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February 19, 2013
10:27 EDTSPLS, ODP, OMXStaples rallies after analysts predict gains from rivals' merger
Staples (SPLS) is jumping after several research analysts predicted that the company would benefit significantly from a potential merger between its rivals, Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX). Following reports that Office Depot and OfficeMax had held talks about combining, Citigroup analyst Kate McShane predicted that the combined company would close some of its stores. Staples could gain market share as a result of these store closures, according to McShane. The analyst did, however, warn that that the Federal Trade Commission could "look unfavorably" on a merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax. Meanwhile, Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder believes that Staples is poised to benefit from an Office Depot-OfficeMax merger. But Binder warned that the potential benefit to Staples from a deal could vary widely, based on how many stores the combined entity would close and how many stores it would sell to Staples. The analyst, however, estimates that Staples' revenue could increase a total of $40M-$60M and its earnings per share could climb 5c-10c over the next three years as a result of the transaction. In mid-morning trading, Staples gained $1.90, or 15%, to $14.85, while Office Depot surged 16% to $5.30 and OfficeMax soared 25% to $13.50.
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July 28, 2014
10:44 EDTSPLSAmazon set to launch mobile credit card reader in August, 9to5Mac reports
Amazon (AMZN) could be preparing to launch its mobile cred card reading hardware at $9.99 in the coming weeks, reports 9to5Mac, citing internal Staples (SPLS) documents. Staples stores will stock a product called the "Amazon Card Reader" alongside readers from Square, eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and Staples' own in-house brand. Reference Link
July 15, 2014
06:32 EDTSPLSStaples, USPS cease in-store mini-post office program, Reuters says
After several protests outside of its stores, Staples said it is set to end a pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to set up mini-post offices in the firm's retail locations, according to Reuters, citing comments from spokeswomen representing Staples and the USPS. Reference Link

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