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April 25, 2014
12:41 EDTMSFT, LPNT, CYTK, AMZN, PBH, F, DV, 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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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTAMZNStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:41 EDTAMZNMiramax talks to banks as it explores sale, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:46 EDTAMZNBest Buy sinks after analyst says sell to avoid comp sales risk
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10:13 EDTAMZNAmbarella to get boost from drone demand, analyst says
Ambarella (AMBA) should benefit from stronger than expected demand for drones, which are "literally flying off the shelves" at Best Buy (BBY), research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. Ambarella develops processors used in high definition cameras, such as those often utilized by drones. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson wrote that sales of drones have been stronger than expected. Ambarella should benefit from that trend, as well as from the fact that demand for GoPro (GPRO) cameras, which utilize Ambarella's chips, has been steady, Erickson stated. Although initial demand for GoPro's new Session camera "appears lukewarm," its newer cameras should drive a significant increase in sales volume starting in GoPro's October quarter, according to Erickson, who said the popularity of GoPro's cameras should enable Ambarella's results to beat Street expectations. The analyst continues to recommend buying Ambarella's stock and kept a $123 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy wrote that GoPro's risk/reward ratio was favorable heading into the company's Q2 results. According to Murphy, the stock fell recently because money rotated out of the shares following the initial public offering of Fitbit (FIT) and Goldman Sachs' initiation of coverage of the stock with a Neutral rating. However, Amazon (AMZN) data shows that GoPro's cameras are selling well and Ambarella's Q2 results beat expectations, Murphy noted. As a result, she expects GoPro's Q2 results to exceed expectations when they are reported next week. Murphy reiterated a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Ambarella rose 1.3% to $109.59, while GoPro added 0.5% to $55.53.
08:05 EDTMSFTLexmark launches Kofax View for Microsoft Outlook
Lexmark (LXK) announced the availability of Kofax View, the first document viewing, editing and PDF creation application for Microsoft (MSFT) Outlook. “Microsoft Office delivers exceptional workforce productivity and Microsoft Outlook is central to increased productivity through collaboration. Kofax View gives Outlook users—including Outlook for Office 365 users in the cloud—the ability to more easily create, manage and share familiar document types for improved communication that significantly streamlines the workflow process,” said David Caldeira, product marketing executive, Lexmark Enterprise Software.
07:18 EDTAMZNApigee won;t be hurt by AWS API Gateway, says Pacific Crest
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06:39 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh close to launching in London, London Times reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNHulu considering ad-free option, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTF, AMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:52 EDTFGM slips after Barclays downgrades auto sector on China downturnbw
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13:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 36, August is at 27, September is at 20 compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on July 21.
12:30 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime Day order growth 18% more than Black Friday 2014
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12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon's Prime Day sales exceed Black Friday sales, breaks record
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10:00 EDTAMZNAmazon says HBO NOW available on Fire Tablets
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09:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire FieldOne Systems, terms not disclosed
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08:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares likely to rise after Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:34 EDTFEuropean June car sales grow on expanded economy, Bloomberg says
European car sales growth accelerated to its fastest pace in five and a half years in June as Volkswagen (VLKAY), PSA Peugeot Citroen (PUGOY), and Ford (F) brought in new customers with newer models and an expanding economy, Bloomberg reports. Registrations rose 15% to 1.41M vehicles from 1.23M last year, the report says, citing data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, or ACEA. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new Surface expected to be available in October, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft's new Surface tablet is expected to be launched in October after upstream supply chains have been notified to start mass shipments of components in September, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, Microsoft's Surface Pro shipments were 200K-250K units per month in Q1 and its monthly tablet shipment volume rose to above 300K. Sources say Microsoft's monthly tablet shipments may have a chance to reach 500K-600K units. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may increase smartphone outsourcing in Taiwan, Vietnam, DigiTimes says
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