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March 5, 2014
07:24 EDTLNKD, NFLX, TWTR, MSFT, EA, FB, NLSNStanford Business School to hold a conference
2014 Future of Media Conference is being held in Stanford, California on March 5.
News For NLSN;MSFT;NFLX;FB;TWTR;LNKD;EA From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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12:22 EDTNFLXEarnings Watch: Amazon expected to report strong Q4 results after holiday season
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 28 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.56 on revenue of $35.93B. The consensus range is 60c-$2.41 for EPS, and $35.11B-$36.75B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of 17c against estimates of (13c), on revenue of $25.4B against estimates of $24.91B. At that time, the company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $33.5B-$36.75B and Q4 operating income guidance of $80M-$1.28B, compared to $591M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 Amazon Web Services revenue $2.085B and AWS operating income $521M. The company said Prime Day added 2% to its global revenue growth rate. NEWS: In the past quarter, ChannelAdvisor said that Amazon outpaced the industry with a 16.8% holiday SSS growth. Specifically, Amazon's SSS grew 28.9% on Thanksgiving, up 20% on Black Friday, up 20.5% on Cyber Sunday, and up 25.6% on Cyber Monday. During that time, Amazon's Fire tablet was the top-selling product. According to a Re/code report in December, Amazon is now accounting for more than half of all sales growth in U.S. eCommerce. In Q4, Amazon also announced expansions for Prime Now in Los Angeles, San Diego, Baltimore, Austin and Chicago. It began delivering alcohol in Manhattan and offered delivery from local stores in China. By the end of 2015, Amazon was offering Prime Now in 26 cities. The company plans to open fulfillment centers in Columbus, Massachusetts and Canada. It also also build an Amazon Wind Farm in Ohio. Amazon announced that it will shutter its payments service and Groupon-style daily deals service in 2016. However, it also announced that it tripled its selection of free games and apps since launching Amazon Underground. Amazon held early tests of cargo aircraft as it looks to establish its own freight operations. During the Golden Globe awards, Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" received two awards, while its competitor Netflix (NFLX) left empty-handed. STREET RESEARCH: In the long-term, Citi said Amazon has a path towards $20 per adjusted EPS by 2018 due to an ongoing mix shift in the retail business and stellar growth in its high margin cloud business. The company was also initiated with an Overweight at Pacific Crest, and had its price target raised at Nomura and BofA.Merrill, citing the company's aim to be part of the consumer purchase process and its lead in both eCommerce and the cloud. Piper Jaffray said Amazon's Prime membership has been the most impressive despite a large base of users. It expected Amazon to add 8M-9M Prime subscribers during the full holiday season, ahead of its previous expectation of 6M-7M. Piper Jaffray added that estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and believes the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. Ahead of the Q4 earnings report, Stifel said Amazon revenue is expected to beat expectations due to healthy eCommerce trends, strong Prime adoption and strong adoption of AWS. Bernstein also said that the street margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, and believes the company is poised to beat street expectations. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares are near flat over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q3 report, Amazon.com shares are higher by 6.5%.
12:20 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street have moved all over the place in a wild morning of trading. The averages opened sharply higher as oil prices rose above $34 a barrel. The Dow opened with triple digit gains but following reports from Iraq that it would increase oil production, and refutations of rumors that OPEC might cut production, the commodity began to weaken, taking equities with it. The averages turned negative and it looked like another rout might be in the making. Before the market fell too far, it gathered itself and moved back into positive ground and the major averages are now in the green, but not far from where they ended yesterday's session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 14.5% after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. Wall Street analysts were nearly unanimous in their praise following the report, with a number increasing their price targets for its shares... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded about 2% this morning after the company jumped over its lowered profit hurdle... Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance, with eBay falling 13% and PayPal rising 7% near midday... The Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) fell over 2% at midday after a number of big-names in the space gave disappointing guidance. Celgene (CELG) fell 5% following its Q4 report and fiscal year outlook, while Abbott (ABT) dropped 8% in the wake of its own results and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kinder Morgan (KMI), which rallied 8.5% after it was upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. Also higher were Under Armour (UA), Dolby (DLB) and Deluxe (DLX), which gained 18%, 11% and 9%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was OSI Systems (OSIS), which fell 35% and was downgraded to Hold at BB&T following downbeat quarterly earnings. Also lower were Qualcomm (QCOM) and Discover (DFS), which each dropped about 7% after their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.37, or 0.01%, to 15,945.83, the Nasdaq was up 21.12, or 0.47%, to 4,489.28, and the S&P 500 was up 3.36, or 0.18%, to 1,886.31.
10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; QCOM FB
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10:44 EDTMSFTStocks with call strike movement; AMZN MSFT
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10:13 EDTFBOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTNFLX, MSFT, TWTR, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 13.9%... Under Armour (UA), up 14.6%... MicroStrategy (MSTR), up 8.9%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 8%... Paypal (PYPL), up 6%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 7.9%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 6.2%... Alibaba (BABA), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Neos Therapeutics (NEOS), up 61.4% after the FDA approved Adzenys XR-ODT for the treatment of ADHD... Exelixis (EXEL), up 4.7% after the U.S. FDA determined the company's New Drug Application for cabozantinib is sufficiently complete... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 6.7% after being upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: OSI Systems (OSIS), down 21.3%... ServiceNow (NOW), down 22.3%... eBay (EBAY), down 11.5%... InvenSense (INVN), down 10.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.3%... Hologic (HOLX), down 4.4%... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), down 3.6%... Potash (POT), down 2.1%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3.6%.
08:50 EDTMSFTUBS trims Microsoft estimates for second half on macro uncertainty
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08:33 EDTFBOptions expected to be active
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $145 from $135 at Jefferies
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08:09 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $130 from $120 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on Facebook after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results. The firm thinks the company's mobile ad products all performed well, while its user engagement continues to grow steadily. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:04 EDTMSFTHarman CEO: On track to deliver full year plan
"I am pleased to announce our 11th consecutive quarter of top and bottom line growth. Our strong first half results were in-line with our expectations. While we are closely monitoring macroeconomic developments, at this time, we are on track to deliver on our full year plan," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman (HAR) Chairman, President and CEO. "HARMAN continues to innovate and bring industry-first solutions to market. We are also partnering with key technology leaders such as Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Under Armour (UA) to capitalize on the opportunities presented by IoT for automotive, enterprise and consumer electronics. In addition, our acquisition of TowerSec will strengthen our cybersecurity leadership position for automotive."
07:48 EDTFBFacebook reported solid results, says Oppenheimer
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $140 from $125 at Cowen
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06:36 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $145 from $125 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler raised his price target for Facebook shares to $145 saying the company's Q4 results delivered the greatest upside since mid-2013. The analyst increased his 2016 revenue and EBITDA estimates by 6.5% and 14.1%, respectively, and keeps a Buy rating on Facebook.
06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
06:27 EDTEAElectronic Arts volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:18 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $136 from $127 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth raised his price target for Facebook to $136 saying the social media giant is "standing out from the pack" following its Q4 results. Revenue growth is accelerating and margins are expanding, Anmuth tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The company is not seeing signs of macro pressure, he points out. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on Facebook.
05:46 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $170 from $155 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook (FB) to $170 following the social media giant's Q4 results. The stock is up $11.55, or 12%, to $106.00 in pre-market trading. Facebook beat Q4 revenue estimates by 9% on stronger contribution from core mobile and the ramp of Instagram, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. Management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster points out. He expects Facebook shares "can continue to work" and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
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