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May 6, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLActionable Options for Wednesday, May, 6
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 37c to 21.85. Option volume leaders: AAPL BABA FB TWTR BAC VALE CHK MSFT YHOO TSLA
13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down PageSpeed Service on August 3
Google announced on its Google Developers page that "After 4.5 years of service, the PageSpeed Service team regretfully decided that the time had come to re-focus their efforts elsewhere and on May 5 announced that PageSpeed Service will be turned down. If you are using PageSpeed Service, you must change your DNS before August 3 or your site(s) will become completely unavailable on that date." Reference Link
10:43 EDTMSFTPiper says Microsoft-Salesforce would make sense, Brean says deal unlikely
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10:11 EDTAAPLApple drops to session lows, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTMSFTFortinet announces collaboration with Microsoft
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07:51 EDTAAPLApple awarded patent for Apple Watch design
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06:59 EDTGOOG, MSFTYahoo CEO comments on Microsoft search deal, Alibaba stake spinoff, WSJ says
Marissa Meyer, the CEO of Yahoo (YHOO), says that the company's restructured search partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) is designed to "put more pressure on Microsoft to make the product better" and ultimately both companies will get better and challenge Google (GOOG), The Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments made in a meeting with WSJ editors. Meyer also noted that Yahoo's scheduled spinoff of its Alibaba (BABA) stake is in "good shape." Reference Link
06:55 EDTMSFTPiper sees 'a lot of sense' in Microsoft buying Salesforce
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06:24 EDTAAPLFTC investigates Apple over deals for Beats Music, Bloomberg reports
The FTC is looking at Apple's efforts to line up deals with record labels as it prepares to debut its Beats Music streaming service, reports Bloomberg. According to people familiar with the matter, the FTC inquiry is looking at whether the company is using its position to put rival music services like Spotify at a disadvantage. FTC officials have discussed Apple’s practices with more than one record label. Reference Link
06:21 EDTSSNLF, AAPL, NOKFacebook could be potential buyer of Nokia Here service, TechCrunch reports
Facebook (FB) quietly signed a deal with Nokia (NOK) under which Nokia's Here mapping service will power maps on Facebook's mobile web version, TechCrunch reports. Facebook is additionally running a test for Here to power location in Instagram and Messenger, the publication says. Sources say Facebook is a potential buyer of Nokia's Here unit, which has an estimated value of $2B; other potential buyers for Nokia Here may include Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Baidu (BIDU), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), Yahoo (YHOO) and a car consortium, the sources say. Reference Link
06:10 EDTGOOGAmazon, Google say regulators 'more receptive' to drone efforts, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTMSFT, GOOGEuropean Commission launches e-commerce sector inquiry
The European Commission has launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the European Union. The inquiry, as announced by Commissioner Vestager in March, will allow the Commission to identify possible competition concerns affecting European e-commerce markets. It complements actions launched within the framework of the Digital Single Market Strategy adopted today. The sector inquiry will focus particularly on potential barriers erected by companies to cross-border online trade in goods and services where e-commerce is most widespread such as electronics, clothing and shoes, as well as digital content. Knowledge gained through the sector inquiry will contribute to better enforcement of competition law in the e-commerce sector. the Commission's competition sector inquiry will gather market information in order to better understand the nature, prevalence and effects of these and similar barriers erected by companies, and to assess them in light of EU antitrust rules. If, after analyzing the results, the Commission identified specific competition concerns, it could open case investigations to ensure compliance with EU rules on restrictive business practices and abuse of dominant market positions. In the coming weeks, the Commission will send requests for information to a range of stakeholders throughout the EU. The companies concerned may include, for example, manufacturers and wholesalers as well as e-commerce retailers. Under EU antitrust rules the Commission can require companies and trade associations to supply information, documents or statements as part of a sector inquiry. The Commission expects to publish a preliminary report for consultation in mid-2016. The final report is expected in the first quarter of 2017.
May 5, 2015
19:18 EDTAAPLApple to launch streaming music service in late June, 9to5Mac says
Apple does not currently have the necessary licensing deals to launch its streaming music service, but the company plans to make an announcement at the June 8 WWDC and a full launch is still planned for late June, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources briefed on the plans. Reference Link
19:12 EDTAAPLOpenTV sues Apple over alleged patent infringement, Re/code says
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19:08 EDTGOOGEU to announce investigation of tech companies, Reuters says
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18:10 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for the day. The market began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day, taking cues from similar losses in European indexes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade balance deficit grew 43% to $51.4B., significantly higher than analyst expectations for a move to $41.2B. Markit's services PMI declined to 57.4 for April, missing forecasts of 57.8. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing April PMI was 57.8, beating the anticipated 56.2 reading. WTI crude oil settled up 1.86, or 3.16%, at $60.79 per barrel. In China, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 4.1% on reports of increased margin requirements. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Salesforce (CRM) advanced 5.92% to $75.84 and were halted near 3:00 pm ET after reports that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering placing a bid for the company, though those rumors were downplayed as the afternoon continued... Disney (DIS) stock rose roughly 1% before finishing the session down fractionally after the company's second quarter results beat analyst expectations. During a CNBC interview, CEO Bob Iger remarked that the company's movie studio business currently has "no holes to fill" after "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" topped box office charts for its opening weekend. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural (CLF), which rose 12.29% after reports that Quebec province is prepared to buy a rail line, certain port facilities, and 20% of Bloom Lake mine from the company. Also higher were shares of Netflix (NFLX), advancing 1.92% for the day to finish at $565.55 after BofA/Merrill upgraded the company by a full two ratings to Buy. The firm raised its price target to $722 from $350, citing strong original content and "enormous" international opportunities. Among the noteworthy losers was Avon (AVP), falling 11.87% after the New York Post reported that Coty (COTY) and certain private equity firms may have lost interest in acquiring the company due to financing difficulties. Also lower were multiple companies in the containerboard market, with International Paper (IP), KapStone Paper (KS), Packaging Corp. (PKG), RockTenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) all declining 2%-5% after the IRS proposed rules which analysts believe could exclude papermakers from master limited partnerships. INDEXES: The Dow was down 142.20, or 0.79%, to 17,928.20, the Nasdaq was down 77.60, or 1.55%, to 4,939.33, and the S&P 500 was down 25.03, or 1.18%, 2,089.46.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 5, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 64c to 21.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR FB BAC BABA GILD PFE CHK PBR C according to Track Data.
15:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft is not likely to buy Salesforce, says Brean Capital
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15:29 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com calls active on report Microsoft considering bid
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15:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considering a bid for Salesforce, Bloomberg reports
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14:59 EDTMSFTSalesforce halted for volatility after report Microsoft considering bid
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14:57 EDTMSFTSalesforce up almost 6% after Bloomberg reports Microsoft considering bid
14:56 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considering a bid for Salesforce, Bloomberg reports
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13:15 EDTAAPLVolkswagen Car-Net platform to enable Apple Watch functionality
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12:46 EDTNOKBaidu, German carmakers prepare bid for Nokia's map service, WSJ says
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12:04 EDTMSFTNetSuite rises 0.5% to $94.94 after announcing Microsoft cloud alliance
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12:02 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; FB AAPL
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12:02 EDTMSFTNetSuite announces cloud alliance with Microsoft
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09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:39 EDTGOOGBofA/Merrill software/internet analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR NFLX TSLA BAC DIS BIDU
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08:49 EDTAAPLHome Depot may phase out support for Apple Pay at stores, MacRumors says
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08:40 EDTMSFTMellanox announces collaboration with Microsoft
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08:39 EDTAAPLQorvo risk/reward positive after decline, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Qorvo's (QRVO) stock is likely to rise by only a limited amount in the near-term, given share loss in the GS6 and weak China smartphone sales. However, over the longer term the firm thinks the company remains well-positioned for content gains at Apple (AAPL) and poised to benefit from the proliferation of China LTE. Pacific Crest keeps an $80 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLApple TV to get redesigned remote with touch pad, NYT reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLEU won't meet June deadline on tax probes into Apple, Amazon, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:09 EDTGOOGCisco to deliver video programming, broadband access to subscribers, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE MSFT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Microsoft (MSFT) 18 according to iVolatility.
06:01 EDTSSNLF, AAPLIHS: Apple and Samsung driving evolution in handset displays, DigiTimes reports
Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are driving the evolution in embedded touch handset displays, reports DigiTimes, citing a new report from IHS. The two companies accounted for more than 40% of the global smartphone market . IHS commented, "Since Apple adopted in-cell touch technology in 2012, and Samsung chose on-cell AMOLED for their premium product line, embedded touch for mobile phone displays has grown rapidly and has become a threat to add-on types."
06:01 EDTAAPLiPad shipments to be down 20% in 2015, DigiTimes says
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May 4, 2015
19:55 EDTAAPLApple orders components for 4-inch iPhone 6c, GSM Dome says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 4, 2015
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15:54 EDTSSNLF, AAPL, NOKFacebook tests Nokia 'HERE' map service, TechCrunch says
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14:51 EDTMSFTMicrosoft mentioned positively by Gaonkar at Sohn conference
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14:08 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Timeful, terms undisclosed
Google said the following on its Official Gmail Blog: "With the proliferation of mobile phones and greater access to technology, it should be easy to get things done quickly and effortlessly. That’s why with tools like Gmail, Inbox, Calendar and Docs, we’ve built smart features to help you organize your life and take the work out of work—Inbox makes it easy to get started on your to-do list, Calendar automatically adds events from your Gmail, and Search gives you simple, concise answers about information that’s important to you. But even as these tools have simplified our lives, we’re still inundated with too many updates, information and everyday tasks. And we still have to do a lot of logistical work ourselves—like deciding to what time exactly we should snooze that Reminder in order to get it done in time for Mom’s birthday, or figuring out when to work on that presentation so that it’s ready for next week’s sales pitch. Today we’re excited to announce that Timeful is joining the Google family to help make getting things done in your life even easier." Reference Link
13:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft developing two high-end Lumia phones for Windows 10, Verge says
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12:34 EDTAAPLGE intelligent LED lighting connects with Apple HomeKit ecosystem
Beth Comstock, President & CEO, GE (GE) Business Innovations, shared GE’s plans to engineer intelligent, color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple’s (AAPL) HomeKit during GE’s Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes. “As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our brilliant industrial machines to the Internet, it is important that consumers experience connected things in easy-to-use, everyday ways. Lighting is how many first experiment with the idea of a smart home, and our insights show that consumers want the ability to control lighting from anywhere, automate lighting and pair lighting with other devices—like sensors, thermostats and door locks,” says Comstock. “We’re excited to announce our support for HomeKit as it will bring a seamless, intuitive user experience using Siri and superior quality of light from America’s most trusted lighting brand for more than a century.” Embedded with GE Align technology, GE’s HomeKit-enabled LED bulb takes smart home technology a step further, giving consumers the ability to automate lighting according to the body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm. Lighting impacts our sleep patterns, and GE Align tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output. In the morning, GE Align produces a bright, bluer tone that suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, and in the evening it produces an amber light, reminiscent of candlelight and campfires. GE’s HomeKit-enabled intelligent LED offering will be available later this year.
10:14 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple pushes music labels to end free streaming, The Verge reports
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10:02 EDTAAPLApple working on larger iPad that features Bluetooth stylus, Apple Insider says
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09:35 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTGOOGFormer head of Google Maps weighing options after role change, BI reports
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07:41 EDTGOOGTwitter upgraded on valuation at Stifel
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07:37 EDTGOOGNational Press Club to hold a luncheon meeting
Vinton G. "Vint" Cerf, widely recognized as one of the co-founders of the Internet and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, discusses the Internet of Things and the future of the Web at a National Press Club luncheon meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on May 4 at 12:30 pm.
05:54 EDTAAPLApple captures 12% smartphone market share in China in Q1, DigiTimes reports
Apple iPhone has captured approximately 12% smartphone market share in China in Q1 with 109.8M units, reports DigiTimes. According to Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi maintains its first position in the China market with 12.8% share, but Apple is closing the gap. Reference Link
May 3, 2015
14:59 EDTGOOGTwitter, LinkedIn, Yelp likely falling further, Barron's says
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May 1, 2015
16:31 EDTAAPLMarket ends week lower as Apple, Twitter pull back after earnings
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16:02 EDTAAPL, MSFTOn The Fly: Morning Wrap-Up for May 1
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11:46 EDTAAPLMorningstar launches market-monitoring app for Apple Watch
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09:35 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple confirms tattoos can interfere with Apple Watch
Apple has confirmed on a support page on its website that dark wrist tattoos have the potential of interfering with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor. The company comments, "Many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart rate sensor. Skin perfusion is one... Motion is another factor that can affect the heart rate sensor. Rhythmic movements, such as running or cycling, give better results compared to irregular movements, like tennis or boxing.Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings." Reference Link
07:15 EDTNOKUBS will host an analyst Wireless Services/Industry conference call
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO has changed company, NY Times says
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06:28 EDTAAPLUBS cuts Apple Watch estimates on 'lackluster interest'
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05:52 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; CHK GOOG
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April 30, 2015
19:55 EDTMSFTPC version of Windows 10 on track for summer launch, Engadget says
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19:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy N-trig for roughly $30M, WSJ says
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16:55 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and remained in negative territory throughout the day. The market received little help from better than expected data on jobless claims and personal income and spending reports. The market moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the day, albeit at sharply lower levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims slid 34K to 262K in the week ended April 25, versus expectations for 290K first time claims. Personal income was unchanged in March, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase, while consumer spending rose 0.4%, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Chicago PMI rose 6.0 points to 52.3 in April, which was better than the expected 50.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) slid $3.49, or 2.71%, to $125.15 after The Wall Street Journal reported after the market close yesterday that the company was forced to limit production of its Apple Watch after a part involved in the watch's taptic engine supplied by AAC Technologies was shown to break down over time, forcing the company to shift to the use of a part produced by a second supplier. Apple has moved almost all of its production of the part to Nidec, but the Japanese supplier may take time to ramp up production, the report noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Glu Mobile (GLUU), which jumped $1.36, or 25.19%, to $6.76 after the social game maker reported better than expected first quarter results, announced a game development deal with Britney Spears and said Tencent Holdings (TCEHY) had agreed to buy a stake in the company. Also higher was ClickSoftware (CKSW), which gained $2.60, or 26.48%, to $12.42 after agreeing to be acquired by private funds managed by Francisco Partners Management in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $438M. Under the terms of the agreement, Francisco Partners will acquire all of ClickSoftware's outstanding ordinary shares for $12.65 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Yelp (YELP), which dropped $11.89, or 23.19%, to $39.39 after reporting lower than expected Q1 revenue and giving worse than expected revenue guidance, resulting in downgrades by at least four firms this morning. Also lower were shares of CTC Media (CTCM), which fell $77c, or 18.08%, to $3.49 after the company reported its first quarter results and said it will not to declare a dividend in Q2 to "preserve the financial and strategic flexibility" of the company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 195.01, or 1.08%, to 17,840.52, the Nasdaq lost 82.22, or 1.64%, to 4,941.42, and the S&P 500 declined 21.34, or 1.01%, to 2,085.51.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 60c to 21.84. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN CELG VZ KMI according to Track Data.
14:04 EDTMSFTAutodesk to embed 3D printing platform in Windows 10
Autodesk (ADSK) announced it is working with Microsoft (MSFT) to embed its 3D printing platform in Windows 10, and that it intends to make its 3D modeling software interoperable with Microsoft’s mixed reality environment, Microsoft HoloLens. Autodesk will make the Spark APIs available for free to the Microsoft developer community. Autodesk will also join Microsoft as a founding member of a 3D Manufacturing Format Consortium to create and support a standard 3D interchange and printing format.
13:15 EDTAAPLApple Watch breakdown shows Broadcom, STM, ADI chips, MacRumors says
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12:55 EDTAAPLApple slides further, levels to watch
The shares are touching session lows, last at $125.30. Below that level next support is at $124.19 and then at $123.10. Resistance is at $126.30.
12:49 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent shareholder calls Nokia deal 'unacceptable,' FT says
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12:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:15 EDTAAPLIHS teardown: Apple Watch has lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price
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11:53 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; TWTR AAPL
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11:28 EDTMSFT, AAPLSalesforce seen fetching $100 per share, but several analysts say deal unlikely
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09:59 EDTAAPLApple breaks its 50-day moving average, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 28.2% after reporting first quarter results and deals with Tencent and Britney Spears... Civeo (CVEO), up 3.05... TASER (TASR), up 9.6%... Virgin America (VA), up 2.7%... Noble Corp (NE), up 1.8%... Statoil (STO), up 2.8%... Alpha Natural (ANR), up 3.6%... Exxon Mobil (XOM), up 1.4%... Phillips 66 (PSX), up 1.2%... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 2.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Clicksoftware (CKSW), up 27.8% after being acquired by Francisco Partners... JetBlue (JBLU), up 1.4% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 16.5% after receiving going private proposal. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yelp (YELP), down 17.1%... Celgene (CELG), down 2.4%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 11.4%... Harman International (HAR), down 9%... Potash (POT), down 2.4%... Generac (GNRC), down 7%... Nokia (NOK), down 8.7%... Baidu (BIDU), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), down 18.1% after 9.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $8.00... Miller Energy (MILL), down 9% after receiving 'Wells Notice'... Scorpio Tankers (STNG), down 7.5% after 15M share Spot Secondary priced at $9.30... Advaxis (ADXS), down 6% after 2.8M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.00.
09:14 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
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09:14 EDTMSFTBrean says take profits in Salesforce after takeover report
Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian recommends taking profits in Salesforce after the stock rallied 12% yesterday. Hindlian views a sale of Salesforce as "highly unlikely." She notes Brean's work indicates such a deal would be unlikely on both price and valuation as the company's Founder and CEO Marc Benioff would be unwilling to sell without a “substantial” premium. The analyst also questions if Salesforce has any interest in selling itself. Further, she believes a takeover by either Oracle (ORCL) or Microsoft (MSFT) would raise regulatory issues. Hindlian keeps a Hold rating on Salesforce.
07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft outlook has improved, says RBC Capital
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07:39 EDTMSFTInfosys partners with Microsoft to offer Finacle on Azure
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07:07 EDTMSFT, AAPLSalesforce appears to be open to evaluating takeover offers, says Stifel
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06:55 EDTGOOGEU to investigate US sites over data use and search, Financial Times reports
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06:51 EDTMSFTPiper sees Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100/share
Piper Jaffray followed JPMorgan in predicting a Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100 per share. Piper calls Salesforce a "very attractive and unique asset," but admits it has no proprietary information about a potential deal. Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM) and the large Internet centric vendors are the only tech companies likely to afford Salesforce, Piper believes. It points out that while Oracle denied it made an offer, the $10B in debt raised earlier this week by the company is likely to keep it near the top of the potential acquirer list. Piper says Salesforce potentially being in play raises the potential for any pure cloud vendor to be taken over, including Workday (WDAY) and ServiceNow (NOW), as well as "host of smaller pure cloud vendors and fast-growing non-cloud companies" such as Splunk (SPLK). The firm keeps an Overweight rating on Salesforce with an $80 price target.
06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft would likely sell off on Salesforce acquisition, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes that should Salesforce (CRM) be up for sale as Bloomberg yesterday suggested, Microsoft (MSFT) could be the most likely the suitor. Citi thinks Microsoft shares would likely trade lower should such a deal occur, as it would signal the company is in a "more tenuous position in commercial business than investors currently think." The firm lists Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG) as other potential suitors for Salesforce. With less upside now to its Saleforce price target, Citi prefers Check Point (CHKP) and VMware (VMW) for growth investors and ServiceNow (NOW) for exposure to software-as-a-service. It keeps a Buy rating on Salesforce with am unchanged price target of $78.
06:22 EDTAAPLOmniVision nears deal to be bought by Hua Capital for $29/share, Bloomberg says
OmniVision Technologies (OVTI), which makes chips for smartphone and tablet cameras like Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, is close to a deal to be acquired by Beijing-based private equity firm Hua Capital Management for about $29 per share, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. At $29 per share, the company would be valued at $1.68B, the publication notes. A deal could be announced as early as today. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLFlight delays at American Airlines continue as iPad glitch fixed, WSJ reports
American Airlines (AAL) pilots are being told to delete and reload an app that provides navigational charts on their iPads (AAPL) following delays caused by a software glitch, The Wall Street Journal reports. A spokesperson for the carrier says the glitch did not affect in-flight safety, and said the carrier is starting to see delays decrease as pilots "become aware they can reinstate the app." Though no flights have been canceled, 24 were delayed up to 30 minutes on Tuesday and 30 were delayed on Wednesday. Reference Link
06:10 EDTGOOG, MSFTJefferies sees 'very low' probability of Salesforce takeover
Jefferies views the 12% rally in Salesforce (CRM) shares yesterday after Bloomberg reported the company is fielding takeover offers as an overreaction. The firm says the probability of a sale is "very low, especially with the stock already trading at an inflated valuation." It views Microsoft (MSFT) as the most likely suitor, with Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG) potentially in the mix. Jefferies keeps an Underperform rating on Salesforce with a $49 price target. The stock closed yesterday up $7.76 to $74.65.
06:07 EDTAAPLApple Watch won't reach Israel until 2016, Globes reports
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06:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO sees $20B a year from cloud business by 2018, Re/code reports
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told financial analysts at a meeting that he believes that the company will get $20B per year from its corporate cloud business by "sometime" in FY18, Re/code reports. The company currently gets about $6.3B per year from the business. Reference Link
05:57 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft, IBM, Oracle rumored as potential Salesforce.com suitors, Re/code says
Potential suitors for Salesforce.com (CRM), which is said to have hired financial advisers to handle takeover inquiries, may include Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reports. Hesseldahl notes that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attended a dinner with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday night, ahead of Microsoft's Build conference. Reference Link
05:43 EDTNOKNokia sees Nokia Networks FY15 revenue up year-over-year
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05:40 EDTNOKNokia reports Q1 non-IFRS EPS EUR 0.05 vs. EUR 0.04 last year
Reports Q1 revenue EUR 3.2 vs. EUR 2.7B last year.
April 29, 2015
17:16 EDTMSFTSalesforce could be worth $100/share in a takeover, says JPMorgan
After Bloomberg reported this afternoon that Salesforce has hired bankers to field takeover inquiries, JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy told investors that he believes the stock could be worth $100 in a buyout. Shares closed the trading day up $7.76 to $74.65. A deal would be the largest in software history, and only a short list of companies could pull it off, Murphy wrote. Those companies are Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and SAP (SAP), he believes. After pointing out JPMorgan has "no conclusive evidence to confirm or dispel the speculation," Murphy noted Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was sitting in the front row of the Microsoft Build Conference this morning and that Oracle just raised $10B of debt. The analyst calls Salesforce a "rare asset" and the "pioneering leader of the cloud computing." He has an Overweight rating on the shares.
16:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch roll out slowed by defect in taptic engine component, WSJ says
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple found defects in 'taptic engine' of Apple Watch, DJ reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 29, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 47c to 21.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN C MCD BAC CRM BIDU WYNN according to Track Data.
15:14 EDTAAPLApple says EU tax investigation could result in 'material' financial charge
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15:01 EDTMSFTTrimble partners with Microsoft on HoloLens wearable holographic technology
Trimble (TRMB) announced that it is working with Microsoft (MSFT) to develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10, which are intended to improve quality, collaboration and efficiency in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures. When used by architecture, engineering and construction, or AEC, professionals, the HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change, Trimble said.
14:58 EDTMSFTSalesforce hires bankers after approach by potential buyer, Bloomberg says
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14:52 EDTMSFT, GOOG, AAPLMicrosoft announces new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services
Microsoft (MSFT) announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Google's (GOOG) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS to Windows 10. At the company's annual Build developer conference, the company declared its ambition to have 1B active Windows 10 devices by FY18. New features for Microsoft Edge, the new browser for Windows 10, were also unveiled, offering developers better discoverability of their apps and future extensibility with JavaScript and HTML. Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.
14:36 EDTAAPLApple slips lower, may test 50-day moving average
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14:22 EDTAAPL, GOOG, MSFTMicrosoft: Android, iOS apps can easily transfer to Windows 10, TechCrunch says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced that Google (GOOG) Android and Apple (AAPL) iOS app developers will be able to easily translate applications to Windows 10 devices, reports TechCrunch, citing comments made at Microsoft's Build developer conference. Microsoft noted that developers can "reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code" in Android apps, while iOS developers will be able to reuse Objective-C code. Reference Link
13:51 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Windows 10 running on 1B devices in 2-3 years, TechCrunch says
Microsoft expects that the upcoming Windows 10 operating system will run on 1B devices in two to three years, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made at Microsoft's Build developer conference. The company is planning to offer Windows 10 to current Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users for a year free of charge. Reference Link
12:33 EDTGOOGBattleground: Bulls, bears debate Twitter after revenue miss
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11:46 EDTAAPL, SSNLFApple iPhone shipment volumes grew 40% in Q1, IDC says
IDC said the following in a press release: "The worldwide smartphone market kicked off the year with an expected post-holiday dispersion in shipment volumes compared to the previous quarter's unprecedented results. According to the International Data Corporation, IDC),Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 336.5M smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2015, up 16.7% from the 288.5M units in 1Q14 but down by -10.9% from the 377.5M units shipped in 4Q14. In the overall mobile phone market (smartphones plus feature phones), vendors shipped 458.9M units worldwide, down a mere -0.1% from the 459.3M units shipped in 1Q14...Samsung (SSNLF) remained the overall market leader thanks to stable demand for its Galaxy S series flagship smartphones overall, as well as increased shipments of lower-end models, particularly to regions like Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa....Apple (AAPL) continued to find success with larger screened iPhones, which produced its strongest second quarter ever with 61.2M units shipped. Much of the success this quarter came out of Greater China as rapid 4G adoption, Apple retail expansion, and an increased appetite for premium devices elevated the brand to new levels. Overall, the iPhone grew 40% year over year and a remarkable 63% in emerging markets." Reference Link
11:05 EDTAAPLTime Warner says Apple 'very forward thinking' on television
Says sees deals with traditional distributors for HBO Now.
10:54 EDTAAPLGarmin not expecting impact in Fitness products from Apple Watch launch
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10:02 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft awarded patent for emotion detecting eyewear, WSJ says
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTGOOGGoogle patents keyboard with trackpad taking place of spacebar, Quartz says
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08:35 EDTGOOGTwitter growth thesis remains intact, says Canaccord
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple taking market share in China, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE MSFT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Microsoft (MSFT) 18 according to iVolatility.
06:03 EDTAAPLSome American Airlines planes grounded due to iPad glitch, Quartz reports
Several dozen American Airlines (AAL) planes were grounded last night due to a glitch in pilots' iPads (AAPL), a spokesperson tells Quartz. Passengers in Dallas, New York and Chicago were affected by the outage. Pilots at the airline were switched to an iPad-based "electronic flight bag" in 2013, which replaced paper-based reference materials pilots used previously. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLApple expanding development center in Israel, Globes reports
Apple is expanding its development center in Israel and is planning to hire "hundreds" more employees at the Herzliya Pituach site, Globes reports. Reference Link
05:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees Q2 strong mobile demand in memory by new flagship smartphones
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05:43 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q1 revenue KRW 47.12T vs. KRW 53.68T last year
Reports Q1 operating profit KRW 5.98T vs. KRW 8.49T last year. Reports Q1 net profit KRW 4.63T vs. KRW 7.57T last year. Reports Q1 ROE 11% vs. 20% last year. Reports Q1 EBITDA margin 22% vs. 23% last year. Reports Q1 Consumer Electronics revenue KRW 10.26T vs. KRW 11.32 last year. Reports Q4 IT & Mobile communications revenue KRW 25.89T vs. KRW 32.44T. Reports Q4 Device Solutions revenue KRW 17.10T vs. KRW 15.56T last year. Reports Q4 Display Panel revenue KRW 6.85T vs. KRW 6.10T last year.
05:39 EDTMSFTAdobe, Microsoft announce strategic partnership
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April 28, 2015
19:42 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q1 revenue 47.12T Won, Bloomberg says
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19:01 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft may allow Android apps on Windows 10 devices, Thurrott says
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17:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 28, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 68c to 20.77. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR YPF AMZN X PBR MRK JBLU ABX according to Track Data.
15:43 EDTGOOGTwitter announces partnership with Google's DoubleClick
Twitter (TWTR) announced a partnership with Google's (GOOG) DoubleClick platform to improve advertising performance measurement and attribution for Twitter direct response marketers. As part of the partnership, Twitter will also make its inventory available through the DoubleClick Bid Manager, making it easier for clients who prefer to centralize their buying through DBM to create and manage campaigns on Twitter.
12:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after crossing back and forth across the flat line during morning trading, much like Apple (AAPL) shares, which were searching for direction despite the company's report last night having topped expectations on several measures, including revenue, profits, iPhone unit sales and capital return plans. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rebounded 0.93% on a seasonally adjusted basis in February, versus expectations for it to be up 0.7% on a month-over-month basis. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index dropped 6.2 points to 95.2 in April, versus expectations for it to have risen to 102.2. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to -3 in April, versus expectations for a reading of -2. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were little changed near noon after the company last night reported March quarter earnings and sales well above expectations and boosted its shares buyback program to $140B from $90B and quarterly dividend by 11% to 52c. FBR Capital called the quarter “Picasso-like,” while Brian White at Cantor Fitzgerald upped his price target on shares to $195. Less sanguine are analysts at Pacific Crest, Maxim and Deutsche Bank. Noted investor Carl Icahn said afterward that Apple is "still undervalued and misunderstood" and promised to put out another in-depth report on the company within two weeks... IBM (IBM) approved an 18% increase in its quarterly dividend to $1.30 per common share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dow member Merck (MRK), which advanced 5% after its Q1 sales and EPS beat expectations. Two other big name, big revenue drugmakers slid after their earnings reports, as Bristol-Myers (BMY) declined 1% and Pfizer (PFE) fell 0.5%. Also lower following its earnings report was The Container Store (TCS), which declined about 16% after its results and outlook missed expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 49.61, or 0.28%, to 18,087.58, the Nasdaq was up 9.87, or 0.2%, to 5,070.12, and the S&P 500 was up 3.98, or 0.19%, to 2,112.90.
11:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold an analyst briefing
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11:31 EDTAAPLApple 'still undervalued and misunderstood,' says Icahn
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTAAPLNot all analysts fawning over Apple after blowout quarter
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09:32 EDTGOOGYouTube announces partnerships with content creators, AwesomenessTV
Google's YouTube announced partnerships with four content creators to help bring their next big original series to life on YouTube: Fine Brothers, Prank vs. Prank, Joey Graceffa and Smosh. Also, YouTube announced a new collaboration with AwesomenessTV. Together, the two will release several feature length films over the next two years, all driven by YouTube stars and developed and produced by AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins. Reference Link
09:19 EDTGOOGGoogle valuation attractive, says Argus
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $163 from $145 at Goldman
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08:46 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTAAPLApple comments suggest iPhone units to drop 27% in June, says Maxim
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08:06 EDTAAPLApple looks fairly valued, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q2 results were "fantastic," but the firm says that consensus estimates for sales of the company's main products appear to be aggressive. Consequently, Pacific Crest sees more risk to consensus fiscal 2016 estimates than upside opportunity. It keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $155 from $134 at Baird
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple strong results consistent with surveys, says Canaccord
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07:38 EDTMSFTCardLinx Association to hold a forum
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07:33 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple price target raised to $163 from $151 at CLSA
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple strength continues led by China, says UBS
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07:22 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought aggressively, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities believes that Apple's Q2 results were "clean" and "confidence inspiring." The firm continues to recommend aggressively buying the stock. The firm says that the company is proving itself in Greater China, and it keeps a $150 price target on the name.
07:17 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees balanced risk/reward for Apple, keeps Hold rating
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07:00 EDTAAPLApple reported 'blowout' results, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Apple's fundamentals to improve going forward, and it views the company's June quarter guidance as conservative. The firm raised its price target on the name to $150 from $142 while keeping an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:40 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $195 from $180 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Ben White raised his price target for Apple shares to $195 from $180 following the "big beat" in the March quarter. White views the iPhone cycle as "powerful" and believes the Watch is showing early signs of momentum. The analyst thinks Apple Watch will prove to be the best selling new product in the company’s history. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple following last night's Q2 results. Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah raised his price target for Apple shares this morning to $170 from $160.
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 shipments may exceed 60M in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shipments are expected to exceed 60M units in Q2, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the sales performance for the iPhone 6 has been better than originally estimated. Due to the updated expectations, Apple may defer the launch of new iPhone models. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLCiti removes Apple from Focus List, sees stock trading higher
Citigroup analyst Jim Suva removed Apple from the firm's US Focus List citing the 8% share gain in less than a month and the passing of the earnings report catalyst. Suva, however, lists five reasons the stock can trade higher, including wireless carriers allowing users to upgrade phones before expiration, upside potential to consensus estimates and margins going higher. He reiterates a Buy rating on Apple with a $145 price target following the iPhone maker's Q2 results.
06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE MSFT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Microsoft (MSFT) 18 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle considers shake-up of News service, Financial Times reports
Google is considering significant changes to its Google News service to help publishers struggling to make money in the online world, reports the Financial Times. Areas under discussion will include how to make Google News work better for sites that use online paywalls but have complained that the company’s advertising-based search business hurts them. In an interview, Google's head of strategic partnerships in Europe Carlo D'Asaro said the company wants to help the online news industry and push publishers to become more digital. The comments comes on the heels of a recently announced alliance with Google and eight European newspaper groups. Reference Link
05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle says launches Digital News Initiative with news publishers in Europe
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05:48 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $170 from $160 at Brean Capital
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05:41 EDTAAPLApple capital return program topped expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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April 27, 2015
20:03 EDTAAPLBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
18:56 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:48 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone revenue was up 70% in Greater China in Q2
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple CFO says Watch margins will be lower than company average
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17:31 EDTAAPLApple anticipates expanding nunmber of countries for Watch in late June
17:28 EDTAAPLApple says Q2 emerging market revenue up 58%
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17:27 EDTAAPLApple says FX had negative impact of 100 basis points in Q2
Sees 40 basis point negative impact from FX in Q3.
17:22 EDTAAPLApple plans for annual dividend increases going forward
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17:20 EDTAAPLApple CFO says app store revenue up 29% in Q2
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17:18 EDTNOK, MSFTInterDigital says judge rules against Nokia, Microsoft in patent case
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17:12 EDTAAPLApple CEO says new MacBook began shipping
Comments from Q2 earnings conference call.
16:43 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 iPhone units 61.17M vs. 74.47M last quarter
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16:41 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 gross margin 40.8% vs. 39.3% last year
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16:40 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 iPhone sales 61.17M
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16:40 EDTAAPLApple rallies $2.11 to $134.50 after earnings beat, buyback raise
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16:38 EDTAAPLApple says higher rate of people switching to iPhone
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple boosts buyback to $140B from $90B, ups dividend 11%
Apple announced that its board has authorized an increase of more than 50% to the company's program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200B of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140B from the $90B level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11% to the company's quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of 52c per share, payable on May 14, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. To assist in funding the program, Apple plans to continue to access the domestic and international debt markets.
16:31 EDTAAPLApple expands capital return program to $200B
16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q3 revenue $46B-$48B, consensus $47.06B
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16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 EPS $2.33, consensus $2.16
Reports Q2 revenue $58.01B, consensus $56.06B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 27, 2015
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15:57 EDTMSFTJudge rules Microsoft violated InterDigital cellphone patents, Reuters says
An International Trade Commission judge ruled Monday that Microsoft (MSFT) violated two InterDigital (IDCC) patents related to mobile phones, reports Reuters, citing court proceedings. Judge Theodore Essex said that "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from import into the U.S.," though any potential import ban must be reviewed by the ITC before taking effect, notes Reuters. Reference Link
15:09 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple reports with iPhone sales, capital return in focus
Apple (AAPL) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, April 27, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.16 on revenue of $56.06B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.89-$2.43 on revenue of $51.37B-$59.46B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q2 revenue of $52B-$55B and a gross margin between 38.5%-39.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple will report revenue, excluding foreign exchange impacts, in line with Street estimates of $56B, implying 57M iPhones. Munster added that he believes the Street is currently looking for 42.7M iPhones in the company's June report, 45.1M in September, and 73.4M in December. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported first quarter EPS of $3.06, which topped the consensus estimate for $2.60. First quarter revenue of $74.6B also beat the $67.69B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 74.5M iPhones, 21.42M iPads and 5.52M Macs in Q1. Apple reported a Q1 gross margin of 39.9%, versus 37.9% in the same quarter of last year. NEWS: On February 11, Carl Icahn stated that he has gained further confidence in his thesis on the company, increasing the forecasted EPS for FY 2015 in his model from $9.60 to $9.70. Ichan noted then that he believed the market "should value Apple at $216 per share." A few days later, Financial Times reported Apple had been recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts who are at work in a confidential Silicon Valley location near the company’s Cupertino campus and The Wall Street Journal said the company was working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle. On March 6, S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Apple had been selected to replace AT&T (T) in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close of trading on Wednesday, March 18. On March 9, Apple announced that Apple Watch would be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. In addition to unveiling the Watch that day, Apple also announced a lower price tag of $69 for Apple TV, debuted the thinner new edition of its MacBook and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO announced HBO NOW was coming to Apple TV, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, a number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock, with Cantor increasing its price target to what was then a "Street high" $160 from $143. In a note to investors on March 23, Cantor analyst Brian White then raised his price target on Apple to $180 from $160. At $180 per share, the company's total valuation would be about $1 trillion, the analyst stated. The streaming TV offering it will reportedly launch could be a stepping stone into making actual TVs, according to White, who noted that the LCD TV market is worth $100B a year. Additionally, given the 4G expansion in China, as well as the larger iPhones and Apple's relationship with China Mobile (CHL), Apple is better positioned than ever in China, according to the analyst. The reviews of the Apple Watch suggest that the product will be far short of "insanely great," Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt wrote in a note to investors on April 10. The lukewarm reviews could raise doubts in investors' minds about the company's ability to launch successful new products and iPhone unit sales are likely to drop in fiscal 2016 versus fiscal 2015, McCourt contended. Against this backdrop, Apple's stock is likely to remain range-bound, wrote McCourt, who downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Last April, Apple increased its share repurchase to $90B from $60B and increased its dividend by 8% to $11B annually, Piper's Munster has pointed out. This year, the firm believes "the bogey" for investors is a 15% increase to Apple's total reported capital return number, share repurchase plus past dividends, which would imply a $150B headline number, up from the $130B announced last year. Piper, however, estimates the most likely range for Apple's new capital return policy will fall between $170B and $180B. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $160 price target. This morning, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah initiated shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $160 price target ahead of the company's March quarter report. Baruah told investors that consensus estimates for the iPhone maker are "materially low" though 2017. The analyst sees upside through 2017 from iPhone shipments and favorable gross margin due to greater than expected sales of the more profitable 6 Plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced 5.65% on the first day of trade following its Q1 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up more than 20%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, Apple is up 1% to $131.58 per share.
15:04 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTAAPLApple May 130 weekly straddle priced for 4.9% movement into Q2
14:31 EDTMSFTITC judge says InterDigital patents infringed by Microsoft, Bloomberg reports
12:39 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:00 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:54 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; BABA AAPL
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10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle offers to buy patents under new promotion
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTAAPLZAGG introduces InvisibleShield HD for Apple Watch
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08:37 EDTAAPLDiscover announces Apple Pay agreement with Apple
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08:06 EDTAAPLApple Q2 revenue likely to surpass guidance, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says that Apple's Q2 revenue should come in above the high end of its $52B-$55B guidance. The firm thinks the company's gross margins could beat expectations, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:13 EDTMSFT, GOOGUBM Tech to hold a conference
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07:00 EDTAAPLFutures higher as investors prepare for more earnings reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLApple may be intentionally slowing release of Tidal app updates, NY Post says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Dan Fredinburg dies in avalanche on Mount Everest, TechCrunch reports
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05:58 EDTGOOGeBay backs Google's response to EU antitrust inquiry, Financial Times says
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05:58 EDTSSNLFAMD to launch Godavari APUs at end of May, DigiTimes reports
AMD (AMD) plans to launch Godavari series APUs at the end of may to compete with Intel's (INTC) Broadwell and Skylake platforms, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, AMD will launch 14nm Summit Ridge APUs to be produced by Samsung (SSNLF) and Globalfoundries in 2016 and the Raven Ridge-series in 2017. Reference Link
05:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung holds leading position in 4K TV panel shipments in Q1, DigiTimes says
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05:31 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy, $160 target at Brean Capital
Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah initiated shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $160 price target ahead of the company's March quarter results tonight. Baruah tells investors that consensus estimates for the iPhone maker are "materially low" though 2017. The analyst sees upside through 2017 from iPhone shipments and favorable gross margin due to greater than expected sales of the more profitable 6 Plus. Shares of Apple closed Friday up 61c to $130.28.
April 26, 2015
16:37 EDTNOKNokia says no current plans to manufacture consumer handsets
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12:50 EDTAAPLApple, Celgene, others are 'top picks' for spring, Barron's says
In a survey of U.S. money managers, shares of Apple (AAPL), Dow Chemical (DOW), American Airlines (AAL), Celgene (CELG), General Motors (GM), and McDermott (MDR) were identified as top picks for this spring, Barron's contends in its cover story. Reference Link
April 24, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLTD Bank Group announces Apple Watch app
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16:31 EDTMSFT, GOOGStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTGOOG, MSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTAAPL, MSFT, GOOGOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
14:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes ahead of Apple earnings
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13:45 EDTAAPLGrubHub launches Seamless App for Apple Watch
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12:53 EDTGOOGLuxottica says company working on new versions of Google Glass, Engadget says
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12:49 EDTMSFT, GOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:33 EDTAAPLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:37 EDTAAPL, GOOG, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTGOOG, MSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $672 from $632 at FBR Capital
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07:56 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Apple to report stronger than expected Q2 results, and says that the company could raise its dividend by 20%+ and buy back an additional $80B+ of its shares through 2017. The firm thinks Apple Watch could increase its gross margins by one percentage point. It raised its price target on the name to $142 from $135 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:49 EDTGOOGGoogle results 'on balance positive,' says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $625 at Deutsche Bank
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07:33 EDTMSFTNomura's Shurland upgrades Microsoft to Buy citing expected 2016 acceleration
Nomura's Richard Shurland upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral with a $50 price target. Shurland said Microsoft's Q3 results reflected difficult comps and core business weakness due to the transition to cloud, but results were better than guidance. The analyst said there is emerging evidence that Azure has turned positive on gross margins and Office 365 margins have expanded sharply. Shurland believes Microsoft will begin to show low single digit revenue growth in 2016, with about 10% EPS growth from share repurchase leverage and with a 2.9% dividend yield. He also said he views valuation as reasonable.
07:31 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Apple sales growth slowing from here
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07:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $47 at RBC Capital
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple Watch teardown casts doubt on rumored upgradability, iFixit reports
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple job postings point to improvements in Siri, speech technology, AI reports
Apple is said to be working on improvements to its Siri speech recognition technology, Apple Insider reports. The company on Thursday opened posted several job listing relating to Siri, speech technology and language recognition, and is seeking a platform development manager and developer tools engineer for Siri, the publication says. Additionally, the company is seeking two pattern recognition engineers and software engineers in its Natural Languages Group. Reference Link
07:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reported healthy Q1 results, says Cantor
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07:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft estimates more likely to go down than up, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the majority of Microsoft's earnings beat to "significantly" lower than expected operating expenses and it no longer expects next week's analyst day to be a negative catalyst as the company said FY16 guidance won't be given. Citi, however, still believes estimates are too high and are more likely to go down than up. It expects Microsoft shares to underperform and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. It raised its price target for shares to $37 from $36.
06:30 EDTMSFTAmazon facing tough competition in cloud computing, NY Times says
Amazon (AMZN) remains dominant in cloud computing services, but other huge tech players, some of whom have many more resources than the e-commerce company, have entered the fray, according to The New York times. Microsoft (MSFT), the distant number two in the space, is especially committed to cloud computing services and its business is growing quickly, although analysts believe that tt may have difficulty signing up smaller companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $650 from $600 JPMorgan
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06:16 EDTGOOG, MSFTEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGHillspire acquires minority stake in D.E. Shaw group from Lehman Brothers
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05:27 EDTAAPLExpedia app now available on Apple watch
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05:24 EDTAAPLAmazon announces shopping app for Apple Watch
The Amazon (AMZN) shopping app will be available on Apple Watch (APPL) in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.S. and U.K. Designed for the on-the-go customer, the shopping app offers a tailored Amazon experience, offering voice search and quick tap features including 1-Click purchase and save to Wish List.
April 23, 2015
19:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q4 devices, consumer licensing revenue 3.2B-$3.4B
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19:29 EDTGOOGGoogle sees increased viewership, ad views at YouTube
On its Q1 earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said, "Over the past year we've seen YouTube viewership climb dramatically, both in established markets but also due to rapid expansion in emerging markets. And quality improvements in TrueView ads mean that more users are, in fact, choosing not to skip them, increasing the overall ad view. So, this means that there is much higher volume of TrueView ads being seen, which has been a significant driver of year-over-year growth in numbers that you seeing inside clicks... Viewership in YouTube videos and TrueView ads are growing significantly, and YouTube's contribution to our advertising revenue continues to grow at a strong rate year-over-year." During the Q&A portion of the call, Pichette added, "In the last quarter, we've just seen a real acceleration at YouTube and that's why we thought it was important because we saw this change, from the fundamental kind of strong performance of YouTube." In after-hours trading, Google is up more than 3% to $564.00.
19:16 EDTMSFT, GOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 3% after reporting better-than-expected Q3 earnings
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 Commercial revenue grew 5% to $12.8B
Commercial revenue grew 5%, up 7% in constant currency, to $12.8B. Commercial cloud revenue grew 106%, up 111% in constant currency, driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $6.3B. Server products and services revenue grew 12%, up 16% in constant currency, with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% to $9B
Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8%, up 11% in constant currency, to $9B. Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4M, up 35% sequentially. Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices. Search advertising revenue grew 21%, up 24% in constant currency, with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year.
16:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares up $3.52 to $551.42 after Q1 results
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16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says stronger U.S. dollar had 'significant' impact on Q3 results
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results include $190M of integration, restructuring expenses
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle says Q1 revenue $795M higher at constant exchange rates
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 51c
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16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 websites up 14% revenue $11.93B
Reports Q1 Google Network Members' websites revenue up 1% to $3.58B. Total advertising revenues were up 11% to $15.51B.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 Aggregate paid clicks up 13%
Reports Q1 Paid clicks on Google websites up 25% vs. last year, Paid clicks on Google Network Members' websites down 12%, Aggregate cost-per-click down 7%, Cost-per-click on Google websites down 13% and Cost-per-click on Google Network Members' websites up 2%.
16:01 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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15:38 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Citi says sell Microsoft shares, Wells Fargo sees outperformance
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15:00 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:20 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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12:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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12:35 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; CSX AAPL
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11:52 EDTAAPLApple lists several job openings for speech & language teams, Apple Insider says
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11:27 EDTAAPLApple could announce new iPod touch this year, Apple Insider reports
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple not targeting May 8 for Apple Watch second wave launch, 9to5Mac says
Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple is not currently targeting May 8 for its launch of pre-ordering for the Apple Watch in a second wave on countries, refuting a report yesterday from Italy's iSpazio that said that was the date being considered for the next wave of launches. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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08:19 EDTNOKBaidu mulling bid for Nokia maps unit, Bloomberg reports
07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:19 EDTAAPLSome Apple Watch orders prepared for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac says
Though many Apple Watch customers were hit with months-long shipping delays, Apple has started preparing some orders for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac reports. A spokesperson says "We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received." Reference Link
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTNOK, AAPLNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:55 EDTNOKNokia looks for $3.2B for its Maps business, Bloomberg says
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:02 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
10:01 EDTMSFTEY and Microsoft form strategic business relationship
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09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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09:18 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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09:17 EDTGOOGAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:37 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein
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08:35 EDTNOKNokia upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein
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08:16 EDTMSFTSeveral companies to benefit from hybrid cloud growth, says Pacific Crest
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple survey continues to show strong iPhone demand, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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06:24 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple retail chief discusses Apple Watch, MacBook in video, BI reports
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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