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August 21, 2014
11:44 EDTAAPLHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:14 EDTFIIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AllianceBernstein (AB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Federated Investors (FII) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... MDC Partners (MDCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... PNM Resources (PNM) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Perficient (PRFT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at CLSA... Tyler Technologies (TYL) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... US Ecology (ECOL) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Vertex Energy (VTNR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
05:20 EDTFIIFederated Investors initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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August 20, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
11:32 EDTPKILabCorp prenatal test a negative for Sequenom, says Maxim
Maxim views LabCorp's (LH) announcement today that it will begin offering the informaSeq prenatal test as a long-term negative for Sequenom (SQNM) due to increased competition. The news is also negative for Illumina (ILMN) and PerkinElmer (PKI), who both offer Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, Maxim adds. The firm recommends buying shares of LabCorp and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $130 price target.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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09:35 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTVARVarian Medical board authorizes repurchase of 6M shares through 2015
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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07:54 EDTCOGEnerCom to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTCOGNatural gas companies worried about regulatory outlook, The Hill says
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTAMZNStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
11:42 EDTKLACApplied Materials rises following strong profit, gross margin, order growth
Shares of semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials (AMAT) are advancing after posting strong third quarter profit, adjusted gross margin, and order growth. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Applied Materials reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 28c and revenue of $2.27B, compared to analysts’ consensus estimates of 27c and $2.29B, respectively. Q3 adjusted gross margin came in at 45.5%, up 260 basis points year-over-year, and up 130 basis points sequentially. Q3 orders of $2.48B, increased 24% year-over-year led by SSG year-over-year order growth of $362M. President and CEO Gary Dickerson said, “We have focused our strategy and investments in areas that have the largest impact for customers while driving improvements in execution and speed across the company. With these actions, we have improved our operating margins for seven quarters in a row and are making substantial progress towards our long-term financial model." WHAT’S NOTABLE: For the fourth quarter, Applied Materials expects adjusted EPS of 25c-29c, versus consensus of 26c. Q4 revenue is expected to be approximately flat, plus or minus 3% sequentially, and up by approximately 10%-17% from the year-ago period, compared to consensus of $2.28B. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Applied Materials rose $1.04, or about 5%, to $22.19 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 45% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor equipment space include Lam Research (LRCX), Kulicke and Soffa (KLIC), and KLA-Tencor (KLAC).
10:09 EDTAAPLSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:59 EDTAMZNAmazon doubles storage in Kindle Paperwhite, TechCrunch reports
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09:35 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
August 14, 2014
19:59 EDTAMZNWal-Mart sees rise in DVD orders following Disney, Amazon feud, Bloomberg says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) online division has capitalized on a feud between Disney (DIS) and Amazon (AMZN) by offering discounted pre-orders on Walt Disney DVDs, according to Bloomberg. Wal-Mart pre-orders of "Captain America" have increased by 90%, while orders of other Disney DVDs have increased by 40%, Bloomberg added, citing an e-mail from Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Toporek. Reference Link
19:41 EDTAAPLApple considering sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone, smartwatch, WSJ reports
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17:27 EDTEMNAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTAAPLSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
17:00 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:13 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:36 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans fifth California fulfillment center in Redlands
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08:01 EDTEMNEastman Chemical management to meet with UBS
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07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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11:41 EDTAAPL, AMZNAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
10:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rises after announcing Local Register, levels to watch
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09:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July SSS acceleration positive, but early, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views ChannelAdvisor's reported July Amazon same-store-sales growth of 40.4% as positive, but notes it’s early in the quarter and that ChannelAdvisor data is less helpful after the discrepancy in the June quarter. Piper notes ChannelAdvisor pegged Amazon's June quarter SSS acceleration at 900 basis points while Amazon reported flat North American growth. It has an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:37 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTEMNEastman Chemical management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Atlanta/Charlotte on August 13 hosted by UBS.
07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com could sell 1M-2M phones in first year, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray estimates Amazon.com could sell 1M-2M Fire phones in the first twelve months, adding the product will not have an impact on the company's financials. After testing the phone, Piper says the Fire is a "quality phone but lacks uniqueness or price needed to attract measurable market share." It expects the phone to quickly improve and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:08 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor reports Amazon July SSS up 40.4%, eBay up 9.7%
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05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces credit card reader Amazon Local Register
Amazon.com announced Amazon Local Register, what it calls a "secure card reader and mobile app that provides local businesses with the tools they need to quickly and easily accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their growing business." It added that customers who sign up for Amazon Local Register before October 31 will also receive a promotional rate of 1.75% per card swipe on all major credit and debit cards until January 1, 2016.
August 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
10:00 EDTPKIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAMZNAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it’s likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
18:08 EDTPKIPerkinElmer initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon urges customers to express opinions on e-book prices with Hachette
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15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
16:16 EDTAAPLU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTAAPLChina refutes report of Apple product procurement ban, Re/code reports
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon executive defends $2B investment in India, WSJ says
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August 7, 2014
18:10 EDTAMZNHachette drops bid for Perseus Books, reports WSJ
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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14:28 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial names Elizabeth Brady as Chief Marketing Officer
The Principal Financial Group announced that Elizabeth Brady has joined the company as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, effective September 2. As CMO, Brady assumes overall responsibility for global marketing, including branding, advertising, media relations, digital marketing, sponsorships, data analytics, multi-cultural marketing, research and business intelligence. She will be based in Des Moines, Iowa. She replaces Mary O’Keefe, who retired from The Principal in June. Most recently, Brady served as president of segmentation solutions at Nielsen Corporation, New York, N.Y. Prior to her current role, she was the global head of marketing effectiveness also at Nielsen.
10:28 EDTEXPEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon readying to launch grocery service in New York area, Re/code says
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09:36 EDTAAPL, AMZN, EXPEActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTCACA, Inc CEO says has 'flexibility' to do deals, Reuters reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple poaches YSL's Catherine Monier, 9to5Mac reports
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06:36 EDTAMZNGoogle, Barnes & Noble launching same-day book delivery service, NY Times says
Google (GOOG) and Barnes & Noble (BKS) today will begin allowing consumers in three cities to order books carried by Barnes & Noble stores and have them delivered to their homes on the same day, according to The New York Times. Users will order the books on Google Shopping Express, and the service will compete with Amazon, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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