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News For IBM;ADBE;BBY;WMT;AMZN;TGT;SHLD;NILE;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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April 30, 2015
09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTAMZNMind Solutons signs distribution agreement for Amazon.com
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06:55 EDTAMZNEU to investigate US sites over data use and search, Financial Times reports
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06:51 EDTIBMPiper sees Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100/share
Piper Jaffray followed JPMorgan in predicting a Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100 per share. Piper calls Salesforce a "very attractive and unique asset," but admits it has no proprietary information about a potential deal. Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM) and the large Internet centric vendors are the only tech companies likely to afford Salesforce, Piper believes. It points out that while Oracle denied it made an offer, the $10B in debt raised earlier this week by the company is likely to keep it near the top of the potential acquirer list. Piper says Salesforce potentially being in play raises the potential for any pure cloud vendor to be taken over, including Workday (WDAY) and ServiceNow (NOW), as well as "host of smaller pure cloud vendors and fast-growing non-cloud companies" such as Splunk (SPLK). The firm keeps an Overweight rating on Salesforce with an $80 price target.
06:10 EDTIBMJefferies sees 'very low' probability of Salesforce takeover
Jefferies views the 12% rally in Salesforce (CRM) shares yesterday after Bloomberg reported the company is fielding takeover offers as an overreaction. The firm says the probability of a sale is "very low, especially with the stock already trading at an inflated valuation." It views Microsoft (MSFT) as the most likely suitor, with Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG) potentially in the mix. Jefferies keeps an Underperform rating on Salesforce with a $49 price target. The stock closed yesterday up $7.76 to $74.65.
06:00 EDTAMZNSource says Alibaba the 'mystery investor' in Jet.com, Re/code reports
Alibaba (BABA) was the "mystery" strategic investor in Jet.com, a startup that is building a marketplace it says will offer shoppers "the lowest price on the Web for each of the millions of products it sells," a source tells Re/code. Alibaba invested in the $140M round, though the size of the investment is unclear. Jet.com would compete directly with Amazon.com (AMZN). Reference Link
05:57 EDTIBMMicrosoft, IBM, Oracle rumored as potential Salesforce.com suitors, Re/code says
Potential suitors for Salesforce.com (CRM), which is said to have hired financial advisers to handle takeover inquiries, may include Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reports. Hesseldahl notes that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attended a dinner with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday night, ahead of Microsoft's Build conference. Reference Link
05:51 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN NFLX
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05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon buys ClusterK for $20M-$50M, VentureBeat reports
Amazon has bought ClusterK, a startup that can "run apps on Amazon Web Services at 10% of the regular price," the company confirms to VentureBeat. Marc Parrish, an investor in ClusterK, says the purchase price was in the $20M-$50M range. Reference Link
April 29, 2015
17:16 EDTIBMSalesforce could be worth $100/share in a takeover, says JPMorgan
After Bloomberg reported this afternoon that Salesforce has hired bankers to field takeover inquiries, JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy told investors that he believes the stock could be worth $100 in a buyout. Shares closed the trading day up $7.76 to $74.65. A deal would be the largest in software history, and only a short list of companies could pull it off, Murphy wrote. Those companies are Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and SAP (SAP), he believes. After pointing out JPMorgan has "no conclusive evidence to confirm or dispel the speculation," Murphy noted Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was sitting in the front row of the Microsoft Build Conference this morning and that Oracle just raised $10B of debt. The analyst calls Salesforce a "rare asset" and the "pioneering leader of the cloud computing." He has an Overweight rating on the shares.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 29, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 47c to 21.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN C MCD BAC CRM BIDU WYNN according to Track Data.
11:03 EDTAMZNTime Warner sees 40c drag on adjusted EPS from FX headwinds in 2015
Time Warner (TWX) says Turner had highest operating profit in its history in Q1. Says to have eight new series later this year. Says original programming helping to boost CNN ratings. Says HBO has seen "positive response" in usage, subscribers. CEO Jeff Bewkes says there will be more ways to get HBO "soon." For 2015, sees mid-teens growth in adjusted EPS. Says "feels really good" about underlying trends in company's business. Sees drag in Q2 of about 300bps from increasing FX headwinds, absence of NASCAR programming. Sees Q2 total advertising revenue flat to up low single digits. Expects total subscription revenue to reaccelrate well into double digits in 2016, 2017. Sees "very strong growth" in adjusted operating income in 2015. Sees another year of growth at HBO's international networks. Sees Q2 domestic subscription revenue growth at Turner in the Q1 range. Sees subscriber growth, revenue benefiting modestly from HBO Now. Sees 2015 as another year of healthy cash generation. Says committed to capital allocation plans. Says FX headwinds "even more significant" than previously communicated. Sees 40c drag on adjusted EPS from FX headwinds in 2015. Sees Warner's adjusted op income down in Q2. Says in discussions with Amazon (AMZN) on size, scope of relationship, could have impact on Q2. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Time Warner is up 0.33% to $85.26 in late-morning trading.
10:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart commits to invest in 115 new stores in China by 2017
Walmart’s global president and CEO, Doug McMillon, reiterated Walmart’s commitment to growing its business in China while speaking live at an event in Beijing, the company announced. McMillon committed that from 2015-2017, Walmart will open 115 new stores in China, including supercenter and Sam’s Club formats, creating more than 30,000 jobs in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan and other Tier 1 & 2 cities. Walmart’s Sam’s Club format is also a key part of investment strategy and Walmart plans to open 7 new clubs in the next 2-3 years, the company stated. In the future, Walmart will continue to invest in remodeling and upgrading existing stores, investing more than RMB370M in the remodeling of more than 50 stores in 2015.
10:43 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney grows Sephora presence with 25 new locations, 6 expansions
Starting May 1, JCPenney will introduce SEPHORA to 25 additional stores, enabling the global beauty retailer to enter new and smaller markets, while expanding JCPenney's reach as a premier destination for beauty. Since the exclusive partnership launched in 2006, more than 500 JCPenney stores now feature a full-service SEPHORA offering. In addition to the grand openings, six existing SEPHORA inside JCPenney shops will expand to meet the high customer demand for prestige cosmetics and beauty products. Expanded locations will represent an average of 3,000 total square feet of space dedicated to SEPHORA merchandise and SEPHORA Beauty Studios.
10:25 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:10 EDTAMZNHulu said to land 'Seinfeld' streaming rights, WSJ reports
Hulu, which is owned by Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA), has reportedly landed a deal to stream all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld," The Wall Street Journal reports. Though terms of the deal have not been disclosed, a source believes that the per-episode value of the show would be around $700,000. Amazon (AMZN) and Yahoo (YHOO) were also bidders for the streaming rights to "Seinfeld," and Netflix (NFLX) expressed interest initially, but later signed a deal for streaming rights to "Friends." Reference Link
05:53 EDTWMTWal-Mart accelerates China expansion, adds 115 new stores, Financial Times says
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05:39 EDTADBEAdobe, Microsoft announce strategic partnership
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April 28, 2015
16:50 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney appoints Mary Beth West as Chief Customer & Marketing Officer
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