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December 26, 2012
12:10 EDTM, GOL, AMZN, NFLX, URBN, LTD, GPS, KORS, COH, JWN, SKS, SHLD, MEDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite a report that indicated U.S. home prices rose more than forecast in October. Volume is light due to the holiday, but also because investors are still anxiously seeking a resolution to the fiscal cliff standoff in Washington... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 4.3% in October from a year ago, versus expectations for a 4% gain. The Richmond Fed December manufacturing survey fell to 5 from a prior reading of 9. Analysts had forecast a drop to a reading of 8. In Europe, most markets were closed. Asian markets, particularly Japan's, traded broadly higher for a second-straight session, as the official appointment of Shinzo Abe as Japan's prime minister continued to drive down the Yen and lift Tokyo-traded share prices... COMPANY NEWS: Retail and apparel makers' stocks slid after reports indicated that holiday sales were likely weaker than expected. MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit estimated that retail sales from October 28 through Christmas Eve increased just 0.7% from a year ago. Separate data from retail consulting firm Customer Growth Partners estimated sales rose about 2.8%, which would make this the worst holiday-shopping season since 2009. Among the stocks performing significantly worse than their respective averages were Macy’s (M), Sears (SHLD), Saks (SKS), Nordstrom (JWN), Coach (COH), Michael Kors (KORS), Gap (GPS), Limited (LTD) and Urban Outfitters (URBN)... Netflix‘s (NFLX) streaming video service suffered an outage on Christmas Eve, which the company blamed on technical problems at Web service provider Amazon.com (AMZN)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was GOL Linhas (GOL), a low-cost airline in Latin America which saw its U.S. listed shares rise 10% after the company announced late Friday that it has segregated the activities of its "Smiles" loyalty program, a business unit it previously said may be put up for an initial public offering. Also higher were shares of Herbalife (HLF), up over 6% after the Wall Street Journal said the company has hired a prominent law firm to assist in its fight with investor Bill Ackman. Among the noteworthy losers was Medifast (MED), down nearly 12% after the company's acting CFO resigned... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 45.94, or 0.35%, to 13,093.14; the Nasdaq was down 21.00, or 0.70%, to 2,991.60; and the S&P 500 was down 7.93, or 0.56%, to 1,418.73.
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October 13, 2014
13:10 EDTAMZNGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:33 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to create 1,000 new permanent jobs at UK fulfillment centers
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10:06 EDTSHLD, MJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime members to get early access to select Lightning Deals
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon, Future Group in online sales pact, Economic Times reports
India's largest listed retailer, Future Group, has signed a deal to jointly sell items over the Internet with Amazon, reported Economic Times, which noted that Future will begin by selling apparel and then expand to in-house brands in the home, electronics and food categories. Reference Link
07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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06:15 EDTMJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
06:12 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTAMZNGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
17:41 EDTSHLDKmart reports payment data systems breach
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Kmart's Information Technology team detected Kmart's payment data systems had been breached and immediately launched a full investigation working with a leading IT security firm. The company's investigation to date indicates the breach started in early September. According to the security experts the company has been working with, the Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. The company was able to quickly remove the malware. However, the company believes certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised. Based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that kmart.com customers were impacted. Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation.
16:02 EDTNFLXActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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12:11 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:49 EDTSHLDWhirlpool risks from Sears exposure overstated, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill said Whirlpool (WHR) concerns from Sears (SHLD) exposure are overdone and notes total revenues from Sears are approximately 9% of North American revenues. Shares are Buy rated.
06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix spends $150M annually on content recommendations, Gigaom reports
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions for Jabong acquisition, Economic Times says
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06:00 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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