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June 9, 2014
13:43 EDTAMZN, ECOM, EBAY, GOOGeBay 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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May 19, 2015
09:51 EDTGOOGYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
08:20 EDTGOOGVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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07:32 EDTEBAYPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
14:04 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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11:47 EDTGOOG, AMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
08:22 EDTGOOGVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTEBAYSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:28 EDTGOOGAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:13 EDTEBAYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
11:08 EDTEBAYOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:55 EDTEBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:46 EDTGOOGMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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06:13 EDTEBAYISS, Glass Lewis advise Intel investors to vote 'no' on eBay CEO, WSJ reports
ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co, two influential proxy advisory firms, are recommended Intel (INTC) investors vote against the reelection of eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe to the company's board, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing what it characterized as a poor attendance record, Glass Lewis commented "We view this as a failure by this director to fulfill a fundamental responsibility to represent shareholders at such meetings," while ISS said Donahoe "lacked a valid excuse" for attending less than 75% of the meetings held by the Intel board and committees he serves on in 2014. Intel's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for May 21. Reference Link
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