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November 21, 2014
15:08 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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13:45 EDTGOOGEuropean parliament poised to call for Google break-up, FT reports
Germany’s Günther Oettinger has raised significant concerns about Google's power since his nomination to be the EU’s digital commissioner, and a new European parliament draft motion says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
12:49 EDTGOOGGoogle to let users pay to avoid web ads
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12:31 EDTAMZN, NFLXAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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12:22 EDTTWXTurner, DISH restore channel service, extend carriage
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11:54 EDTCMCSAFCC order on contracts in Comcast merger review blocked by court, Bloomberg says
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10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast Time Warner Cable outlook positive, says Wells Fargo
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTGOOG, AMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BHI NFLX
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05:15 EDTDISDisney, Shanghai Media Group expand strategic entertainment alliance
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November 20, 2014
15:44 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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14:52 EDTNFLXNetflix to discuss future of TV with top industry executives, Re/code says
Netflix is holding a summit about the future of TV next month, according to Re/code The company invited many of the leading executives from the TV and film industries to the private event, the website added. Reference Link
10:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern selling down stake in News Corp., Australian says
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTGOOGGoogle loss of Mozilla unlikely to have material impact, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Google's (GOOGL) loss of Mozilla as an affiliate to Yahoo (YHOO) will unlikely have a material impact on revenue and said EBITDA will only be impacted by .2%-.5%. Shares are Outperform rated with a $722 price target, down from $723 due to an error in a previous note.
07:42 EDTTWXStudios looking abroad for opportunity in TV licensing, WSJ reports
For U.S. television studios, such as Time Warner’s (TWX) Warner Bros., licensing shows abroad, which was once a small side business, has become a much-needed source of growth and is increasingly needed to make shows profitable, reported The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Time Warner, CBS Corp. (CBS), Sony (SNE) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) also see huge promise from international TV distribution, the report noted. Reference Link
07:16 EDTCMCSACharter could look to buy Time Warner Cable if Comcast deal fails, WSJ says
John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), said Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) if TWC's deal with Comcast (CMCSA) falls through, The Wall Street Journal reports. Malone told shareholders at Liberty's investor day that he would pursue "an outright purchase" of Time Warner Cable if regulators don't approve the Comcast deal. Reference Link
06:48 EDTNFLX, GOOGNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:39 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GNW NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Genworth (GNW) 53, Netflix (NFLX) 31 according to iVolatility.
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTGOOGBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
19:16 EDTNFLXNetflix orders fourth season of Longmire
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires iOS prototyping tool maker RelativeWave
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14:25 EDTNFLX, AMZNOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:29 EDTNFLX, CMCSACharter CEO sees Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal getting done
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13:06 EDTCMCSADeutsche Telekom CEO says T-Mobile could again attract suitors, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg quotes Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) CEO Timotheus Hoettges speaking in interview as having said that T-Mobile (TMUS) could attract interest from suitors such as Comcast (CMCSA), DISH (DISH) or America Movil (AMOV, AMX).
11:22 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch app store in China, The Information reports
Google intends to reverse its prior policy and distribute a version of its Google Play app store with phone makers and other potential partners in China, according to The Information, citing several people with knowledge of the company’s plans. Reference Link
10:29 EDTGOOGGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
09:57 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:39 EDTNFLX, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTGOOG, NFLXCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
08:02 EDTGOOGApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
06:34 EDTNFLX, AMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2014
17:40 EDTNFLXNetflix to launch in Australia, New Zealand in March, 2015
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15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's Q4 gross ad revenues tracking slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Google's Q4 gross ad revenue is tracking to $16.35B vs. consensus of $16.29B.
09:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern leads challenge to News Corp. voting structure, FT says
Southeastern Asset Management, which now controls 12.7% of News Corp’s voting stock, is at odds with Rupert Murdoch’s family over the company's dual-class share structure that gives Murdoch an outsized amount of the voting power, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:08 EDTGOOGIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 30 according to iVolatility.
05:26 EDTDISDisney Movies Anywhere now available through Walmart VUDU service
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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15:43 EDTNWSAGabelli liquidates stake in Move, Inc.
Gabelli's most recent stake, as reported on November 3, was 8.84%. As a result of the completion of the acquisition of the company by News Corp. (NWSA), Gabelli no longer has beneficial ownership of any of its shares.
10:10 EDTDISDreamWorks sinks, Hasbro rebounds after takeover talks reportedly end
Shares of movie maker DreamWorks (DWA) are tumbling after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. WHAT'S NEW: Talks about an acquisition of DreamWorks by Hasbro have ended, multiple news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Deadline reported over the weekend. However, Deadline, citing unnamed sources, reported that there's "still a slight chance" that the talks will resume. Hasbro's CEO and board visited DreamWorks' campus recently and a potential name for the combined entity - DreamWorks-Hasbro - was discussed, Deadline stated. Hasbro halted the talks because it became concerned about the negative reaction of its stock to reports about the discussions, Deadline added. Barron's weighed in on the issue over the weekend, writing that the deal "doesn't make sense economically." Partnering with DreamWorks would be logical for Habro, but buying DreamWorks would not be a good move for the toy maker, Barron's stated. DreamWorks' recent inability to create big hits or generate free cash makes it a poor takeover target for Hasbro, Barron's indicated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on Thursday, Sterne Agee analyst Vasily Karasyov wrote that there is "no industrial logic" whatsoever to a combination of DreamWorks and Hasbro. Karasyov said there was no good reason for Hasbro to buy DreamWorks for $35 per share, the price that the movie maker was seeking, according to some reports. Karasyov predicted that the deal would not occur and kept a $17 price target and Underperform rating on the shares. Additionally, Piper Jaffray said the possible acquisition of DreamWorks Animation by Hasbro could have impacted the latter company's partnership with Disney (DIS). Piper thought buying a competing animation company could alter Disney's view of Hasbro as a partner. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, DreamWorks fell 15% to $22.08, while Hasbro gained 4.3% to $56.33.
10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
06:35 EDTCMCSA, DIS'Dumb and Dumber To' takes first at the box office from 'Big Hero 6', WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA) company Universal Pictures' "Dumb and Dumber To" brings in $38.1M at the box office, taking first away from Disney's (DIS) "Big Hero 6," which brought in $36M this weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. "Big Hero 6" has a two week total of $111.7M in North America, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:33 EDTTWXWarner Bros. wins 'Hobbit' royalties fight against Weinsteins, WSJ reports
Time Warner's Warner Bros. has prevailed over the Weinstein brothers in a $75M-plus lawsuit over the royalties for the second and third "Hobbit" films, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTDISAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
17:07 EDTNFLX, GOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:01 EDTNFLXIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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14:46 EDTDISDisney movies service partnering with Wal-Mart's Vudu, Reuters reports
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11:37 EDTNFLXNetflix shuts down public API today, Gigaom reports
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:29 EDTNWSANews Corp completes acquisition of Move, Inc
News Corp announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Move, Inc. Move is a provider of online real estate services and operates a network of sites, including realtor.com, the official website for the National Association of Realtors. The previously announced tender offer by a subsidiary of News Corp for all of the outstanding shares of Move common stock at a price of $21.00 per share expired as scheduled at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 13, 2014. Excluding shares tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery, a total of approximately 34,299,586 shares were validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer, representing, together with the shares owned by News Corp and its subsidiaries, approximately 83.1% of Move’s outstanding shares. As a result, News Corp, through its subsidiary, has accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all such validly tendered shares pursuant to the terms of the tender offer. Following its acceptance of the tendered shares, News Corp completed the acquisition by causing the merger of its subsidiary with and into Move without a vote of Move’s stockholders, pursuant to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. Upon completion of the merger, Move became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corp. As a result of the merger and in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, all eligible Move shares not tendered into the tender offer were cancelled and converted into the right to receive $21.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price per share offered in the tender offer. As a result of the acquisition, Move shares ceased to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market. REA Group Limited, in which News Corp owns a 61.6% interest, has entered into a definitive agreement with News Corp to acquire a 20% stake in Move. The transaction is expected to be completed on November 17.
06:37 EDTDISDreamWorks competes with key Hasbro partner Disney, NY Times says
After multiple news outlets reported that Hasbro (HAS) was in talks about buying DreamWorks (DWA), The New York Times says that the toy maker holds very lucrative contracts with Disney (DIS), which views DreamWorks as a key competitor. Hasbro gets up to 30% of its revenue from products linked to Disney, the newspaper quoted some analysts as saying. Reference Link
06:19 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
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06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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09:06 EDTCMCSAComcast and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch My Future Technology initiative
Comcast NBCUniversal and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have entered into a five-year national partnership valued at tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind support. The partnership includes the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.
07:01 EDTDISHasbro deal with Disney could be impacted with merger, says Piper Jaffray
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06:27 EDTNWSADow Jones to end German, Turkish services, Sunday inserts, WSJ reports
Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp, will eliminate certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network and The Sunday Journal, leading to the reduction of 50-60 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. In a staff memo, Dow Jones CEO William Lewis explained that "It will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals." Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAMZN, GOOGAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTCMCSASony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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06:02 EDTCMCSAComcast moving ahead with $45B acquisition of Time Warner Cable, AP reports
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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
13:04 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music Key beta monthly subscription service
Google introduced YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month, discounted from $9.99/month, that will feature ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, which in the coming days will be upgraded to give users the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app. "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube," Google also stated in its blog post related to the launch. Reference Link
12:56 EDTGOOG, CMCSAFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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11:44 EDTDISSeaWorld sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit, attendance fall
Shares of theme park and entertainment company SeaWorld (SEAS) are plunging after the company’s profit, attendance and adjusted EBITDA all fell significantly on a year over year basis. The also forecast fiscal year 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down from last year. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SeaWorld reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of $1.01, missing analysts' $1.13 consensus by 12 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $495.84M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $495.4M. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $209.1M, a decrease of $45.3M, or 18%, compared to the third quarter of 2013. Attendance in Q3 ws 8.4M, down from 8.9M a year ago. The company believes the decline in attendance results from a combination of factors including negative media attention in California along with a challenging competitive environment, particularly in Florida. The competitive challenges in Florida relate to significant new attraction offerings at competitor destination parks, along with a delay in the scheduled opening of one of the company's new rides at its Busch Gardens Tampa park. The decrease in total revenue in the third quarter was primarily driven by a 5.2% decline in attendance, along with a 2.9% decline in total revenue per capita from $60.74 in the third quarter of 2013 to $58.99. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, SeaWorld forecast FY14 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down 6%-7% and 14%-16%, respectively. The FY14 revenue consensus ahead of the company's report was $1.37B. The company also said it expects to take a restructuring charge of up to $13M in Q4 related to its cost reduction initiatives. The company sees FY14 capital expenditures to be in the range of $155M-$165M and fiscal year 2015 CapEx to be in the range of $185M-$195M. Jim Atchison, the company's Chief Executive Officer, noted that the attendance trends the company experienced in the latter part of the second quarter continued into Q3. He called 2014 a “challenging year,” and said the company was executing a cost savings plan that is expected to deliver approximately $50M of annual cost savings by the end of 2015. He also said the company was adjusting its attraction and marketing plans to address immediate top-line concerns. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SeaWorld fell $2.24, or 12.04%, to $16.36 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $16.53. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 48% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the theme park space include Disney (DIS), up 0.03%, Six Flags (SIX), down 0.16%, and Cedar Fair (FUN), up 0.76%.
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:43 EDTDIS, TWXBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTCMCSAComcast weakness on Title II pullback a buying opportunity, says Goldman
Goldman recommends buying Comcast on Title II weakness. The firm said Comcast's business practices are largely in-line with the proposed rules, suggesting minimal impact to operations. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and $65 price target.
08:19 EDTCMCSAComcast downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
Maxim downgraded Comcast to Hold saying the company's Internet pricing power could be negatively impacted from potential net neutrality legislation. The firm prefers to wait on the sidelines pending greater clarity into potential Title II legislation.
08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix CFO expects to expand as much or 'bit more' next year, Bloomberg says
Netflix CFO David Wells said the company plans a “sizable expansion” into new markets next year, projecting expansion on the order of this year or "even potentially a little bit more,” reported Bloomberg, citing Wells' comments at an RBC Capital Markets conference. Reference Link
07:51 EDTDISDisney trades at a premium despite low forward growth, says Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Disney shares to $83 from $75, but reiterated its Market Perform rating on Disney shares, citing the stock's premium trading valuation despite the lowest forward earnings growth of its peer group. The firm also cited higher sports programming costs, as well as difficulty envisioning outperformance to current estimates.
07:45 EDTCMCSAARRIS should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:10 EDTCMCSAComcast downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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06:22 EDTTWXFunny or Die hires Moelis to explore potential sale, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
November 11, 2014
18:19 EDTDIS, CMCSACBS, Disney look to block FCC Comcast merger disclosures, Bloomberg says
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16:01 EDTAMZN, NFLXOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:59 EDTGOOGYouTube strikes music deals, paving way for streaming service, FT says
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13:55 EDTGOOGYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
13:38 EDTGOOGNew European antitrust chief needs time to resolve Google probe, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable and Comcast mentioned positively at Evercore ISI
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Google Fiber for small businesses
Google announced that it had launched a high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, for small businesses in select areas of Kansas City. Google will charge $100 per month for the service.
11:17 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility up after Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated
Comcast November weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, November and December is at 21, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement after President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated.
10:00 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast deal would only be derailed by Title II concessions, says Wells Fargo
After President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated under Title II, Wells Fargo thinks that Comcast (CMCSA) will only walk away from the Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal if there are significant Title II concessions specifically attached to the deal. The firm suggests, however, that the deal could be restructured if the companies' stock prices continue to fall in reaction to Obama's statement.
07:08 EDTTWXTen Network's Gordon says won't sell stake in company, AFR reports
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07:06 EDTCMCSAObama's call for regulation worries investors in Comcast-TWC deal, WSJ says
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06:36 EDTCMCSANBC exec 'very satisfied' with pace of Super Bowl ad sales, NY Times says
NBC, the broadcast home of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, is "very satisfied" with the pace of sales of commercial time during the game, reports the New York Times. Seth Winter, the Executive VP for Sales of NBC Sports and NBCUniversal News Groups at NBCUniversal, said "I'm never 'extremely satisfied' until we're sold out... I'm very satisfied with what we see." Winter added that NBC is approaching 90% of the commercial time in the game's being sold to advertisers. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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06:00 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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05:51 EDTCMCSAStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTCMCSA, NFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:57 EDTDISWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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14:09 EDTNFLX, CMCSABoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:26 EDTNFLX, CMCSACable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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12:24 EDTCMCSA, NFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the market’s drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:42 EDTCMCSAComcast falls after Obama urges internet reclassification under Title II
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10:09 EDTCMCSAOptions with increasing implied volatility: CZR IGT CMCSA TWC
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10:06 EDTCMCSAVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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10:01 EDTCMCSATWC, Charter, Comcast drop after Obama calls for Internet regulation
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09:45 EDTCMCSA, NFLXObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTCMCSA, NFLXObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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07:23 EDTNFLXRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTCMCSA, TWXCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
05:58 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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November 9, 2014
17:45 EDTTWXTime Warner approaches Australia's Ten Network, AFR says
Time Warner has approached Australia's Ten Network, the company behind Offspring and The Bachelor Australia, says the Australian Financial Review. In an approach that was not binding, Time Warner offered about $680M or 25c a share for the Australian broadcaster, added the Australian Financial Review. Reference Link
16:36 EDTDISDisney's 'Big Hero 6' comes out on top at box office, Bloomberg says
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