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December 26, 2012
12:10 EDTM, GOL, URBN, KORS, SKS, AMZN, LTD, COH, SHLD, MED, NFLX, GPS, JWNOn 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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08:56 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded at BMO Capital
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Netflix April call option implied volatility is at 106, May is at 51, June is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 15.
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.
06:29 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $487 from $360 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson raised his price target for Netflix shares to $487 from $360 after analyzing the company's total addressable market and potential penetration through 2020. Olson has a "relatively more positive bias" on Netflix after his analysis suggested the company's earnings growth from 2016-2020 will average around 50%. He keeps a Neutral rating on Netflix, however, encouraging investors to take advantage of entry points closer to $400. Olson slightly reduced his 2016 earnings estimates for the company to reflect its continued investments ahead of a "material" earnings growth phase. UBS yesterday upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral with a $565 price target. Shares of the streaming service closed yesterday up $20.11 to $474.68.
April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime membership now includes ad-free internet radio service
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16:01 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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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.
09:20 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
09:19 EDTNFLXNetflix rises following upgrade
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09:03 EDTAMZNeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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06:40 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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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 EDTURBN, SHLD, GPSGap, 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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