, IBMS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
16:18 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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14:58 EDTIBMIBM, Globalfoundries talks on chip unit end after bid rejected, Bloomberg says
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14:31 EDTIBMIBM, Globalfoundries fail to reach deal on chip-making business, Bloomberg says
12:51 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday and on track to end a week marked by a torrent of earnings reports on a definite down note. Some high-profile disappointments weighed on the major averages, as Visa (V) and Amazon.com (AMZN) both fell significantly after their quarterly reports last night, dragging on the Dow and Nasdaq, respectively. The domestic economic calendar’s sole release of consequence, the durable goods orders report, came out before the open and was better than expected, but that did little to brighten the market's negative tone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders rebounded 0.7% in June after a 1.0% decline in the prior month, beating expectations for June increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon.com fell 10% after the e-commerce giant reported in-line second quarter revenue but a much higher than expected loss. A number of analysts responded to the news by downgrading the stock, while several others cut their price targets on the shares... Visa reported Q3 earnings per share and revenue that topped consensus forecasts, but its fiscal year EPS growth outlook was trimmed its fiscal year revenue growth view to be in the 9-10% range from its prior forecast for low double-digit constant revenue growth in the 10-11% range. Shares of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component slid 4% following the report and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Datalink (DTLK), which jumped 17%, Mellanox (MLNX), which rose 13%, and VeriSign (VRSN), which gained 11%. Among the noteworthy losers was WellCare (WCG), which plunged 20% after the managed care company pre-announced significantly weaker than expected results. Also lower following their earnings reports were Swift Transport (SWFT), which fell nearly 15%, and Pandora (P), which dropped about 13%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 131.61, or 0.77%, to 16,952.19, the Nasdaq was down 24.45, or 0.55%, to 4,447.66, and the S&P 500 was down 9.04, or 0.45%, to 1,978.94.
10:33 EDTAMZNAmazon sinks after greater than expected losses, several downgrades
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10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $415 from $455 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer cut its target on Amazon after the company reported lower than expected EPS and its customer growth rate slowed. The firm keeps an Outperform rating.
07:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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07:39 EDTAMZNAmazon price target lowered to $400 from $410 at RW Baird
Baird called Amazon's Q2 earnings report "solid" but lowered its price target on the stock to $400 from $410 citing the company's margin compression and Q3 guidance. The firm, which also noted the stabilization of paid unit growth and healthy usage trends, keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.
07:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com results 'generally good,' says Cantor
Cantor believes that Amazon enjoyed sustained momentum in North America last quarter. Although AWS price cuts and investments are pressuring Amazon's profits, Cantor thinks the company's investments are justified, given what it sees as improving North America retail trends and large global opportunity. The firm trimmed its price target on the shares to $400 from $425 but keeps a Buy rating.
06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $358 from $395 at Citigroup
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $340 from $350 at JPMorgan
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $375 from $400 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Amazon.com shares to $375 following the company's Q2 results but maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
July 24, 2014
18:45 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com now down 10% after Q2 earnings conference call
18:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire Phone can be viable product independently
In addition to expectations that the Fire Phone will be viable as an independent product the company says Fire Phone is also integrated into existing business. Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:58 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands AWS business, reduces prices
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17:38 EDTAMZNAmazon says various business segments not included in 'unit growth' metric
Comment from Q2 earnings conference call.
16:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 operating margin (0.1%) vs. 0.7% last quarter
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16:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com drops 6% to $337.80 following Q2 results
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16:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 operating cash flow up 18% to $5.33B
Free cash flow increased to $1.04B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $265M for the railing twelve months ended June 30, 2013.
16:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B, consensus $20.83B
Sees Q3 operating loss $810M-$410M, consensus (7c).
16:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 EPS (27c), consensus (15c)
Reports Q2 revenue $19.34B, consensus $19.34B.
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:29 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly 360 straddle priced for 6.1% move into Q2
13:21 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon shares up almost 7% over last three months
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 24 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (15c) on revenue of $19.34B. The consensus range is (51c)-7c for EPS, and $19.0B-$19.65B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported first quarter EPS of 23c against estimates of 23c, on revenue of $19.74B against estimates of $19.43B. The company gave Q2 revenue guidance of $18.1B-$19.8B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($455M)-($55M). In its earnings conference call, Amazon said its AWS usage and third party growth continues to be strong. NEWS: Amazon announced the launches of a Fire Phone with a 4.7-inch display with Gorilla Glass 3. It also announced an unlimited ad-free music streaming service called Prime Music and a Kindle Unlimited subscription service. Amazon expanded same-day shipping service by allowing later ordering times as well as adding Sunday delivery to 15 cities in addition to Los Angeles and New York. The company also continued in a public battle with publisher Hachette as it refused orders and buying less inventory. ChannelAdvisor reported Amazon SSS grew 27% in April, 28.1% in May and 34.4% in June. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray said Amazon's music service is irrelevant due to its relatively low amount of songs, but will become relevant over time. It also said that the Amazon smartphone is a good start, although it lacks an app ecosystem. BMO Capital said the company's device could help drive additional wallet share and may spur additional consumers to buy Prime memberships. JMP Securities adds that the phone may take some time for it to gain meaningful share. Ahead of earnings, the company was downgraded at Citigroup, citing Amazon's "aggressive investment" in web services could pressure earnings over the next few quarters. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have risen more than $23, or 6.9%, over the last three months. In Thursday midday trading ahead of the Q2 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
12:43 EDTIBMIBM, California partner on unifying state agency data in cloud, USA today says
IBM has been enlisted to unify the information technology systems of hundreds of state California agencies in a $400M partnership dubbed CalCloud, says USA Today. Reference Link
11:32 EDTWMTWal-Mart U.S. CEO change not likely due to current trends, says RW Baird
RW Baird believes the departure of Bill Simon from his post as CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. has more to do with the executive's long-term career planning than with current trends, which the firm believes remain sluggish. Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $84 price target on Wal-Mart.
11:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:37 EDTIBMBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility at historic low into Foran succeeding Simon as U.S. CEO
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08:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Greg Foran as president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
Walmart announced that Greg Foran has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. Foran succeeds Bill Simon who has been in the role since June 2010 and will be transitioning out of the company. Foran will assume his responsibilities on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months to ensure a seamless transition.
07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:56 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart to show bribery probe documents, Reuters says
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart Stores must show a shareholder documentation that has to do with the firm's internal investigation of allegations it paid bribes in Mexico, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman. Reference Link
July 23, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon expands Prime Music selection
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July 22, 2014
17:31 EDTIBMApple sees business as a catalyst for iPad sales
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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13:18 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon quietly debuts mobile wallet app, TechCrunch says
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10:00 EDTNILE, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTAMZNAmazon HomeAway TripAdvisor should be bought into results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest expects TripAdvisor (TRIP), Amazon (AMZN) and HomeAway (HOME) to report strong Q2 results. The firm thinks that all three companies have strong fundamentals.
09:08 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle (CMG), up 10.7%... Crocs (CROX), up 5%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% after announcing intent to form MLP... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 9.5% after reporting Q2 results, preclinical study results, price target on shares raised to $19 from $13 at Brean Capital... FuelCell (FCEL), up 5.4% after announcing German government support, EUR 4.9M in research awards... Apache (APA), up 5.2% after Bloomberg says activist investor JANA Partners disclosed $1B position in the stock. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Harley-Davidson (HOG), down 4.1%... Travelers (TRV), down 3.4%... McDonald's (MCD), down 2.3%... Coca-Cola (KO), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1% following downgrade to Neutral rating at Citigroup.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Appstore selection has nearly tripled over last year
Amazon announced that Amazon Appstore selection has nearly tripled over the past year, and since Fire phone launched, the rate of app submissions to the Amazon Appstore has more than doubled. App submissions are at record levels in the 5 week period since launch. In the few weeks since Fire phone launched, developers have already found innovative uses of the phone’s enhanced carousel, Dynamic Perspective and Firefly.
07:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down 1.6% following Citigroup downgrade
07:05 EDTIBMIBM promotes Frances West to Chief Accessibility Officer
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07:00 EDTNILEBlue Nile downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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06:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces prices more intensly for back-to-school, Bloomberg says
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06:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded its rating on Amazon.com (AMZN) shares to Neutral from Buy saying the company's "aggressive investment" in web services could pressure earnings over the next few quarters. Citi also notes the stock is up 18% over the past 52 weeks. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $395 from $414. Amazon closed yesterday up $1.10 to $359.76.
July 21, 2014
11:31 EDTIBMXerox names Kennedy Chief Marketing Officer
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10:45 EDTBBYAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
07:15 EDTADBEO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTTGTVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
16:47 EDTIBMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:20 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:42 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter
09:59 EDTIBMIBM downgraded to Sell from Hold at Societe Generale
09:48 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
07:49 EDTIBMIBM concerns remain, says Credit Suisse
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07:32 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service for $9.99 per month
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07:30 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service
06:56 EDTIBMIBM reported solid Q2 results, says Cantor
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:21 EDTIBMIBM sees services, software segment revenue growth in mid-single digits in 2H14
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17:18 EDTIBMIBM says about $3B left in current share repurchase authorization
17:08 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenue from Growth Markets down 7%, down 4% ex-currency
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16:55 EDTIBMIBM expects at least $20.00 in operating EPS in 2015, consensus $19.78
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16:47 EDTIBMIBM expects revenue growth to accelerate in 2H14
Comment from company's Q2 earnings conference call.
16:14 EDTIBMIBM CEO says 'performed well in strategic imperatives' in Q2
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16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenue from Systems and Technology segment totaled $3.3B
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16:12 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenue from Software Segment $6.5B, up 1%
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16:12 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 Global Services segment revenue down 1% to $13.9B
Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 1% to $9.4B. Adjusting for the impact of the divested customer care outsourcing business, revenues were up 2%. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 2% to $4.5B.
16:09 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 services backlog $136B, down 1%
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16:09 EDTIBMIBM continues to see FY14 adjusted EPS at least $18.00, consensus $17.87
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16:08 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 adjusted EPS $4.32, consensus $4.29
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:26 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:05 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
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13:58 EDTIBMIBM July 195 straddle priced for 3.3% move into Q2
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13:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
12:07 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 37, September is at 30, October is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:38 EDTIBMPratt & Whitney announce partnership with IBM
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07:27 EDTIBM, ADBEFCC to hold a meeting
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06:50 EDTAMZNAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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July 16, 2014
16:24 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
12:26 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:22 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
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12:07 EDTIBMApple, IBM rise after agreeing to collaborate on mobile products
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11:58 EDTIBMDruckenmiller says IBM facing problems similar to Xerox, Kodak
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10:58 EDTAMZNAmazon testing 'Kindle Unlimited' subscription service, Gigaom reports
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10:24 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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09:23 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
08:03 EDTIBMApple deal with IBM could drive enterprise sales, says Canaccord
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