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November 30, 2015
13:15 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says Cyber Monday SSS up 13.3% through noon
ChannelAdvisor reports that Cyber Monday same-store-sales are up 13.3% through noon. (AMZN) comp sales are up 22.4% relative to last year and eBay (EBAY) is up 1.9%. Reference Link
12:37 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:59 EDTAMZNAmazon video may be coming to Apple TV, TechCrunch reports
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11:59 hits lows of the day at mid-session
The stock was last at $667.60, down more than 0.8%. At that price next support is at $661.21. Resistance is at $672.86.
11:56 overall volatlity elevated on Cyber Monday
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11:14 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN M (AMZN) February 780 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34, Macy's (M) February 46 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34 according to iVolatility.
11:01 EDTGOOG, AMZNMicrosoft rises after analyst gets more bullish on cloud prospects
Research firm Raymond James upgraded Microsoft (MSFT) two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's three main segments. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft will emerge alongside Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) as part of a small group of "hyperscale" cloud vendors that can combine Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, predicted Raymond James analyst Michael Turits. Furthermore, Microsoft's decision to make its cloud business open to other platforms should boost its growth, Turits believes. Forecasting that Microsoft's cloud revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2018, the analyst estimated that the company's overall profit growth would accelerate to at least 8% over the long-term. Moreover, the growth of Microsoft's Office business appears to be accelerating ,despite competition from Google, said Turits, who set a $62 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Recent initiatives by Google involving its cloud business could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect Microsoft, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote on November 20. Although Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's Azure offering, Sandler contended in his previous note to investors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft gained nearly 1% to $54.50.
09:59 EDTNWSATribune Publishing disputes Murdoch tweet, says not in talks to sell
Shares of multi-platform media and marketing solutions company Tribune Publishing (TPUB) are surging in morning trading after Rupert Murdoch said that the company would likely be sold, However, Tribune has come out in response to state that it is not in discussions to sell the company. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday, Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp (NWSA, NWS), said in a tweet that there was "strong word" that Tribune would be sold and that the LA Times would be spun off to a local group involving philanthropist Eli Broad. In an e-mailed message to employees on Monday, Tribune said it wanted to address the rumor regarding a potential purchase of the company, and said that "While our policy is not to comment on rumors, given the source of this speculation and the fact that it has received considerable public attention, the company believes a statement to employees is warranted." Tribune reaffirmed that it is committed to its strategy and transformation plan and that it is not engaged in talks or a process to sell the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Newsonomics' Ken Doctor reported that private equity firm Apollo Global Management (APO) approached Tribune "about a month ago," telling Tribune's Chairman Eddy Hartenstein about its interest in buying the company. Doctor notes that Tribune was "non-responsive" to requests for talks, and was "unwilling to schedule meetings or provide deeper-than-public financials." Doctor believes that, given Tribune's market capitalization and debt, a purchase price could be in the $650M-$750M range. Tribune has reportedly engaged a small group of newspaper veterans to "plot its next strategy, should an acquisition be finalized." PRICE ACTION: Tribune Publishing is up 9.2% to $10.14 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of other newspaper publishers, including McClatchy (MNI) and Gannett (GCI), are also higher this morning.
09:35 EDTNFLX, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 set to test life high
The stock is up over 1.1% to $680.75 at time of writing. At that price resistance is at the life high at $682.77. A break above the life high would open up the potential for a move to the $685 to $690 area. Support is at $675.95.
09:14 EDTGOOG, AMZNAmazon 'Cyber Sunday' SSS up 20.5%, eBay SSS up 4.5%, ChannelAdvisor says
In a continuation of its series of holiday weekend updates, market researcher ChannelAdvisor said (AMZN) "Cyber Sunday" same-store sales rose 20.5% and eBay's (EBAY) SSS grew 4.5%. Google Shopping/PLA (GOOG) SSS growth came in at 23.7% for Cyber Sunday, the blog added. Reference Link
08:53 EDTGOOGSunTrust's Peck lists 10 potential CEO candidates for Yahoo
Several media reports have discussed the health of Yahoo's (YHOO) core business and stability of senior management, in particular CEO Marissa Mayer, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck tells investors today in a research note. Amid investor questions, the analyst scored a list of around 40 potential CEO candidate suggestions. The top 10 most cited, in no particular order, were Ross Levinsohn, Chegg's (CHGG) Dan Rosensweig, Facebook's (FB) Sheryl Sandberg, CBS Interactive's Jim Lanzone, David Rosenblatt, Margo Georgiadis, YouTube's (GOOG) Susan Wojiki, General Electric's (GE) Beth Comstock, NBCUniversal's Linda Yaccarino and Jason Killar. Peck points out that he's unclear what the board might do regarding a potential CEO change. He keeps a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $40 price target citing the "overwhelming likelihood" that the company's Alibaba (BABA) stake spin-off is treated as tax-free.
08:46 EDTAMZN, GOOGAmazon SSS rose over 20% on Black Friday, Cyber Saturday, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor reported in blog posts over the holiday weekend that (AMZN) outperformed the 15% e-commerce growth benchmark with same-store sales estimated to grow by 20.8% on Black Friday and by 20.6% on Cyber Saturday. eBay (EBAY) SSS increased 1.5% year-over-year on Black Friday and 3.6% on Cyber Saturday, ChannelAdvisor said. Google Shopping/PLA (GOOG, GOOGL) SSS grew 40.3% on Black Friday and by 25.7% for Cyber Saturday, the blog added. Reference Link
08:40 EDTAMZNAmazon says Black Friday 'surpassed all expectations' in U.K. had its busiest day ever on Black Friday, November 27, 2015, Amazon announced over the weekend. "With hundreds of discounted products on offer, sold more than 7.4 million items, at a rate of around 86 items per second. In fact, at 9.10pm yesterday, Black Friday 2015 had already become's biggest day ever...Amazon has been heavily investing in its UK infrastructure throughout 2015 to be ready for what is expected to be its biggest Christmas on record," the company said.
07:56 EDTGOOG, AMZNMicrosoft upgraded to Strong Buy on Cloud strength at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James analyst Michael Turits upgraded Microsoft (MSFT) two notches to Strong Buy from Market Perform, saying he views it as one of the only "hyperscale" hybrid cloud vendors with the ability to integrate Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service. Turits also noted that despite the challenge from Google Apps (GOOG), Office appears to be accelerating several years into the transition to cloud and he believes 365 offers enough cross platform value to keep consumers loyal. The analyst set a $62 price target on Microsoft, which he sees as joining Google and Amazon (AMZN) as the only "hyperscale" cloud vendors across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
06:24 EDTCMCSA, TWX, NFLX, DISNetworks aiming to protect TV rights amid streaming battle, WSJ says
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06:17 volatility flat into Cyber Monday
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05:42 EDTGOOGGoogle implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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05:31 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS VALE
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November 29, 2015
19:31 EDTNWSAMurdoch says Tribune newspaper group likely to be acquired
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