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October 9, 2014
10:44 EDTRVBDRiverbed miss increases likelihood of Elliot deal, says Wells Fargo
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10:19 EDTRVBDFollow-up: Riverbed downgraded at William Blair
As previously reported, William Blair downgraded Riverbed to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing disappointing preliminary Q3 results, survey feedback that indicates lack of excitement around Riverbed's non-WAN optimization portfolio of products, and neutral risk/reward.
10:11 EDTRVBDRiverbed downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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09:43 EDTRVBDElliott 'commends' Riverbed board for initiating strategic review
Elliott Management Corporation commented on Riverbed Technology’s announcement of preliminary earnings and other actions: “We commend the Board for initiating a strategic review and believe that Riverbed is a great company with products customers value,” said Jesse Cohn, portfolio manager at Elliott Management. “We have made a $21 bid for the company, and our team and advisors look forward to completing our confirmatory diligence in an expedited fashion.”
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed to undertake comprehensive review of stratetgic, financial alternatives
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed initiates restructuring plan to reduce annual costs by $20M-$25M
The company announced that it has initiated a restructuring plan in order to reduce annual costs by $20 million to $25 million and improve annual operating margins by 1% to 2%. The company expects these restructuring efforts to be substantially complete by the end of calendar 2014. “In light of current business conditions, we are taking decisive steps to improve our cost structure in order to drive enhanced operating performance,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, Riverbed. “We believe these actions enable us to deliver increased value to our shareholders while continuing to deliver the products and support expected by our customers.” In addition to these restructuring initiatives, Riverbed's Board of Directors has determined to undertake a comprehensive review, with the assistance of its advisors, of strategic and financial alternatives to enhance shareholder value. There is no set timetable for the review process. The company does not intend to disclose or comment on further developments unless and until its Board approves a specific action or it otherwise concludes its review of alternatives.
08:31 EDTRVBDRiverbed narrows Q3 adjusted EPS view to 30c-31c from 30c-32c
Consensus is 31c. Cuts Q3 revenue view to $276M-$277M from $285M-$291M, consensus $286.75M. The revised guidance primarily reflects lower than expected growth in the company’s WAN Optimization and virtual ADC businesses.
06:33 EDTAMZNCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:26 EDTAMZNGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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October 8, 2014
17:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands operations in Costa Rica, creates more than 1,000 new jobs
Amazon Support Services in Costa Rica inaugurates its fourth service center and announces 1,000 new jobs at its offices located in Calle Blancos and Lagunilla. The Earth's most customer centric company offers seasonal jobs and permanent positions with open dress code, paid training, transportation, doctor on site, plus others. The new operation comes as part of the $19M accumulated investment by 2014. With the company's expansion and the ongoing hiring of staff at its other sites, Amazon expects to employ more than 3,000 persons in Costa Rica by the end of 2014.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
11:41 EDTAMZNJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
09:42 EDTAMZNeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTAMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTAMZNSplunk, AWS to integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands seller holiday deals program worldwide
Amazon announced that for the first time, top deals from sellers on Amazon will be featured on holiday deal pages worldwide. The holiday deals from sellers will now appear on the Amazon Today’s Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features. Participating sellers will be offering thousands of deals throughout the holiday season across most product categories. The seller holiday deals program, introduced for the first time last year, is now expanding to be available worldwide on local Amazon sites in the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.
06:14 EDTAMZNEC probes transfer pricing arrangements on taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the decision by Luxembourg's tax authorities with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Amazon in Luxembourg comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties and the Member States concerned an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The tax ruling in favor of Amazon under investigation dates back to 2003 and is still in force. It applies to Amazon's subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl, which is based in Luxembourg and records most of Amazon's European profits. Based on a methodology set by the tax ruling, Amazon EU Sarl pays a tax deductible royalty to a limited liability partnership established in Luxembourg but which is not subject to corporate taxation in Luxembourg. As a result, most European profits of Amazon are recorded in Luxembourg but are not taxed in Luxembourg. At this stage the Commission considers that the amount of this royalty, which lowers the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl each year, might not be in line with market conditions. The Commission has concerns that the ruling could underestimate the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl, and thereby grant an economic advantage to Amazon by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies whose profits are allocated in line with market terms. The Commission will now continue investigating to determine whether its concerns are confirmed. Luxembourg did not fully comply with the Commission's request for information as part of its information gathering exercise in relation to tax ruling practices in some Member States but only provided a limited sample. In June the Commission therefore initiated infringement proceedings against Luxembourg by issuing letters of formal notice. Although the Luxembourgish authorities have still not fully complied with the Commission's information request, in August Luxembourg did provide information on a number of cases requested by the Commission, including Amazon. Reference Link
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