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January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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13:26 EDTTWXWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' keeps top spot at box office, WSJ says
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTNFLXMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:15 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTAMZN, NFLX, GOOGActive equity options trading
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08:12 EDTCMCSAComcast lobbyists challenged by dual fights in Washington, WSJ says
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08:07 EDTAMZN, GOOGU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTGOOGGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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16:30 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires Annapurna Labs, Re/code says
Amazon confirmed that it has acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup that designs networking chips for data centers, reports Re/code, citing a spokeswoman for Amazon’s AWS unit. Amazon declined to comment on the price of the transaction; however reports have the price at about $350M, Re/code adds. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
15:29 EDTTWXTime Warner names Mitchell Klaif as Chief Information Officer
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14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
13:55 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
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11:37 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; SNDK AMZN
SanDisk (SNDK) March 85 call option implied volatility decreased 13% to 31, Amazon.com (AMZN) April 340 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 32 according to IVolatility.
10:35 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: CZR ACHN NFLX SN NBR TLM CREE BBY LNCO BBRY
10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:03 EDTNFLXOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:43 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL DG ABX AMZN FXCM LVS FFIV INFI SD
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com launches Kindle Textbook Creator
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08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Web Services unit worth around $32B, says Piper Jaffray
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06:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com in advanced talks to buy Israeli chipmaker, Calcalist says
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:35 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:28 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
16:00 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
15:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy ahead of earnings at BGC Financial
As previously reported, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded Amazon.com to Buy from Hold ahead of the company's upcoming earnings report, citing expectations for the end of its Hachette dispute to improve North American media sales and profitability in the near-term and for the company's ecosystem building and advertising business to benefit it over the long-term. Gillis, who expects Amazon to turn profits in its December and March quarters, maintains a $340 price target on the stock.
15:45 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
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12:24 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTGOOG, AMZNAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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11:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com spikes higher on heavy volume, retraces, levels to watch
The stock has been on a wild set of turns in price in the last 20 minutes, trading as high as $306 for the day, but last at $296.51. Volume is heavy. There was a rumor circulating that Carl Icahn was taking a position in the company with some plan to spin off its web services. CNBC's David Faber and Scott Wapner have said sources indicate Icahn has no position in the stock at all. At last price resistance is at the $300 area, support is at $294.12.
11:19 EDTAMZNCarl Icahn owns no Amazon.com, CNBC's Faber reports
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11:18 EDTAMZNIcahn has no stake in Amazon.com, CNBC's Wapner says
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11:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com spikes 6% to $305.93 amid social media chatter
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11:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility increases as shares rally
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10:47 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:32 EDTNFLXNetflix rallies amid slew of target raises, but one analyst bucks trend
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10:01 EDTNFLXOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:47 EDTNFLXNetflix fades from initial gap high, levels to watch
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09:17 EDTNFLXNetflix gaps up sharply following earnings surprise, levels to watch
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09:16 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTAMZNSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Protecting the Internet and Consumers through Congressional Action" featuring non-government expert witnesses testifying about current authorities of the FCC and Congress’ options to update outdated laws for the Internet Age with Vice President of Amazon.com, Paul Misener on January 21 at 2:30 pm.Webcast Link
08:43 EDTAMZNAmazon discontinues Amazon Elements line of diapers, Re/code reports
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08:39 EDTDISDisney reports five employees affected by California measles outbreak, AP says
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08:32 EDTNFLXNetflix earnings only in-line when excluding items, says FBR Capital
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08:31 EDTCMCSAAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
08:15 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $465 from $382 at Cowen
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08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
08:00 EDTAMZNHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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07:59 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $511 from $450 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Netflix shares to $511 saying the company reported strong Q4 results last night. The firm believes Netflix's stronger than expected international subscriber growth and increased efficiency at expanding into new markets provides better profit visibility. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Netflix are rallying $61.20 to $410.00 in pre-market trading.
07:53 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $500 from $380 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on Netflix after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results, and Q1 guidance that the firm views as solid. The firm thinks the company is successfully carrying out its plan to become the leading global Internet TV network. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:34 EDTTWX, NFLXNetflix CEO sees room for competition in video streaming market, CNet says
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07:33 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $483 from $431 at Oppenheimer
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07:00 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $450 from $415 at Cantor
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06:44 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded at Nomura
As previously reported, Nomura upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on more reasonable subscriber expectations, price elasticity, a strong 2015 content cycle, global cost efficiencies, and funding likely from corporate debt and not a capital raise. Price target is $500.
06:30 EDTNFLXNetflix suggested FY15 operating income will decline, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray attributes the upside Netflix reported in Q4 to international momentum. The firm notes, however, that Netflix suggested FY15 operating income will decline year-over-year given continued international expansion into other new countries later in the year. Piper raised its price target for shares to $360 from $345 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $409 from $364 at Citigroup
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06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:17 EDTCMCSA, TWX, DIS, NFLX, AMZNOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
18:30 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:46 EDTCMCSA, NFLX, DIS, TWXNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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17:22 EDTNFLXNetflix to begin streaming 'The Interview' in U.S., Canada on Saturday, Jan. 24
Netflix stated in its Q4 investor letter, "We are thrilled to offer exclusively the controversial comedy, The Interview, to our U.S. and Canadian members beginning this Saturday, Jan. 24 - just thirty days after it debuted in theaters and pay-per-view."
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees FY15 operating income down from FY14
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees continuning to grow spending dedicated to originals
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16:15 EDTNFLXNetflix trades sharply higher after earnings, first look
The stock is up over 12% at time of writing to $393.76 following results in the extended session. At that price resistance is at $395.52. Support is at $386.68.
16:13 EDTNFLXNetflix sees completing global expansion over next two years
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q4 EPS 72c, consensus 45c
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16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix up 11% after reporting better than expected Q4 earnings
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16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 net streaming additions of 4.05M
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 EPS 60c, consensus 77c
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix reports 4.33M members added in Q4
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
15:21 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:17 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a sideways consolidation pattern since a sharp downtrend began in October of last year. The approximate range has been a high at $350 and a low at $320. Breaks of either end of this range will be important determinants of the trend following earnings. A breakout above $350 would potentially reverse the current dominant downtrend. With over 8.5% of the trading float short, there could be substantial buy-to-cover pressure in the event of a positive surprise. Upside levels to watch above $350 would be at $357.95, $366.51, and $375.83. On an extreme positive surprise, the $380 area could be tested. If the news is negative, a break below the $320 area would likely lead to a resumption of the dominant downtrend. Support levels to watch would be at $310.25, $299.50, and $290.28. A breakdown below $300 would be long-term bearish for price, confirming a major top.
14:06 EDTTWXCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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14:04 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly 345 straddle priced for 11% movement into Q4
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14:00 EDTCMCSA, DISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
13:24 EDTTWXGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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09:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com's Q4 revenue trending to $29.5B vs. consnesus of $29.7B at ITG
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:17 EDTAMZNPattern Energy to supply power to Amazon Web Services
Pattern Energy Group (PEGI) announced it has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement, or PPA, to supply power to Amazon Web Services, or AWS, an Amazon.com (AMZN) company. AWS will acquire the production from the 150 megawatt Fowler Ridge IV Wind project, to be renamed Amazon Web Services Wind Farm.
08:11 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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08:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to use wind farm power to supply datacenters with power
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07:35 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Time Warner to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm downgraded shares based on balanced risk/reward, and downside risk from affiliate fee growth and TV advertising. Price target lowered to $85 from $90.
07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:29 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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11:14 EDTAMZNAmazon to produce original movies for theaters, Prime Instant Video
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January 18, 2015
16:46 EDTTWXWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' takes top spot with $90.2M at box office
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13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTCMCSACongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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11:16 EDTNFLXCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:34 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Netflix January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 55, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 20.
10:01 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:30 EDTNFLXNetflix results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
Cantor expects Netflix's Q4 results to beat expectations. The firm views the company's 2015 original content as compelling and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
09:09 EDTCMCSA, GOOGYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
08:57 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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07:33 EDTGOOGAlign Technology near-term risk/reward less favorable, says Credit Suisse
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06:11 EDTAMZNEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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January 15, 2015
16:23 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
14:52 EDTGOOGGoogle investment Magic Leap files new patent, Business Insider says
The startup Magic Leap, which raised $542M in an October 2014 funding led by Google, filed a new patent that indicates a device that is "head worn component" and according to Business Insider "looks like an intense version of Google Glass that works with a belt pack." Business Insider added, "All we really know for sure so far is that Magic Leap is creating some sort of augmented reality — which it calls 'cinematic reality' — that the company believes will provide a more realistic 3D experience than anything else that's out there today." Reference Link
13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle to stop selling Glass to individuals on January 19, WSJ reports
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12:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch unit to allow users to stream music
In a blog post Amazon.com's Twitch unit said it will allow users to stream music on its online gaming platform. The company said: "Today we’re announcing two important music initiatives: the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category.The Twitch Music Library, is a library of songs pre-cleared for Twitch broadcasters to use live and with VODs. As you may recall, we implemented an audio recognition system last year out of respect for copyright holders and to protect both our broadcasters and our brand. We knew it was equally important to ensure broadcasters had music options. Thus, the Twitch Music Library was born to offer safe passage through the less-than-clear legal landscape when it comes to audio rights. The Twitch Music Library features more than 500 songs provided by established and burgeoning labels, including Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, Fool’s Gold, and many more. We are also announcing an experiment with music content creators: our beta Music category. The Music category—listed among the game titles you can designate for a broadcast—is for musicians to use for creating, performing, and presenting original music." Reference Link
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:08 EDTGOOGLendingClub and Google partner for new business financing program
Lending Club (LC) announced a new pilot program in partnership with Google (GOOG) to facilitate low-interest financing to eligible Google partners. The program allows Google to purchase the loans, thus investing its own capital in its partner network to drive business growth. Lending Club will service the loans.
09:05 EDTGOOGGoogle and PricewaterhouseCoopers partner to bid for DoD healthcare program
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says first pilot season of 2015 available on Instant Video
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08:30 EDTAMZNEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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07:59 EDTNFLXNetflix Q4 results should be in-line with expectations, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Q4 result for Netflix should be in-line with expectations, but its guidance on subscriptions will be the focus for investors. Canaccord believes the long term growth story for Netflix remains intact, even though near-term subscriber trends remain difficult to predict. Canaccord reiterates its Buy rating and $450 price target on Netflix shares.
06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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14:29 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Netflix January weekly call option implied volatility is at 89, February is at 57, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 20.
14:15 EDTNFLXNetflix seen boosted by strong new content
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12:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
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12:21 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch smartphone in test market of Puerto Rico, Tech Crunch says
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10:27 EDTAMZN, GOOGFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $575.
09:36 EDTNFLX, GOOGActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTGOOGGoogle sentiment may be overly negative, says RW Baird
Baird believes investor sentiment for Google may be overly negative, exacerbated by the accelerating shift to mobile. The firm believes that 50%-60% of Google's revenues are already coming from Mobile, Video, Local Enterprise and other segments, which removes worries about desktop dependence. Baird also noted the company's valuation is at the low end of comparable multiples, suggesting a favorable risk/reward scenario. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $680 price target on Google shares.
07:57 EDTNFLXJPMorgan positive on Netflix into Q4 earnings
JPMorgan reiterates an Overweight rating on shares of Netflix with a $450 price target ahead of the company's Q4 results on January 20. The firm expects a "solid' report driven by the continued shift away from linear TV and positive seasonality. It also expects new content and traction in Western Europe to drive subscriber growth in 2015.
07:42 EDTAMZNEtsy looking to raise $300M with IPO as soon as this quarter, Bloomberg says
Etsy, which operates a website that allows people to sell handmade crafts, is working with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on an initial public offering that could come as soon as this quarter, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Etsy seeks to raise $300M via the offering, the report said. Publicly traded companies in the e-commerce space include Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Alibaba (BABA) and zulily (ZU). Reference Link
07:41 EDTGOOGGoogle risk/reward compelling, says SunTrust
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07:23 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgrade Netflix to Buy with a $380 price target citing compelling risk/reward given strong content cycles that include a strong slate of originals, lowered expectations, and continued international expansion.
07:13 EDTAMZNAmazon could buy controlling stake in Blue Dart, Economic Times reports
Amazon is said to be in preliminary talks to buy a controlling stake in Blue Dart, a courier and integrated express package distribution company, The Economic Times reports, citing sources. One source says Amazon could buy a 75% stake in Blue Dart held by DHL Express Singapore, though it was noted that talks are currently at an early stage. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGOOGCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTGOOGMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
14:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com climbs after Citi upgrades to buy
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14:04 EDTDISCalifornia connects 26 measles cases to Disneyland, Reuters says
Health officials in California have confirmed additional cases of measles in people who attended Disneyland (DIS) last month, increasing the number of people infected to 26, Reuters reports. Reference Link
13:56 EDTGOOGGM open to partnering with Google on self-driving cars, Time says
GM (GM) would be open to having a discussion with Google (GOOG) about jointly developing self-driving cars, GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said, according to Time Magazine. Reference Link
12:32 EDTGOOGGoogle February volatility elevated as shares rally from 14-month low
Google January call option implied volatility is at 21, January weekly is at 22, February is at 28, March is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near tem price movement.
11:58 EDTDISESPN sets cable ratings record for college championship game, Variety says
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11:57 EDTNFLXNetflix, Kudelski Group enter product relationship, resolve patent litigation
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10:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests $300, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create television series
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07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says created, filled over 6,000 permanent jobs across EU in 2014
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07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com survey suggests solid growth trends, says RW Baird
Baird said their recent inventory survey for Amazon.com suggests solid growth trends in selection and marketplace. The firm sees the selection as a key growth driver for Amazon retail. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $340 price target on Amazon shares.
06:28 EDTTWXCNN reaches deal with FAA to study use of drones in reporting, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Amazon.com to Buy saying the risk/reward on shares is attractive below $300. Citi believes holiday data points look good for Amazon's Q4 results and that the retailer's gross margins will rise in 2015, reversing 2014's downward trend. The firm raised its price target for Amazon to $354 from $325 and thinks the stock has support around $300. Shares of the retailing giant closed yesterday down $5.52 to $291.41.
06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon sued for $25M by Durst Organization, Forbes reports
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January 12, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
15:49 EDTCMCSAGaiam partners with Comcast to launch Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga
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13:14 EDTGOOGAnalysts take opposite sides in regards to Google shares
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11:19 EDTGOOGGoogle set to provide real-time translation via Translate app, NY Times reports
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTGOOGGoogle no longer fixing older Android security flaws, WSJ reports
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09:22 EDTGOOG23andMe announces collaboration with Pfizer
Google (GOOG)-backed 23andMe announced an agreement with Pfizer (PFE) that will provide Pfizer with access to 23andMe’s research platform, including services and Research Portal analysis of 23andMe’s genotyped population of over 800,000 individuals, of which more than 80 percent have consented to participate in research. 23andMe’s Research Portal enables qualified and approved scientists outside of 23andMe the opportunity to leverage the company’s unique research model while still protecting the privacy and security of 23andMe’s customers. As a part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate on certain genome-wide association studies, surveys, and clinical trial recruitment. One of these collaborations will be a longitudinal study to better understand the genetics of lupus. This study will entail enrollment and genotyping of 5,000 people into a new lupus research community, and include the integration of medical records, targeted bio-sampling along with genetic information for all participants. This announcement follows a collaboration between 23andMe and Pfizer to enroll 10,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a research initiative designed to explore the genetic factors associated with the onset, progression, severity and response to treatments for IBD. Nearly 4,000 patients have been enrolled in the community since August 2014.
09:15 EDTTWX, DIS'Taken' seqeul knocks 'Hobbit' from top spot at box office, WSJ reports
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09:04 EDTTWX, NFLX, AMZNAmazon wins first Golden Globe for 'Transparent,' Business Insider reports
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08:21 EDTGOOGApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:02 EDTGOOGGoogle shares undervalued, says Bernstein
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07:38 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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