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February 15, 2013
06:10 EDTAAMRQ, HLF, EBAY, AMZN, CAH, STZ, BUD, BRK.A, HNZ, LCC, WFCOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: A flurry of acquisitions (AAMRQ, LCC, HNZ, BRK.A, BUD, STZ, CAH) announced yesterday suggests that major deal-making is back after a nearly six-year absence. The $40B-worth of deals struck Thursday brings the total value of M&A transactions announced since January to nearly $160B, the fastest start to a year since 2005, according to Dealogic, the Wall Street Journal reports...Lawmakers reintroduced legislation that could force Internet retailers (AMZN, EBAY) to collect sales taxes, the latest effort by states and the federal government to end what they call a handicap on brick-and-mortar businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who called Herbalife (HLF) a pyramid scheme, said the biggest risk in shorting the company was whether regulators would take time to focus on the matter. "Could we get the SEC, the FTC and the regulators around the world interested?," he asked, Reuters reports...Two midtown Manhattan skyscrapers owned by international real estate firm Hines are for sale, sources say, as sales of New York office buildings show signs of heating up, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: European Central Bank council member Jens Weidmann said an appreciating euro alone wonít trigger a cut in interest rates and the exchange rateís gains are justified by the economic outlook, Bloomberg reports...Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), expanding its securities unit to challenge its Wall Street competitors, is broadening U.K. commercial property lending as European banks are forced to retreat, Bloomberg reports.
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October 8, 2014
12:41 EDTEBAYeBay ChannelAdvisor data confirms company guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted ChannelAdvisor reported eBay's same-store sales grew 8.9% in September, which confirms the company's reiterated guidance when it announced its planned PayPal spin-off. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on eBay.
11:41 EDTAMZNJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
09:42 EDTEBAY, AMZNeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:33 EDTCAHCardinal Health and Ohio State University complete $13M medical imaging facility
Cardinal Health , the Ohio State University and State of Ohio Third Frontier Commission have completed a five-year-long project to create a new, $13M molecular imaging pharmaceuticals center. The 27,000-square-foot facility will research and produce specialized pharmaceuticals called "imaging agents," which are injected into the body and seek out particular cellular functions that are indicative of specific disease processes. The new center supports more than 80 employees.
08:10 EDTEBAYeBay survey suggests upswing in growth, says RW Baird
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07:20 EDTWFCCapital Link to hold a forum
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07:13 EDTWFCBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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06:56 EDTWFCBarclays lists several Large-Cap banks with the most Q3 upside
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06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTAMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
14:39 EDTHLFFTC probe of Herbalife seen lasting 'well into' next year, NY Post reporter says
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14:19 EDTHLFHerbalife expects discipline, but not shutdown, following FTC probe, FBN says
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13:59 EDTHLFHerbalife expects some discipline, not shutdown, from FTC, Gasparino says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTAMZNSplunk, AWS to integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands seller holiday deals program worldwide
Amazon announced that for the first time, top deals from sellers on Amazon will be featured on holiday deal pages worldwide. The holiday deals from sellers will now appear on the Amazon Todayís Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features. Participating sellers will be offering thousands of deals throughout the holiday season across most product categories. The seller holiday deals program, introduced for the first time last year, is now expanding to be available worldwide on local Amazon sites in the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.
06:51 EDTWFCJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:14 EDTAMZNEC probes transfer pricing arrangements on taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the decision by Luxembourg's tax authorities with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Amazon in Luxembourg comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties and the Member States concerned an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The tax ruling in favor of Amazon under investigation dates back to 2003 and is still in force. It applies to Amazon's subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl, which is based in Luxembourg and records most of Amazon's European profits. Based on a methodology set by the tax ruling, Amazon EU Sarl pays a tax deductible royalty to a limited liability partnership established in Luxembourg but which is not subject to corporate taxation in Luxembourg. As a result, most European profits of Amazon are recorded in Luxembourg but are not taxed in Luxembourg. At this stage the Commission considers that the amount of this royalty, which lowers the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl each year, might not be in line with market conditions. The Commission has concerns that the ruling could underestimate the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl, and thereby grant an economic advantage to Amazon by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies whose profits are allocated in line with market terms. The Commission will now continue investigating to determine whether its concerns are confirmed. Luxembourg did not fully comply with the Commission's request for information as part of its information gathering exercise in relation to tax ruling practices in some Member States but only provided a limited sample. In June the Commission therefore initiated infringement proceedings against Luxembourg by issuing letters of formal notice. Although the Luxembourgish authorities have still not fully complied with the Commission's information request, in August Luxembourg did provide information on a number of cases requested by the Commission, including Amazon. Reference Link
06:13 EDTHLFHerbalife names ex-FTC commissioner to lead compliance group
Herbalife yesterday announced the appointment of Pamela Jones Harbour to the newly created role of SVP, global member compliance and privacy, reporting to Mark Friedman, EVP and general counsel. Harbour will develop and enhance policies and infrastructure that ensure effective education, training and mentoring programs for the nearly 4 million independent Herbalife members worldwide, underpinned by robust and consistent monitoring and enforcement procedures. In addition to her compliance responsibilities, Harbour will also coordinate the companyís global privacy and cyber security efforts. Harbour served as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-2010 and a prosecutor at the New York State Attorney Generalís office for 12 years.
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