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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.
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August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
13:22 EDTEBAYeBay has not denied PayPal story, The Information says
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12:44 EDTEBAYeBay says stance on PayPal hasn't changed, Reuters reports
eBay says it's stance on PayPal spinoff hasn't changed, Reuters reporter Deepa Seetharaman tweeted. "The board will continue to assess all alternatives" to create long term value, Seetharaman attributed eBay as saying.
11:59 EDTEBAYeBay rises sharply, levels to watch
Shares spiked on a report that the company may consider spinning-off PayPal. At the current price of $56.26, resistance is at $57.05, the session high. Support is at $55.70.
10:34 EDTEBAYeBay jumps after report says PayPal spin-off under consideration
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay jumps 2% to $54.55 after The Information report on PayPal spin
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay saying PayPal spin-off may come next year, The Information reports
eBay has been telling PayPal CEO candidates that it is considering spinning off the payments business as soon as next year, The Information reports, citing two people briefed on the conversations. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
06:11 EDTEBAYeBay volatility at record low
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August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTEBAYOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
13:04 EDTEBAYPayPal taking up Braintree’s Venmo Touch technology, GigaOM says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTEBAYStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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06:13 EDTEBAYeBay's Braintree unit considering accepting bitcoin, WSJ reports
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August 14, 2014
17:32 EDTEBAYIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Gannett (GCI). INCREASED STAKES: Navistar (NAV), eBay (EBAY), and Icahn Enterprises (IEP). DECREASED STAKES: Netflix (NFLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Forest Laboratories (FRX).
12:58 EDTEBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).
07:25 EDTEBAYCLSA to hold meetings
Silicon Valley Meetings consisting of meeting with various companies in the Silicon Valley area will be held on August 14-15.
August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:41 EDTEBAYAmazon 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.
06:32 EDTEBAYeBay coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:08 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor reports Amazon July SSS up 40.4%, eBay up 9.7%
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August 12, 2014
06:27 EDTEBAYeBay down for U.K., European users, The Next Web reports
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