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July 23, 2014
14:58 EDTSFTBF, BABA, YHOOYahoo speculated as target for Alibaba, Softbank, Forbes contributor says
Forbes contributor Eric Jackson contends that after he previously published an article which wondered if Yahoo (YHOO) could be a takeover target and after "chatting with a large Yahoo shareholder," he now believes the most likely outcome is that either Alibaba (BABA) or SoftBank (SFTBF) buys Yahoo. Reference Link
News For YHOO;BABA;SFTBF From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
18:07 EDTSFTBFSoftBank COO to purchase Y60B stake in company, expected to succeed CEO
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17:25 EDTSFTBFSoftBank leads $1B investment round for online lender SoFi, WSJ says
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09:33 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
07:41 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $56 from $62 at Cantor
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06:13 EDTBABA, SFTBFSnapdeal secures $500M in investment round led by Alibaba, Softbank
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06:05 EDTSFTBFSoftbank to invest in geothermal power generation, Nikkei says
Softbank subsidiary SB Energy will invest in developing renewable energy, extend construction and operation from PV and wind power to geothermal power generation, reports Nikkei News earlier this week. SB Energy already intends to build 27 huge megasolar power plants across Japan by fiscal 2017, and it also has plans for two wind farms. The company expects to begin construction of the plant in one to two years and launch operations by 2020. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSFTBFSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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12:27 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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11:34 EDTSFTBFSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
09:39 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
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07:41 EDTBABAAlibaba strengthens Suning Commerce cooperation with e-commerce moves
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06:36 EDTBABAHuayi sells $560M in shares to group including Alibaba, Tencent, Variety reports
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06:08 EDTBABA, SFTBFeBay expected to announce sale of some of Snapdeal stake, Re/code reports
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August 17, 2015
19:29 EDTYHOOFacebook tests expanded blog capabilities, CNET says
Facebook (FB) is testing an expanded version of its "notes" feature, allowing users to include large background photos in the blog-like service, reports CNET. The new look puts the service more in line with Yahoo's (YHOO) Tumblr blogging platform, said the report, and a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the test aims to "make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook." Reference Link
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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13:34 EDTYHOOBuzzFeed and Yahoo Japan in JV, FT reports
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13:11 EDTBABAAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.
09:38 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
August 16, 2015
18:36 EDTBABAAlibaba offering exclusive deals to lure brands from JD.com, WSJ says
Last April, Alibaba's (BABA) Jack Ma promised Fast Retailing Co. CEO Tadashi Yanai that Alibaba would deliver increased traffic to the company's brands if it reduced its association with JD.com (JD), and the company has only accelerated its use of such exclusivity agreements since then, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the discussions. Haoyu Shen, CEO of JD's JD Mall told the Journal, "We are concerned [about the agreements]... We don't think it's in the brand's interest to do that." Reference Link
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