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June 25, 2014
11:28 EDTBKS, AMZNBarnes & 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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July 11, 2014
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor reports Amazon June SSS up 34.4%, eBay up 12.3%
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06:10 EDTAMZNJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
18:18 EDTAMZNAmazon urges FAA to allow increased drone development, Cnet reports
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18:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com offer to Hachette dismissed by Authors Guild, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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12:35 EDTAMZNFTC alleges Amazon billed parents for children's unauthorized in-app charges
Amazon has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today in federal court. The FTC’s lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds to consumers for the unauthorized charges and permanently banning the company from billing parents and other account holders for in-app charges without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30% of all in-app charges. In its complaint, the FTC alleges that Amazon violated the FTC Act by billing parents and other Amazon account holders for charges incurred by their children without the permission of the parent or other account holder. Amazon’s setup allowed children playing these kids’ games to spend unlimited amounts of money to pay for virtual items within the apps such as “coins,” “stars,” and “acorns” without parental involvement.
11:44 EDTAMZNAmazon ends all book discounts in France, WSJ reports
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11:10 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services announces file sharing tool Zocalo
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTAMZNNews Corp. owned HarperCollins looks to bypass Amazon with new site, FT says
News Corp.'s (NWSA) book publishing unit, HarperCollins, relaunched its U.S. website and is now selling books directly to readers, putting it in competition with one of its largest retailers, Amazon.com (AMZN), reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:56 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble promises nursing-friendly stores, Reuters says
Barnes & Noble promised to make its locations friendly to nursing mothers as part of a settlement with New York State after a woman who was breastfeeding was asked to cover herself or leave one of its stores, according to Reuters, citing comments from a representative for the bookseller. The company plans to donate $10K to Rockland County’s Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program in response to the situation. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAMZNAmazon e-book plan leaves authors in dilemma, Bloomberg says
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06:09 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services partners with Cloudian
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July 9, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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13:44 EDTAMZNNetflix wins video on demand rights to 'Zoo' series, Variety reports
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11:00 EDTAMZNWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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08:31 EDTAMZNVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTAMZNGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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