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December 24, 2012
07:46 EDTLOW, AMZN, DFS, SPLS, OWW, HD, ODP, COF, RST, OMXRetail websites shift prices, deals according to shopper information, WSJ says
The idea of an unbiased, impersonal Internet is now giving way to an online world that is increasingly tailored and targeted. Websites are adopting techniques to find information about visitors to their sites, in real time, and then deliver different versions of the Web to different people, reports the Wall Street Journal . Prices change, products get swapped out, wording is modified, and there is little way for the typical website user to spot it when it happens. The Journal identified a number of companies, including Staples (SPLS), Discover Financial Services (DFS), Rosetta Stone (RST) and Home Depot (HD) who have consistently adjusting prices and displaying different product offers based on a range of characteristics that could be discovered about an Internet shopper. While it's legal, shoppers don' like it. Reference Link
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May 18, 2015
14:04 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTHDEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
11:09 EDTHDHome Depot May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTHDPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
09:03 EDTLOW, HDBofA/Merrill says to buy Home Depot, Lowe's and Whirlpool
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08:28 EDTDFSDiscover reports April net charge-offs 1.7% vs. 1.71% last month
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08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:05 EDTCOFCapital One reports April net charge-off rate 3.66% vs. 3.63% last month
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05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 14, 2015
18:55 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to expand Prime product selection, Re/code says
Amazon is in talks with select merchants to include products in the Prime two-day shipping program without requiring them to be stored in Amazon warehouses, reports Re/code, citing multiple people familiar with the program. The report notes that Amazon previously required that all Prime products be stored in the company's own warehouses, indicating that the move is a concession to sellers in exchange for improving the Prime experience. Reference Link
May 13, 2015
18:09 EDTAMZNWal-Mart to launch $50 unlimited shipping service in summer, AP says
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14:52 EDTAMZNAmazon launches new mobile advertising platform
Amazon has launched a new advertising platform for mobile app developers that promises to "promote your app to millions of users on Fire tablet wakescreens and mobile placements on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network." Amazon automatically generates advertisements once an ad placement order is submitted, and touts that an ad campaign can be launched in as little as 90 seconds. Reference Link
13:28 EDTAMZNWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTAMZNWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNHouse Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet holds a hearing entitled, "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internets Operation" with Vice President Misener of Amazon.com on May 13 at 10 am. Webcast Link
05:25 EDTSPLSStaples announces partnerships with Bidvest Waltons, Dacris
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May 12, 2015
07:48 EDTDFSStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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