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July 11, 2014
12:36 EDTRAI, MTG, LO, JOEZ, AMZN, WFC, RCIIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and fairly flat at midday as fears about Europe's periphery may have lessened a bit after stock markets in Portugal rebounded, though they have not left the picture by any means. The day's big events stateside, including the earnings report from Wells Fargo (WFC) and the confirmation that Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) are in talks about a potential tie-up, have not been enough so far to encourage buyers to step in with conviction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data was reported early in the session. The June federal budget statement is expected to be released at 2:00 pm ET, with analysts predicting a $79.0B surplus for the month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo, the nationís largest mortgage lender and the first major U.S. bank to report on its second quarter results, slipped xx% near noon after posting 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 advanced 3%, while Reynolds American fell 2%, after the two cigarette makers confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed 4.5% after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Also higher was Joe's Jeans (JOEX), which rose 16% and was upgraded to Buy at B. Riley following the company's Q2 earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which plunged 11% after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower was MGIC Investment (MTG), which fell nearly 11% and was removed from Goldman's Conviction Buy list due to increased uncertainty from the release of the FHFA's proposed private mortgage insurer eligibility requirements. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 26.29, or 0.16%, to 16,888.78, the Nasdaq was up 5.66, or 0.13%, to 4,401.86, and the S&P 500 was down 2.71, or 0.14%, to 1,961.97.
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March 19, 2015
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTAMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTAMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
March 15, 2015
15:59 EDTLO, RAIFTC increases scrutiny on Reynolds-Lorillard deal, WSJ says
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March 13, 2015
17:11 EDTAMZNSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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10:34 EDTAMZNApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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09:50 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:03 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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March 12, 2015
14:30 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires Internet-of-Things startup 2lemetry, TechCrunch reports
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09:36 EDTAMZNNielsen survey shows 36% Netflix household penetration
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07:51 EDTAMZNAlibaba hiring for cloud computing in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) has begun hiring cloud computing professionals in Seattle and Silicon Valley, reports Reuters, citing postings on LinkedIn. Reuters notes that recruiters in the region suggested Alibaba is "eyeing staff," particularly developers, at Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and Facebook (FB). According to LinkedIn data, Alibaba has already hired 20 former Microsoft employees. Reference Link
06:28 EDTRAI, LOBritish parliament bans branded cigarette packaging, Sky News says
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06:08 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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