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July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTS, FAST, AMZN, LO, DTEGY, RCII, WFC, TMUS, SFTBF, RKUS, RAIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
News For S;TMUS;LO;RAI;WFC;AMZN;RKUS;RCII;FAST;SFTBF;DTEGY From The Last 14 Days
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June 26, 2015
08:24 EDTAMZNEtsy price target lowered to $9 from $13 at Wedbush
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06:17 EDTAMZNConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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06:17 EDTSFTBFGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
18:32 EDTAMZNAmazon establishes $100M fund for voice technology
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16:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Target $498.
16:42 EDTTMUSFCC Chairman outlines changes to future spectrum auctions
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13:16 EDTTMUST-Mobile unveils ‘JUMP! On Demand’
In a press release earlier T-Mobile said, "The company kicked things off in a big way by amping up Un-carrier 2.0, its groundbreaking JUMP! program, and introducing the industry’s lowest monthly cost to get an iPhone 6 when you trade-in your smartphone. With T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand, one low monthly phone payment covers the cost of a new smartphone and gives you the freedom to swap it for a new one absolutely anytime you like … at no extra cost. Which means you don’t pay a penny to walk out the door with your new smartphone today–not even sales tax, with qualifying credit. No fees to upgrade whenever you want, no waiting and no worries about paying off your old phone when you upgrade." “While the carriers are breaking every promise they’ve ever made with their knock-off upgrade programs, we’re racing full speed ahead, making one of our most popular moves even better,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “JUMP! On Demand is the best way to get a new smartphone whenever you want. Zero out the door. Zero at upgrade. Zero fees. Zero wait. Zero BS.” Shares of T-Mobile are up 1.52% to $39.63 in afternoon trading.
12:59 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NFLX AMZN BAC CVX TWTR INTC GILD BBBY
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon opens Alexa Voice Service to third party hardware makers
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07:13 EDTWFCFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:37 EDTSInternet Patents subsidiary awarded $30M in damages against Sprint Spectrum
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore downgraded Amazon.com to Hold and maintained its $460 price target. The firm downgraded shares due to valuation and growing capital investment through leasing activity. Evercore ISI said increased capital leasing activity has grown to over 50% of capital investment in Q1 2015 from 33% in Q1 2013, making modeling free-cash-flow upside more difficult.
June 24, 2015
18:24 EDTSFTBFAlibaba close to buying 20%-26% Micromax stake for $700M, Economic Times says
Micromax is nearing a deal to sell roughly 20%-26% of the company to Alibaba (BABA) for approximately $700M, reports the Economic Times, citing three people familiar with the matter. One source noted that Softbank (SFTBF) -- a major Alibaba shareholder -- may participate in the deal. Reference Link
11:16 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: WMB AMZN CMG BIIB VMW QLIK ISRG FB UA FFIV
09:19 EDTAMZNAmazon price target raised to $500 from $460 at Axiom
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says HDR now available on Instant Video for Prime members
Amazon announced that Prime members in the US can instantly watch the debut season of the Amazon Original Series, Mozart in the Jungle in high dynamic range, or HDR, at no additional cost to their membership, marking the first video service to offer HDR
06:00 EDTAMZNGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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05:49 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN LNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 34, Cheniere Energy (LNG) 35 according to iVolatility.
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