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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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August 14, 2014
06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, HP in talks to collaborate on 'virtual assistant,' The Information says
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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTEBAY, AMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:15 EDTFBFacebook launches cross-device reporting for ads
Facebook announced a way to track performance of advertising across devices. The company said in a blog post: "Today were launching cross-device reporting for Facebook ads, enabling advertisers to see for the first time how people are moving between devices across mobile apps and the web before they convert." Facebook continued, "Imagine seeing an ad for a product on your mobile phone while in line at the bank. Do you immediately make a purchase on your phone? Probably not. But perhaps you go back to your office later that day and buy on your desktop computer. Such cross-device conversions are becoming increasingly common as people move between their phones, tablets and desktop computers to interact with businesses." Reference Link
12:00 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; YHOO FB
Yahoo (YHOO) January 42 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 82.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 35 according to IVolatility.
11:41 EDTGOOG, AMZN, AAPL, EBAYAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
11:04 EDTFBInstagram names James Quarles as new ad chief, Re/code reports
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10:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rises after announcing Local Register, levels to watch
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09:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July SSS acceleration positive, but early, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views ChannelAdvisor's reported July Amazon same-store-sales growth of 40.4% as positive, but notes its early in the quarter and that ChannelAdvisor data is less helpful after the discrepancy in the June quarter. Piper notes ChannelAdvisor pegged Amazon's June quarter SSS acceleration at 900 basis points while Amazon reported flat North American growth. It has an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:37 EDTAMZN, GOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $700.
06:33 EDTFBFacebook coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
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06:32 EDTEBAYeBay coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com could sell 1M-2M phones in first year, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray estimates Amazon.com could sell 1M-2M Fire phones in the first twelve months, adding the product will not have an impact on the company's financials. After testing the phone, Piper says the Fire is a "quality phone but lacks uniqueness or price needed to attract measurable market share." It expects the phone to quickly improve and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:13 EDTGOOGGartner: Google Chromebooks to reach 5.2M units in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:08 EDTAMZN, EBAYChannelAdvisor reports Amazon July SSS up 40.4%, eBay up 9.7%
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05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces credit card reader Amazon Local Register
Amazon.com announced Amazon Local Register, what it calls a "secure card reader and mobile app that provides local businesses with the tools they need to quickly and easily accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their growing business." It added that customers who sign up for Amazon Local Register before October 31 will also receive a promotional rate of 1.75% per card swipe on all major credit and debit cards until January 1, 2016.
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