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April 22, 2014
13:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com's sales slumped when tax imposed, Bloomberg says
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10:19 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail/LatAm retail analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Hardline Analyst Chai and LatAm Retail Analyst Ford discuss Brazil's largest hardline retailer, Via Varejo and the survival of hardline retailers in a digital age, using as a case study, Best Buy (BBY), on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 23 at 10 am.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and expense outlook
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08:09 EDTAMZNAmazon.com risk/reward compelling into Q1 results, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank views the recent sell-off in shares of Amazon.com as overdone and believes the risk/reward is compelling into the company's Q1 results. Deutsche expects Amazon to post a larger than normal beat versus consensus in Q1 and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $475 price target.
06:37 EDTAMZNCompanies with cloud businesses worried about Aereo case, Re/code says
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April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
13:05 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Netflix shares trading up 3% since last earnings report
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12:47 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:54 EDTWMTMoneyGram continues sell off with Wal-Mart entering space
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06:45 EDTAMZNApple and Google compete to offer exclusive game apps, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTEBAYSquare discusses possible sale as losses widen, WSJ reports
Mobile-payments startup Square discussed a possible sale to several rivals as its losses widen, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Google (GOOG) discussed a possible acquisition of the company earlier this year, but it was not clear if the talks were continuing. Square also had discussions about a deal with Apple (AAPL) and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. Reference Link
April 19, 2014
20:17 EDTAMZNTwitter, Netflix, Amazon look pricey, Barron's says
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April 17, 2014
16:31 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon Fire TV's voice search partners with Hulu, Crackle, Showtime Anytime
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10:40 EDTWMTMoneyGram, Western Union retreat after Wal-Mart launches competing service
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10:30 EDTWMTMoneyGram shares attractive with 13% of sales at risk, says Wells Fargo
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10:29 EDTWMTWestern Union transfer share not materially hurt by Wal-Mart, says Sterne Agee
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10:20 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TSLA
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTWMTMoneyGram, Western Union slide after new money-transfer service from Wal-Mart
Shares of MoneyGram (MGI) are down 12.5% in pre-market trading and Western Union (WU) is down over 5% after Walmart (WMT) and Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (EEFT), announced the launch of Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service. Walmart said the service allows customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for "up to 50% less than similar offerings on the market." Euronet shares are up nearly 8% before the open of the broader market, while Wal-Mart shares are fractionally higher.
09:13 EDTWMTWestern Union volatility expected to move on Walmart money-transfer service
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09:11 EDTWMTMoneyGram volatility expected to move on Walmart offering money-transfer service
MoneyGram (MGI) option implied volatility is expected to move on Walmart (WMT) announcing its own money-transfer service. Overall option implied volatility of 37 is near its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
09:09 EDTWMTWestern Union down 5% after Wal-Mart launches new money transfer service
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09:08 EDTWMTWalmart introduces new money transfer service in partnership with Euronet
Walmart (WMT) and Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (EEFT), announced the launch of Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service. Available April 24, the new service allows customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for "up to 50% less than similar offerings on the market," the company said. Walmart-2-Walmart offers a fee structure with just two pricing tiers: customers can transfer up to $50 for $4.50 and up to $900 for $9.50.
08:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces money transfer service
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07:32 EDTWMTMoneyGram to host conference call
Conference call to discuss Walmart's announcement of new service offering will be held on April 17 at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Euronet to announce new service today
Walmart (WMT) and Euronet (EEFT) last night announced that they will hold a conference call today to announce a new service. "Walmart and Euronet are committed to providing innovative solutions to help customers reduce costs and better manage their money," the press release stated. Shares of Euronet rallied 77c to $41.56 in after-hours trading following the news.
06:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart and Euronet host conference call
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06:10 EDTAMZNNearly 1,000 Amazon workers in Germany expected to strike, WSJ reports
Amazon workers in Germany are expected to strike today, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments from services union Verdi. The union believes 400-500 employees will strike at two locations over wage levels. Reference Link
April 16, 2014
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:53 EDTAMZNSeveral e-commerce stocks look positive into earnings, says Pacific Crest
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08:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:30 EDTAMZNVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTAMZNAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTAMZNNBCUniversal planning digital video push
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06:18 EDTEBAYHackers could reportedly bypass Samsung's Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTAMZNAmazon testing handheld grocery ordering device, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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12:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com pauses near session lows, levels to watch
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11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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07:59 EDTAMZNAmazon exec hired away by Square, Re/code says
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06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rejects bitcoin, doesn't rule out payment network, Re/code says
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05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 14, 2014
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:53 EDTTGTTarget breach sparks retail push to upgrade card technology, Bloomberg says
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06:45 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Amazon Fire TV out of stock until April 21
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April 11, 2014
17:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans to launch smartphone in 2H14, WSJ reports
According to sources, Amazon.com plans to launch a smartphone during the second half of 2014, with shipping likely to begin by the end of September, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
17:09 EDTEBAYStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
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16:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans to launch smartphone in 2H14, Dow Jones reports
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12:44 EDTAMZNHedge funds initiating shorts on Priceline, Amazon, Twitter, CNBC says
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12:04 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN GILD
Amazon.com (AMZN) May 380 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 43, Gilead (GILD) August 77 call option implied volatility decreased 15% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO says more than 1M subscribers joined Prime in 3rd week of Dec. alone
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07:23 EDTEBAYEBay's Donahoe dined with Icahn to spark thaw before deal, Bloomberg says
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07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
06:47 EDTEBAYSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com May volatility elevated into Q1 and profit outlook
Amazon.com April call option implied volatility is at 39, May weekly is at 59, May is at 48, June is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on late April 24.
06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 50 at upper end of index mean range
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April 10, 2014
16:39 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower as selling pressure took hold early in the session and did not relent. The averages closed near their worst levels, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down more than 3%. With today's close, each of the major indexes is now lower for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. The the timing of Easter and Passover, as well as other seasonal factors, however, may have lead many to discount the figure. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn settled their proxy contest, with Icahn withdrawing both his two board nominees and his proposal for eBay to spin off its PayPal unit. As part of its agreement with Icahn, eBay will expand the number of independent directors on its board to 10 and add David Dorman to serve in that capacity. The online retail marketplace was among the many tech names suffering losses, closing the session down $1.81, or 3.24%, at $54.08... Ally Financial (ALLY), formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), lost $1.02, or 4.08%, to close at $23.98 in its first day of trade following its return to the public markets after having price its return offering at $25.00 per share... General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. The company also added ignition lock cylinders to its safety recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and said it expects to take a $1.3B charge in the first quarter due to recall-related repairs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 54c, or 8.44%, to $6.94 after reporting earnings and revenue and that beat expectations and giving a revenue outlook for its fiscal 2015 that came in above estimates. Also higher following a better than expected earnings report was casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which advanced 72c, or 12.08%, to $6.68. Among the noteworthy losers was data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), down $21.73, or 43.7%, to $28.00 which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook. Another name in computer security, FireEye (FEYE), was among a a number of so-called "momentum" stocks that fell during the session, sliding $6.64, or 11.77%, to $49.75. Other momentum stocks that fell included 3D Systems (DDD), down $5.90, or 10.79%, to $48.78, and Yelp (YELP), down $7.78, or 10.92%, to $63.47. INDEXES: The Dow was down 266.96, or 1.62%, to 16,170.22, the Nasdaq was down 129.79, or 3.1%, to 4,054.11, and the S&P 500 was down 39.10, or 2.09%, to 1,833.08.
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to acquire digital comic book company comiXology
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services CTO says ARM CPUs may be considered, The Register says
Amazon (AMZN) Web Services chief technology officer Werner told The Register that the company is “always looking for efficiency” and may consider using ARM (ARMH) CPUs in the future. Vogels said another processor architecture AWS has considered is IBM's (IBM) Power, the report noted. Reference Link
13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
12:52 EDTEBAYCarl Icahn says eBay separation 'not if but when'
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12:25 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO confirms plans to expand Amazon Fresh offering, Re/code reports
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the company is planning to expand Amazon Fresh beyond its current three markets, Re/code reports, citing the CEO's 2013 letter to shareholders. He commented that "We’ll continue our methodical approach – measuring and refining Amazon Fresh – with the goal of bringing this incredible service to more cities over time." Bezos also commented on drones, saying "The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8." Reference Link
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO says Icahn now becoming 'long-term shareholder'
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08:35 EDTEBAYEBay volatility expected to move on settling proxy contest with Carl Icahn
eBay volatility is expected to move on settling a proxy contest with Carl Icahn. Overall option implied volatility 29 is near its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:22 EDTEBAYeBay says appointment will expand independent directors to 10
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08:22 EDTEBAYeBay says to appoint David Dorman as independent director
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08:21 EDTEBAYeBay, Carl Icahn settle proxy contest, PayPal spin-off proposal withdrawn
eBay announced that it has reached an agreement with investor Carl Icahn, ending the proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting of stockholders. Icahn is withdrawing both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s Board of Directors. The company said it has agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint business executive David Dorman as an independent director to its Board of Directors. This will expand the number of independent directors to 10 on the 12-member board. The other two directors are eBay Founder and Chairman Pierre Omidyar, the company’s largest shareholder, and company President and CEO John Donahoe. Dorman is a Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Technology. “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Carl, settling proxy issues and enabling our board and management team to focus our full attention on a goal every shareholder agrees on – growing PayPal and eBay, and delivering sustainable shareholder value,” said eBay President and CEO John Donahoe. “As a result of our conversations, it became clear that Carl and I strongly agree on the potential of PayPal and our company,” Donahoe said. “I respect Carl’s willingness to work together to drive sustainable shareholder value today and into the future. His record shows that he has done this with many other companies in the past. Icahn has signed a confidentiality agreement covering any non-public information that directors and certain officers of the company may share with him. In addition, the company agreed not to adopt a policy precluding such persons from speaking to Icahn, and that it would advise them that they may speak to Icahn if they are willing to do so.
08:18 EDTEBAYeBay, Icahn settle proxy contest, PayPal spin-off proposal withdrawn, CNBC says
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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April 9, 2014
13:20 EDTEBAYeBay option activity suggests bullish move, Barron's reports
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon unclear about limits of Fire TV voice search, BI says
Amazon (AMZN) claimed to have addressed user annoyances when it detailed the voice search features of its new Fire TV system last week, but the company was unclear about the fact that voice searches only present results from Amazon's Instant Video library and Vevo and exclude other services like Netflix (NFLX), said Business Insider. The company also was not upfront about the way voice searches are saved as recordings of users' voices, the report added. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon looking to court game developers for Fire TV, NY Post reports
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06:07 EDTAMZNRovi sell-off on patent ruling unwarranted, says Brean Capital
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06:01 EDTAMZNRovi sell-off on patent ruling a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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