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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTRRGB, KMR, AMZN, KMI, ICPT, SEAS, KMP, KATE, JCP, NDLS, EPB, EBAY, CSCO, 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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January 26, 2016
16:33 EDTKMIKinder Morgan announces term loan and revolver expansion
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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12:13 EDTAMZNFANG shares are trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
Amazon current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 49, compared to a one-month ago of 29, suggesting large price movement.
11:13 EDTAMZNActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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07:51 EDTAMZNStreet still underestimates Alphabet's outlook, says Bernstein
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07:50 EDTNDLSJefferies to hold a summit
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07:44 EDTAMZNStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
January 25, 2016
16:49 EDTWMTMurphy USA announces $500M share buyback, shift in Walmart relationship
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:59 EDTCSCOArista Networks files antitrust allegations against Cisco, WSJ says
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14:59 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN +3% to 49.27 into Q4
14:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime grew 35% to 54M U.S. members in 2015, CIRP says
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10:44 EDTAMZNAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
10:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's email 'share' function deemed unlawful by German court, Reuters says
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09:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Mixed from Negative at OTR Global
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07:32 EDTCSCOTMC to hold a conference
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com revenue should beat expectations, says Stifel
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05:51 EDTAMZNOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNPiper's Munster sees attractive entry point for Amazon shares
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is bullish on Amazon.com shares into the company's December quarter results. Concerns over a potential margin reinvestment phase are overblown, Munster tells investors in a research note. He believes Street estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and thinks the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. He views current share levels as an attractive entry point for investors and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with an $800 price target. The stock closed Friday up $21.36 to $596.38.
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