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April 9, 2014
06:01 EDTNFLX, AMZN, ROVIRovi sell-off on patent ruling a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views yesterday's sell-off in shares of Rovi (ROVI) following an unfavorable patent litigation ruling versus Amazon (AMZN) as a buying opportunity. Piper says the lawsuit was originally filed in January 2011 and was based on Rovi's patent portfolio and Amazon's offering in 2010, both of which have changed significantly since. The firm adds that Rovi's FY14 guidance assumes no revenue from Amazon or Netflix (NFLX). Piper maintains an Overweight rating on Rovi with a $26 price target.
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November 12, 2015
17:21 EDTNFLXNetflix down 1% after DJ reports Hulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
13:24 EDTNFLX, AMZNEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
09:36 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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November 11, 2015
16:26 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower following a range-bound session marked by lighter than normal volume due to the Veteran's Day holiday. The lower participation allowed the market to digest the latest round of earnings with the reporting season beginning to wind down. Oil remained under pressure and closed near three week lows, as production has not really declined despite lower pricing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major data reported. U.S. bond markets were closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Alibaba Group (BABA) trading in New York fell $1.62, or 1.98%, to $79.81 despite its report of blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast... Macy's (M) shares fell 14% to $40.41 after the department store operator cut its fiscal year sales and profit forecasts and said it would not follow an activist investor's suggestion to form a real estate investment trust. A number of its peers fell as well, including J.C. Penney (JCP), which dipped 1.9% despite previewing that its own quarterly results should be better than its prior expectations. Penney, which pre-announced stronger than expected same-store sales growth of 6.4% for Q3, is set to report full quarterly results on Friday morning... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner following today's announcements, rising 4.4% to $92.19. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rose 33c, or 4.39%, to $7.85 after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) issued a statement saying it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire the company. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained $14.18, or 2.15%, to $673.86 after research firm Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the name to $800 from $750 on the growing opportunity of Amazon Web Services. Separately, Wayfair (W) rallied 5.4% to $41.57 after Cowen analysts raised their target on the shares to $61 from $56 and reiterated an Outperform rating, calling Tuesday's selloff misguided. Among the noteworthy losers were Horizon Pharma (HZNP) and Insys (INSY), which declined a respective 19.6% and 8.7% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with Linden Care, a specialty pharmacy used by both companies. Also lower was PayPal (PYPL), which fell 67c, or 1.81%, to $36.33 shortly before the close after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform. Additionally, Intercept (ICPT) lost $24.02, or 11.66%, to $181.95 after FBR Capital cut its price target on the stock to $192 from $273, saying the market opportunity for Intercept's obeticholic acid liver disease candidate appears smaller than initially thought. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 55.99, or 0.32%, to 17,702.22, the Nasdaq slid 16.22, or 0.32%, to 5,067.02, and the S&P 500 declined 6.72, or 0.32%, to 2,075.00.
15:07 volatility near historic low as shares trend to record high
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12:45 EDTAMZNAmazon advances after analyst sees AWS benefiting from public cloud adoption
Shares of Amazon (AMZN) are advancing after Morgan Stanley raised its price target on shares, saying that it sees a growing opportunity in Amazon Web Services, or AWS. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak raised his price target on Amazon to $800 from $750 per share as he sees nearly 60% of the company's future profitability coming from AWS. Nowak, who maintained an Overweight rating on shares, says AWS "is driving and benefiting from accelerating public cloud adoption." The analyst pointed out that the firm is now including AWS in its base case valuation methodology. The analyst sees AWS driving almost 60% of the company's non-GAAP operating income over the next couple of years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The analyst maintained that Amazon is now worth $800 per share even if North American retail margins improve only 300 basis points over the next five years and international margins expand to only 2% from the break-even level they are at currently. PRICE ACTION: Amazon shares are up $15.45, or 2.34%, to $675.13 in midday trading.
12:17 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday following a morning of lackluster trading, which may be due to lower volume on account of the observance of Veteran's Day. There were four initial public offerings that priced and each opened above their offering; a better reflection of the syndicate market than several weeks ago when deals could not be completed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major announcements. U.S. bond markets are closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: In another sign of China's transition from a purely industrial economy to one driven more by consumption, Alibaba Group (BABA)reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B, but shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant trading in New York slid 2%... Shares of Macy's (M) plunged over 13.5% and its peers followed it lower after the department store operator cut its outlook for fiscal year 2015 after reporting third quarter revenue that missed analysts' estimates. Macy's also said it will not be pursuing the formation of a real estate investment trust. Conversely, J.C. Penney (JCP) reported stronger than expected same-store sale growth and previewed that its soon-to-be reported earnings and gross margin performance in the third quarter exceeded its expectations, but the stock was caught in Macy's downdraft, falling about 2.5%... The boards of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a combination deal worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) entered into a definitive agreement to purchase SABMiller's (SBMRY) 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a transaction valued at $12B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rallied 4% after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) said that it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire Atmel. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained 2% after an analyst at Morgan Stanley raised his price target on the company's stock to $800 from $750M, citing the growing AWS opportunity. Among the noteworthy losers was Horizon Pharma (HZNP), which fell over 16% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with specialty pharmacy Linden Care, which is used by Horizon and Insys Therapeutics (INSY), which also dropped 9%. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which lost another 14.5%, adding more losses to yesterday's post-earnings slide after UBS cut its price target on the company's shares to $6 from $9. In addition, Anadarko (APC) and Apache (APA) fell about 3.5% and 6%, respectively, after Anadarko confirmed that it sent a takeover proposal to Apache, which it later withdrew. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 3.87, or 0.02%, to 17,762.08, the Nasdaq was up 14.42, or 0.28%, to 5,097.66, and the S&P 500 was up 0.78, or 0.04%, to 2,082.50.
11:52 hits fresh life highs
The stock was last at $674.09, a fraction lower than the high of the day at $674.26. A move back to the high that then pushes past $675 would open up a run to $680 to $685. Support is at the $670 area.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 price target raised to $800 from $750 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Owen Hyde raised's price target to $800 from $750 on the growing AWS opportunity. Owen said AWS will contribute nearly 60% of Amazon's forward profitability driven by accelerating public cloud adoption and reiterates his Overweight rating.
November 10, 2015
15:10 EDTNFLXT-Mobile confirms unlimited streaming initiative 'Binge On'
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14:59 EDTNFLXT-Mobile introduces unlimited video streaming
During Tuesday's Uncarrier X press event, T-Mobile (TMUS) announced "Binge On," a new initiative allowing its customers to stream video without impacting their monthly data caps. The feature will support 24 video services at launch, including Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). Reference Link
12:00 EDTAMZNAb InBev, HSBC, Google, among firms to testify at EU tax hearing, Reuters says
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11:06 EDTAMZNBattleground: Wayfair pits noted short sellers against Wall Street analysts
Shares of Wayfair (W), which describes itself as "one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and decor," are sharply lower following its report last night of its third quarter results. The company posted a loss that was not as bad as forecast, reported better than expected revenues and guided to higher than expected sales in its upcoming quarter, but its stock is falling as bears and bulls debate its prospects for future profitability. BEARS: Whitney Tilson of Kase Capital Management, who previously accused Lumber Liquidators (LL) of selling wood with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, is making the same claims against Ark Floors, a California importer that has sold its products via Wayfair and through (WMT), reported The New York Times. Jane Carpenter, a spokeswoman for Wayfair, said the company had previously removed all of Ark's laminate from its website and said it had sold just 10 orders for Ark products since December 2014, including one order through, the report noted. According to a letter that Tilson sent to investors last night, published on Seeking Alpha, he stated that Wayfair is currently his largest short position "by far." Tilson noted that Wayfair competes head-to-head versus Amazon (AMZN), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and he believes the company's chances of "ever reaching breakeven, much less earning a profit, much less earning enough of a profit to justify a $4B market cap are close to zero," he wrote. Tilson predicts the stock will be below $10 within a year. Short-selling blog Citron Research, which has also previously disclosed a short position in Wayfair, linked to a Wall Street Journal article in an October 20 tweet, saying UPS (UPS) "destroys" Wayfair's core model of free shipping on oversized items. The Journal article detailed the shipping giant's plans to charge websites that share "generous shipping discounts with vendors." BULLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price target for Wayfair to $73 from $60 this morning, saying the company posted "exceptional" growth in Q3 amid an otherwise "lackluster" retail environment. After the New York Times article citing Wayfair's association with a vendor viewed as at-risk given a short-seller's testing of laminate flooring, Tamminga points out that all laminate flooring accounts for 0.2% of the company's sales. She continues to recommend Wayfair as a top pick for 2015. Analysts at Wells Fargo previously said in September that reports on Wayfair by short sellers included many inaccuracies. For example, Wells said that shorts' view that Wayfair loses money on every transaction relies on a "flawed view" of the company's customer acquisition costs and payback. Shorts compare Wayfair with Overstock (OSTK), but Wayfair is growing much more quickly that the latter company, Wells stated. According to the firm, which kept an Outperform rating on the shares, Wayfair has by far the highest organic revenue growth rate among U.S. consumer companies. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Wayfair fell $5.08, or 11.2%, to $40.50 per share.
11:05 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX TWTR
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10:53 EDTAMZNWhitney Tilson sees Wayfair trading below $10 within a year
Noted short-seller Whitney Tilson explained in a Seeking Alpha post why Wayfair (W) is his largest short position. He predicts the stock will be below $10 within a year. The online retailer is trading down $4.74 to $41.10 after reporting Q3 results. A New York Times article on one of Wayfair's vendors producing potentially toxic Chinese-made laminate flooring shows the company's business model is "completely out of control," Tilson argues. In addition, the odds of the online retailer ever reaching breakeven are "close to zero," he contends, citing the competition Wayfair faces from (AMZN), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM). Reference Link
09:30 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime Now expands in Los Angeles announced that Prime Now, the company's one-hour delivery service, has expanded in Los Angeles to include delivery from local restaurants, including Umami Burger, Baby Blues BBQ, Wokcano, Hurry Curry of Tokyo, Feast from the East, John O'Groats Restaurant, and many more. Prime members in Los Angeles can now enjoy delivery from their favorite local restaurants, as well as delivery on tens of thousands of items from Amazon and local stores such as Sprouts Farmers Market, Bristol Farms, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Erewhon Organic Grocer and 99 Ranch Market.
09:16 EDTAMZNAmazon says Amazon Echo to be available in 3,000 stores in the U.S.
Amazon (AMZN) announced that Amazon Echo will be available in more than 3,000 stores around the country in time for the holiday shopping season. Customers will be able to visit select locations of The Home Depot (HD), Staples (SPLS), Sears (SHLD), Brookstone, RadioShack (RSHCQ), Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, as well as several other retailers to experience and purchase Echo.
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon announces tripling of selection of free apps, games at Amazon Underground
Amazon today announced that Amazon Underground has tripled the selection of free apps and games in the first two months since launch. Amazon Underground is a new app for Android phones, available exclusively from Amazon, which offers a large selection of popular apps and games for free. In Underground, customers don't have to pay for premium apps, or download a free app and spend money to complete a level more quickly, get more lives, or unlock new features.
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