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January 15, 2013
11:22 EDTWMT, AMZN, SKS, JWN, ROST, LTD, COH, GPS, TJX, JCP, SHLD, KSS, TGT, M, EBAYNRF says holiday retail sales up 3% to $579.8B, trailing forecast
The National Retail Federation estimates that total holiday retail sales increased 3.0%, below NRF's projected forecast of 4.1%, to $579.8B. Additionally, the NRF said non-store holiday sales grew 11.1%. Shop.org in October forecasted a 12.0% growth in online sales in the months of November and December, NRF noted. According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants increased 0.8% seasonally adjusted from November and increased 2.1% unadjusted year-over-year.
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July 17, 2014
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:16 EDTEBAYeBay price target lowered to $57 from $60 at Canaccord
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07:26 EDTEBAYEBay, LVMH settle ongoing litigation over counterfeit goods
EBay (EBAY) and LVMH (LVHMY) announced a cooperative effort to protect intellectual property rights and combat counterfeits in online commerce. The companies jointly said, "Thanks to the cooperation measures put in place, the companies have settled ongoing litigation." Reference Link
07:06 EDTEBAYEBay CEO says most users reset passwords since breach, Reuters says
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06:50 EDTAMZNAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTEBAYeBay shares look 'resilient' at current levels, says Citigroup
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05:41 EDTEBAYeBay revenue guidance should not be surprise, says Piper Jaffray
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July 16, 2014
17:39 EDTEBAYeBay says Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June
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16:25 EDTEBAYeBay narrows FY14 revenue view to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B
Consensus is $18.24B.
16:24 EDTROSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nationís largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
16:19 EDTEBAY eBay sees FY14 adjusted EPS $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.98
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16:18 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q3 adjusted EPS 65c-67c, consensus 70c
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16:17 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q2 EPS 69c, consensus 68c
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
15:27 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:25 EDTEBAYeBay July 50.5 straddle priced for 4.2% move into Q2
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13:20 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay set to report Q2 earnings since security breach
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10:58 EDTAMZNAmazon testing 'Kindle Unlimited' subscription service, Gigaom reports
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10:00 EDTROSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:39 EDTROSTRoss Stores downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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