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March 19, 2014
12:48 EDTAAPL, EBAY, GOOGIcahn says eBay could 'easily' conduct an IPO of PayPal
Carl Icahn says "We believe eBay (EBAY) could easily conduct an Initial Public Offering of PayPal, selling 20% to the public. eBay would retain 80% of PayPal with control. Before the transaction is consummated the companies could enter into a long-term, commercially viable contract, preserving all synergies. This type of relationship is customary in partial IPOs and would be particularly important for eBay as currently, outside of PayPal, there does not exist a global payment processing solution competent enough to service eBay’s users. Luckily for PayPal, competitors such as Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and many others do not yet have the same comparable scale and product offerings. We believe conducting a 20% IPO of PayPal – and creating two dedicated and highly-focused independent businesses – will provide the best opportunity for these businesses to remain competitive over the long-term. The 20% IPO structure should alleviate any concern of lost synergies. All of the “secret sauce” and “flywheels” would be preserved. A 20% IPO of PayPal could allow for all of the benefits of an independent PayPal, preserves all of the benefits of keeping PayPal in-house and could be structured so as to be tax free to shareholders."
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13:06 EDTAAPLBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTAAPLNBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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12:38 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the Dow falling about 1%. The market opened in negative territory and proceeded to gain additional downside momentum in early trading. Data on housing starts was not good, even accounting for bad weather in many areas of the country, and the prospect of interest rate increases on the horizon may have some fearing that the housing market recovery is in danger of stalling. Adding to the weakness in stocks may have been the further slide in crude oil prices, which pushed benchmark U.S. crude oil below $43 per barrel earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts plunged 17% to an 897K rate in February, widely undershooting expectations for starts to be down 2.4% to a 1.04M rate, but much of the slide was attributed to weather. Building permits rose 3% to a rate of 1.092M, which was better than the expected 0.5% growth to a 1.065M rate. In Europe, Germany's ZEW Center investor confidence index climbed to 54.8 from 53 last month, though that fell short of the 59.4 consensus forecast. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6% to close at its highest level in over 6 years. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) is preparing to launch an online TV service later this year, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. After the reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple's online TV service launch would lay the groundwork for an actual television launch sometime in 2016. Munster estimates that at an average selling price of $1,750, a television could add about 7% to Apple's 2017 revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Black Diamond (BDE), which jumped 30% after the company reported was then expected quarterly results and guidance but also announced it has hired two banks to help it explore its strategic alternatives. Also higher was Esperion (ESPR), which rose 15% after the company's phase 2b study of ETC-1002, a product in development for patients with hypercholesterolemia on stable statin therapy, met its primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax (HIMX), which dropped 9% after BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower following its earnings report was magicJack (CALL), which fell 19%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 152.00, or 0.85%, to 17,825.42, the Nasdaq was down 8.39, or 0.17%, to 4,921.12, and the S&P 500 was down 11.39, or 0.55%, to 2,069.80.
11:36 EDTAAPLApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTAAPLApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:39 EDTAAPLApple will ship 59M iPhones in CQ1, above consensus, says ITG Research
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:15 EDTAAPLApple streaming service may pave way for bigger ambitions, says Cantor
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09:07 EDTGOOG, AAPLDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOG, AAPLMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:45 EDTEBAYeBay marketplaces GMV to accelerate in 2H15, says Bernstein
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07:42 EDTAAPL, GOOGBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple TV may provide boost for advertising unit, Business Insider says
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay launches Sotheby's live auctions experience
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06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:42 EDTEBAYeBay to start selling Sotheby items today, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTGOOG, AAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTAAPL, GOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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