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News For AAPL;BAC;MMR;AMZN From The Last 14 Days
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September 24, 2014
17:54 EDTAAPLTim Cook, others sold $142.76M in Apple stock, Barron's says
Apple insiders, including CEO Tim Cook, sold 1.41M shares of Apple stock for $142.76M. Cook sold 348,425 shares of company stock for about $35.23M and currently holds 950,767 shares, which is less than 1% in the company, reports Barron's in its 'Inside Scoop' column. Reference Link
17:19 EDTAMZNAmazon's head of digital music and video to leave, WSJ says
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16:57 EDTAMZNAuthors group to ask DoJ to investigate Amazon, WSJ says
An authors group called Authors United, that is protesting the contract negotiations between Amazon and book publisher Hachette Book Group, is planning to ask the Justice Department to investigate Amazon's business practices, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; September 24, 2014
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15:04 EDTBACGoldman, other banks near deal to buy Bloomberg messaging alternative, WSJ says
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14:28 EDTAAPLApple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update due to cell service bug, TechCrunch says
In an update to its earlier story about bugs being reported with Apple's iOS 8.0.1, TechCrunch reported that the company has pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update from availability and that a fix is "likely incoming." Reference Link
13:54 EDTAAPLApple iOS 8 upgrade disables cell service, TechCrunch says
Apple's latest iOS 8 upgrade crashed cellular device service along with Touch ID on many of its products despite the update including many improvements, reported TechCrunch. The software did, however, fix the defect that hindered HealthKit apps from being available at the software's initiation. Reference Link
11:25 EDTAAPLApple Watch not expected to arrive before Valentine's Day, The Information says
The Apple Watch may not be coming any time soon and the company may be "lucky to ship it by Valentine's Day," reports The Information, citing a person briefed by the Apple department involved in shipping the watch. Earlier this year, Apple executives had indicated to some employees and others involved that the product would have an expected launch for the holidays. Reference Link
11:00 EDTAMZNBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
09:42 EDTAMZNAmazon expands Twitter deal with #AmazonWishList
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTAAPL, AMZNInvenSense shares should be bought on weakness, says Roth Capital
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08:11 EDTAAPLBest Buy hope designer accessories will bring more women to stores, Re/code says
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07:46 EDTAMZNAmazon suffered global outage late Tuesday, CNET reports
Amazon customer service agents confirmed to CNET that the company experienced a worldwide outage late Tuesday that made it difficult for some customers to place orders. One agent attributed the problems to servers being down, while another said the issues were because Amazon was upgrading its site, according to CNET. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAAPL, AMZNAmazon expanding hardware unit, working on smart home devices, Reuters says
Amazon.com (AMZN) plans to boost its full-time payroll at Lab126, the hardware unit that developed the Kindle and other consumer electronics devices, by at least 27% over the next five years, reported Reuters, citing a government document and people familiar with the matter. The expansion comes as Amazon tests connected-home devices that could compete with those available from or being developed by Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), two people familiar with the Lab's activities said, Reuters noted. Reference Link
07:21 EDTAMZNAmazon ignores unions in Germany despite strikes, WSJ says
Even though Germany's Verdi labor union has been launching a series of strikes to get management's attention at Amazon, the union is being ignored by the online retailer, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from the company's general manager at a warehouse in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld Robert Marhan. Marhan said, "From my point of view, Verdi and Amazon don't go together."
06:32 EDTAAPLApple iOS 8 upgrade prompts more frequent app collapse, Bloomberg says
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September 23, 2014
17:27 EDTAAPLApple reportedly acquired PRSS this year, 9to5Mac says
Apple reportedly acquired PRSS this year, says 9to5Mac. PRSS is a tool for creating magazine apps for the iPad and Android tablets and may have been acquired by Apple in the early summer, added 9to5Mac. Reference Link
16:52 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 Plus bending in pockets, MacRumors says
Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is reportedly bending in some owners' pockets, as its size prohibits it to slide out of the way from pressure points when sitting, reports MacRumors. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; September 23, 2014
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