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April 25, 2014
12:41 EDTPBH, F, DV, P, MSFT, LPNT, CYTK, AMZNOn 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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January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
14:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com climbs after Citi upgrades to buy
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11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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10:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests $300, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:29 EDTPBHPrestige Brands management to meet with B. Riley
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create television series
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07:30 EDTFDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says created, filled over 6,000 permanent jobs across EU in 2014
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07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com survey suggests solid growth trends, says RW Baird
Baird said their recent inventory survey for Amazon.com suggests solid growth trends in selection and marketplace. The firm sees the selection as a key growth driver for Amazon retail. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $340 price target on Amazon shares.
07:25 EDTFNew NHTSA head says 2015 may see more recalls than record-setting 2014, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Amazon.com to Buy saying the risk/reward on shares is attractive below $300. Citi believes holiday data points look good for Amazon's Q4 results and that the retailer's gross margins will rise in 2015, reversing 2014's downward trend. The firm raised its price target for Amazon to $354 from $325 and thinks the stock has support around $300. Shares of the retailing giant closed yesterday down $5.52 to $291.41.
06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon sued for $25M by Durst Organization, Forbes reports
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January 12, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
09:20 EDTFFord announces new collaboration with DowAksa for automotive carbon fiber
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon wins first Golden Globe for 'Transparent,' Business Insider reports
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08:05 EDTMSFTGameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream game content, promotional materials
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07:09 EDTLPNTLifePoint, Duke expand partnership to advance healthcare quality
LifePoint Hospitals and Duke University Health System have expanded their collaborative effort to create safe highly reliable care by entering into a national quality agreement. This collaboration will allow these two leading healthcare organizations to expand upon the work in which they have been engaged for several years to enhance patient safety and continually improve the quality of care across the nation. Through the new national quality affiliation, all LifePoint hospitals will be part of a program designed to focus their improvement efforts and transform their culture of safety.
06:20 EDTFFord expected to debut Phoenix super car today, WSJ reports
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