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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTICPT, NDLS, RRGB, SEAS, EPB, KMR, KMP, EBAY, AMZN, KATE, CSCO, KMI, JCP, M, WMTStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the week as earnings season wound down and geopolitical events, primarily in Russia, took center stage once again. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the NFIB's small business confidence index rose 0.7% to 95.7 in July, though that was below the expectation for a 96.0 reading. Retail sales were flat in July, versus an expected 0.2% increase. Initial jobless claims rose to 311K in the second week of August, versus expectations for 295K claims. Import prices fell 0.2%, while export prices were flat in July. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. In Europe, growth in the shared currency zone stagnated, with Q2 GDP slipping to unchanged. The biggest economy in the region, Germany, saw its GDP contract 0.2% in the quarter. In Asia, a measure of new credit in China came in at $44.3B in July, marking its lowest monthly total since October 2008. China's industrial production grew 9.0% year-over-year in the month, versus expectations for 9.2% growth. Japan's second quarter GDP fell an annualized 6.8%, which was slightly better than the expectation for a 7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) reported second quarter results that were in-line with expectations, but the world's largest retailer cut its fiscal year earnings outlook citing additional investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. Despite the lowered guidance, Wal-Mart shares finished the day that it reported up about 0.5%, but the stock lost about 1% for the week. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Macy's (M), J.C. Penney (JCP), Kate Spade (KATE), SeaWorld (SEAS), King Digital (KING), Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), and Noodles & Company (NDLS)... Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported higher than expected sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average component declined on the day after its report after saying it does not expect emerging markets growth for "several quarters" and that it expects to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce... Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced after the company announced plans to consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Amazon.com (AMZN) advanced after the company launched "Amazon Local Register," a credit-card device and mobile app to help small business owners accept payments that will go head-to-head with competing systems from Square and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal unit... Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) rose after data from a trial of its liver disease drug OCA showed improved safety as well as a statistical benefit in reversing liver fibrosis. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 0.66% to close at 16,62.91; the S&P 500 rose about 1.21% to close at 1,955.06; the Nasdaq advanced about 2.14% to close at 4,464.93.
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September 22, 2014
07:12 EDTAMZNUnion says Amazon workers in Germany begin strike, WSJ says
The Verdi labor union said that employees at five Amazon logistics centers in Germany have walked out in a two-day demonstration to support requests for a collective wage deal, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing the union. Verdi noted that the strike is anticipated to stop after the late shift tomorrow. Reference Link
06:11 EDTCSCOEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTAMZNStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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16:17 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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12:39 EDTKMPKinder Morgan spends over $1.5B for hub construction, Reuters says
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10:59 EDTEBAYSamsung working with PayPal for mobile payments on smartwatch, Gigaom says
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com pullback creates good entry point, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital thinks Amazon.com is starting to benefit from its same-day delivery service, while the market is underestimating the profit potential of Prime. The firm continues to view the company as one of the best in the Internet sector, and increased its price target on the shares to $435 from 4380 while keeping an Outperform rating.
September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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12:07 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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08:47 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
eBay September call option implied volatility is at 33, October is at 31, November is at 27, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
08:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility flat into Alibaba IPO
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06:05 EDTAMZNAmazon partners with Bango, Telefonica Deutschland on carrier billing services
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06:00 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces Fire OS 4 'Sangria'
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05:59 EDTAMZNAmazon announces new Fire HD
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05:57 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces Fire HDX 8.9
Amazon introduced the all-new Fire HDX 8.9, which combines a light design and HDX display with a new, more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 “Sangria” features and services. The new Fire HDX is available for pre-order starting today for $379.
05:57 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Fire HD Kids Edition
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces two new Kindles
Amazon introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Kindle Voyage features an all-new design, with a beautiful flush glass front and a magnesium back. Kindle Voyage uses a brand new Paperwhite display, with the highest resolution, highest contrast, and highest brightness of any Kindle. The new Kindle is available for pre-order today for $79 and will start shipping in October. The new Kindle Voyage is $199 and is available for pre-order and will start shipping in October.
05:51 EDTAMZNPiper questions why Amazon is in hardware business
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