The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: United Parcel Service, Amazon.com, Netflix, Apple and IAC/InterActive

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: United Parcel Service, Amazon.com, Netflix,
                          Apple and IAC/InterActive

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CHICAGO, June 4, 2013

CHICAGO, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include United Parcel Service, Inc.
(NYSE:UPS), Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq:AMZN), Netflix Inc (Nasdaq:NFLX), Apple
Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) and IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq:IACI).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

UPS Hikes Shipment Rates

Leading package delivery company, United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) has
increased its freight rates by 5.9% on non-contractual shipments in the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico. The increase is effective Jun 10 and will be levied on
less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) rates, and other ancillary
charges.

UPS increases its freight and general rates from time-to-time. For 2013, the
company raised its rates by 4.5% in UPS Air and International Services
products of the domestic package business. Ground Services rates were
increased by 4.9%. Express rates and Airfreight (including Next Day Air, 2nd
Day Air and 3 Day Freight between U.S. Canada and Puerto Rico) rates were
increased by 4.9%.

The rate hikes remain a key driver of the company's yield expansion in the
current market scenario of low demand trends, which would eventually propel
profitability. This remains evident by the company's expected growth in its
yearly profits, which are expected to grow in the mid single-digit range,
resulting in operating margins of 14% in 2013.

Apart from the routine rate hikes, UPS has a series of initiatives underway
that is expected to deliver industry leading margin and earnings growth over
the long term. Key among these is a renewed focus on yield improvement in the
U.S. Domestic Package division. Other drivers include increased export
volumes, operating leverage benefits sand capacity expansion plans. Further,
the company continues to expand its footprint in emerging markets such as
health care, which could be a larger contributor to growth in the future. The
business wins are expected to expand the distribution reach further to Asian
and Latin American markets as well as emerging countries like China and
Brazil.

Amazon OKs 5 Pilots for Full Run

Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq:AMZN) recently announced its decision to produce five
original TV series. The final five were chosen from a group of 14 pilots that
were earlier produced by its film production division, Amazon Studios.

These include 2 comedy series, Alpha House, a political comedy about four
senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC and Betas, a
comedy about start-up culture in Silicon Valley. There are 3 children shows
namely Annebots, a show about robots; Creative Galaxy, an animated art
adventure series and Tumbleaf, a show about a small blue fox named Fig.

Management stated that these new series will be available on the Amazon
Instant Video streaming service, where viewers can watch them free of cost.

Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service that
lets users rent, buy or subscribe to a range of video content. These new
television series will extend the archive of comedy and children shows on
Amazon's video streaming library, making it a significant force in the video
streaming segment and increasing competition for Netflix Inc (Nasdaq:NFLX) and
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL).

Many technology companies, including Hulu and Netflix, are getting into
content production in order to reduce their reliance on traditional media
companies. Amazon is also one of several big streaming services working on
original content and has now finally decided to release its shows by the end
of this year and in early 2014. We believe these efforts will bring in
millions of dollars and help the company to increase its market share.

Besides developing its own original series, Amazon has also been beefing up
its Prime Instant Video service through major licensing agreements. The
company recently inked exclusive streaming rights to the PBS hit drama,
Downton Abbey, FX's Justified and the upcoming CBS show Under the Dome.

Amazon is one of the leading players in an extremely fast-growing market. In
the first quarter, Amazon's earnings were well ahead of the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of 10 cents. But revenues of $16.07 billion were down sequentially as
well as from the year-ago quarter.

Amazon currently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Another technology stock
IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq:IACI), has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is
worth considering.

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