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January 22, 2014
09:44 EDTSTRZA, NFLX, TWX, AMZNNPD study says Showtime, HBO, Starz lost subscribers, LA Times says
A study by NPD group revealed that pay-TV channels such as Starz (STRZA) and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO and Showtime are losing subscribers to digital services such as Hulu, Amazon (AMZN) Prime and Netflix (NFLX), reported the Los Angeles Times. Reference Link
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August 24, 2015
08:05 EDTNFLXFacebook Netflix TubeMogul best Internet pullback opportunities,says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer sees Facebook (FB) Netflix (NFLX) and TubeMogul (TUBE) as providing the best buying opportunities among Internet stocks. The firm notes that the growth of Facebook's usage minutes fell to 17% year-over-year in July from a 20% increase in June and a 21% increase in May. However, the firm notes that the company maintained its 21% share of time on mobile devices. The firm thinks that the company's earnings could be boosted in the near-term by the launch of performance-based ads on Instagram. Oppenheimer notes that Netflix has risks from U.S. dollar appreciation and investors' skepticism towards stocks whose value is based on expected long-term growth. TubeMogul could be hurt by perceived risks to global macro growth, according to the firm.Despite these risks, the firm thinks that Facebook's stock could rise 27% above its $110 price target. It believes that Netflix's stock could jump 15% above its $125 price target and it thinks that TubeMogul could surpass its $19 price target by 83%.
06:34 EDTAMZNIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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06:30 EDTNFLXDiscovery exec: Group in 'hand to hand combat' with Netflix, Guardian says
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06:27 EDTAMZNRoku tops Google in streaming media device sales, Parks Associates says
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06:08 EDTAMZNAmazon keeps pushing back Prime Fresh trial end date, Re/code reports
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06:07 EDTNFLXNetflix partners with SoftBank ahead of Japan launch, Japan Times reports
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August 23, 2015
18:44 EDTAMZNACLU offers legal representation to Amazon employees
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16:22 EDTTWX'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTAMZNMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:50 EDTNFLX, AMZNOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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12:14 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
Facebook (FB) November 110 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 38, Netflix (NFLX) December 130 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54 according to iVolatility.
11:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com heads back toward session lows
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11:13 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TWTR
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11:12 EDTAMZNQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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09:42 EDTNFLXNetflix falls, levels to watch
Shares were last at $106.21, down by more than 5.5%. At that price the low of the day at $104.92 would be next support, and then $101.09. Resistance is at $109.86. The move today is taking place under the 30-day moving average, which was longer-term uptrend support.
09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
09:27 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility increases as shares pull back
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08:53 EDTTWXAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
05:47 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility movement; NFLX FB
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