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News For AAPL;MSFT;NOK;SSNLF;GOOG;RIMM From The Last 14 Days
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May 11, 2015
08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
06:11 EDTGOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility movement; MYL NOK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Mylan (MYL) 43, Nokia (NOK) 34 according to iVolatility.
05:31 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
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05:31 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
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05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMSFTStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
16:05 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 8, 2015
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13:55 EDTGOOGAnalysts say Yelp sale more likely than not
There is a 60% chance that Yelp (YELP) will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche Bank wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, research firm Jefferies contended that Google (GOOG) is the company that is most likely to buy Yelp. WHAT'S NEW: There is a 60% chance that Yelp will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors earlier today. If the company is not acquired, the stock will fall 32% from current levels, the analyst predicted. Given its status as a winner in the local Internet sector, its huge user base and its global presence, Yelp should draw a great deal of interest, the analyst believes. Since its user reviews and community are difficult to replicate, the company should receive a premium from an acquirer, added Walmsley, who raised his price target to $56 from $51 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Google is the most logical acquirer of Yelp, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Pitz, who noted that it had previously tried to buy the company in 2009. Google has been unable to obtain the local reviews that draw consumers to small and medium businesses, according to Pitz. Traditional search engine marketing through Google is too difficult for these businesses, according to the analyst. The biggest hurdle to a takeover of Yelp by Google is the companies' "rocky historic relationship," he believes. The analyst kept a $79 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Yelp could be sold for more than $3.5B, Piper Jaffray said it thought there was a greater than 50% chance of the company being acquired. The firm said the most logical buyers of Yelp are Google, Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL), since all three would benefit from further traction in local ads and would gain technological synergies from acquiring Yelp. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Yelp advanced 6.5% to $50.
10:01 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Alibaba (BABA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CME Group (CME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Choice Hotels (CHH) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Consolidated Communications (CNSL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Cutera (CUTR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... EarthLink (ELNK) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Enable Midstream (ENBL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ericsson (ERIC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Forest City (FCE.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... General Growth (GGP) upgraded on operational, growth outlook at RBC Capital... Globe Specialty Metals (GSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... HNI Corporation (HNI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Invesco Mortgage (IVR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Mercer (MERC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Nuance (NUAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... PennantPark (PNNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at KLR Group... Telekom Indonesia (TLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI.
09:36 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
07:38 EDTGOOGJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
07:00 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTGOOGGoogle integrates food ordering into search results for some restaurants
Google (GOOG) says on Google+, "Whether you’re craving deep dish pizza or pad thai, starting today you can order food from some of your favorite restaurants directly from Google search results. When you search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, you’ll see an option to 'Place an order' in the search results. Just tap that, choose the delivery service and you’ll be taken to their website to complete the order.Initially, you’ll be able to order via six providers in the U.S. -- Seamless, Grubhub (GRUB), Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com -- but we’ll be looking to add more in the future." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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05:25 EDTAAPLEricsson files suits against Apple in Germany, UK, Netherlands
Ericsson (ERIC) has filed suits against Apple (AAPL) in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Ericsson had offered to enter into arbitration with Apple to reach a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for its standard-essential patents, but that offer has now expired. The proceedings in the three countries were recently initiated and refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardized, but is related to, for instance, the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications.
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