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March 17, 2014
10:05 EDTGOOG, AAPL, FB, AMZN, EBAYAnalyst makes case for Google buying eBay
Google (GOOG) could address two of its weaknesses by buying eBay (EBAY), research firm Robert W. Baird wrote in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Investors are talking about the possibility of eBay spinning off its PayPal unit, but the company could be better off selling its core business and its PayPal unit to Google, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian believes. Google could pay $57 per share for eBay, representing a 50% premium over the e-commerce company's closing price on March 14, Sebastian estimated. Buying eBay would enable Google to bolster its payments and e-commerce offerings, which are considered its Achilles heel, the analyst contended. Moreover, the deal would allow Google and eBay to compete much more effectively with Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB), according to the analyst. From eBay's perspective, selling itself to Google could be more attractive than spinning off PayPal, as eBay could have trouble coping without its payments unit, Sebastian wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay rose 1% to $57.35, while Google climbed 1.1% to $1,185.
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September 3, 2014
13:02 EDTGOOGAbbVie, Calico announce collaboration
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12:59 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors volatility flat as shares near record high into Apple event
NXP Semiconductors overall option implied volatility of 32 is near its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
12:33 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
12:19 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:44 EDTAAPLApple breaks support, levels to watch
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11:24 EDTAAPLApple slumps after analyst advises taking profits
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11:08 EDTGOOGAppeals court upholds Google win in patent suit brought by buySAFE
A district court previously ruled that patent claims asserted by buySAFE were invalid because they cover subject matter ineligible for patenting. An appeals court agreed that the district courtís holding is correct and Google did not infringe. Reference Link
10:40 EDTAAPLAnalyst sees security 'spending frenzy' amid high-profile hacks
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10:27 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA TWTR PBR C GILD NFLX FB BIDU
08:58 EDTAAPLInvestors should take profits in Apple, says Pacific Crest
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazonís CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the companyís business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the companyís global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
08:06 EDTAAPL, EBAYApple iWallet poses threat to PayPal, says RW Baird
Baird said an Apple (AAPL) mobile payments platform will pose a headline risk to eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. The firm sees it as a particular threat to growth opportunities at point-of-sale, although Baird notes PayPal has a solid start, a strong fraud detection platform, compliance with bank regulators, and accelerating growth in e-commerce payments. The firm has Outperform ratings on both stocks, with a price target of $63 on eBay and a target of $105 on Apple.
07:57 EDTAAPLApple coverage assumed with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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07:05 EDTAAPLNordstrom in talks to be early merchant partner with Apple, Bank Innovation says
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06:25 EDTEBAYEBay hiring settlement with DOJ approved by judge, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila approved eBay's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding claims that the global technology firm agreed to not pursue a competitor's employees, according to Reuters, citing a brief order from Davila. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle satellite exec Greg Wyler leaves company, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle, UCSB partner on hardware initiative
Google yesterday said it is backing a project to design and build "new quantum information processors" with researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Google comments, "With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture. We will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the 'Vesuvius' machine at NASA Ames which will be upgraded to a 1000 qubit 'Washington' processor." Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLSupply chains ramp up component production for 9.7-inch iPad, DigiTimes says
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05:48 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility movement; ITMN EBAY
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