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November 21, 2014
18:36 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-book settlement approved by court, Reuters says
A U.S. judge issued final approval to Apple's agreement to pay $450M to settle claims it hurt consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:08 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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13:17 EDTAAPLSquare to accept Apple Pay in 2015, CNN reports
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12:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading
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07:24 EDTBACBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTAMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
15:44 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $125 at Evercore ISI
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08:16 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $126 from $115 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley survey indicates investors are underestimating Apple iWatch demand. The firm is modeling 30M watches in CY15 vs. buy-side forecasts of 10M-12M. Ultimately, the analyst believes the wearable market will hit 530M in 2020 and potentially a 1B units in its bull case. Morgan Stanley raised CY15 EPS forecast to $8.40 from $8.20 on higher watch and ASP forecasts. Shares of Apple are Overweight rated.
07:23 EDTBACBoston Security Analysts Society to hold a conference
Sustainable Investing: Taking the Long View is being held in Boston on November 20.
07:11 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:37 EDTAAPLGT Advanced creditors criticize proposed Apple settlement, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTAAPLBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 after the firm's channel checks indicated that supply of the iPhone 6 and 6+ is "gradually improving vs. demand." Munster does not see risk to Apple's December quarter guidance as he believes the company factored supply constraints into its outlook. He thinks most consumers will wait to purchase an iPhone and maintains an Overweight rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday down 80c to $114.67.
05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
14:25 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:56 EDTAAPLApple plans to bundle Beats with iOS next year, FT reports
Beginning early next year, Apple is planning to bundle the subscription music service acquired from Beats into iOS, the Financial Times reports. The move will make Beats available on hundreds of millions of Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads, and will put pressure on Spotify. Sources believe the paid-for Beats service could be included in an iOS software update as early as March. Reference Link
10:29 EDTAAPLGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
09:41 EDTAAPLRubicon Project to partner with Apple on programmatic advertising
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09:39 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
08:02 EDTAAPLApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:51 EDTBACClearing House Payments Company to hold a conference
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06:42 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 could include 'biggest camera jump ever,' TheTechBlock reports
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06:40 EDTAAPLSome iPhone 6 Plus users say rear camera doesn't focus, Business Insider reports
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06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to pay $23.6M to Mobile Telcommunictions in lawsuit, Re/code reports
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November 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 18, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 28.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR KO PBR GILD according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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11:53 EDTAAPLSamsung to make foldable smartphone displays, ZDnet says
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09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPLTSLA TWTR FB
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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08:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available in all BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie grocery stores
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $115 at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTAAPLSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLNokia to launch Android tablet, FT reports
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital earlier increased its price target on Apple as the firm estimates that the company's watch will generate $10B in revenue and 40c in EPs in the first 12 months after it's released. The firm increased its FY15 sales estimates for the company by $6.5B and raised its FY15 EPS estimate by 24c. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:15 EDTBACBank of America reports October default rate 2.81% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.94% vs. 1.92% last month.
10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:36 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading
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08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
November 16, 2014
20:04 EDTAAPLApple: App Store adds UnionPay as payment option for customers in China
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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10:49 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1 margin, Apple Insider says
Apple's iPhone 7 lineup is mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, accounting for 68% of all iPhone sales, while the iPhone 6 Plus took between 23%-24%, reports Apple Insider. Citing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the new iPhones represented 91% of total iPhone sales compared to the iPhone 5s and 5c accounting for 84% of total iPhone sales a year ago. Reference Link
09:38 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:16 EDTAAPL, AMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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13:28 EDTAAPLBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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11:13 EDTAAPLApple hits 52-week high after Bernstein says margins could climb
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $110 at Bernstein
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08:01 EDTAAPLCalpian says deploys Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian, Inc. (CLPI) has successfully enabled Apple Pay (AAPL) for its merchant customers as they respond to growing consumer interest in the new mobile payment service.
06:39 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPad Pro delayed to 2Q15, AppleInsider reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLChipmakers in Apple Watch supply chain to start production, DigiTimes reports
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple paying little in iTunes taxes outside North America, AFR reports
According to a report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, more than two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes makes outside North America goes through the group’s Luxembourg holding company where it is not taxable. Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
16:23 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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12:38 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:14 EDTBACOCC fines Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan $950M over FX trading
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09:37 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading
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07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTAAPLOrder visibility highest for Apple, Lenovo shipments in 2015, DigiTimes says
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple to face lawsuit on failed texts when switching to Android, Reuters says
Apple must face a U.S. federal lawsuit for failing to alert consumers that text messages may be interrupted after switching to an Android-based phone from an iPhone, says Reuters. Reference Link
11:56 EDTBACAmerican Commercial weighs sale with value of over $1B, Financial Times says
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09:55 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
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08:15 EDTAAPLAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:35 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $125 from $115 at UBS
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06:59 EDTBACBank of America's head of FICC trading to retire by year-end, WSJ reports
Bank of America's head of global fixed income, currencies and commodities trading trading, David Sobotka, will retire by year-end, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo sent to employees. Sobotka is planning to take some time off before deciding on his next steps. Sources say BofA will name Sobotka's replacement by the end of the year. Reference Link
06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAMZN, AAPLQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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06:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTBACRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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