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July 16, 2014
13:20 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay set to report Q2 earnings since security breach
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, July 16 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 68c on revenue of $4.38B. The consensus range is 64c-72c for EPS, and $4.16B-$4.49B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported first quarter EPS of 70c against estimates of 67c on revenue of $4.3B against estimates of $4.23B. The company gave Q2 EPS guidance of 67c-69c and Q2 revenue guidance of $4.33B-$4.43B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00 and FY14 revenue guidance of $18B-$18.5B. eBay expects FY14 adjusted effective tax rate to increase by more than 1 point to 20%-21% and said it would lower StubHub's fee structure this year. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, eBay had asked users to change passwords following a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. Pacific Crest said the security issues could cause eBay to miss street estimates and the low-end of its Q2 guidance. TW Baird also warned that the company had slowed in the latter half of May, also saying it may report weaker-than-expected Q2 results. ChannelAdvisor reported SSS was up 14% in April, up 11.5% in May and up 12.3% in June. Piper Jaffray said the numbers showed eBay's gross merchandise volume growth slowed in May due to the breach. BGC Financial also lowered Q2 revenue estimates for the company, but said the impact of the security breach would mostly be confined to the June quarter. The firm reaffirmed its full-year outlook. eBay announced a deal where Google listed PayPal among its payment methods to buy apps and digital content. The partnership received positive comments from BofA/Merrill, RW Baird, and Stifel who said the relationship presents a large potential opportunity and could expand over time. eBay announced its PayPal President David Marcus was leaving the company to join Facebook (FB) and its senior engineering director April Chang was set to leave for Eventbrite. In light of the news, JMP Securities said PayPal had a deep bench and the hands-on management of eBay's CEO will enable the unit to maintain growth. Ahead of the Q2 report, Piper Jaffray remains positive on eBay, saying it sees limited downside due to low expectations. The firm said investors have become increasingly bearish on eBay over past few months given the security breach and a change in Google algorithm. However, Piper Jaffray sees these concerns as short term. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more than 7.2% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its Q2 report, eBay shares are trading down fractionally.
News For EBAY From The Last 14 Days
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May 22, 2015
05:50 EDTEBAYPayPal's Dan Schulman expects new services for mobile world, AP reports
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May 21, 2015
12:52 EDTEBAYESPN and StubHub agree to content distribution deal, Variety reports
Disney's (DIS) ESPN has agreed to a content distribution deal with eBay's (EBAY) StubHub, reports Variet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN plans to feed scores, team stats and articles to StubHub's app, a feature that will be available in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Reference Link
May 20, 2015
18:44 EDTEBAYeBay tests Amazon.com Prime-type program in Germany, WSJ reports
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17:36 EDTEBAYTwitter announces full launch of objective-based ad service
In a company blog post, Twitter (TWTR) stated, "Last year, we launched a... way for advertisers to create and optimize their ad campaigns, and only pay for the actions that are aligned with their marketing objectives. After seeing strong results in beta, weíre excited to offer objective-based campaigns, reports and pricing to all advertisers globally, starting today." Based on the beta test of the service, Twitter claims that eBay (EBAY) was able to drive a 59% quarter-over-quarter decrease in average paid cost per link click, while Tableau (DATA) reduced its cost per link click by over 40% quarter-over-quarter. Twitter went on to say, "When creating a new campaign, you can select from one of six objectives -- and our customized workflow will help you choose the best ad format. For example, if you want to drive traffic to your brandís website, you can select a website clicks or conversions campaign... Youíll only be charged when a user clicks on a link to your website -- all other engagements, like a favorite or a retweet, are free. Youíll never pay for actions that arenít relevant to your goal." Reference Link
May 19, 2015
12:29 EDTEBAYPayPal to pay $25M to settle CFPB charges of deceptive advertising
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced earlier that it is filing a complaint and a proposed consent order against PayPal (PYPL) for illegally signing up and billing tens of thousands of consumers for its online credit product, PayPal Credit. The Bureau alleges that PayPal, which is scheduled to be separated from eBay (EBAY), lured in consumers to this product with deceptive advertising, signed up people without them knowing it, and then mishandled billing disputes when they arose. Under the CFPB's proposed order, PayPal would return the $15M that it illegally took from consumers and it would pay a $10M penalty for its wrongful actions.
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.
May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTEBAYSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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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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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
May 14, 2015
17:36 EDTEBAYeBay, PayPal separation remains on-track to be completed in Q3
17:35 EDTEBAYPayPal names board following separation from eBay
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17:33 EDTEBAYeBay names board following separation from PayPal
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14:30 EDTEBAYPayPal to trade on Nasdaq with symbol 'PYPL' after separation completed
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May 8, 2015
13:09 EDTEBAYCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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06:22 EDTEBAYCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.

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