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News For WMT;EBAY From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
07:03 EDTEBAYeBay says Dan Schulman to lead PayPal
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07:02 EDTEBAYeBay says Devin Wenig to become CEO of new eBay company
Devin Wenig, currently president of eBay Marketplaces, will become CEO of the new eBay (EBAY) company. As CEO of eBay, Wenig will lead the eBay Marketplaces and eBay Enterprise businesses. Revenue over the last twelve months1 for these two businesses grew approximately 10% year-over-year to $9.9 billion, with eBay Marketplaces accounting for about $8.7 billion. eBay Marketplaces and eBay Enterprise collectively handled approximately $85 billion of gross merchandise volume and gross merchandise sales, which grew 13 percent year over year. Scott Schenkel, currently the CFO of eBay Marketplaces will become the CFO of the new eBay company. Concurrent with the announcement of the business separation plan, the company also today announced the appointment of Dan Schulman to be President of PayPal, effective immediately, and CEO-designee of the standalone PayPal company following separation. Schulman joins PayPal from American Express (AXP), where he was president of the company’s Enterprise Growth Group. A seasoned leader in multiple industries, Schulman has held senior executive and CEO roles at AT&T, Priceline and Virgin Mobile, prior to joining American Express. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Allen & Company LLC are serving as financial advisors and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz is serving as legal counsel to eBay Inc.
07:01 EDTEBAYeBay sees completing transaction as tax-free spinoff in 2H15
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay to separate eBay, PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015
eBay Inc. said its Board of Directors, following a strategic review of the company’s growth strategies and structure, has approved a plan to separate the company’s eBay and PayPal businesses into independent publicly traded companies in 2015, subject to customary conditions. Creating two standalone businesses best positions eBay and PayPal to capitalize on their respective growth opportunities in the rapidly changing global commerce and payments landscape, and is the best path for creating sustainable shareholder value, the company said. “eBay and PayPal are two great businesses with leading global positions in commerce and payments,” said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. “For more than a decade eBay and PayPal have mutually benefited from being part of one company, creating substantial shareholder value. However, a thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively. The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges. In its recently completed review, the board concluded: A changing competitive landscape creates enormous opportunities for eBay and PayPal; separation will create sharper strategic focus and better position each business to capitalize on those growth opportunities as independent companies. The benefits of the existing relationships between eBay and PayPal will naturally decline over time and can be optimized in arm’s length operating agreements between the two entities. This is the best path for delivering sustainable shareholder value. The company expects to complete the transaction as a tax-free spin-off in the second half of 2015, subject to market, regulatory and certain other conditions. eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe and company CFO Bob Swan will be responsible for leading the separation of each business, with board oversight. This includes determining appropriate management and capital structures for eBay and PayPal, and putting in place appropriate operating agreements. Neither Donahoe nor Swan will have an executive management role in the new eBay and PayPal companies. But to provide continuity, they each expect to serve on one or both of the boards of the two companies.
07:00 EDTEBAYeBay to separate eBay, PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015
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06:58 EDTEBAYeBay trading halted, pending news
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September 29, 2014
18:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart blames Tracy Morgan for his own injuries in car crash, USA Today says
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08:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom to board
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Systrom, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram (FB), as a new member of the company's Board, effective September 26. Systrom became the 15th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company's Technology and eCommerce Committee and its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts.
September 24, 2014
12:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:49 EDTWMTGreen Dot's 2014 guidance incorporates Wal-Mart, says Piper Jaffray
Green Dot (GDOT) announced this morning that it will offer its GoBank product at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores nationwide by the end of October. Piper said GoBank has been piloted in a few stores in Texas and the launch has already been incorporated into Green Dot's 2014 guidance and accounts for relatively little in revenues. The firm views the news as a positive in total and said it shows continued traction within GoBank and its relationship with Wal-Mart. Shares of GoBank are Overweight rated with a $24 price target.
09:05 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:14 EDTWMTGreen Dot, Wal-Mart announce nationwide rollout of GoBank
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September 23, 2014
13:22 EDTEBAYBitPay, PayPal announce bitcoin integration
BitPay announced a relationship with PayPal to further expand the adoption of bitcoin. The first joint project is an integration with PayPal’s Payments Hub, which is PayPal’s alternative payment platform for digital goods. The integration with PayPal’s Payments Hub is now completed and ready for merchants in North America to enable. Merchants using Payments Hub can create a BitPay merchant account and provide the API credentials into the Payments Hub admin. Customers with a bitcoin wallet will then be able to pay with bitcoin for games, music, videos, news, ebooks, and other digital content.
September 19, 2014
10:59 EDTEBAYSamsung working with PayPal for mobile payments on smartwatch, Gigaom says
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September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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08:47 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
eBay September call option implied volatility is at 33, October is at 31, November is at 27, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
September 17, 2014
13:57 EDTEBAYiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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09:18 EDTEBAYHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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