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November 14, 2012
06:10 EDTGS, TGT, NFLX, JPM, WMT, AMZN, FIATYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings and Carl Icahn are squaring off over the future of Netflix, a pioneering video-streaming company whose business is under attack by Amazon.com (AMZN). Icahn called Hastings on Halloween with a message that no executive wants to hear: His company was about to be put in play, the Wall Street Journal reports...A UAW health-care trust that holds a minority stake in Chrysler Group LLC said it wants Fiat (FIATY) to pay $342.9M for a 3.3% stake in the Detroit auto maker, more than double Fiat's offer, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen said that U.S. short-term interest rates may need to stay near zero until early 2016 to forcefully lift employment, Reuters reports...Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Target (TGT) to Toys "R" Us, are going after Amazon (AMZN), competing more aggressively on price and offering speedier delivery through better websites and stores that double as distribution warehouses, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), underwriter for New Jersey’s $2.6B notes, will purchase any unsold debt from the state’s tax-and-revenue anticipation note deal set to price tomorrow, according to bond documents, Bloomberg reports...Goldman Sachs Group (GS) would have $728B in risk-weighted assets under new capital rules, a 67% increase from the amount it had under earlier regulations, Bloomberg reports.
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July 21, 2015
09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
08:35 EDTJPM, GSVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:45 EDTAMZNSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs applies to own, trade Saudi stocks, Bloomberg reports
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05:34 EDTAMZNPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
17:20 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $5B investment in India ahead of Prime launch, ET says
Amazon is preparing a total investment of $5B in India and plans to launch Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the country later this year, the Economic Times reported earlier, citing two people directly familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:46 EDTAMZN, WMT, TGTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:03 EDTGS, JPMFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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10:13 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:53 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan boosts Spanish bond holdings amid Greek deal, Bloomberg says
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTJPM, GSFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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18:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan agrees to pay $388M in mortgage-backed securities case, Reuters says
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18:13 EDTTGTMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudson’s Bay’s-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link
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