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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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March 26, 2015
06:05 EDTEBAYPayPal agrees to $7.7M settlement over sanction violations, AP says
eBay's PayPal has agreed to a $7.7M settlement with U.S. regulators who alleged the company allowed violations of sanctions against Iran, Cuba, and Sudan, reports the Associated Press, citing statements by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. The agency claimed PayPal failed to properly screen certain payments that occurred from October 2009 to April 2013. Reference Link
March 25, 2015
15:24 EDTEBAYU.S. Treasury says PayPal to pay $7.7M on sanctions violations, Dow Jones says
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March 23, 2015
09:16 EDTEBAYeBay says making 'solid' progress on separation of PayPal
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09:16 EDTEBAYeBay adds two independent directors in preparation for PayPal separation
eBay (EBAY) announced the appointment of two new independent directors in anticipation of completing its previously announced separation of eBay and PayPal. Tony Bates, President of GoPro (GPRO), and Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, have been appointed to eBay Inc.’s board of directors. eBay also announced that current directors William C. Ford and Richard T. Schlosberg, who have served for 10 years and 11 years, respectively, have advised the company that they do not plan to stand for re-election to the board at the 2015 Annual Meeting. With the appointment of Bates and McGovern, eBay's board currently is comprised of 17 directors, 15 of whom are independent. Following the company’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 1, eBay’s board will be comprised of 15 directors, 13 of whom will be independent. Additionally, eBay announced that Jonathan Christodoro has been elected to its board as part of the previously announced standstill agreement with Carl Icahn, the company’s largest active shareholder.
March 19, 2015
11:18 EDTEBAYeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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10:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:42 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
11:24 EDTEBAYeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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March 17, 2015
08:45 EDTEBAYeBay marketplaces GMV to accelerate in 2H15, says Bernstein
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay launches Sotheby's live auctions experience
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06:42 EDTEBAYeBay to start selling Sotheby items today, NY Times says
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