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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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14:11 EDTAMZNAnalysts say Facebook looks solid amid virtual reality, social media trends
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August 24, 2015
18:19 EDTAMZNAmazon hardware executive takes job at Google, Re/code says
Jon McCormack, CTO of Amazon's (AMZN) Devices unit, has left the company for the second time in one year to work in Google's (GOOG) Advanced Technologies and Products, or ATAP, arm, Re/code reported earlier. The report adds that one of ATAP's projects is the modular smartphone concept "Ara," which recently targeted a 2016 U.S. launch. Reference Link
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06:34 EDTAMZNIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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August 23, 2015
18:44 EDTAMZNACLU offers legal representation to Amazon employees
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTAMZNMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
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