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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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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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10:00 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
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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08:45 EDTEBAYeBay marketplaces GMV to accelerate in 2H15, says Bernstein
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay launches Sotheby's live auctions experience
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06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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06:42 EDTEBAYeBay to start selling Sotheby items today, NY Times says
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06:18 EDTICPTIntercept initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.
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March 16, 2015
16:19 EDTRRGBRed Robin appoints Lee Dolan as Chief Marketing Officer
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16:17 EDTRRGBRed Robin promotes Denny Marie Post to Chief Concept Officer
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers announced the promotion of Denny Marie Post to executive vice president and Chief Concept Officer. Post joined Red Robin in August 2011 as senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer.
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.
10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
07:32 EDTCSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell Tide rival Persil in stores, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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