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July 15, 2014
06:06 EDTEA, EBAY, MSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
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October 15, 2014
13:09 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay to report Q3 earnings after PayPal spin-off announcement
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.37B. The consensus range is 65c-72c for EPS, and $4.33B-$4.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported second quarter EPS of 69c against estimates of 68c on revenue of $4.37B against estimates of $4.38B. The company gave Q3 EPS guidance of 65c-67c and Q3 revenue guidance of $4.3B-$4.4B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00. It narrowed FY14 revenue guidance to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B. eBay said Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June. The company confirmed the Q3 guidance during a conference call in September. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: eBay announced in late September that it will separate eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies, set to be completed in the second half of 2015. eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig will be the CEO of the new eBay company and Dan Schulman will become CEO of the new PayPal company. The cost of the transaction has yet to be determined, and the split is not designed to position either business for sale. During its conference call to discuss the split, the company said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile payments this year and added that Apple (AAPL) could help speed NFC adoption and would be good for PayPal. eBay adds that it has "never been more bullish" on PayPal's prospects. Following the announcement, there were rumors that Google (GOOG) was looking to acquire eBay. Piper Jaffray said the press reports of the talks between the two companies are "largely unsubstantiated." The company was downgraded at JPMorgan, JMP Securities, Jeffries, and Wedbush after the announcement of a split due to increased uncertainty. Investors say the benefit of the spin-off plans are not as clear, unsure if a standalone PayPal is in a better position to compete in the quickly changing digital payments space. Wedbush analysts say a spin-off will not boost the payment processor's business and may have negative consequences for both companies. Investors were also split on how Apple's mobile payments platform will affect eBay and PayPal. RW Baird said Apple iWallet will pose a threat to PayPal, particularly to its opportunities at point-of-sale and Piper Jaffray said the new payments system will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. JPMorgan, however, said iWallet will be a net positive for payment networks and Citigroup believes the risks from Apple are likely overstated. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more 2.21% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its earnings report, eBay shares are trading down 2%.
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 14, 2014
12:48 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
eBay October call option implied volatility is at 52, November is at 30, January is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
12:46 EDTEBAYSquare CEO Dorsey says not in talks with PayPal
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12:31 EDTEBAYeBay PayPal unit in talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations reports
PayPal, which is spinning off from eBay in 2015, is exploring several potential acquisitions, including the purchase of Square, according to Bank Innovation, citing sources close to both companies. The acquisition talks are in the “early stages,” but are described as "serious" and "intense" by the sources, the report stated. Bank Innovation said it had "no word yet" on an acquisition price, but assumes it would be above the $6B valuation ascribed to Square in a recent fundraising effort. Shares of eBay are up a bit over 1% in afternoon trading. Reference Link
12:26 EDTEBAYPayPal in 'early' but serious talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations says
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09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
06:01 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:37 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Sector Perform at Portales
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:12 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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