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Amazon's stock jumps toward 10th-straight gain to another record
Amazon.com Inc.'s stock surged 2.2% to another record high, as it heads for the longest win streak in 4 1/2 years, after another analyst price target increase. The stock is on track for a 10th-straight gain--it has gained every session so far in 2018--which would be the longest such streak since the 10-day streak ending July 12, 2013. The stock has rocketed $164.29, or 14%, during the streak, to boost the e-commerce giant's market capitalization by about $79.2 billion to $642.70 billion. On Tuesday, BMO Capital analyst Daniel Salmon raised his stock price target to $1,600, which is the highest among the 48 analysts surveyed by FactSet. Amazon's stock has run up 32.5% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 9.7%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Amazon stock rises after BMO raises price target to new Street high
Shares of Amazon.com Inc. gained 1.8% in Tuesday morning trading after analysts at BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on shares to $1,600, the highest among analysts tracked by FactSet. The analysts, led by Daniel Salmon, are upbeat about Amazon's advertising opportunities and believe that the ad business represents an $18 billion total addressable market "in the midterm." He thinks Amazon could eventually generate 22% of its total gross merchandise value from direct response ads. Separately, analysts at Oppenheimer raised their price target to $1,450 and named Amazon their "top large-cap pick" for the year. "Amazon is best positioned among our large-cap universe to benefit from secular trends - shift to e-commerce, public cloud, automation and digital advertising - further supported by an improving global macroeconomic backdrop and domestic tax reform," wrote the analysts, led by Jason Helfstein. Amazon shares have gained 11.6% so far this year, compared with a 4.8% gain for the S&P 500 Index .Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
PayPal stock rises as analyst cheers Venmo opportunities
Shares of PayPal Holdings Inc. gained 0.5% in premarket trading Thursday after an analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets named the payment-processor a "key idea" for 2018. KeyBanc's Josh Beck is upbeat on the company's efforts to monetize its Venmo peer-to-peer payment platform by letting users pay for e-commerce items using the Venmo app. " The Pay with Venmo opportunity brings in incremental customers with higher profit margins and is well positioned to scale," he wrote in a note to clients Wednesday. Beck has a $90 price target on PayPal shares. His other "key idea" in payments is Vantiv Inc. , as he sees opportunities for the company to drive better-than-expected synergies from its Worldpay deal. PayPal shares have gained 88% so far in 2017, while Vantiv's stock is up 23%. The S&P 500 also rose 23% in that time.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
BlackRock, Pimco and others boycott BCP bond
Two of the worlds biggest fixed income investors, BlackRock (BLK) and Pimco, have decided to boycott an issue of Tier 2 bonds by Banco Comercial Portugues, which is due to price tomorrow, as a protest against the Portuguese authorities treatment of Novo Banco bondholders. The two institutions are also joined by four smaller fund managers, Attestor Capital, CQS, River Birch Capital and York Capital.
UPDATE: Digital Ally shares surge 36% premarket after company puts itself up for sale
Digital Ally Inc. shares jumped 36% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the video recording equipment and analytic software company said it is exploring its strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company. The Lenexa, Kansas-based company said options include "monetizing its patent portfolio and related patent infringement litigation against Axon Enterprise, Inc. ("Axon," formerly known as TASER International, Inc.) and Enforcement Video, LLC d/b/a WatchGuard Video ("WatchGuard"), the sale of the company as a whole, or the sale of select properties or groups of properties or individual businesses." The company has retained Roth Capital as adviser and has already received several unsolicited inquiries involving a variety of possible deals. Shares have fallen 57% in 2017, while the S&P 500 has gained about 16%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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