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April 25, 2014
12:41 EDTPBH, LPNT, DV, AMZN, MSFT, F, CYTK, POn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq being weighed down by shares of Amazon (AMZN), which slid following the e-commerce giant's quarterly report. The market opened lower and picked up downside momentum to extend the slide to triple digit losses for the Dow and a more than 1% loss for the Nasdaq. The weakness comes in spite of a report that showed consumer confidence surged in April to approach the highest level since the recession began in 2007. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash services PMI dipped 1.1 points to 54.2 in April, missing expectations for a rise to 55.5. The final University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for April rose to 84.1, beating expectations for a reading of 83.0. In Europe, S&P cut Russia's sovereign rating to BBB-. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of online retailer Amazon.com fell 9% after the company’s second quarter outlook failed to impress. After the company reported roughly in-line Q1 results and forecast Q2 revenue of $18.1B-$19.8B, compared to consensus of $19.03B, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank all lowered their respective price targets on the stock. Another firm, Raymond James, downgraded Amazon to Outperform from Strong Buy, citing mixed Q1 results, a continued significant investment cycle, and slowing unit growth and media sales. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $391 from $443... Microsoft (MSFT) shares were up nearly 1% after reporting earnings that beat expectations on revenues that were roughly in-line with estimates in the first quarter with new CEO Satya Nadella at the helm. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prestige Brands (PBH), which rose 17% after the company agreed to acquire Insight Pharmaceuticals for $750M. Also higher following their earnings reports were for-profit education company DeVry (DV), which gained 14%, and hospital operator LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), which advanced 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was drugmaker Cytokinetics (CYTK), which plunged more than 60% after a trial of tirasemtiv in ALS did not achieve its primary efficacy endpoint. Also lower following their earnings reports were Internet radio provider Pandora (P), which fell over 15%, and carmaker Ford (F), which slid 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 119.19, or 0.72%, to 16,382.46, the Nasdaq was down 58.29, or 1.41%, to 4,090.05, and the S&P 500 was down 11.91, or 0.63%, to 1,866.70.
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October 9, 2014
09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:02 EDTP, FPandora announces new auto partnership with Ford Australia
Pandora (P) Internet Radio has officially announced its partnership with Ford (F) Australia. The launch, effective across a range of nameplates including Fiesta ST and Focus ST and Ford Kuga line up, will continue to roll out across other Ford nameplates including the Fiesta, Focus, Ranger and Transit range by early 2015. Pandora locally also partners with Holden and Mazda, and will soon be released on new model Nissans (NSANY).
07:29 EDTPPandora 2016 EBITDA likely to beat consensus, says Oppenheimer
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:33 EDTAMZNCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAMZNGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTDVDeVry could close campuses to cut costs, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
17:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands operations in Costa Rica, creates more than 1,000 new jobs
Amazon Support Services in Costa Rica inaugurates its fourth service center and announces 1,000 new jobs at its offices located in Calle Blancos and Lagunilla. The Earth's most customer centric company offers seasonal jobs and permanent positions with open dress code, paid training, transportation, doctor on site, plus others. The new operation comes as part of the $19M accumulated investment by 2014. With the company's expansion and the ongoing hiring of staff at its other sites, Amazon expects to employ more than 3,000 persons in Costa Rica by the end of 2014.
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
11:41 EDTAMZNJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
10:33 EDTFFord falls to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares are down 2% at time of writing to $13.82, just above the fresh 52-week low set earlier today at $13.76. Support below today's low is at $13.36. Resistance is at the session high at $14.10.
09:42 EDTAMZNeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTMSFT, AMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
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