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February 19, 2013
10:27 EDTSPLS, OMX, ODPStaples 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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April 14, 2014
08:15 EDTSPLSStaples, 3D Systems announce partnership
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08:07 EDTSPLS3D Systems partners with Staples in New York, Los Angeles
3D Systems (DDD) announced a partnership with Staples (SPLS) in a pilot of 3D printing services in two Staples stores in New York City and Los Angeles. Each Staples store features an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware. Customers can also bring in their own 3D print-ready files to have them printed. Staples previously announced in May of 2013 that it would be the first major U.S. retailer to carry 3D printers, with the launch of the Cube from 3D Systems on Staples.com. The company has since rolled out 3D printing hardware and accessories in a limited number of stores, and expanded its overall product selection.
April 8, 2014
11:41 EDTODPUnited Stationers down after Genuine Parts unit wins Office Depot contract
Shares of United Stationers (USTR) are moving lower after Office Products International, a publication for the office products industry, reported yesterday that S.P. Richards confirmed it won the first-call wholesale business for Office Depot (ODP) in the U.S. United Stationers and S.P. Richards, a unit of Genuine Parts (GPC), are both suppliers to Office Depot. Shares of United Stationers are down 4% to $38.08 in morning trading. Shares of Genuine Parts are up 1% to $85.63.

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