Barnes & Noble: Nook Ignites Tablet War

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) announced that its NOOK Tablet has shipped one day ahead of schedule for customers who pre-ordered it.

The company introduced the tablet on November 7 and began taking pre-orders. The NOOK Tablet will start arriving today to those customers and for ones who reserved it in Barnes & Nobles stores. The product is also now available for purchase in company stores with onsite demonstrations for curious consumers.

During the next few weeks, the product will be for sale at large retailers.

The highly anticipated $249 tablet comes with an array of features including a breakthrough battery, media offerings through the Vivid View color 7″ touchscreen, a fast Web connection, email and video streaming.

For consumers interested in a less expensive tablet,  Barnes& Noble’s $99 NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color can be purchased today at company stores.

Today’s news comes one day after Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) launched its new 7″ screen tablet, the Kindle Fire.

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Let the tablet wars begin.

Here’s how tablet computing stocks are trading now:

  • Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS): The shares recently traded at $16.36, up $0.58, or 3.68%. Its market capitalization is $947.46 million. They have traded in a 52-week range of $8.45 to $21.64. Volume today was 1,207,447 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,128,180 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-1.20 per share. The company pays a dividend of $1.00 per share for a dividend yield of 6.50%. About the company: Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates superstores and mall-based bookstores throughout the US. The Company operates book superstores under the names Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop, and Bookstar. Barnes & Noble also operates bookstores in shopping malls under the names B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops, and Scribner’s Bookstore. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): The shares recently traded at $215.01, down $2.82, or 1.29%. Its market capitalization is $97.78 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $157.55 to $246.71. Volume today was 2,687,980 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,651,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 113.34, while trailing earnings are $1.90 per share. About the company: Amazon.com, Inc. is an online retailer that offers a wide range of products. The Company’s products include books, music, videotapes, computers, electronics, home and garden, and numerous other products. Amazon offers personalized shopping services, Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): The shares recently traded at $387.73, down $1.1, or 0.28%. Its market capitalization is $360.36 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $297.76 to $426.70. Volume today was 6,571,931 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 20,582,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.01, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share. About the company: Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): The shares recently traded at $615.12, down $1.44, or 0.23%. Its market capitalization is $199.23 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 1,118,263 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,382,730 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 20.97, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share. About the company: Google Inc. is a global technology company that provides a web based search engine through its website. The Company offers a wide range of search options, including web, image, groups, directory, and news searches. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): The shares recently traded at $19.37, up $0.24, or 1.25%. Its market capitalization is $10.08 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $17.17 to $70.54. Volume today was 16,157,755 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 24,080,300 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 3.54, while trailing earnings are $5.48 per share. About the company: Research In Motion Limited (RIM) designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. The Company provides platforms and solutions for access to email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet, and Intranet-based applications. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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