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12/4/14Market Update (NASDAQ:MSFT): Barnes & Noble to buy Microsoft’s stake in Nook business (Jutia Group)

[Reuters] - (Reuters) - Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc said it would buy Microsoft Corp's 17 percent stake in its Nook business, comprising e-readers, e-books and college bookstores. The company said its total revenue ... Read more on this. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), valued at $397.39B, ended trading at $48.08.   [...]

3/18/14Barron's ETF Roundtable (Random Roger's Big Picture)

This week's Alpha Baskets Market Update includes a look at the Barron's ETF Roundtable including the following great quote; This is Amazon versus Barnes & Noble. The mutual fund companies are brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble, trying to figure out how to compete with Amazon. This is just the continued death rattle of mutual funds. While "death rattle" probably isn't quite right it is a funny quote. Please click through to read the rest. The picture is of the Gardner, MT entrance to...

3/13/14Market Update (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft, Nook to Develop New Reader App (Jutia Group)

[at Fox Business] - Barnes & Noble amended an agreement with Microsoft this week that paves the way for a new Microsoft e-reader app to be co-branded with the Nook. Read more on this. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), with a current value of $313.61B, began trading this morning at $38.44.   [...]

11/27/13Stock Update: Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) – Barnes & Noble’s Black Friday 2013 deals (Jutia Group)

[at The Verge] - Target already revealed that Barnes & Noble's Nook HD would be available for $79 during this year's Black Friday shopping frenzy, and today B&N itself is matching the promotion and extending it with a cheaper Simple Touch e-reader and discounted content deals. Read more on this. Target Corp. (TGT), [...]

3/1/13Barnes and Noble Retail Split? (Wealth Daily)

Beaten down by the technology wave of advances e-readers and tablets, Barnes and Noble (NYSE: BKS) may be opting for a different strategy...

1/8/132013 Will Not Be a Good Year for E-Reader Makers (Wall Street Mess)

In the midst of a disappointing sales season for retailers, there have been several bright spots. One of those has to be the number of e-book readers that appeared under Christmas trees. But the cheer is not expected to last throughout 2013. According to some technology analysts, this category of tech gadgets is expected to see a very rapid decline in its fortunes over the coming months thanks to competition from other devices. Competition From Tablets There are several well-known...

11/29/12Barnes & Noble Earnings Mixed: Goldman Sachs May Change Recommendation (

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the literary retailer, this morning reported stronger than expected earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The company reported a loss of $0.04 per share on quarterly revenues of $1.9 billion – down by 0.4 percent from a year-ago. The reported earnings are slightly better than analysts had speculated they [...]

10/24/12Barnes & Noble says U.S. Credit Card Data Was Breached In 63 Stores (

Big wig retailer Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has reported that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as September were potential victims to credit card data breach. The retailer noted that customers’ information could have been stolen by malicious parties. According to Barnes & Noble, Federal law enforcement units are aware of [...]

10/9/12(BKS) Whitestone REIT Continues Acquisition Binge (Stock Blog Hub)

Texas-based Whitestone REIT (WSR) recently completed the acquisition of a 310,979 square foot upscale community center named 'Village Square at Dana Park' and adjacent land parcels situated in Mesa. The $50.5 million acquisition depicts Whitestone’s ongoing expansion spree, mainly on the off-market front. The strategic move by Whitestone is expected to strengthen its presence in the [...]

9/12/12JANA Partners Dumps Barnes & Noble Stake (market folly)

Barry Rosenstein's hedge fund JANA Partners has completely exited its position in Barnes & Noble (BKS).  Per an amended 13G filed with the SEC this morning, JANA now shows a 0% stake due to trading on August 31st. JANA originally took an 11.6% stake in Barnes & Noble back in April of this year and shares spiked 18% on the news at the time as investors hoped the activist firm would save the struggling bookseller.  We also posted up their JANA's thesis on BKS. The value here is in the...

9/11/12JANA Partners Appears to Have Dumped Entire Barnes & Noble Stake (

JANA PARTNERS LLC has just filed a 13F with the Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC), which shows that they now own zero shares in Barnes & Nobles. JANA Partners had previously held 4,114,506 shares of the company as of the previous filling dated June 30th. It is possible that JANA did not sell Barnes & Noble, and side-pocketed [...]

8/28/12Barnes & Noble Teams With UK Retailer John Lewis To Expand Sales (

The world’s largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), formed an alliance with UK retailer John Lewis, to bring its award-winning NOOK reading experience and leading digital bookstore to its physical stores and online sales channels this autumn. The partnership with “the UK’s leading electrical retailer,” to establish its presence in UK, is the company’s [...]

8/21/12Barnes & Noble Beats Forecasts on Fifty Shades of Grey Sales (Value Investing)

Barnes & Noble Inc.'s (NYSE:BKS) reported first-quarter loss narrowed on account of higher sales from same-store, due to liquidation of Borders' bookstores and strong sales of the Fifty Shades of Grey series. The book has been an unbelievable best-seller. Stifel Nicholas has some interesting notes on the report (plus the graph below): Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) posted a [...]

8/20/12Barnes & Noble: Likely Another Loss, But Still in the Tablet Race (Value Investing)

As Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) prepares to report its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, the company's stock has taken a hit, after Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced its April 30 announcement to purchase a stake in the company and add an infusion to expand its electronic books. While jumping 52 percent on that ill-fated day, the honeymoon may [...]

6/18/12Microsoft Won’t Announce A Tablet Made By Barnes & Noble Today (Value Investing)

[caption id="attachment_57873" align="aligncenter" width="631"] Image: A Mockup by Brainmfb[/caption] Today, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will make an official announcement although nobody knows what the announcement will be about. It was initially rumored that the company planned to announce a Nook-like tablet computer but Dow Jones Newswires confirmed that Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) (the maker behind the popular Android-based Nook tablet) will [...]

6/15/12Friday Briefing: RIM Just Doesn’t Learn (Wall Street Daily)

Happy Friday! It’s time to look forward to the weekend, enjoy Louis Basenese’s breakdown of the market through charts and get your weekly does of tech news. Remember to cast your vote in the survey at the end, though. As this lets us know which story has you most tuned in. That way we can get [...]

5/4/12Jana and John Malone’s LMCA Big Winners from BKS Jump (Value Investing)

In a move that most investment firms would love to have, Jana partners  raked in profits from its investment with Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), in a one day sale. Jana partners on Monday sold around 1 million shares at $24.42 each on the same day that Microsoft made an investment of $605 million, sending stock [...]

5/3/12JANA's Investment Thesis on Barnes & Noble (BKS) (market folly)

We originally flagged when Barry Rosenstein's hedge fund JANA Partners took a stake in Barnes & Noble (BKS).  So today we want to take a look at their rationale for buying. JANA's Position in BKS While they are activist investors, this was not an activist stake.  They instead filed a passive 13G with the SEC disclosing an 11.6% ownership stake in the company.  At the same time, other investors like G Asset Management were leading the activist charge by filing a 13D a month prior...

5/3/12Whitney Tilson Explains BKS Reversal; T2 up 26% YTD (Value Investing)

From Whitney Tilson of T2 Parters: Our fund rose 1.5% in April vs. -0.6% for the S&P 500, +0.2% for the Dow and -1.4% for the Nasdaq. Year to date, our fund is up 25.8% vs. 11.9% for the S&P 500, 9.0% for the Dow and 17.2% for the Nasdaq.   On the long side, we were having a lousy [...]

5/2/12Why You Shouldn’t Fall for Barnes & Noble’s Massive Run-Up (Wall Street Daily)

If you purchased Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) shares Friday morning, you might not be reading this right now. Instead, you’re probably busy celebrating the insane surge in share price on Monday. The stock blasted 90% virtually overnight on news that Barnes & Noble is spinning off its digital book and college textbook segments, and partnering [...]

5/1/12Microsoft Joins Barnes & Noble in the e-Reader Wars (Wall Street Daily)

LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_12187');   Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is buying $300 million stake in Barnes & Noble's (NYSE: BKS) Nook e-reader business, opening up a new chapter in the four-way fight for dominance between tech titans Microsoft, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Amazon  (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). The strategic investment gives Microsoft a 17.6% piece of Barnes & Noble’s currently unnamed [...]

5/1/12Will the Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Deal with Barnes & Noble Work? (Money Morning)

The story behind Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) $300 million investment in Barnes and Noble's (NYSE: BKS) Nook is an easy read: Both companies win with the deal. The duo is pairing to create a new subsidiary, with Microsoft taking a 17.6% stake. Microsoft will invest an additional $305 million over the next five years. The deal gives the tech giant a long-desired grip in the business of e-books and college textbooks, which are moving to electronic distribution. Microsoft will...

4/30/12Bill Ackman on Burger King and Barnes & Noble (market folly)

The founder of hedge fund Pershing Square, Bill Ackman, guest hosted CNBC's Squawk Box yesterday morning and we wanted to highlight his comments for those who might have missed them.  His first segment talked about Barnes & Noble (due to the Microsoft investment news) as well as his position in Burger King. On Barnes & Noble : He joked that he gives them credit for "existing."  Obviously, the brick and mortar business has come under fire given the proliferation of e-books.  Ackman thinks...

4/30/12Microsoft Invests $300 Million In Barnes & Noble (Value Investing)

  Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) are creating a new partnership. Both companies sent out a press release today which mention that the tech giant invested in $300 million of the bookseller which brings the new partnership at a 17.6% stake in equity.  This new business is said to be worth $1.7 billion and Barnes [...]

4/30/12Monday Morning Musings (In The Money)

The market is lower in early trade after a 4-day bounce last week that resulted in solid weekly gains for the major indexes. The big news has come on the M&A front this morning.  First, Microsoft (MSFT) said it will invested $300 million into Barnes & Noble (BKS) to form a strategic partnership aimed at accelerating the transition to e-reading.  BKS stock is up a whopping 62% on the news, aided by short-covering. Also, Gen-Probe (GPRO) reported solid earnings but also said it will be...

4/30/12Microsoft Pumps $300 Million into Barnes & Noble (Benzinga)

Leave it up to Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to help kick off the week with an interesting story. The computer giant is making a significant $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble's (NYSE: BKS) digital-book business and college texts units. It's a fascinating move that helps value the Nook business, but also provides some direction about MSFT's ambitions for the year. That investment will give Microsoft a 17.6% stake in a new "Nook" subsidiary that will, in turn, value it at $1.7 billion....

4/26/12Samsung, Nook Kindle-Killers Surpass Amazon: Rich Jaroslovsky (Penny Stock DD)

Success breeds competition, a lesson Apple knows well from its iPhones and iPads. Now is learning it from two new devices that take dead aim at its Kindle tablet-and-e-reader business. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a low-cost, color-tablet alternative to the Kindle Fire. Taking on the traditional monochrome Kindle is [...]

3/16/12Barnes & Noble Inc. Ties NOOK Offer To Mastercard (eMoneyDaily)

Barnes & Noble has announced a special offer for NOOK customers using MasterCard.Barnes & Noble Inc. Ties NOOK Offer To MastercardBarnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, has announced a special savings offer for new NOOK customers shopping with a MasterCard credit card.Through this offer customers, who prefer [...]

3/2/12Barnes & Noble Inc. Offers Nook Owners Free Tickets (eMoneyDaily)

Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has offered Hunger Games tickets with the purchase of its eReader.Barnes & Noble Inc. Offers Nook Owners Free TicketsBarnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is giving customers an opportunity to attend an exclusive, advance screening of the film, The Hunger Games, with the purchase of a NOOK in select stores.Barnes & [...]

1/27/12Barnes & Noble in Talks to Sell Nook Outside U.S. (Penny Stock DD)

Barnes & Noble Inc., the largest U.S. bookstore chain, is working on a deal to sell its Nook digital devices in stores outside the U.S. for the first time, according to a person familiar with the situation. The chain is developing a partnership with the U.K.’s Waterstones Booksellers Ltd. to add the Nook to its locations [...]

1/7/12Update Digest for Week of 2012-01-07 (The Essentials of Trading)

This week's postings to Facebook and Twitter. Top Trading Reads from 2011: In case you have an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card burning a hole in your pocke... Read on Trading currency crosses direct or through the legs: The following question came in from one of my newsletter su... Read on This isn't strictly about trading, [...]

1/6/12Friday Already? Surviving The First Week Of 2012 (DIA, BAC, BKS) (Wall Street Sector Selector)

Last Friday the Dow closed at 12,200 and Monday we started the new year at 12,450 and yesterday we closed at 12,415 so all the people who caught that move in the futures between 6am Tuesday morning and 10:05 Tuesday morning had a great week and the rest of you can go suck eggs.

12/30/11Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Stops Homophobic Calendar Sale (eMoneyDaily)

Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has stopped selling a homophobic calendar after uproar from GLAAD.Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Stops Homophobic Calendar SaleReports say that Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has stopped selling a highly-offensive and homophobic calendar by Christian cartoonist Joe King, after gay groups expressed outrage.GLAAD had reached out to the retailer regarding [...]

12/8/11A Stock I Warned You About Looks Ready to Nosedive (Jutia Group)

Right before the Thanksgiving break, I singled out Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) as a stock that looked vulnerable to overly-optimistic expectations. [Read the original article here.] At the time, I noted that an imminent quarterly earnings release merited a great deal of scrutiny. Barnes & Noble had been expected to generate a small $0.02 [...]

11/28/11Struggling Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) Will See Its Stock Plunge – For Good (Money Morning)

Don't believe the recent rally in Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) stock - it's not going to stick. In fact, this stock is ready to plunge. The share price has been on a roller coaster ride all year. It climbed in February to over $18, fell to almost $8 in April, rose to around $21 in June, and then slipped to $10 in October. Now it's on a tear again. It's moved up by 5% to 10% per day lately, soaring 65% in the past month. But this move isn't based on strong fundamentals...

11/21/11Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Releases New Nook Tablet (eMoneyDaily)

Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has unveiled its new Nook Tablet.Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Releases New Nook TabletIt has been reported that Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has launched its popular Nook e-Reader’s latest version, the Nook Tablet.This is an Android tablet with built-in apps for streaming music, streaming video and of course reading [...]

11/10/11Barnes and Noble's Rise Tells its Own Story (Benzinga)

Shares of the world's largest book retailer Barnes and Noble (NYSE: BKS) have risen 26 percent in the previous two days to $14.33 upon the announcement of the company's new Nook tablet and the Justice Department's opening of a new antitrust probe against Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). Today's trading volume for Barnes and Noble's shares represents 4.05 times the average volume for the company. The high volume gives validity to the large price move. On Monday Barnes and Noble unveiled its new...

11/7/11Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) To Launch New Nook? (eMoneyDaily)

It has been reported that Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) may launch a new Nook.Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) To Launch New Nook?Reuters has reported that Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) could introduce cheaper versions of its Nook devices to compete for holiday tablet sales.This move is said to be taken to meet the competition [...]

10/20/11Barnes & Noble expands Marketplace (Penny Stock DD)

Barnes & Noble announced Thursday that it was expanding its Marketplace by adding more than 1 million new products across several product categories, including consumer electronics and home items. The expansion will help the world's largest bookseller move beyond its focus on books and compete better with other online marketplaces such as and EBay. New [...]

10/3/11Barnes & Noble Buys Customer List from Borders (Benzinga)

Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) has taken the smart, if perhaps obvious, step of purchasing the now-defunct Borders' customer information list. Anybody that purchased books, music, DVDs or anything else from Borders in the past, that information, including buying habits, is now in the hands of BKS. The company plans to use the information, well, in much the same way as Borders did. Offers will be received via email, and details of events and new releases will be sent out. In addition,...

9/28/11Amazon pushes Barnes & Noble’s back to the wall (Penny Stock DD) Inc's aggressive pricing on its Kindle devices leaves Barnes & Noble Inc little choice but to match the online retailer and update its own devices, even if that means more damage to the bookstore chain's bottom line. Amazon introduced its long expected Kindle Fire tablet on Wednesday, as well as [...]

9/23/11(RSH) RadioShack to Sell NOOK e-reader (Stock Blog Hub)

RadioShack Corp. (RSH), the leading electronics and wireless devices retailer in the U.S., recently entered into an agreement with  Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS). As per the agreement, starting from October 3, 2011, RadioShack will offer the innovative NOOK series of e-reading devices and related accessories from over 3,000 stores and online site throughout the [...]

8/5/11Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Updating Firmware (eMoneyDaily)

Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has issued its Simple Touch Firmware Update 1.0.1.Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Updating FirmwareBarnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) announced that it has issued a firmware update for Simple Touch.It’s a new firmware update for Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS)’s wildly successful touchscreen e-ink based e-reader.Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS)’s new [...]

8/4/11Is There A Nook And A Crack In The Deal For Barnes & Noble? (Benzinga)

Back in early May, Liberty Media (NASDAQ: LCAPA) announced it had put an offer to Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) to buy 70% of the company, at $17 per share. Initially shares of Barnes & Noble spiked on the news, moving towards $20 per share, higher than the initial bid. Then some got to thinking. What in the heck was John Malone actually planning to do with Barnes & Noble? It is still not ultimately known at this point what Liberty will do with Barnes & Noble, but some have...

7/20/11Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Starts Battlefield 3 Pre-order (eMoneyDaily)

Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has started the pre-order of Andy McNab’s Battlefield 3.Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Starts Battlefield 3 Pre-orderThe largest bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS) has listed the 400-page novel Battlefield 3, written by the Battlefield 3 consultant Andy McNab, and has started pre-orders for the book.The official release date of [...]

6/8/11Boston Scientific, Barnes & Noble, Forever 21: Intellectual Property (Penny Stock DD)

Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX), the second- biggest maker of implanted heart devices, won an appeals court ruling in a patent-infringement case against Johnson & Johnson. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington yesterday upheld a lower court ruling that four patents on drug-coated stents owned by J&J’s [...]

5/31/11Update on Positions ()

Barnes and Noble took a huge dive towards EOD and I almost did a mental stop but I really think the value is higher. An analyst said "Barnes & Noble may get $24 a share, said Mediatech Capital Partners LLC," and there are three law firms investigating the $17 bid that was offered by Liberty Media b/c they believe that if B&N takes the offer, the share holders are gettin' ripped off; so this might force John Malone to up his price. It also broke out with above avg volume today but like I...

5/30/11Insider Stock Buying… Why You Should Follow the Corporate Insiders (Investment U)

Insider Stock Buying... Why You Should Follow the Corporate Insiders by Alexander Green, Investment U‘s Chief Investment Strategist Monday, May 30, 2011: Issue #1523 When short-sellers and corporate insiders disagree on the outlook for a company, bet on the insiders. You need only take a look at the recent price action in Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) to [...]

5/28/11Link Post (weekly) (Venture Chronicles)

Google Wallet: Handicapping why it will (and won't) work | ZDNet tags: blog As world burns, G8 leaders fiddle ... with the Internet. Seriously? tags: blog All Revenue is Not Created Equal: The Keys to the 10X Revenue Club « Excellent read tags: blog Sarkozy riles Internet CEOs at e-G8 | FT Tech Hub | FTtechhub - Industry analysis – Joe [...]

5/26/11two new positions 5.26.11 ()

 I got back into BKS because there might be a bidding war for the Nook; if Liberty Media wants to really buy B&Ns, then they will have to buy it at a higher price b/c the market price is way higher than their bid. Also Ron Burkle picked up "603,000 shares of the bookseller at just under $18.49" on Monday, May 23 ( Update1: the Nook has a higher market share than the Ipad Update2: "Malone...

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