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February 28, 2013
10:37 EDTMSFT, BKS, PSOBarnes & Noble says talks with Riggio ongoing, cannot comment further
On its Q3 earnings conference call, Barnes & Noble (BKS) confirmed that discussions between Len Riggio and the strategic committee of its Board in regard to his plan to make a proposal to purchase the retail business are ongoing, but said it could not comment further. The company also said that its Nook Media subsidiary has been financing itself since investments from new partners Microsoft (MSFT) and Pearson (PSO) in October, along with positive cash flow from its College business. B&N said Nook Media has approximately $240M in cash with no debt and it expects the unit to self-finance going forward. The company said that recent news reports that it may be accelerating store closings are inaccurate. The company said historically it has closed 12-22 stores each year, averaging 15 stores a year over the last 10 years, and "that will not change." B&N noted that 95% of its stores are profitable and "we have no plans to close any of these." Shares of Barnes & Noble, which began the session in negative territory, crossed into positive ground as the call continued and are up 40c, or 2.63%, to $15.63 in early morning trading.
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTBKS, MSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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15:12 EDTBKSBarnes & 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.
07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTMSFT, BKSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:34 EDTBKS, PSO, MSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTBKS, MSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
10:42 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says in talks with 'more than one' potential NOOK partner
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10:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says board evaluating structure of potential Nook separation
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10:12 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says 'a few' new college contracts did not perform as expected
10:08 EDTMSFT, PSO, BKSBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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09:23 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Avago (AVGO), up 7.2%... Kroger (KR), up 3.1%... Rite Aid (RAD), up 3.1%... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Array Biopharma (ARRY), up 24% after reaching a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib... Hawaiian Electric (HE), up 13.5% following merger announcement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 14.2% after beginning construction of second aboveground Syngas facility... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12.3% after announcing $20M ReliOn fuel cell contract... Mobileye (MBLY), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 3.6% following $15M payment from Teva for TRISENOX... TASER (TASR), up 3% after receiving multiple orders of AXON body cameras. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 7.6%... Express (EXPR), down 11.3%... Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), down 1.4%... Toro Company (TTC), down 1.1%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 14.1%. ALSO LOWER: Kindred Biosciences (KIN), down 29.3% after announcing that it will discontinue its AtoKin study... UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 13% after saying that there are no current talks with DSV A/S... Agree Realty (ADC), down 3.7% after 2.1M share Spot Secondary priced at $29.90.
08:46 EDTMSFT, BKSBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFT, BKSBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
08:38 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY15 SSS down in low-single digits
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08:37 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble reports Q2 EPS 12c, may not compare to consensus 31c
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07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
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