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October 8, 2015
13:06 EDTNFLXNetflix GoPro volatility at upper end of one-month range
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13:02 EDTNFLXNetflix to raise price for two screen plan by $1 per month, Bloomberg report
The report, which cites a person familiar with the company's plans, said the prices for less popular one screen and four screen plans will not be affected.
12:20 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow a bit higher, the S&P little changed and the Nasdaq lagging. The averages began the session uniformly in negative territory, but began to pare their losses almost immediately, then spent the rest of the morning teetering near the flat line. The tepid action is not surprising as investors await the release of the minutes from last month's FOMC rate setting meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped to 263,000 in the week ended October 3, versus expectations for 273,00 first-time claims. Investor attention is clearly focused on this afternoon's release of the FOMC minutes for the September 16-17 policy meeting, given the Fed's surprise decision to delay liftoff at that time. The minutes are scheduled to be released at 2 pm EDT. In Asia, markets were mixed, with Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India all seeing some profit taking following days of strong gains, though mainland China re-opened for the first time since last Wednesday following the Golden Week holiday and saw a catch-up rally that pushed the Shanghai composite up about 3%. COMPANY NEWS: EMC (EMC) rose over 5.5% in early trading amid conflicting reports regarding M&A talks between the IT services and software company and Dell, which is privately owned by founder Michael Dell and private-equity partner Silver Lake. Last night, The Wall Street Journal reported that Dell and Silver Lake are in "advanced talks" to buy EMC, noting that one source indicated the deal being discussed calls for the buyers to spin off EMC's VMware (VMW) unit. Then, Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reported that EMC has approached Dell in recent weeks about selling its VNX data storage business to the private technology company, but contended that acquiring a unit would make more logical and financial sense for Dell than buying all of EMC. However, CNBC's David Faber subsequently said, in keeping with the Journal, that Dell is in talks to acquire all of EMC for "above $27 per share," adding that a deal could be announced as soon as a week from now. Several analysts weighing in on the potential for a deal expressed doubt that a takeover of EMC by Dell is likely, but agreed that some alternate deal may make sense, adding that a potential Dell-EMC tie-up would be negative for HP Enterprise (HPQ)... Shares of eBay (EBAY) were among the worst performing on the S&P 500, sliding almost 8% near noon. The weakness in the online marketplace operator followed a report from e-commerce solutions and data provider ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which estimated that eBay's same-store sales growth decelerated to 1.1% in September from August's 3.4% rate. In the same blog post, ChannelAdvisor reported that Amazon's (AMZN) same-store sales grew 19.2% in September, noting that was a decrease compared to August's 24.7% SSS growth rate. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tronox (TROX), which jumped 18.5% after Bloomberg reported that Apollo Global (APO) was mulling a takeover of Chemours (CC) as a potential first step in then consolidating titanium-dioxide makers. Shares of Chemours gained 7.5% following the report. Also higher were Polycom (PLCM) and Mitel (MITL), which gained 15% and 17%, respectively, after Elliott Management disclosed stakes in both companies and urged the two to consider a combination. Among the noteworthy losers was BioCryst (BCRX), which dropped 21% after the company said it completed patient enrollment in its clinical trial of orally-administered avoralstat in patients with hereditary angioedema, noting that without a deferral an NDA filing would occur in 2018. That NDA timing estimate was further out than prior comments from the company. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which fell 5.7% after Cleveland Research downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy and lowered estimates below consensus to reflect deterioration in action camera shipments. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 25.75, or 0.15%, to 16,938.04, the Nasdaq was down 30.53, or 0.64%, to 4,760.62, and the S&P 500 was barely changed at 1,995.32.
10:15 EDTAMZNGroupon retreats after analyst starts coverage with sell rating
The shares of Groupon (GRPN) after falling after research firm Cowen initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating, the firm's equivalent to a sell, warning that the company's operating margins are "low and trending down." WHAT'S NEW: Groupon's margins are "steadily deteriorating" as the company has lowered the amount it charges retailers who participate in its Services deals, Cowen analyst Kevin Kopelman reported. Moreover, Groupon has begun subsidizing the discounts that Services merchants offer, the analyst said. Meanwhile, the coupon company's Shopping business carries much lower margins than its Services unit and its efforts to raise Shopping's margins have yielded "choppy" progress, according to Kopelman. The year-over-year growth of Groupon's active North America customer base dropped to 10% in Q2, from 18% in the second quarter of 2014, indicating that its core market has peaked, the analyst stated. Noting that Groupon has identified food delivery as its next growth catalyst, Kopelman warned that the space is "hyper-competitive." Yelp (YELP), Amazon (AMZN) and Uber have all announced plans to enter the sector, noted the analyst, who believes that it will be difficult for Groupon to generate return on investment in the space. Kopelman set a $2.75 price target on Groupon. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Grubhub (GRUB) is a key player in the Internet food delivery space. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Groupon fell 3.7% to $3.68, while GrubHub lost 1% to $28.18.
09:17 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says Amazon September SSS up 19.2%, eBay up 1.1%
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05:58 EDTAMZNAmazon launches Handmade at Amazon
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October 7, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 7, 2015
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15:14 EDTNFLX, AMZNAmazon considering possible online service for live TV, Bloomberg says
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15:00 EDTAMZNAmazon exploring potential online TV service, Bloomberg says
Amazon (AMZN) is said to have reached out to CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal about online TV, according to Bloomberg.
13:51 EDTAMZNAccenture, AWS to partner on cloud migration business group
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13:48 EDTAMZNAmazon adds QuickSight business intelligence service to AWS
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11:37 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN SNDK
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results to be at least in-line, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest expects Netflix's Q3 results to be at least in-line with expectations, and it says that Q4 consensus estimates for the company "appear conservative." Specifically, the firm thinks that the consensus Q4 outlook for the company's international business appears to be low. It believes that the company's international business is also well-positioned to exceed expectations in 2016, and it continues to have a positive view of the company's long-term risk/reward outlook. It keeps a $122 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
07:54 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Netflix October call option implied volatility is at 121, November is at 72, December is at 65; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 90, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
October 6, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 6, 2015
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15:25 EDTAMZNAmazon cloud announcement unlikely to sink Splunk, analysts say
Amazon (AMZN) appears to be signaling an expanded presence in cloud-based data analytics, sending shares of incumbents in the space lower and prompting several analysts to weigh in on the e-commerce giant's potential impact. AMAZON CLOUD: Amazon is expected to announce a new "big data" analytics addition to Amazon Web Services, according to an October 4 Wall Street Journal report. The article follows the launch last week of Amazon Elasticsearch, adding further data crunching capabilities to the company's cloud computing platform. Commenting on the news, William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri said that Splunk (SPLK) investor concerns over Amazon are overblown. Elasticsearch is likely to remain primarily a document search platform rather than a direct competitor to Splunk's offerings, while Amazon's expected analytics announcement looks more likely to challenge Tableau (DATA) and Qlik (QLIK), the analyst argues. Meanwhile, FBR analyst Daniel Ives said that a tangential move into the data analytics space "makes a ton of strategic and financial sense" for Amazon, as the market is only about 10% penetrated despite aggressive expansion from Microstrategy (MSTR), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP), and others. That said, Ives cautioned that Amazon's ability to again disrupt the cloud space with this latest entry appear limited in the near term, with many companies already showing preference for pure-play analytics firms. Amazon may ultimately have to make a larger acquisition by picking up a Qlik, Tableau, or Splunk to gain traction, the analyst contended. PRICE ACTION: Splunk shares are down fractionally in afternoon trading after some earlier volatility, while Tableau and Qlik are showing respective losses of roughly 3.14% and 1.86%.
13:06 EDTAMZNAWS, Rackspace pact a sign of consolidation, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster views the partnership between Amazon Web Services (AMZN) and Rackspace (RAX) as another sign that market offerings are consolidating. The cloud space is set to continue to consolidate toward key winners AWS, Azure and Google (GOOG), Munster tells investors in a research note. He views AWS as the key driver for Amazon shares and the rollout of SaaS products as the next major catalyst. The unit could be worth north of $100B, Munster estimates. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $650 price target.
12:52 EDTAMZNCitron predicts Wayfair shares going to $20
Citron Research reiterated its cautious stance on Wayfair (W) by tweeting out a link to a Re/code story titled, "Amazon Is Absolutely Eviscerating Other Retailers Online, New Survey Shows." The short selling blog expects Wayfair shares to go to $20. The stock is currently trading at $38.52. Citron tweeted, "$AMZN Is Eviscerating retailers $W is a joke as insiders dump. Analysts- AMZN is bigger than "de- nile"- C U at $20."
09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open:
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09:18 EDTAMZNRackspace announces agreement with Amazon Web Services
Rackspace (RAX) announces an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), under which Rackspace will offer "tools, expertise, application management, and operational support" to customers on the AWS Cloud. The core offering, Fanatical Support for AWS, plus three additional beta offerings -- Managed Security for AWS, Compliance Assistance for AWS, and Managed Cloud for Adobe Experience Manager -- reflect Rackspace's "strategy of delivering best in class expertise and support for the world's leading technologies and platforms," it stated. Rackspace also has become an Amazon Web Services authorized reseller, completed the audit to become a Managed Services Partner, and is joining the AWS Partner Network at the Advanced Consulting Partner level with over 100 certified AWS engineers.
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