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December 19, 2014
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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December 18, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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15:07 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime Now points to widening fulfillment moat, says Piper Jaffray
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14:39 EDTAMZN, EBAY, TGT, BBY, WMTBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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14:19 EDTAMZNMacmillan CEO says new deal struck with Amazon
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14:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Prime Now positive, says Wells Fargo
After Amazon launched its under one hour delivery service called Prime Now, Wells Fargo thinks the service will strengthen the attachment to Prime of consumers in urban markets. The firm thinks Prime Now is compelling compared with competing services. It keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon.
11:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com continues downtrend, levels to watch
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon announces thousands of titles in Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
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07:08 EDTEBAYStubHub announces partnership with AudienceView
StubHub announced a brand new partnership with AudienceView, an e-commerce provider for entertainment organizations worldwide, to serve as a distribution channel for primary ticketed events. The partnership with AudienceView will add to StubHubís existing supply in theater and performing arts, in addition to music, sports, and other forms of live entertainment. In turn, StubHub users can expect to find tickets to the broadest array of events anywhere online. Both companies expect the ticketing integration to be completed during the first quarter of 2015.
06:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com named a top pick for 2015 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray calls Amazon.com a top pick for 2015, saying it expects investors will become increasingly confident that the business will scale longer term. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $400 price target.
06:13 EDTEBAYKey PayPal executive leaves for Facebook, WSJ reports
PayPalís VP of growth and global strategy, Stan Chudnovsky, is leaving the company ahead of its planned spinoff from eBay (EBAY), The Wall Street Journal reports. Chudnovsky is set to join Facebook (FB) as its head of product management for messaging products. Reference Link
06:00 EDTEBAYeBay's Christopher Payne set to leave company, sources say, Re/code reports
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05:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com introduces Prime Now
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December 17, 2014
17:47 EDTTGTTarget names Laysha Ward as chief corporate social responsibility officer
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17:44 EDTTGTTarget names Casey Carl as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Target announced that Casey Carl, president, omnichannel and senior vice president, strategy, will assume the role of chief strategy and innovation officer.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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10:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers to continue strike over wages, WSJ reports
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09:41 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:00 EDTAMZNEU expanding 'sweetheart' tax probe, WSJ reports
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08:08 EDTEBAYeBay adds Brooklyn small businesses to Local program
80 small businesses in Brooklyn have joined eBayís Local program and will offer delivery and/or in-store pickup to Brooklyn shoppers through eBayís website and mobile apps, the company announced yesterday in a post to its corporate website. Reference Link
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
13:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated as shares trade below $300
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13:19 EDTAMZNResearch firm sees Amazon spinning off AWS in 2015, CNBC reports
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13:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks $300 level, moderates
The stock is hugging the line at $300 after falling to an intraday low of $297.52 earlier in the session. That level remains support for the day. Resistance is at the session high at $304.49.
10:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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10:35 EDTAMZNOffice Depot rises after BB&T upgrades shares citing merger potential
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10:03 EDTTGTTarget initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $85.
09:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees 6c impact to Q4 EPS from Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling
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09:39 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Pennsylvania Supreme Court largely upholds class action ruling
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTEBAY, AMZNInternet sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Americas Internet sector to Attractive to Neutral based on more reasonable valuations, reduced expectations, and strong sector growth. As part of the sector change, the firm upgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Buy from Neutral, downgraded Shutterfly (SFLY) to Neutral from Buy, and lowered Priceline (PCLN) to Buy from Conviction Buy.
06:36 EDTAMZNAmazon says HBO GO now available on Fire TV
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06:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com extends free shipping order cutoff to Dec. 19
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December 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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15:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Seattle HQ partially evacuated due to threat, GeekWire reports
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15:05 EDTAMZNGoogle to step up challenge to Amazon with new shopping features, WSJ says
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11:16 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN BABA
RT Options Scanner shows Amazon.com (AMZN) January 350 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 38, Alibaba (BABA) January 117 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39 according to IVolatility.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:26 EDTEBAYeBay putting more focus on alternative lending, FT reports
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers begin fresh three-day strike, Independent.ie reports
Workers at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in Germany have started a fresh-three day strike to press the retailer for better pay and working conditions, The Independent.ie reports. Reference Link
December 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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08:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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07:30 EDTAMZNAmazon forced to remove app from Google Play store, TechCrunch reports
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06:37 EDTEBAYApple online store begins accepting PayPal, Re/code reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNGlobal demand for e-paper on the decline, DigiTimes reports
Global demand for e-paper from e-book vendors is decreasing due to competition from tablets, reports DigiTimes, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain. Due to the decline, Toshiba (TOSBF), Sony (SNE), and Panasonic (PCRFY) have withdrawn from the e-book reader market. According to the sources, Amazon is still look at growth in the China market, but the e-book reader market is not showing any signs of a rebound. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
05:52 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG EBAY
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December 10, 2014
17:58 EDTEBAYeBay considering cutting 'thousands' of jobs next year, WSJ reports
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17:35 EDTEBAYeBay considering cutting 'thousands' of jobs next year, DJ reports
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmartís International People Division.
11:50 EDTEBAYeBay says no decision made on new company boards, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a comment from the company, which follows an earlier Re/code report that said eBay CEO John Donahoe could leave the parent company's board and join PayPal's board when the companies separate.
10:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO could join PayPal's board following spinoff, Re/code reports
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09:25 EDTSCORcomScore management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Kansas City on December 12 hosted by Oppenheimer.
08:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expected to outperform this holiday season, says Nomura
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08:08 EDTBBYBest Buy field checks show good November, says Jefferies
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06:34 EDTAMZNAmazon's publishing boss to leave company, Seattle Times reports
The boss of Amazon's publishing division is leaving after a little more than a year in the job, The Seattle Times reports, citing a confirmed statement from an Amazon spokeswoman. Daphne Durham was at the company for over 15 years. Mikyla Bruder will assume most of Durhamís responsibilities. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch to acquire GoodGame agency, terms not disclosed
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December 9, 2014
07:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com continuing to gain share, says Pacific Crest
After conducting a consumer technology survey, Pacific Crest reports that 81% of respondents plan to shop at Amazon this holiday, while 31% plan to do most or nearly all of their online holiday shopping on the website. The firm thinks the company is continuing to gain share and it recommends buying the stock.
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon warns of moving more drone research abroad, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazonís traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customerís offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
05:34 EDTAMZN, EBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the dayís activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJís rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Martís retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Martís failure to honor the companyís exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the companyís exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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December 5, 2014
15:12 EDTWMTBarnes & Noble NOOK said to be potential target for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is interested in e-books and could target Barnes & Noble's (BKS) NOOK Media, said TheDeal, according to Bloomberg.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:19 EDTWMTDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar Generalís documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar Generalís strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar Generalís SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollarís documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholdersí meeting now scheduled for December 23.
06:18 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 144, eBay (EBAY) 20 according to iVolatility.
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