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June 26, 2014
16:39 EDTGRPN, SHLDGroupon's David Schellhase resigns as General Counsel
On June 25, David R. Schellhase resigned as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Groupon (GRPN), effective July 7. Following his resignation, Schellhase will serve as a strategic advisor to the company. On June 25, the Board of Directors of the company appointed Dane A. Drobny as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective July 7. From May 2010 until June 2014, Mr. Drobny served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD).
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November 26, 2014
05:46 EDTSHLDSears, Kmart to extend Cyber Monday deals to a week
Sears and Kmart, two leading integrated retailers, have turned Cyber Monday into a weeklong savings event to make holiday shopping easier for Shop Your Way members and customers. Cyber Week deals start Nov 30 at 12:00 a.m. and run for seven days to Dec 6 at 11:59 p.m. Plus, through the online/in-store collaboration between Sears and Kmart, members and customers can avoid shipping and pick up their gifts at more than 1,800 locations, ready in five minutes or less.
November 25, 2014
13:16 EDTGRPNAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
12:22 EDTGRPNAmazon uniquely positioned in home services market, says RW Baird
After the Wall Street Journal this morning highlighted the recent roll-out of Amazon (AMZN) Local Services in select U.S. cities, RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says the tech giant is "uniquely positioned" in the $400B home services market given its position in e-commerce and ability to geo-target traffic to local service professionals. Sebastian notes the market is increasingly competitive, with Angie's List (ANGI), Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the public companies in the space. He also expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon, point out Baird's initial e-commerce checks suggest a solid start to holiday shopping.
November 24, 2014
09:14 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Sears Holdings overall option implied volatility of 80 compares to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results.
November 21, 2014
09:33 EDTGRPNGroupon mentioned positively at ITG Research
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November 19, 2014
18:22 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:08 EDTGRPNGroupon director discloses 30K share purchase at $7.75
Groupon director Daniel Henry disclosed the purchase of 30K shares at a price of $7.75. Shares of Groupon are up 1.31%, or 9c, to $7.35 in after hours trading.
November 17, 2014
12:31 EDTGRPNGroupon acquires marketing startup Swarm Mobile
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10:06 EDTSHLDSears Canada, JPMorgan Chase announce changes to credit card program
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10:01 EDTSHLDSears introduces 'Reserve It' service
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November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTGRPNOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
09:38 EDTGRPNJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).

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