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June 25, 2014
11:28 EDTAMZN, BKSBarnes & Noble soars after agreeing to split retail, Nook businesses
Shares of bookseller Barnes & Noble (BKS) surged after the company reported better than anticipated fourth quarter revenue and announced that its board authorized management to separate its Retail and Nook Media divisions. WHAT'S NEW: The book retailer announced that its board authorized company management to take steps to separate the Barnes & Noble Retail and NOOK Media businesses into two separate public companies and it expects to complete the separation by the end of Q1 of next calendar year. In terms of the separation of the divisions, the company said, "We have determined that these businesses will have the best chance of optimizing shareholder value if they are capitalized and operated separately. We fully expect that our Retail and NOOK Media businesses will continue to have long-term, successful business relationships with each other after separation.” Barnes & Noble experienced a loss per share of (72c) in Q4, which was a steeper loss than analyst's expectations for (49c) per share. The company's Q4 revenue of $1.32B beat analyst's consensus forecast of $1.19B. The bookseller reported that its retail same-store-sales in the quarter were down 4.1%. Excluding the effect of February's harsh winter weather, Q4 "Core" SSS decreased 0.5%, which was in-line with previously reported Q3 results, B&N noted. NOOK device and accessories sales were $25M for Q4 and $260M for FY14, declining 30.1% and 44.8%, respectively, due to lower selling volume and lower average selling prices. Barnes & Noble sees FY15 College same-store-sales, Retail comparable bookstore sales and "Core" comparable bookstore sales to be down in the low-single digits. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, Barnes & Noble said it does not plan to open any retail bookstores in FY15 and it does not intend to further discuss details of the separation of its Retail and Nook Media divisions at this time. Still, the company says that it is "encouraged" by core business trends. Barnes & Noble is expecting FY15 capital expenditures of $140M. The company noted that it has "clearly seen an uptick" in sales of Hachette books due to the Amazon (AMZN) fight. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Barnes & Noble were up $1.24 or 6%, to $21.80.
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November 19, 2014
09:39 EDTAMZNActive 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.
06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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November 18, 2014
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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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive 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 14, 2014
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:16 EDTAMZNEU 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 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times 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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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions 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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