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September 15, 2014
13:33 EDTAMZNAmazon has security vulnerability via e-books, Digital Reader says
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12:35 EDTAMZNCoca-Cola brings back SURGE after 12 year hiatus, exclusively through Amazon
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11:09 EDTAMZNRadioShack rises after CFO resigns, analyst suggests Amazon should buy stores
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10:04 EDTEBAYeBay Enterprise announces eBay Enterprise Commerce Marketing Platform
eBay Enterprise (EBAY) announced the eBay Enterprise Commerce Marketing Platform, a new omnichannel engagement suite that will enable marketers to drive and optimize one-to-one commerce at scale. Designed and built from the ground up, in strategic partnership with FICO (FICO), the platform combines the unmatched commerce insights, demand generation delivery technologies and intellectual property of eBay Enterprise with FICO’s powerful analytics technologies and products to optimize the relevance and value of each individual customer’s purchasing journey.
08:07 EDTAMZNAmazon.com should consider buying some RadioShack stores, says SunTrust
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06:44 EDTEBAYeBay risks from Apple likely overstated, says Citigroup
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon faces tax obstacle in India, FT says
Amazon is now facing regulatory obstacles in India's southern state of Karnataka, where tax authorities have demanded that some of the U.S. company's third party merchants must cease storing products in its warehouses, according to the Financial Times, citing a statement from the internet retailer regarding the situation. Reference Link
06:02 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility movement; EBAY SPLS
Stocks with implied volatility movement; eBay (EBAY) 29, Staples (SPLS) 31 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTEBAYGoogle unlikely to buy stake in eBay, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says press reports that Google (GOOG) is in talks to purchase a stake in eBay (EBAY) are "largely unsubstantiated" and that the tech giant is unlikely to purchase part of the online marketplace. Munster notes that Google has only a limited history in taking stakes in public companies. He believes Google's general philosophy emphasizes full ownership in key assets as opposed to taking stakes in companies. Munster thinks a more attractive deal could be Google making a full acquisition of eBay's PayPal unit. He notes, however, that eBay has resisted activist investors who have proposed spinning off PayPal. Munster keeps a Neutral rating on eBay shares with a $55 price target. Shares of eBay rallied $1.51 to $52.19 on Friday amid speculation that Google was in talks to take a stake in the company.
September 12, 2014
16:44 EDTEBAYMarket ends week lower as investors fret over Fed statement
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16:20 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 12, 2014
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12:51 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The day’s economic data, including retail sales figures, a report on import prices, and business inventories data, were generally in line with expectations. The economic bright spot was the University of Michigan consumer confidence report which came in higher than expected. The market is on the verge of ending the week lower, which would be its first weekly loss in the last seven. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales at retailers climbed 0.6% in August, matching expectations but also representing the fastest pace in four months. Retail sales growth for July was also revised upward to 0.3% from a prior estimate of having been flat. Import prices dropped 0.9% in August, while export prices slipped 0.5%. The University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment reading for for September rose to 84.6, beating expectations for it to be up more modestly to 83.3. Business inventories grew 0.4% in July, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) were up more than 2% near noon after rumors circulated that Google (GOOG) may look to take a stake in the company. However, an eBay spokesperson denied the speculation, telling Reuters that the company has held "no conversations" with Google about acquiring a stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was digital marketing services company Conversant (CNVR), which soared 30% after Alliance Data Systems (ADS) agreed to acquire it for about $2.3B in cash and stock. Following last night's announcement of the deal, some Conversant peers rose as well, as Criteo (CRTO) gained almost 5% and TubeMogul (TUBE) rose 1%, while Alliance Data gained over 2%. Among the noteworthy losers was Amarin (AMRN), which dropped 22% after an office within the FDA denied the company's appeal of FDA's rescission of the ANCHOR clinical trial Special Protocol Assessment agreement. Also lower were shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which fell 5% after one analyst downgraded the shares and another initiated coverage of the stock with an Underweight rating. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 66.43, or 0.39%, to 16,982.57, the Nasdaq was down 19.83, or 0.43%, to 4,571.97, and the S&P 500 was down 10.28, or 0.51%, to 1,987.17.
11:56 EDTEBAYStocks with call strike movement; EWZ EBAY
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11:52 EDTEBAYeBay has had 'no conversations' about Google taking stake, Reuters says
eBay (EBAY) spokesman Alan Marks says the company has held "no conversations" with Google (GOOG) about acquiring a stake in the company, Reuters reports. Rumors had been swirling that Google could look to take a significant stake in eBay. Reference Link
11:43 EDTEBAYeBay off highs are denying talks with Google over stake
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are off their highs after the company told Reuters that it has had no conversations with Google (GOOG) over a possible stake. The stock remains up 82c to $51.50. The rally in eBay earlier was attributed to speculation that Google was in talks to acquire a stake in the company.
11:41 EDTEBAYeBay says had no conversations with Google about stake, Reuters reports
11:33 EDTEBAYeBay says company does not comment on speculation, Reuters reports
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11:32 EDTEBAYeBay rebounds on Google investment rumors, levels to watch
The shares spiked higher earlier on unconfirmed rumors that Google (GOOG) might make an investment in the company. Shares have declined sharply this week on Apple's entry into mobile payments, and these rumors may be attempts to catch short-sellers into the weekend. Friday rumors of this type are not exceptional. At the current price of $52.52, next resistance is at $53.07, the session high. Support is at $51.71.
10:44 EDTEBAYeBay rises amid rumors of investment by Google
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10:28 EDTEBAYeBay call active attributed to renewed takeover speculation
eBay September weekly 50 and 51 calls are active on total call volume of 30K (5K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 30, November is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:14 EDTEBAYRumor: eBay strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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07:53 EDTAMZNUPS squeezed by growth of e-commerce, power of Amazon, WSJ says
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07:13 EDTAMZNAmazon readies India wholesale plans, Times of India says
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06:30 EDTAMZNGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:13 EDTEBAYeBay to launch new mobile ad network
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September 11, 2014
11:46 EDTEBAYeBay says CTO Carges resigns to focus on family matter
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:56 EDTEBAYeBay to see limited near-term impact from Apple service, says Cantor
Cantor believes that Apple's (AAPL) new mobile payment service will have a limited impact on eBay's (EBAY) PayPal in the near to medium term. Among the reasons cited by the firm for its view are Apple's limited market share and its assertion that Street estimates for eBay do not include any contribution from PayPal POS revenue. The firm keeps a $63 price target and Buy rating on eBay.
September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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13:03 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar General’s tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
11:59 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded, continues slide after Apple Pay announced
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are falling for a second straight day after Apple (AAPL) announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, at its event yesterday. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple unveiled and confirmed its widely anticipated mobile payment system, dubbed Apple Pay, at its event yesterday. The service, which works with both of Apple's latest iPhone 6s and its Apple Watch, could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal. Apple is collaborating with American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) on the platform, as well as banks including Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Some retailers that will support Apple Pay include Bloomingdale's, Disney (DIS), Macy’s (M), McDonald’s (MCD), Panera (PNRA), Staples (SPLS), Subway, Walgreens (WAG) and Whole Foods Market (WFM). ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay to Neutral from Overweight following the details regarding Apple Pay. He believes that Apple's new payment system is likely to disturb the mobile payments market and is certain that the "unknown competitive threat" of Apple Pay will further burden eBay's multiple throughout the next six months. Munster said that he expected Apple to announce an initiative like this, so news of Apple Pay does not surprise him. He noted, however, that he did not expect Visa, MasterCard and American Express to collaborate with the platform along with partners such as Macy's and McDonald's. Munster anticipates investors in the near term to be more "conservative" in regards to the PayPal multiple. The analyst lowered his price target for eBay to $55 from $63. Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck feels that Apple Pay could negatively impact sentiment towards eBay's longer-term opportunity. The tech giant is gaining more traction in the e-commerce space than Beck had initially thought, which could ultimately mean an increased rivalry with eBay's PayPal. The analyst keeps a Sector Perform rating on eBay. Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner said that eBay's weakness on Apple's latest news is a buying opportunity for investors. He said that the tech giant's new payment platform is targeting offline payments, noting that offline payments are not imbedded in analyst's estimates for eBay's PayPal. He said that it would take at least a few years for Apple Pay to reach a 12% market share of online payments. He does not see this news as an obstacle for PayPal and Kirjner keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on eBay. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, eBay fell $1.64, or 3%, to $51.09, while Apple rose $1.64, or 1.7% to $99.63.
10:37 EDTEBAY, AMZNChannelAdvisor data shows soft August for eBay, says RW Baird
RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says ChannelAdvisor same-store-sales data for August confirms eBay (EBAY) had a soft month. Sebastian believes eBay's new Defect Rate may be pressuring sellers. He remains "somewhat cautious" on eBay in the near-term, but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. Sebastian noted that same-store-sakes data for Amazon.com (AMZN) is more positive.
10:31 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says August Amazon SSS up 45.1%, eBay up 5.9%
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10:26 EDTAMZNDiscovery CEO says likes doing deals with Netflix, Amazon
CEO David Zaslav says Comcast (CMCSA)/Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal "presents some serious issues," is talking to FCC about deal. Says will be opportunistic with international acquisitions, but "We don't feel like we need to acquire anything at this point." Says has more subscribers than ESPN with Europsport. Comments made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
10:18 EDTEBAYeBay falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAMZN, EBAYActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Twitter (TWTR), up 2.8% after upgraded at UBS... SunEdison (SUNE), up 2.7% after Google (GOOG) to provide $145M investment in the company's Regulus solar plant... Camtek (CAMT), up 15% after receiving new orders of $3.0M from large OSAT... Doral Financial (DRL), up 12.5% after announcing sale of approximately $430M in assets... Imperva (IMPV), up 1.5% after upgraded at Oppenheimer... Mandalay Digital (MNDL), up 13.7% after updating its guidance. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Land's End (LE), up 8.7%... Palo Alto (PANW), up 4.4%. LOWER: eBay (eBAY), down 2.6% after downgraded at Piper Jaffray following yesterday's launch of Apple Pay (AAPL)... Mobileye (MBLY), down 2.5% after downgraded at Deutsche Bank... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 2% after Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 7% after downgraded at Goldman and Piper Jaffray... Boyd Gaming (BYD), down 3.3% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2% after reporting Q3 SSS were so far in the low single-digits negative... Armada Hoffler (AHH), down 6% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... AvalonBay (AVB), down 1.8% after to sell 4.5M shares in a forward sales agreement with Goldman... AngloGold (AU), down 12% after announcing plans to restructure its international mining under a new company and saying equity capital raising being contemplated.
08:20 EDTEBAYeBay to see more competition than expected from Apple, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple Pay could hurt sentiment towards eBay's (EBAY) longer term opportunity, while Apple (AAPL) is more focused on e-commerce than the firm had anticipated, creating greater competition for PayPal. The firm keeps a Sector Perform rating on eBay.
08:02 EDTAMZNTrex launches Outdoor Lighting on Amazon.com
Trex (TREX) has officially entered the e-commerce marketplace with the launch of its high-performance Trex Outdoor Lighting collection on Amazon.com (AMZN). The first product line to be sold by Trex online, Trex Outdoor Lighting will join other Trex-branded products currently available on Amazon through Trex licensees, including Trex Outdoor Furniture, Trex RainEscape and Trex Pergola.
07:53 EDTSCORDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 10 at 10:30; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:22 EDTEBAYeBay weakness on Apple news a buying opporutnity, says Bernstein
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06:38 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) shares to Neutral from Overweight saying Apple's (AAPL) new payment system is likely to disrupt the mobile payments market. Munster believes the "unknown competitive threat" of Apple Pay will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. He lowered his price target for the stock to $55 from $63.
06:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to debut Fire Phone in U.K.
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September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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15:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls to session lows, levels to watch
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13:55 EDTEBAYeBay down 1.2% as Apple continues discussing mobile payment system at event
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10:18 EDTAMZNBarnes & Noble says won't launch new bn.com in time for holiday season
Says "extremely happy" with Retail's Q1 performance, sees moderation of physical booksales decline. Says sees sales lift due to dispute between Amazon (AMZN) and Hachette. Regarding the launch of bn.com says making progress on development, but completion taking longer than expected. The company plans to launch the new site later this FY, but not in time for holiday season. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call.
07:17 EDTSCORThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:22 EDTEBAYPayPal may let merchants accept bitcoin, FT reports
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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12:47 EDTEBAYeBay's Braintree unit to let customers accept bitcoin, Re/code reports
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11:12 EDTAMZNAmazon offering Fire Phone for 99c with two-year contract
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08:21 EDTEBAYeBay marketplace trends could put estimates at risk, says RW Baird
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07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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15:18 EDTEBAYeBay held talks about acquisition of start-up The Fancy, Bloomberg says
Start-up The Fancy, a curated e-retailer, has been holding discussions to sell itself for about $1B and has talked with eBay, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
13:13 EDTAMZNAmazon India unit examined by regulators, WSJ says
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11:47 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:33 EDTEBAYeBay moves lower, levels to watch
The shares are down 1.6% at time of writing to $53.55, just off the low of the session at $55.30. Support below is at $52.64, a prior pivot low on a closing basis. Resistance is at $54.09.
07:30 EDTEBAYApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon, USPS launch grocery delivery service in San Francisco, WSJ reports
Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service have launched a grocery-delivery experiment in San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon and USPS are already partners in Sunday deliveries, the publication notes. The Postal Service says it is testing AmazonFresh deliveries "to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial for the organization." Reference Link]:[http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-mail-to-deliver-amazon-groceries-in-san-francisco-1409854499?mod=rss_Technology]
September 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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12:55 EDTEBAYeBay says not planning Paypal separation
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11:05 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTSCORNeuStar, comScore announce partnership to improve brands' digital ad delivery
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07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:22 EDTAMZN, EBAYeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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September 3, 2014
13:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com slips lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1% to $338.94. At that price next support is at $337.55, the session low. Resistance is at $340, an intraday pivot high.
12:19 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the company’s business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
08:06 EDTEBAYApple iWallet poses threat to PayPal, says RW Baird
Baird said an Apple (AAPL) mobile payments platform will pose a headline risk to eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. The firm sees it as a particular threat to growth opportunities at point-of-sale, although Baird notes PayPal has a solid start, a strong fraud detection platform, compliance with bank regulators, and accelerating growth in e-commerce payments. The firm has Outperform ratings on both stocks, with a price target of $63 on eBay and a target of $105 on Apple.
06:25 EDTEBAYEBay hiring settlement with DOJ approved by judge, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila approved eBay's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding claims that the global technology firm agreed to not pursue a competitor's employees, according to Reuters, citing a brief order from Davila. Reference Link
05:48 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility movement; ITMN EBAY
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September 2, 2014
08:07 EDTEBAYWageWorks names Colm Callan as CFO, effective immediately
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06:34 EDTAMZNApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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