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The Market In 5 Minutes: Amazon And Google Continue To Dominate

The Market In 5 Minutes: Amazon And Google Continue To Dominate

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Macro Focus

U.S. stock futures slipped on Friday, as investors erred on the side of caution with Q2 U.S. economic growth data and another raft on earnings coming out ahead of the opening bell. Disappointment over Bank of Japan’s latest easing action also weighed on sentiment.

The Bank of Japan announced a small expansion of its deflation-fighting stimulus policies, with changes that ranked at the most cautious end of what analysts and investors had been expecting.

Oil prices traded lower as Brent crude futures fell 1.31 percent to trade at $42.14 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures also fell 0.78 percent to trade at $40.82 a barrel.

BZ News Desk

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Reports Q2 EPS $1.78 Vs Est $1.11, Revs $30.4B Vs Est $29.54B
Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL)(NASDAQ: GOOG) Reports Q2 EPS $8.42 vs. Est. $8.04, Rev. $17.52B
CBS (NYSE: CBS) Reports Q2 EPS $0.93 s $0.67 in Same Qtr. Last Year, Sales $3.287B vs $3.219B YoY
ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) Reports Q2 EPS $0.41, Q2 Sales $57.694B vs $60B Est.

Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) Q2 Adj EPS $1.07 vs $0.91 Est, Sales $1.06B vs $1.02B Est
AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) Reports Q2 EPS $1.26 vs. Est. $1.20, Rev. $6.45B vs. Est. $6.2B

Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) Reports Q4 Adj. EPS $0.79 vs $0.71 Est., Sales $3.5B vs $3.45B Est.
Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) Reports Q2 Adj. Earnings $1.22/Share vs $0.98 Est., Sales $2.748B vs $2.73B Est.
Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) Reports Q2 Adj. EPS $0.94 vs $0.93 Est.
Bloomin' Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN) Reports $0.30 vs. Est. $0.30, Rev. $1.078B vs. Est. $1.09B

Sell-Side Themes

Amid Oracle's (NYSE: ORCL) purchase of NetSuite (NYSE: N), several analysts were playing catch-up, with Goldman even taking the stock off of its Conviction Sell list.

Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls

Goldman Sachs downgraded Ford (NYSE: F) to Neutral.
Argus downgraded Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) to Hold.
Citi upgraded Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP) to Buy.
Stifel upgraded Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) to Buy.
Credit Suisse started Quorom Health (NYSE: QHC) at Neutral.

Deal Talk

SABMiller (OTC: SBMRY) shareholders are likely to vote in favor of AB InBev's (NYSE: BUD) $103.98 billion purchase of its rival brewing company.

NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) reported a deal to purchase Energy Future Holdings' interest in Onco Electric Delivery for an enterprise value of ~$18.4 billion.

In The News

Hillary Clinton, the first woman to lead a major American political party's presidential ticket, accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday night with an appeal for a more collaborative and unified nation in the face of domestic divisiveness and global uncertainty.

Hedge funds are playing a far bigger role in 2016 than in past elections—and Hillary Clinton has been the single biggest beneficiary. Owners and employees of hedge funds have made $122.7 million in campaign contributions this election cycle. Donald Trump has received $20,000.


Vanderbilt study debunks "phantom liquidity" problem caused by high-frequency traders.



Pope Francis arrived at #Auschwitz and is the third pontiff to visit the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camp, where he paid tribute to victims by praying silently.


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