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April 29, 2014
08:12 EDTLVLT, DLR, AMZN, MSFTLevel 3 to connect Digital Realty customers in the U.S. and Europe
Level 3 Communications (LVLT) announced it will connect Digital Realty Trust (DLR) customers in 14 major markets in the U.S. and Europe to its growing cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon (AMZN) Web Services and Microsoft (MSFT) Azure. As a result of this relationship, Digital Realty customers will gain the ability to migrate and operate business-critical applications in a hybrid cloud environment that delivers greater performance, security and flexibility.
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August 14, 2014
08:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans fifth California fulfillment center in Redlands
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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
11:41 EDTAMZNAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
10:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rises after announcing Local Register, levels to watch
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09:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July SSS acceleration positive, but early, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views ChannelAdvisor's reported July Amazon same-store-sales growth of 40.4% as positive, but notes itís early in the quarter and that ChannelAdvisor data is less helpful after the discrepancy in the June quarter. Piper notes ChannelAdvisor pegged Amazon's June quarter SSS acceleration at 900 basis points while Amazon reported flat North American growth. It has an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com could sell 1M-2M phones in first year, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray estimates Amazon.com could sell 1M-2M Fire phones in the first twelve months, adding the product will not have an impact on the company's financials. After testing the phone, Piper says the Fire is a "quality phone but lacks uniqueness or price needed to attract measurable market share." It expects the phone to quickly improve and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:08 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor reports Amazon July SSS up 40.4%, eBay up 9.7%
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05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces credit card reader Amazon Local Register
Amazon.com announced Amazon Local Register, what it calls a "secure card reader and mobile app that provides local businesses with the tools they need to quickly and easily accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their growing business." It added that customers who sign up for Amazon Local Register before October 31 will also receive a promotional rate of 1.75% per card swipe on all major credit and debit cards until January 1, 2016.
August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAMZNAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 10, 2014
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon urges customers to express opinions on e-book prices with Hachette
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15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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