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March 17, 2014
07:22 EDTTCEHY, YHOO, AMZN, EBAYQR codes, virtual credit cards suspended in China, WSJ says
A People's Bank of China official who declined to be named confirmed that on last Thursday the central bank ordered the suspension of online payments using QR codes and virtual credit cards in smartphone payment systems, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Fly notes that Tencent (TCEHY) and by Alibaba's Alipay recently launched online credit card products in China and that Marbridge Daily, citing 21st Century Business Herald, reported similar news about China's suspensions before the open Friday. Yahoo (YHOO) has a significant minority ownership stake in Alibaba, while Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY) and others operate e-commerce websites in China. Reference Link
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October 8, 2014
12:41 EDTEBAYeBay ChannelAdvisor data confirms company guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted ChannelAdvisor reported eBay's same-store sales grew 8.9% in September, which confirms the company's reiterated guidance when it announced its planned PayPal spin-off. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on eBay.
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 EDTEBAY, AMZNeBay 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
08:10 EDTEBAYeBay survey suggests upswing in growth, says RW Baird
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06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off 400 employees in India, WSJ reports
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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.
10:02 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end of one-year range
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09:40 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off up to 2,000 employees in India, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo has laid off up to 2,000 employees in India as a result of a move to consolidate into fewer offices, TechCrunch reports, citing local blog The Next Big What. Yahoo has confirmed the consolidation, but did not confirm how many people are affected by the effort. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTYHOOFormer Yahoo CFO says AOL merger makes 'little sense,' CNBC reports
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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
October 6, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:18 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms compromised servers
In an email to cyber security expert Jonathan Hall, Yahoo confirmed that Hall had discovered the process that a group of Romanian hackers used to infiltrate the website. Hall had also found the hackers' methods for their breach of the websites of WinZip and Lycos. The email written by Yahoo's Ricky Connell who is involved with the company's paranoids, threat response, intelligence said, "We've found the tracks mentioned in your email and are working through our IR process." Reference Link
12:34 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms breach, says hack didn't disclose customer data, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites an emailed statement from Yahoo about a breach of its servers related to the "shellshock" bug.
06:37 EDTYHOOYahoo planning big brand marketing push, AdAge says
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06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to invest in Snapchat, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is reportedly in talks to invest in Snapchat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The deal discussions come on the heels of Alibaba’s (BABA) IPO, the Journal says. According to sources, Yahoo has committed to an investment in Snapchat at a $10B valuation, and one source says Yahoo could invest around $20M. Reference Link
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