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January 29, 2015
15:47 EDTMAMasterCard technical comments before earnings news
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15:37 EDTMANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:37 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:15 EDTFBFacebook 'Place Tips' to challenge services like Yelp, BI says
Facebook's (FB) newly launched "Place Tips" feature, which provides notifications in users' News Feeds when they near locations that the service determines they may like, is "aimed directly at location-based recommendation apps" such as Yelp (YELP), according to Business Insider. Reference Link
14:12 EDTTAT&T to be fined $640K by FCC for unauthorized wireless operations
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13:59 EDTMAEarnings Preview: MasterCard to report amid foreign exchange worries
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13:31 EDTVVisa technical notes before earnings
On the daily chart there is a clear rounded top pattern that follows a large bullish gap and run back in October of last year. This is a bearish chart, and if we were clear of earnings news it would suggest the stock was better for a sale. As we know, patterns and chart conditions are subject to failure more in earnings season than at any other time, other than unexpected events. If there is a negative surprise, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $240.98 and then at $236.65 and $228.02. The latter level is the top of the bullish gap from October. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $250.92, $258.45, and $264.47. The $260 level may be tough resistance to overcome unless the news is extremely positive.
13:24 EDTVEarnings Preview: Analysts have mixed views on Visa ahead of results
Visa (V) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a credit card network. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.49 on revenue of $3.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.40-$2.58 on revenue of $3.26B-$3.44B. LAST QUARTER: Visa reported stronger than expected fourth quarter profit and revenue. Its payments' volume growth increased 12%, versus the same period a year earlier. Visa maintained its outlook for revenue gains in the low double percentage levels in fiscal 2015. Visa also authorized a new $5B share repurchase program. Visa CEO Charlie Scharf said that he believes that mobile payment platforms will significantly increase Visa’s growth, Reuters reported on October 30. STREET RESEARCH: Although Visa is facing significant foreign exchange headwinds and lower gas sales could cut its volumes in the near-term, its near-term fundamentals and long-term outlook remain encouraging, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on January 23..Few companies have such “strong, defensible market positions” and upbeat long-term growth prospects, the firm contended. Oppenheimer left its 2015 and 2016 EPS estimates for Visa unchanged and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Bernstein on January 26 raised its price target on Visa to $283 from $262, citing a number of positive trends, including margin expansion caused by a shift to online purchases that have higher margins,. Also likely to help Visa are higher global payments volumes due to more favorable to macro trends and market share, and the conversion of the Chase portfolio to Visa in the U.S., the firm contended. Online purchases have higher margins partly because they have a greater percentage of credit card versus debit transactions, and are more likely to be international transactions, the firm explained. Bernstein expects Visa to report in-line Q1 EPS, but it predicts that the company’s 2015 EPS guidance will beat expectations by 6c. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Less upbeat was Wells Fargo, which predicted that Visa would report weaker than expected results. Visa’s transaction growth was probably in-line with expectations, as retailers’ comments do not indicate that it will beat expectations, the firm believes. Meanwhile, foreign exchange fluctuations are likely to weigh on Visa’s results, making a significant earnings beat unlikely, Wells believes. It kept a Market Perform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Visa's stock is up 14.5% over the last three months but down 6% year-to-date.
13:17 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 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 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
12:54 EDTYHOO, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTVVisa January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Visa January weekly call option implied volatility is at 115, February is at 33, March is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 29.
11:44 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated following Alibaba Q3 results
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11:23 EDTYHOOYahoo seen as target after spin-off, but slides after Alibaba revenue miss
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11:06 EDTYHOOAlibaba not working with advisors on buyback of Yahoo 'SpinCo,' CNBC reports
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11:03 EDTIBMIBM calls active on renewed activist investor speculation
IBM January weekly 150 and 152 calls are active on total call volume of 15K contracts (7K puts) on renewed activist investor speculation. January weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, February weekly is at 29, February is at 20, March is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:59 EDTYHOOYahoo core business now valued at negative $1B, says Citigroup
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10:57 EDTIBMRumor: IBM moves up on renewed activist investor speculation
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10:51 EDTYHOOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:26 EDTFBFacebook shares little changed despite analysts lauding results
Facebook (FB) reported better than expected fourth quarter earning and revenue last night and a number of analysts responded positively to the news, though the social network operator's shares are little changed in early trading. BACKGROUND: Facebook reported fourth quarter EPS of 54c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 48c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. The social network said that its monthly active user base grew 13% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier to 1.39B, while its ad revenue surged 53% to $3.6B. ANALYST REACTION: Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian raised his price target on Facebook to $93 from $80. The social network reported strong results, driven by healthy user engagement and monetization trends, the analyst believes. The company's ongoing large investments in developing ad technology should improve the platforms of the Facebook website, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as its developing ad network, Sebastian stated. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Cantor analyst Youssef Squali increased his price target on the stock to $90 from $80. The company's Q4 results were solid, as its ad revenue growth was impressive, the analyst stated. Given the ongoing shift of ad dollars to mobile and social, and the untapped revenue potential of a number of Facebook's assets, the stock remains a top pick, the analyst stated. UBS analyst Eric Sheridan was also upbeat on the shares, writing that the stock has one of the most compelling risk/reward ratios among large cap growth stocks he covers. The company continues to have strong user growth and engagement trends, and benefit from strong ad prices, and initiatives that produce advertising market share gains, the analyst stated. Facebook has many ways to increase its revenue going forward, and the stock increasingly looks cheap, according to Sheridan, who kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on the shares.. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook shares rose fractionally to $76.32.
10:20 EDTYHOONeedham sees Yahoo as potential takeover target ahead of spin-off
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