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  • Jan. 30, 2013, 9:10 AM
    Premarket gainers: BIOC +20%. CPNO +18%. MGAM +15%. AVY +11%. CHK +11%. AMZN +9%. UIS +8%. ISIS +8%. GEVO +5%.
    Losers: GOL -6%. WBSN -5%
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  • Jan. 30, 2013, 8:04 AM
    The Amazon (AMZN) bull case has pivoted to a story of margin expansion from revenue growth after the company surprised analysts with better-than-expected profit margins during Q4. A number of firms are out with price target increases, citing margin expansion as a major factor. PT hikes: Barclays to $260 from $245; JPMorgan to $333 from $245; Baird to $325 from $300; BofA to $315 from $300; Credit Suisse to $334 from $301. AMZN +8.3% premarket to $281.62.
  • Jan. 29, 2013, 5:47 PM
    After-hours top gainers, as of 5:15 p.m.: UIS +12%. AMZN +8%. CHK +8%. FTNT +7%. DLB +5%.
    After-hours top losers: CIE -9%. RCL -5%. ISIS -5%. ACE -5%. GGG -4%.
  • Jan. 29, 2013, 4:13 PM
    More on Amazon's (AMZN) Q4: The company swung back from its Q3 loss as North America sales rose 23% Y/Y to $12.175B and International sales gained 21% to reach $9.093B. Growth in the company's Electronics segment outpaced Media segment sales. Free cash flow decreased 81% to $395M for the trailing twelve month period compared to a year ago with real estate outlays factoring in. For Q1, the company sees $15.0B-$16.6B in revenue and expects profit to fall in a range of -$285M to $65M. A conference call is scheduled for 5:00 EST. AMZN changes direction, now  +3.2% AH. (PR)
  • Jan. 29, 2013, 4:03 PM
    Amazon (AMZN): Q4 EPS of $0.21 misses by $0.07. Revenue of $21.27B (+27% Y/Y) misses by $101M. Shares -6.3% AH. (PR)
  • Jan. 25, 2013, 5:17 PM
    Amazon (AMZN +3.8%) surged to new highs ahead of Tuesday's Q4 report: shares are now up 27% from where they stood going into the Q3 report. Solid numbers from eBay, Google, and Overstock have heightened expectations, and so have reports of a decent holiday season. Investors could feel let down if Amazon further delays profit growth for the sake of long-term investments: the Street is now expecting a 65% increase in operating cash flow in 2013 to $10.68/share (per Bloomberg).
  • Jan. 24, 2013, 2:02 PM (OSTK +8.1%) surges after reporting Q4 revenue of $342M (+9% Y/Y, the highest growth rate in years) and EPS of $0.37 (up from -$0.15 in Q4 '11). EPS was lifted by a 170 bps Y/Y increase in gross margin to 17.9%, and a 4% drop in G&A/technology spending to $32.7M. Average order size rose 15% Y/Y to $132. Bigger peers Amazon (AMZN +1.7%) and eBay (EBAY +2.3%) are also higher. (slides)
  • Jan. 7, 2013, 8:15 AM
    Shares of Amazon (AMZN) move up 2.1% in premarket trading after Morgan Stanley rings up an upgrade to Overweight on the company. The investment firm cites "international opportunities" to justify its lush $325 price target on Amazon.
  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:48 PM
    Texas Instruments (TXN +3.8%) is up after providing a guidance update that's being received favorably in light of industry and company-specific issues. During its update call, TI noted the wireless processor/connectivity business it's exiting will post a Q4 loss on revenue of ~$200M, and that those sales should be gone by 2014. Computing, industrial, and telecom infrastructure chip demand is also weak, though console and e-reader demand is healthy - that last bit could be a positive for AMZN and BKS. Chip stocks are outperforming (SOXX +2%). (Audi deal)
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  • Nov. 28, 2012, 3:32 PM
    Data warehousing plays Teradata (TDC -3.5%) and Informatica (INFA -1.8%) are lower after Amazon Web Services (AMZN) announces Redshift, a cloud-based service for analyzing giant data sets. AWS' trademark low pricing (less than $1K/TB/year) is included, as is a promise to deliver huge performance gains and handle a variety of management tasks. Though the devil may be in the details, Redshift is bound to unsettle an industry accustomed to 6 and 7-figure deals. Flipboard, NASA, and Netflix are among the early testers.
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  • Nov. 26, 2012, 3:16 PM
    The first Cyber Monday sales figures are pretty encouraging. IBM estimates early sales rose 24% Y/Y, and ChannelAdvisor claims its client sales via Amazon (AMZN +1.4%) and eBay (EBAY +5%) are up 52% and 57% Y/Y, respectively. IBM and comScore have already published strong figures for online Black Friday sales, as surging mobile activity helps boost demand, perhaps at the expense of traditional retailers. (holiday season forecast)
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  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:14 PM
    Richly-valued Rackspace (RAX -5.4%) is selling off after delivering a decent (but not spectacular) Q3 report (I, II) - shares are still up strongly from July levels. Rackspace noted on its earnings call it's seeing healthy early interest in its OpenStack cloud infrastructure solutions, whose scalability help Rackspace better compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and that it has led to "conversations with large enterprise customers that we just weren't having a year ago." Rackspace is hoping its service quality and user control will help counter Amazon's pricing edge.
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  • Oct. 31, 2012, 4:02 PM
    Groupon (GRPN -7.8%) closes with big losses. The Street is likely worried about the depressing performance of top rival LivingSocial, something that just forced 29% owner Amazon (AMZN -2.2%) to take a big write-down. In its Q3 10-Q, Amazon noted LivingSocial posted an operating loss of $69M in Q3 on revenue of $124M. Moreover, Amazon now gives LivingSocial a valuation of just $325M, 94% below the $5.7B valuation granted in a Dec. '11 funding round. Groupon, which reports on Nov. 8, is currently valued at $2.66B.
  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:57 AM
    Amazon (AMZN +4.5%) has done a complete about-face after missing Q3 estimates and issuing soft Q4 guidance (I, II). The Street priced in some worries ahead of time, and could be taking kindly to healthy customer account growth and third-party merchant activity. Nomura's Brian Nowak, who has been bullish for a while, is pleased Amazon's gross margin rose 180 bps Y/Y (albeit while falling Q/Q), but is concerned about still-soaring fulfillment expenses. Overstock (OSTK +6.7%) and eBay (EBAY +1.4%) are also up. (transcript)
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:27 PM
    More on Amazon: Q4 revenue guidance is below a $22.8B consensus. Q4 operating income (inc. stock compensation) expected to be anywhere from -$490M to +$310M vs. +$260M in year-ago period. North American revenue +33% Y/Y (includes web services), international only +20% (would be +27% if not for forex). Media sales +11%, other merchandise +36%. Headcount rose by 12.3K Q/Q to 81.4K, fulfillment expenses +36% Y/Y, technology/content expenses +55%. AMZN now -2.7% AH. (PR)
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:18 PM
    More on Amazon (AMZN): Q3 loss includes a $0.37 per share hit from LivingSocial related to impairment. Product revenue +23.1% Y/Y to $11.55B. Service revenue +51% Y/Y to $2.26B Company expects Q4 net sales of $20.25B-$22.75B. Shares -6.5% AH. Conference call at 5:00 ET. (PR)
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Company Description Inc is an online retailer. The Company sells its products through the website which provides services, such as advertising services and co-branded credit card agreements. It also offerselectronic devices like Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States