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December 28, 2012
10:05 EDTBKS, PSOBarnes & Noble climbs after Pearson deal despite holiday sales miss
Barnes & Noble (BKS) is advancing after the company announced that its holiday sales would be lower than expected, but also said that British publishing company Pearson (PSO) would invest $89.5M in the American retailer's NOOK unit. Based on preliminary sales results during the holiday season and sales trends, Barnes & Noble expects its holiday sales results will be below expectations, while sales of the company's NOOK e-readers for its current year will not meet its previous forecast. On November 29, Barnes & Noble predicted that its losses from its NOOK unit, excluding certain items, would decrease during its current fiscal year. The retailer also previously reported that its NOOK unit sales had doubled over the four day Black Friday weekend. Meanwhile, Pearson agreed to invest $89.5M of cash in Barnes and Noble's NOOK unit, using a post-investment valuation of about $1.789B. Pearson will receive a 5% stake in the unit, Barnes & Noble added. In early trading, Barnes & Noble climbed 91c, or 6.34%, to $15.26.
News For BKS;PSO From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
10:00 EDTPSOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:50 EDTPSOPearson upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura
Nomura upgraded Pearson to Neutral to reflect a more balanced outlook.
February 27, 2015
06:10 EDTPSOPearson proposes to raise dividend 6% to 51p
Pearson said its board is proposing a dividend increase of 6% to 51.0p, subject to shareholder approval.
06:09 EDTPSOPearson sees 2015 adjusted EPS 75p-80p
The company said, "In 2014, we completed the major restructuring and product investment programme, initiated in 2013, designed to accelerate Pearsonís shift towards significant growth opportunities in digital, services and fast-growing economies. We believe this will provide Pearson with a significantly larger market opportunity, a sharper focus on the fastest-growing markets and stronger financial returns. In 2015, we are returning to more normal levels of restructuring expenditure. Based on 21 January 2015 exchange rates, we expect to report adjusted earnings per share of between 75p and 80p in 2015."
06:08 EDTPSOPearson reports 2014 adjusted EPS 66.7p vs. 70.1p last year
Reports 2014 sales GBP 4.87B vs. GBP 5.07B last year.
06:06 EDTPSOPearson names Coram Williams as new CFO
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February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
09:02 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to separate College business from Retail and NOOK businesses
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09:01 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to separate College business from Retail and NOOK businesses
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