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October 30, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; October 30, 2014
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13:39 EDTDISStarz says PLAY SVOD service to be launched in 2015
Says does not rely on Disney (DIS) and will thrive with or without them. Says will continue to be "opportunistic" with share buybacks. Comments from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
13:34 EDTAMZNYahoo hires Amazon sales executive as Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas
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12:53 EDTGOOGFirm says Apple's tablet market share fell in Q3
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12:01 EDTCMCSAComcast, UPS announce partnership
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10:34 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTAMZNLowe's, Home Depot rise after Goldman says housing outlook improved
Shares of Lowe's (LOW) and Home Depot (HD) are rising after Goldman Sachs became more upbeat on both companies. The firm said that the housing sector's improved outlook made the stocks more attractive. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Fassler upgraded Lowe's to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $63 from $58. He increased his price target on Home Depot to $103 from $100 but kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Fassler increased his estimates for both companies to reflect his greater optimism about the housing sector in 2015-2016. The analyst said that his upgrade of Lowe's also reflects his more upbeat view of retail stocks linked to housing, given the lack of cyclical challenges facing the housing market. Furthermore, Lowe's can increase its margins significantly, as they are much further below their peak than most of the company's peer, according to Fassler. Meanwhile, the big box, Do-It-Yourself retailers face little competition from Amazon (AMZN), added the analyst. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Lowe's climbed 0.5% to $56.09, while Home Depot rose fractionally to $96.48.
09:00 EDTTWXTime Warner Cable not concerned about other companies eating into business
In light of announcements from HBO (TWX) and CBS (CBS) for stand-alone streaming services, the company said it is more intrigued and more than prepared to work with video programmers to provide better video propositions.
08:54 EDTAMZNWal-Mart considers matching online prices from Amazon for holidays, WSJ says
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08:36 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable remains confident merger with Comcast to close in early 2015
The company says regulatory approval process is on going as expected, albeit slow. Comments taken form Q3 earnings conference call.
08:23 EDTNWSA, TWXMurdoch sees HBO online service doing 'fine' to start, WSJ reports
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06:53 EDTGOOGLenovo completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google
Lenovo (LNVGY) and Google (GOOG) announced that Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google is complete. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Motorola’s headquarters will remain in Chicago. Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Motorola will retain over 2,000 patent assets and a large number of patent cross-license agreements, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio. The total purchase price at close was approximately $2.91B, including approximately $660M in cash and 519,107,215 newly issued ordinary shares of Lenovo stock, with an aggregate value of $750M, representing about 4.7% of Lenovo’s shares outstanding, which were transferred to Google at close. The remaining $1.5B will be paid to Google by Lenovo in the form of a three-year promissory note. A separate cash compensation of approximately $228M was paid by Lenovo to Google primarily for the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time of close. The transaction has satisfied all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions, including clearance by competition authorities in the U.S., China, EU, Brazil and Mexico, and by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
06:34 EDTTWX, AMZNHBO sees opportunity to offer streaming option through Apple TV, Xbox, WSJ says
According to sources, HBO, a unit of Time Warner (TWX), is currently examining methods to offer consumers a standalone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through Apple TV (AAPL), Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Amazon (AMZN) devices, or Roku, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com opens overseas websites to Chinese consumers, China Daily says
Amazon.com yesterday announced that it would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites, according to China Daily. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAMZNLowe's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Lowe's (LOW) to Buy saying housing is going through a multi-year recovery. Goldman believes the large home improvement retailers have limited risk of disruption by Amazon (AMZN). It raised its price target for Lowe's shares to $63 from $58. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Home Depot (HD) but raised its price target for shares to $103 from $100.
October 29, 2014
16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 29, 2014
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14:54 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Akamai reports following recent downgrade at Wells Fargo
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13:50 EDTDIS, CMCSAFCC chairman wants to give Internet video providers access to more content
FCC. Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday proposed allowing Internet video providers to show some content previously available only on cable and broadcast TV. Internet video providers could offer "many different kinds of multichannel video packages designed for different tastes and preferences." Wheeler added. Netflix (NFLX) provides Internet video content, while Comcast (CMCSA) and Cablevision (CVC) provide cable TV services. Broadcast TV providers include CBS (CBS), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), and Disney (DIS). Reference Link
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:39 EDTGOOGRuckus to provide routers for Google small business Wi-Fi program, GigaOM says
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07:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:17 EDTAMZNAmazon hires CIOs to pitch AWS to customers, WSJ reports
As it continues to face increasing competition from IBM (IBM), EMC (EMC) and Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN) is hiring chief information officers to pitch its AWS business to customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon recently hired former Dow Jones CIO Stephen Orban to become head of enterprise strategy at Amazon Web Services, while Douglas Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group from 2005 to 2013, joined AWS as an enterprise CIO advisor earlier this year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGOOGMicrosoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for desktops,, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) will cooperate with Intel (INTC) to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one PCs, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Microsoft is hoping the new solutions will held defend its market share with Google (GOOG) aggressively promoting its Chromebox among vendors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; UNP NFLX
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October 28, 2014
18:01 EDTDISDisney rises after Marvel unveils 'Phase 3' movie release slate
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16:43 EDTGOOGRogers Communications appoints Deepak Khandelwal to Chief Customer Officer
Rogers (RCI) announced the appointment of Deepak Khandelwal to the position of Chief Customer Officer, effective November 10. Khandelwal joins Rogers from Google (GOOG) where he is currently VP, Global Customer Experience.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 28, 2014
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14:34 EDTGOOGcomScore reported strong Q3 results, says Cantor
After comScore (SCOR) reported higher than expected Q3 revenue and EBITDA, Cantor thinks the company has a number of positive catalysts, including high renewal rates, new product sales, and vCE's ongoing integration into Google (GOOg) and Yahoo (YHOO). The firm expects comScore to grow at a mid-teen percentage clip in 2015 and beyond, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle designing particles to search for diseases, WSJ reports
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12:18 EDTGOOGTwitter slumps, downgraded after user growth slows
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09:44 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO to announce layoffs this week, Variety reports
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle levy weighed by new EU digital commissioner, Reuters says
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09:04 EDTGOOGGoogle, PwC announce joint business relationship
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09:02 EDTAMZNPandora names Chris Phillips as Chief Product Officer
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon to buy stake in Indian start-up QwikCilver, Economic Times reports
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07:47 EDTAMZNYahoo CEO attempts to poach Amazon's Utzschneider, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has been aggressively seeking some high-level help aid her turnaround, Re/code reports. According to sources, Mayer including has been attempting to poach Lisa Utzschneider, Amazon’s (AMZN) head of global advertising sales. Other sources say Utzschneider is likely to make the switch to Yahoo, and an announcement could be made this week. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGApple warns of 'event' that would cause people to think about privacy, BI says
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06:37 EDTGOOGYouTube may charge for new services, Re/code reports
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06:25 EDTGOOGLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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06:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to invest $75M and create 1,000 jobs in first Illinois facility
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October 27, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:38 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires online comedy service Rooftop Media, Retuers reports
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13:12 EDTAMZNWayfair rises after analysts roll out coverage with upbeat notes
Shares of e-commerce home goods retailer Wayfair (W) are rising after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with a "Buy" or an equivalent rating. WHAT'S NEW: Wayfair gives investors a rare chance to invest in a pure play e-commerce retailer that generates high growth and has an attractive valuation, Wells Fargo contended. Wayfair appears to have few of the same products as Amazon (AMZN) and does not charge much more than the e-commerce giant, Wells stated. Moreover, as far as home products are concerned, Wayfair offers customers the best online experience, Wells contended, after evaluating Wayfair and 14 other retailers. Wayfair is in the best position to capitalize on the home products market, according to the firm, which started coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating and a $33-$34 price target. Also enthusiastic about Wayfair was Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley. Wayfair is growing quickly and it should generate revenue growth of about 25%-29% in 2015 and 2016, Bartley estimated. However, the company is generating losses as it increases its investments in ads, products and technology, the analyst stated. Although this strategy will likely cause Wayfair to lose money through 2016, the company should generate positive earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization over the longer term, the analyst predicted. Moreover, Wayfair's revenue is growing more quickly than its peer average, but its valuation is below the average of its peers, according to Bartley, who expects this gap to narrow. He placed a $39 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Wayfair rose 3.5% to $26.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Wayfair priced 11M shares at $29 and opened trading at $36 in its initial public offering on October 2.
13:03 EDTGOOGCVS says 'cannot accept' Apple Pay at this time, CNBC says
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10:00 EDTGOOG, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR TWTR AMZN M NQ GILD C FB NFLX
09:14 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi
Target $605.
09:13 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces Fire TV Stick
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07:38 EDTGOOGCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAMZNAdvertisers slow to warm to Amazon's Twitch despite big audience, WSJ says
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06:59 EDTCMCSA'Ouija' makes $20M debut at weekend box office, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTCMCSACritics say Comcast acquisition could be blocked, Re/code reports
Critics of Comcast's (CMCSA) proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) "sound cautiously optimistic" that Comcast will have to comply with strict conditions following the deal, or the transaction will be blocked completely, according to Re/code. Among the reasons for this belief are the large number of complaints made by consumers about the deal, and evidence that the FCC is worried about the lack of competition in the national residential broadband market, the website stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTAMZNUSPS approved to continue grocery delivery test, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX CREE
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06:09 EDTGOOGCVS may be disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay, Google Wallet, MacRumors says
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest acquires Revolv, terms not disclosed
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle names Sundar Pichai to lead core Google products, Re/code reports
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05:58 EDTGOOGRyan Wyatt becomes Google's Head of Gaming at YouTube
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October 26, 2014
13:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com doesn't look like a bargain, Barron's says
Investors looking for a bargain might not want to buy Amazon.com on the dip, as the company could trade with fundamentals this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Shares could continue lower, creating a better bargain, the paper adds. Reference Link
October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTAMZNMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
16:20 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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15:57 EDTAMZNRoku planning to file an IPO, CNBC reports
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12:57 EDTAMZNAlibaba advances after BMO starts coverage with Outperform rating
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12:49 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened relatively quietly, with investors cautious given the way the market closed yesterday following the report a NYC doctor had the Ebola virus. As the morning progressed investors became more emboldened and pushed the market higher, leaving the major averages near their highs at midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report on new home sales showed that they inched up 0.2% to a 467K rate in September, but August was revised much lower. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell 7.5% after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Procter & Gamble (PG) rose 3% after the company's Q1 core EPS matched estimates and it announced plans to exit the Duracell personal power business. P&G noted that while no decision has been made on the form of the exit, the company’s current preference is a split-off of the Duracell business into a stand-alone company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was were Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 11% following the company's "beat and raise" report. Also higher was SodaStream (SODA), which jumped 14% after confirming that it has entered into an agreement with PepsiCo (PEP) specifically focused on a small-scale, limited time test to make certain of PepsiCo’s brands available for use on the company’s at-home beverage system. Among the noteworthy losers was Pandora (P), which dropped 15% after reporting quarterly results that included a sequential drop in listener hours. Also lower was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which fell 5.5% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to a Sell rating in a note to investors. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 86.67, or 0.52%, to 16,764.57, the Nasdaq was up 16.36, or 0.37%, to 4,469.15, and the S&P 500 was up 8.86, or 0.45%, to 1,959.68.
10:39 EDTAMZNAmazon downgraded at Cowen, Janney after results miss expectations
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10:03 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV selection has tripled since launch
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral at Janney Capital
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08:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com guidance 'relatively strong,' says Pacific Crest
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08:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $340 from $400 at RW Baird
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08:54 EDTAMZNUPS declines to comment on Amazon, but says adapting to an evolving market
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08:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $296 from $350 at B. Riley
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08:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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07:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $307 from $340 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan lowered its price target for Amazon.com shares to $307 citing the company's "disappointing" Q3 results and outlook, but it says the numbers are not as bad as they seem given the one-time write-down for the Fire Phone. The firm expects shares to remain under pressure and keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
07:30 EDTAMZNEbola and earnings push futures lower
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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sell-off creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com still well-positioned to win over long-term, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says recorded charges of $170M for unsold Fire Phones, other costs
Amazon said in a filing that during the three months ended September 30, it recorded charges estimated at $170M primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs. The remaining amount of Fire phone inventory, including inventory on hand, inventory held by resellers, and non-cancellable supplier commitments to purchase additional inventory, was $83M as of September 30.
06:11 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN TLM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Amazon.com (AMZN) 41, Talisman Energy (TLM) 83 according to iVolatility.
06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle won't make additional investments in Himax Display, DigiTimes says
Himax announced that Google has decided not to exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax Display, reports DigiTimes. Himax stated that Google will continue to work closely as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer. Reference Link
05:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $350 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
17:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M
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16:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Q4 guidance includes about $470M for stock-based compensation
Q4 guidance includes approximately $470M for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.
16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down almost 7% following Q3 results, Q4 guidance
16:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B
Operating cash flow increased 15% to $5.71B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.98B for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.08B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $388M for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013 includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4B.
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B, consensus $30.89B
Q4 operating income (loss) is expected to be between ($570M)-$430M, consensus 67c.
16:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 EPS (95c), consensus (74c)
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com October weekly 312 straddle priced for 7.5% move into Q3
13:36 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B
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12:20 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon: AWS cloud computing platform available to German datacenter customers
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07:53 EDTDIS, TWX, CMCSAAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 171, November is at 43, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
07:03 EDTCMCSAComcast says video customer net losses declined to 81,000 in Q3
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07:01 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q3 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 71c
Reports Q3 revenue $16.8B, consensus $16.82B.
06:05 EDTAMZNApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:37 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
15:28 EDTCMCSAComcast October weekly 51.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
15:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments before earnings
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13:14 EDTAMZN, GOOGMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTGOOGFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Inbox on blog
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13:06 EDTCMCSA, DIS, NFLXEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
11:59 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; MYL AMZN
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11:12 EDTCMCSAFCC stops 'informal clock' for review of AT&T, Comcast proposed deals
Federal Communications Commission disclosed in a notice on its website that a number of commenters filed a motion for an extension of time to file replies in Docket 14-57, which is the review of the application of Comcast (CMCSA) for approval of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). Among other points, the commenters argue that certain third-party programmers “do not want any of the interested parties’ outside counsel or experts to view [their programming contracts],” the FCC noted. "We agree with these commenters that their current inability to review Highly Confidential Information that has been submitted in these dockets significantly hampers their ability to meaningfully comment and participate in these proceedings, in both Docket 14-57 and Docket 14-90. Accordingly, we are suspending the pleading cycles and stopping our 180-day informal time clock in both dockets," the FCC stated. Docket 14-90 refers to AT&T's (T) proposed purchase of DIRECTV (DTV). Reference Link
09:21 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
09:12 EDTCMCSAComcast should be owned into Q3 results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest expects Comcast's video subscriber trends to improve in Q3, and the firm thinks the company's video business could surpass expectations by gaining share over the next two years. Pacific Crest keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the name.
07:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 131, November is at 40, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle announces continued progress on fighting piracy
Google is refining its search algorithm designed to demote links to sites featuring content that allegedly infringes on copyrights, the company said in a blog post. Google says "We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week." Reference Link
06:14 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNX NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Xilinx (XLNX) 24, Netflix (NFLX) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 21, 2014
17:38 EDTGOOGHimax announces Google will not exercise additional investment option in company
Himax Technologies (HIMX) announced that Google (GOOG) has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display. Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Shares of Himax are down 13.7% following the report.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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13:52 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Firebase, terms not disclosed
Google announced on its Google Cloud Platform blog that it has acquired Firebase, which "makes it very easy for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in realtime." Google comments, "By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development. If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away and if you’re a Google Cloud Platform customer, you’ll find it even easier to create great mobile and web apps. The entire Firebase team is joining Google and, under the leadership of Firebase co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee, will be working hard to bring you great new features. Not only will the products you already love continue to get better, but you’ll also gain access to the full power of Google Cloud Platform. At Google Cloud Platform Live on November 4, we’ll be demonstrating new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform." Reference Link
11:20 EDTGOOGData says open-source Android OS could threaten revenue, Information says
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09:55 EDTTWXBlackout not 'game changer' for Time Warner, DISH, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the removal of several of Time Warner's (TWX) Turner channels from DISH's (DISH) line-up will not be a "game changer" for either company. Wells notes the majority of Time Warner's affiliate growth comes from TNT and TBS networks, and it does not expect the channel loss to impact DISH's subscriber trends. The firm expects the networks to come back to DISH "eventually."
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
07:26 EDTGOOGGoogle invests in enhanced reality visual-display start-up, WSJ reports
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07:07 EDTGOOGMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:27 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 26, Netflix (NFLX) 38 according to iVolatility.
October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
13:40 EDTGOOGVringo says Court of Appeals invites Google to respond to en banc petition
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12:01 EDTAMZN, NFLXNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGOOGRobinhood.org to hold conference
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06:46 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded at Macquarie
As previously reported, Macquarie upgraded News Corp to Neutral from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and expectations for operational trends to improve in 2015. Price target is $16.70.
06:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 27, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTGOOG, NFLXStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
12:38 EDTNFLXNetflix shares 'so far underpriced right now its amazing,' says Cuban
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12:17 EDTNFLXMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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11:38 EDTNFLXCuban say buying Netflix stock, predicts 'someone will try to buy them'
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10:58 EDTTWX, NFLXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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09:59 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:38 EDTNFLX, GOOGActive equity options trading on
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09:29 EDTCMCSAComcast it top large cap pick into the print, says Goldman
Goldman said Comcast is its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. Shares are Buy rated with a $64 price target.
09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:00 EDTCMCSA, TWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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07:53 EDTGOOGFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle exec confident in improving YouTube ad sales, BI reports
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07:37 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTGOOGMacquarie continues to recommend Google for long-term holders
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $620 from $650 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its price target for Google shares to $620 saying higher operating expenses and elevated Capex pressured margins and earnings in Q3. The firm views the current valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Google.
06:24 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $675 from $725 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest lowered its price target for Google shares to $675 citing expectations for a higher tax rate following the company's Q3 results. The firm thinks shares are attractively valued at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating on Google.
06:22 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GT AMZN
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06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $652 from $684 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google (GOOGL) shares to $652 following the company's Q3 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Citi calls the results "relatively good."
06:13 EDTGOOGLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh now available in select areas in New York
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05:44 EDTGOOGGoogle growth story remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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