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December 1, 2015
06:50 EDTAAPLApple Music coming to Sonos, BuzzFeed reports
Apple Music will start streaming on Sonos wireless speakers before the end of the year, BuzzFeed reports. The service will start as a public beta on Sonos on December 15 with general availability beginning in early 2016, the report says. Reference Link
06:38 EDTSSNLFSamsung mobile head demonstrates software focus, Bloomberg says
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft introduces Microsoft PowerApps enterprise service
Monday, at its annual Convergence EMEA conference, Microsoft introduced new innovations that will enable companies to succeed in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela detailed new capabilities in Microsoft Office 365, including meetings and voice services in Skype for Business; announced the worldwide availability of its customer engagement solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016; and introduced Microsoft PowerApps, a new enterprise service empowering employees to create the apps they need, connect to business systems in a secure way and easily share their apps with coworkers. PowerApps makes it easy to get an app up and running within minutes, with built-in data connections to SaaS services like Office 365, Dynamics, Salesforce, Dropbox and OneDrive in addition to on-premises business systems including SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle databases, SAP and more. The service provides a familiar, Office-like experience for creating new business apps, templates to help get started quickly and a visual designer for automating workflows.
06:12 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung to further reduce TV production capacity in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Samsung reduces TV production capacity by over 11M units since the beginning of 2015 until the end of September, reports DigiTimes. Citing a report from Korea-based Money Today, September capacity reached 33.47M from 44.8M a year earlier. TV shipments are expected to see slight on-year growth in 2015 and 2016. Reference Link
05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung shows signs of surpassing LG Display in revenue, DigiTimes reports
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05:32 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Nokia to Outperform citing long-term savings potential from the merger with Alcatel-Lucent (ALU). The firm raised is price target for shares to EU9 from EU7. It also upgraded Alcatel-Lucent to Outperform.
November 30, 2015
19:20 EDTGOOGGoogle granted patent allowing self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians
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19:14 EDTMSFTCenturyLink loses top cloud executives amid heavy competition, Fortune says
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17:04 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
After seeing an early-morning jump, stocks on Wall Street spent Monday's trading session generally lower amid a glut of reports on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales trends as well as weaker than expected financial data on manufacturing and home sales. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago purchasing managers' index dropped 7.5 points to 48.7 in November, coming in much worse than the expected 54.0 reading. Pending home sales for October, meanwhile, rose 0.2% from the prior month, lower than the forecasted 1% monthly increase. The Dallas Fed's manufacturing index rose 7.8 points to -4.9 in November, which was better than the anticipated -10.0 reading. The National Retail Federation said that about 151M people say they shopped in-store or on-line over the past four days, compared with 136M who said in a mid-November survey that they planned to shop over the holiday period. Also, as expected, the International Monetary Fund Monday added the Chinese yuan to the the fund's basket of reserve currencies, joining the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) spiked momentarily on Monday morning amid media reports that the company was seeing a strong start to the holiday sales season, with ChannelAdvisor reporting same-store sales growth of above 20% for the e-commerce giant over Black Friday and the rest of the long Thanksgiving weekend. By session close, however, the shares gave up their early gains, falling 1.26% to $664.80. Meanwhile, Target (TGT) slipped 1.28% to $72.50 as shoppers visiting the company's website in search of Cyber Monday deals encountered intermittent delays, which the company pinned on record sales volumes. Fellow retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) dipped 1.70% to $58.87, while specialty names Express (EXPR), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and Guess? (GES) fell a respective 5.48%, 5.29%, and 6.68%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were a number of renewable fuel companies, with Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) and Renewable Energy Group (REGI) advancing a respective 21.12% and 6.50% after the EPA finalized its biofuel targets. Petroleum refiners HollyFrontier (HFC) and Tesoro (TSO) slipped 3.30% and 1.74%, respectively, following the news, while oil majors Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) closed the day up a respective 0.69% and 1.24%. Also higher was ITC Holdings (ITC), which jumped $3.11, or 9.21%, to $36.86 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a potential sale. Separately, Microsoft (MSFT) rose 42c, or 0.78%, to $54.35 after research firm Raymond James upgraded the company two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's various segments. Among the noteworthy losers was Lockheed Martin (LMT), which declined $6.65, or 2.94%, to $219.26 after Barclays downgraded the shares to Underweight from Equal Weight, saying it "doesn't make sense" to expect further outperformance from the defense major. Also lower was Under Armour (UA), which fell $3.43, or 3.82%, to $86.25 after Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy cut her price target on the stock following visits to malls and retailers Thanksgiving night, reportedly finding evidence of deeper discounts than last year. Additionally, Lululemon (LULU) lost 8.91% to $47.82 after being downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital after the research firm discovered "significantly higher" clearance levels on company products in-store and online. INDEXES: The Dow fell 78.57, or 0.44%, to 17,719.92, the Nasdaq lost 18.86, or 0.37%, to 5,108.67, and the S&P 500 slipped 9.70, or 0.46%, to 2,080.41.
16:02 EDTMSFT, AAPL Options Update; November 30, 2015
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14:40 EDTSSNLF, MSFT, AAPLWorldwide tablet market forecast to decline more than 8% in 2015, IDC says
Worldwide tablet shipments will reach 211.3M units in 2015, down -8.1% from 2014, according to a new International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast. The new forecast follows three consecutive quarters of declining worldwide tablet shipments in 2015. Despite the challenges facing the overall market, IDC expects detachable tablets will continue to represent a growing portion of total shipments. Reference Link
14:16 EDTAAPLJ.C. Penney testing Apple Pay support for store cards, MacRumors says
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13:45 EDTGOOGSunTrust lays out potential CEO replacements if Yahoo moves on from Mayer
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) have risen this afternoon after SunTrust analyst Robert Peck identified a number of CEO candidates that could potentially step in if current Chief Executive Marissa Mayer were to depart. IF NOT MARISSA, THEN WHO: As questions build regarding the stability of management at Yahoo, a focused and efficient CEO changeover process could be well received by investors, while a drawn out process that lasts months "wouldn't be ideal," SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said in a research note Monday. Though there have certainly been no confirmed reports of Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer departing, the company has seen a marked "brain drain" in recent months. Meanwhile, a November 19 letter from activist fund and Yahoo shareholder Starboard criticized the company's plan to spin off its Alibaba (BABA) holdings, saying it should instead explore a sale of its core Search and Display businesses in order to better recruit talent to those divisions, whose stock performance would no longer be tied to that of a public company outside its control. Today, Robert Peck noted that, after discussions with industry figures regarding the potential for a new Chief Executive at Yahoo, his top 10 CEO candidates include, in no particular order, former Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn, Chegg's (CHGG) Dan Rosensweig, Facebook's (FB) Sheryl Sandberg, CBS Interactive's Jim Lanzone, David Rosenblatt, Google's (GOOG) Margo Georgiadis, YouTube's Susan Wojiki, General Electric's (GE) Beth Comstock, NBCUniversal's (CMCSA) Linda Yaccarino, and former Hulu CEO Jason Killar. Peck stressed, however, that he is "unclear" what the company might do, and his candidate list was compiled simply to address ongoing investor questions. Peck also commented that he believes the proposed Alibaba spinoff retains only a "small risk" of incurring a significant tax bill for Yahoo, but he could still envision the company pausing its current plan and pursuing a safer process. The analyst maintained a Buy rating and $40 price target on Yahoo, citing his sum of the parts analysis. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Yahoo are up roughly 0.7% to $33.16 in afternoon trading.
11:59 EDTAAPLAmazon video may be coming to Apple TV, TechCrunch reports
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11:01 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft rises after analyst gets more bullish on cloud prospects
Research firm Raymond James upgraded Microsoft (MSFT) two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's three main segments. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft will emerge alongside Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) as part of a small group of "hyperscale" cloud vendors that can combine Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, predicted Raymond James analyst Michael Turits. Furthermore, Microsoft's decision to make its cloud business open to other platforms should boost its growth, Turits believes. Forecasting that Microsoft's cloud revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2018, the analyst estimated that the company's overall profit growth would accelerate to at least 8% over the long-term. Moreover, the growth of Microsoft's Office business appears to be accelerating ,despite competition from Google, said Turits, who set a $62 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Recent initiatives by Google involving its cloud business could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect Microsoft, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote on November 20. Although Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's Azure offering, Sandler contended in his previous note to investors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft gained nearly 1% to $54.50.
10:41 EDTAAPLApple has a potential bullish price pattern
The stock is pushing up toward resistance at the $120 area at time of writing. On the daily chart there is a potential bullish pennant that would be confirmed as active above $120. Upside potential for that pattern is to the $129 area. A move below the bottom of the pennant at $117.50 would void the pattern. In terms of time frame, there are only about two sessions remaining before the pattern becomes invalid by time alone.
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... C&J Energy (CJES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Dril-Quip (DRQ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... FMC Technologies (FTI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Fitbit (FIT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Forum Energy (FET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Dynamics (GD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... National Oilwell (NOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Nissan (NSANY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Noble Corp. (NE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Oceaneering (OII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Oil States (OIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PNM Resources (PNM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pacific Drilling (PACD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Sage Group (SGPYY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Superior Energy (SPN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Synchrony (SYF) upgraded on expected technical factors at BMO Capital... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Wright Medical (WMGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:35 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGOOGAmazon 'Cyber Sunday' SSS up 20.5%, eBay SSS up 4.5%, ChannelAdvisor says
In a continuation of its series of holiday weekend updates, market researcher ChannelAdvisor said (AMZN) "Cyber Sunday" same-store sales rose 20.5% and eBay's (EBAY) SSS grew 4.5%. Google Shopping/PLA (GOOG) SSS growth came in at 23.7% for Cyber Sunday, the blog added. Reference Link
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