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March 26, 2014
11:29 EDTRAX, GOOG, AMZNRackspace falls after Google cuts cloud computing price
Shares of Rackspace (RAX), which provides cloud computing services, are falling after Google (GOOG) sharply cut the prices of its competing products. WHAT'S NEW: Google yesterday announced that it was slashing the prices of its cloud computing services by 30%-85%. Companies that provide cloud computing services rent out computer storage space to their customers. Google said that the prices of computer hardware that enables cloud computing services have been dropping much more quickly than cloud computing prices, according to multiple reports. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote that the cloud computing services market has become much more competitive. Although investors are likely to view Google's price cuts as being negative for Rackspace, a number of factors mitigate the impact of the price cuts, Powell believes. Specifically, since mid-2013 Rackspace has been able to provide dedicated storage infrastructure to companies that need it, and then convince those companies to upgrade to cloud computing services, the analyst explained. Additionally, Rackspace has better customer support than its competitors, Powell believes. He finds the stock's valuation compelling and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATC: amazon.com also provides cloud computing services. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rackspace fell 4% to $32.50.
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September 18, 2014
05:57 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Fire HD Kids Edition
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces two new Kindles
Amazon introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Kindle Voyage features an all-new design, with a beautiful flush glass front and a magnesium back. Kindle Voyage uses a brand new Paperwhite display, with the highest resolution, highest contrast, and highest brightness of any Kindle. The new Kindle is available for pre-order today for $79 and will start shipping in October. The new Kindle Voyage is $199 and is available for pre-order and will start shipping in October.
05:51 EDTAMZNPiper questions why Amazon is in hardware business
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September 17, 2014
18:13 EDTAMZNBoeing, Lockheed Martin to team with Bezos firm on rocket engine, WSJ reports
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17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
16:25 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
12:22 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:02 EDTRAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:13 EDTRAXRackspace sinks after deciding to remain independent
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10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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10:00 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTRAXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
09:35 EDTRAXRackspace tumbles after it concludes search for buyer, levels to watch
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09:10 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTRAXRackspace sell-off a buying opportunity, says Credit Suisse
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08:20 EDTRAX, RAXRackspace downgraded to Sell from Underperform at CLSA
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06:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com ads could increase EPS, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Amazon.com's ad initiatives could boost its EPS by $2.60 and raise its operating margin by one point in 2018. The firm quotes ad tech experts with whom it spoke as saying that the company is "a potential juggernaut in the ad industry" and is "on a $1B run rate." The firm keeps a $460 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:13 EDTRAXRackspace volatility expected to move on remaining independent, ends review
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