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April 4, 2014
16:30 EDTAPC, FB, HALO, SNX, AMZN, SYMC, GRUB, NFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower, with the Nasdaq leading the way lower, losing more than 2.5% as a number of momentum stocks in the technology and biotech space continued to see losses as they have over much of the last month of trade. After a quiet open to the session following a slightly better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, selling took hold and did not relent, as the averages finished the session just off their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Department of Labor's monthly jobs report showed nonfarm payrolls increased 192K in March, versus the consensus forecast for 200K job additions. Notably, February's job gain was revised up to 197K from the prior estimate of 175K and January war revised up to 144K from 129K. The unemployment rate in March was steady at 6.7%. COMPANY NEWS: A number of tech names that had been leaders during 2013's rally continued to face selling pressure, as they have for much of the last month or so of trade. Streaming internet video service Netflix (NFLX), which gained more than 300% in 2013, fell $17.38, or 4.90%, to $337.31. Other tech leaders, including Amazon (AMZN), down $10.62, or 3.18%, to $323.00, and Facebook (FB), down $2.74, or 4.61%, to $56.75 also lost ground, with both stock's now down more than 20% from their best levels reached earlier this year... Four new stocks made their debuts on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq this morning, highlighted by the initial public offering of food delivery service GrubHub (GRUB), which gained $8.00, or 30.77%, to close at $34.00 in its first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SYNNEX (SNX), up $14.52, or 23.26%, to $76.94 after the company's first quarter results and second quarter outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up $2.03, or 2.05%, to $101.05 to add to yesterday's gain after finalizing a settlement related to its case with Tronox (TROX). A number of analyst firms were positive on shares following the settlement, with no fewer than four firms raising their price targets while analysts at JPMorgan upgraded the stock to Overweight from Underweight. Also higher was Symantec (SYMC), up 22c, or 1.10%, to $20.25 after a report from Reuters said the company has been seeking advice from investment banks as it prepares to defend itself against potential involvement from activist investors. Also lower was Halozyme (HALO), down $3.16, or 27.26%, to $8.43 after an independent committee recommended it temporarily halt patient enrollment and dosing of a Phase 2 trial evaluating a drug in patients with pancreatic cancer. INDEXES: The Dow was down 159.84, or 0.96%, to 16,412.71; the S&P 500 was down 23.68, or 1.25%, to 1,865.09; the Nasdaq was down 110.02, or 2.60%, to 4,127.73.
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January 29, 2016
11:17 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAL
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10:56 EDTSYMCIT security stocks rise after Fortinet meets expectations
The shares of a number of IT security companies are rising after one of the companies in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), reported in-line fourth quarter results last night. JPMorgan and RBC Capital were upbeat on the company's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Fortinet reported Q4 EPS of 18c, in line with analysts' consensus outlook. The company's revenue was also in-line with the consensus outlook, while its billings jumped 35% versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, Fortinet's fiscal 2016 guidance also came in near consensus estimates. ANALYST REACTION: Fortinet's results show that it is gaining market share, especially overseas and among U.S. small and medium businesses, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty stated. Additionally, the company's margins look set to reach about 15% in fiscal 2016, up from 13% the previous year, and its free cash flow should jump 33% in fiscal 2016, the analyst predicted. He kept a $54 price target and Overweight rating on the shares, saying the quarter should bring a "welcomed lift" following the recent selloff in shares. Fortinet's guidance suggests that it will have more leverage than expected in fiscal 2016, but its outlook is also "somewhat conservative," RBC Capital analyst Dan Bergstrom wrote. Fortinet's stock is relatively cheap versus its peers and its historical norms, the analyst believes. However, he kept a $32 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday morning IT security company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected Q4 results and provided in-line fiscal 2016 EPS guidance, excluding certain items. Last night IT security company Proofpoint (PFPT) reported in-line Q4 results but provided lower than expected fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Fortinet climbed 6% to $28. Other IT security companies also advanced, with Palo Alto (PANW) surging 7.5%, Barracuda (CUDA) gaining 2.5% to $10.60, FireEye (FEYE) rising 1.5% to $14, Check Point adding 1% to $77.70 and Symantec (SYMC) rising 1.2% to $129.75.
10:37 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN down 26% to 37.33
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10:32 EDTAMZNAnalysts remain upbeat on Amazon in face of post-earnings selloff
The shares of Amazon (AMZN) are falling after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. However, many analysts defended the stock, saying that the miss was caused by higher than expected shipping costs, while the company's outlook for operating margin expansion remains intact. RESULTS: Amazon last night reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.00, versus the consensus outlook of $1.56. The company's revenue came in slightly below expectations. The e-commerce giant said the number of consumers subscribing to its Prime service jumped 51% in 2015 versus the year earlier. ANALYST REACTION: Amazon's profit margin came in slightly below expectations because of the large jump in Prime adoption and higher than expected order rates, Piper Jaffray tech analyst Gene Munster wrote. Additionally, a higher than expected percentage of orders on Amazon were lodged with third party retailers, raising the company's fulfillment costs beyond the Street's outlook, Munster stated. However, Amazon said it continues to focus on productivity, and in the past this has been the company's way of saying that its margins are rising, the analyst wrote. As a result, he expects Amazon's margins to beat expectations this year. Munster kept an $800 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. According to Citi analyst Mark May, the decline in the stock in after-hours trading yesterday was overdone. The company's margins, excluding certain items, rose in Q4 versus the same period a year earlier, and the revenues generated by its cloud business jumped 69% year-over-year, May estimated. He continues to expect Amazon's EPS, excluding certain items, to increase to about $20 per share in 2020. May trimmed his price target on the shares to $780 from $785 but reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Also upbeat on Amazon was Pacific crest analyst Edward Yruma. High fulfillment costs weighed on Amazon's profits, but its results indicate that the company is gaining share in both retail and the cloud, the analyst stated. Moreover, the weakness in the stock creates a good entry point for long-term investors, according to Yruma, who kept an $800 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Also defending Amazon today were analysts at JPMorgan and RBC Capital. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 9% to $578 per share.
10:10 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: ETE INVN FTNT VMW CTXS NOW COH AMZN NWL NYRT
09:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com trades off session lows
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09:34 EDTFB, AMZNActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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09:21 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weakness creates good entry point, says Pacific Crest
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08:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
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08:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:36 EDTAPCAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
07:35 EDTAMZNJPMorgan ups Amazon target, says buy on the weakness
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth admits that after four quarters of "big beats and clean results," Amazon.com's Q4 results last night were more mixed. The analyst, however, believes Amazon's "strong topline growth trajectory" in unchanged. He expects the company's margin expansion to continue. Anmuth raised his price target for the shares to $825 from $800 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name. He recommends buying Amazon on today's selloff. The stock is down $62.35 to $573.00 in pre-market trading.
07:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com outlook remains positive, says Oppenheimer
After Amazon.com reported lower than expected North American margins and the stock fell in after-hours trading, Oppenheimer blames the miss on seasonal Q4 factors. Consequentially, the firm does not expect a repeat performance this quarter. It says that pricing remains strong at AWS, and it remains upbeat on the company's outlook. Oppenheimer cut its price target on the name to $700 from $745 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:50 EDTAMZNDeutsche says buy Amazon 'once the dust settles'
Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler says the post-earnings pullback in shares of Amazon.com shares should create a "nice buying opportunity once the dust settles." He calls around $530 per share a "decent entry point" and notes the Q4 results did not change his long-term bullish thesis. Ross keeps a Buy rating on Amazon with an $800 price target.
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com results better than selloff suggested, says Citi
Citi analyst Mark May says Amazon.com's Q4 results are better than the after-hours stock selloff suggested. May continues to see the business trending toward $20 per share in adjusted earnings per share in 2018. He lowered his price target for the stock to $780 from $785 and reiterates a Buy rating on Amazon.
06:29 EDTFB, AMZNOptions expected to be active: AMZN EA MSFT EWJ FLEX SWKS GOOG GOOGL FB
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05:51 EDTFBFacebook shutting down Parse service
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05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com selloff a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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05:11 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; UA FB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Under Armour (UA) 37, Facebook (FB) 32 according to iVolatility.
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