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June 9, 2014
13:43 EDTECOM, EBAY, GOOG, AMZNeBay slips after May SSS estimate, Amazon payment launch
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are slipping after e-commerce peer Amazon (AMZN) launched a new online subscription payment service and data released late Friday estimated the impact that eBay's recent data breach may have had on its merchandise volume growth. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported that Amazon is aiming to begin managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies with the launch of its new service, which is the e-commerce giant's latest motion into the territory of PayPal, eBay's payments division, over the past twelve months. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Data released late on Friday by ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), a provider of information and research for retailers, estimated that eBay's same-store-sales rose 11.5% in May, which was down from April's 14% growth. ChannelAdvisor noted that eBay had "unusual" events happen during the month, pointing out that on May 21 eBay announced they were dealing with a data breach from hackers and, the next day, reports said that Google's (GOOG) Panda 4.0 release caused anywhere from 40-80% of eBay's pages to be de-indexed. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that ChannelAdvisor's May SSS report for eBay and the disclosure of the before and after breach impacts to gross merchandise volume growth show that eBay decelerated from about 13% before the breach to about 8% after the breach. Munster feels that this implies U.S. GMV growth was in-line with the firm's lowered estimate. Piper Jaffray anticipates that June data will see a similar affect from the security breach. While Munster says his long-term view of eBay is intact, he feels that Wall Street consensus expectations for eBay's June performance are likely still too high given the chances for lower GMV growth. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on eBay. PRICE ACTION. During afternoon trading, shares of eBay slipped 8c, or 0.2%, to $49.62.
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April 14, 2015
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
10:42 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor off highs, still up 92c to $10.82
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10:38 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor trading resumes, shares up $1.76 to $11.66
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10:37 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor halted for volatility after jumping $1.35 to $11.25
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
07:44 EDTAMZNBaird survey suggests accelerating growth trends for Amazon.com
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07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $465 from $400 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Amazon.com shares to $465 from $400 after analyzing the retailing giant's fulfillment capabilities. The firm believes Amazon's fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term and margin improvement with scale. It views Amazon's fulfillment initiatives as part of a "bigger, multi-faceted strategy focused on better customer segmentation and category leadership." Jefferies keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of Amazon closed yesterday down 29c to $382.36.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
April 13, 2015
19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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17:17 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime membership now includes ad-free internet radio service
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16:18 EDTEBAYeBay announces executive appointments ahead of PayPal separation
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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09:27 EDTAMZNAmazon says X-Ray coming to Fire TV, Fire TV Stick
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09:03 EDTAMZN, EBAYeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:12 EDTEBAYeBay PayPal unit worth $39 per share alone, says Bernstein
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06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTAMZNNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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