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July 15, 2014
09:05 EDTSNDK, AMZNSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest reports that Amazon (AMZN) recently made flash memory its default storage method for its cloud offering. The firm views this development as a meaningful positive for SanDisk (SNDK). The firm keeps an Outperform rating on SanDisk.
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June 18, 2015
10:54 EDTAMZNAmazon says long-term pact struck with publisher Penguin, AP reports
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com international EGM revenues poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
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08:04 EDTAMZNGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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June 17, 2015
13:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says 30-minute delivery by drone on the horizon, AP reports
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09:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com introduces new Kindle Paperwhite
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09:08 EDTAMZNFedEx says properly identified delivery people an 'important issue'
FedEx (FDX) executives, responding to a question about "a prominent user of parcel services," likely referring to Amazon.com (AMZN), reportedly exploring its own solutions for delivery, said that "what a lot of people lose in this conversation" is that setting up a transportation network is extremely capital intensive, requires very sophisticated information technology and takes a very long time to build out to scale. FedEx also said that "research has indicated time and time again that a uniformed person with proper identification showing up at your doorstep is an important issue for customers" and that the consistency of customer experience is very critical. FedEx noted that it will continue to monitor these situations, but that it feels "pretty comfortable in terms of our strategy going forward and our ability to serve the e-commerce market and our customers."
07:24 EDTAMZNHouse Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Drones: The Next Generation of Commerce?" with Michael Whitaker, Deputy Administrator of the FAA, Brian Wynne, CEO of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Paul Misener, Vice President of Amazon on June 17 at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazonís Twitch wants to bring in 'nongaming brands,' CNBC reports
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June 16, 2015
11:26 EDTAMZNAmazon working on app to crowdsource package delivery, WSJ reports
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11:03 EDTAMZNAmazon working on app to crowdsource package delivery, DJ reports
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June 15, 2015
16:21 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks opened deep in negative territory after Greece failed to reach a bailout compromise over the weekend. The averages saw their lows shortly after the open and then began to rebuild and pared their losses. The averages found a level near noon, then drifted into the close with investors looking forward to the two day FOMC meeting that begins tomorrow. The committee's announcement Wednesday afternoon is sure to be the week's most closely watched event among investors. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production declined 0.2% in May, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase in production, sending capacity utilization in the month down to 78.1%, versus expectations for 78.3% utilization. The Empire manufacturing index, which measures manufacturing activity in New York State, had a reading of -1.98 for June, versus expectations for a +6.0 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index jumped to 59 in June from 54 in May, which was above the expected increase to a reading of 56. In Europe, talks between Greece and its creditors appeared to go nowhere. The expiration of its bailout package and debt repayments due at the end of the month continue to move closer and concerns about a possible default that could trigger an exit from the euro are rising once again. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced 98c, or 1.23%, to $80.45 after the retailer agreed to sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health (CVS) for approximately $1.9B. Under the terms of the deal, CVS will acquire Target's more than 1,660 pharmacies and operate them through a store-within-a-store format and a CVS/pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services. CVS, which said it expects this transaction to generate significant sales and prescription volumes upon closing and to generate significant operating profit over the long term, rose 34c, or 0.33%, to $102.58 following the deal announcement... United Technologies (UTX) fell $2.99, or 2.54%, to $114.61 after announcing that it will pursue the separation of the Sikorsky Aircraft business. A decision on whether the helicopter maker will be spun off or sold is expected by the end of the third quarter, the Dow member added. In conjunction with the announcement, United Technologies also lowered its FY15 EPS view to $6.55-$6.85 from $6.85-$7.05, explaining that the cut in its expectations reflects one-time separation costs as well as a decline in Sikorsky's operational expectations for the year due to weakness in the oil and gas markets. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which jumped $16.19, or 11.79%, to $153.50 after The Wall Street Journal was reportedly told by a source that the company and Anthem (ANTM) have been in deal talks for months and Anthem's most recent takeover bid of $175 per share was turned down by its peer. A prior report from the Journal indicated that Humana (HUM) has hired Goldman Sachs to explore strategic alternatives and had held sale talks with companies including Cigna and Aetna (AET). This new report also noted that the largest health insurer by market cap and revenue, UnitedHealth Group (UNH), is "eyeing" Cigna and Aetna. Among the noteworthy losers was Micron (MU), which dropped 89c, or 3.56%, to $24.24 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight, becoming the second firm in the last week to cut the stock to a sell or equivalent rating. Also lower were shares of SanDisk (SNDK), which fell $1.96, or 2.97%, to $64.14 after the same Morgan Stanley analyst, Joseph Moore, downgraded the stock to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered his price target on shares to $75 from $80. INDEXES: The Dow fell 107.67, or 0.6%, to 17,791.17, the Nasdaq lost 21.13, or 0.42%, to 5,029.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 9.68, or 0.46%, to 2,084.43.
11:50 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; TSLA AMZN
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11:33 EDTSNDKSanDisk nears test of 52-week low, levels to watch
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10:34 EDTSNDKMicron declines after another analyst says sell
The shares of memory makers Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) are falling after Morgan Stanley downgraded both stocks in a note to investors earlier today. MICRON: Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore downgraded Micron to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, from Equal Weight. Moore said that his checks in Taiwan indicate that the outlook for DRAM, a form of flash memory sold by Micron, is "cautious versus expectations" for the third quarter. Previously, the analyst had expected DRAM to experience a seasonal boost in Q3, but he now expects this lift to be delayed until at least Q4. Moreover, DRAM prices will probably stay weak through Q3 as customers' inventories of DRAM are excessive, while sales of PC DRAM will probably remain weak in Q3 and could stay low in Q4, the analyst stated. Moore is concerned that DRAM supply could exceed expectations in 2016, while demand for the product could decelerate next year. Micron could have difficulty improving its earnings in 2016 from current levels, warned the analyst, who set a $21 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 9, after conducting checks in Taiwan, research firm Piper Jaffray predicted that PC DRAM prices would continue to decline. However, the firm kept an Overweight rating on Micron, citing its belief that the stock's valuation was "compelling." Much more pessimistic was research firm Drexel Hamilton, which on June 9 cut its rating on Micron to Sell from Hold, DRAM price declines are likely to continue, the firm predicted. SANDISK: On SanDisk, Moore believes that the company will have trouble recovering from declines in purchases of its products by Apple (AAPL). Various technological issues will prevent it from selling its products to other smartphone makers, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, SanDisk is unlikely to find alternative buyers for its SSD memory, since it is not widely used, added Moore. As a result, SandDsk will have to charge lower prices for its products, according to Moore, who downgraded SanDisk to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered his price target on shares to $75 from $80. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Micron fell 4.5% to $24 and SanDisk gave back 3.3% to $63.90.
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTAMZNFacebook poised to benefit from Internet ad growth, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says that it "sees something of" a positive turning point in Internet advertising, driven by demand for video and mobile ads. The firm thinks that Facebook (FB) may be the biggest beneficiary of this trend. RBC finds the stock's valuation "highly attractive" and identifies Facebook as its second favorite large cap Internet stock behind Amazon (AMZN). RBC keeps a $105 price target and Outperform rating on Facebook.
08:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Equal Weight on increased headwinds at Morgan Stanley
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07:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $400 from $380 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Amazon.com to $400 from $380 based on the constructive margin commentary from the company, solid growth and the breakout of AWS as a separate segment. Canaccord maintained its Hold rating on Amazon.com shares.
06:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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