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May 16, 2014
08:22 EDTAMZN, EMC, GOOG, CSCO, RHT, VMW, RAXRackspace potential buyers list 'extensive,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the list of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX) is "extensive" and includes Cisco (CSCO), EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW), Google (GOOG), (AMZN) and Red Hat (RHT). Piper believes takeout speculation, coupled with improving fundamentals, limits downside risk in Red Hat shares. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the stock after the company confirmed being approached by multiple parties.
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April 23, 2015
16:02 reports Q1 EPS (12c), consensus (13c)
Reports Q1 revenue $22.72B, consensus $22.39B.
16:01 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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15:00 EDTGOOG, AMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:28 April weekly 24 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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14:20 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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13:12 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Amazon ahead of Q1 report (AMZN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (13c) on revenue of $22.39B. The consensus range is (56c)-35c for EPS, and $21.74B-$22.88B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: reported fourth quarter EPS of 45c against estimates of 17c, on revenue of $29.33B against estimates of $29.67B. The company gave Q1 revenue guidance of $20.9B-$22.9B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($450M)-$50M, compared to $146M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported worldwide paid Prime memberships increased 53% in 2014. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: During Amazon’s Q4 earnings conference call, CFO Thomas Szkutak said the company will look to invest in China and India. In the past quarter, an Economics Times report said the company was planning to create its own fashion and lifestyle private brands in India. RBC Capital says the company’s outlook is still positive due to significant opportunity for growth in India. UBS noted that Amazon could benefit from restructuring its China operations, making a case for Amazon to exit the country as it faces stiff competition from Alibaba (BABA) and (JD). expanded its two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Baltimore, Miami, Austin and Atlanta. Piper Jaffray said the expansion of the program is "encouraging" and will prevent retailers from gaining mindshare from Amazon. The company announced the launch of its Amazon Giveaway tool, AWS Marketplace, new Fire TV features and greenlit five new Amazon Original series, but it plans to shut down Amazon Webstore. ChannelAdvisor said Amazon SSS was up 27% in January, 22.7% in February and 24.6% in March. In recommendations, the company’s price target was raised RW Baird after the firm assigned a standalone value of $40B-$45B to Amazon Web Services. Its price target was also raised at Citigroup due the company’s upcoming disclosure of new segment metrics. Earlier this month, Cleveland Research said its checks indicate Amazon has in-line sales growth and margin expansion that will lead to modest upside Q1 CSOI. Jefferies adds that the company’s fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term margin improvement with scale. Baird also said that its survey suggests accelerating growth trends in product selection and Prime-eligible units. Piper Jaffray said it is positive on Amazon shares because the firm believes margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters. Ahead of the company’s Q1 earnings report, Amazon was upgraded at Monness Crespi citing a the release of results for Amazon’s Web Service segment. The firm called it a "catalytic event" outside of the company’s "standard beat-and-raise" type of report. Amazon was downgraded, however, at BGC Financial due to the negative impact of currency. BGC added that it expects the company to "sustain its investment cycle regardless of overall profitability." PRICE ACTION: shares have increased over 24% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q1 report, shares are down 0.35%.
12:17 technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:01 April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 163, May is at 50, June is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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09:05 EDTRAXRackspace and Digital Realty launch green U.K. data center
Rackspace (RAX), along with data center and colocation provider Digital Realty Trust (DLR), unveiled its new UK data center based in Crawley, West Sussex. The new operation is the first data center in the UK to make use of 'indirect outside air' cooling technology on this scale, without mechanical cooling, which means the overhead energy required to operate the data center has been cut by almost 80%.
08:31 EDTRHTRed Hat management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:08 April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:05 EDTRHTRed Hat to hold a webinar
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06:25 EDTAMZNAcacia Research subsidiaries enters into settlement agreement with Amazon
Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GMBH, subsidiaries of Acacia Research (ACTG), entered into a settlement and license agreement with Amazon (AMZN).
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to provide financial information for AWS unit today, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CLDN AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Celladon (CLDN) 383, (AMZN) 44 according to iVolatility.
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