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January 21, 2014
08:46 EDTMSFT, TM, CMCSA, TWTR, TSLA, TWC, IBM, GOOG, HPQ, JPM, CHTR, LNVGY, AAPLOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Apple (AAPL): Court appointed monitor 'interfering with operations'...Google (GOOG) drops two Chrome extensions after ad code discovered...Twitter (TWTR) looks to capitalize on diversity of users to sell ads...REUTERS: Lenovo (LNVGY) again eyes IBM (IBM) server unit...Regulators eye a Comcast (CMCSA), Charter (CHTR) deal for Time Warner Cable (TWC)...Toyota (TM) reconsiders its Thai investment...JPMorgan (JPM), faced with a hiring investigation, ends China IPO...BLOOMBERG: Tesla (TSLA) CEO Musk battles recall...OTHER NEWS: Gates has taken more active role at Microsoft (MSFT), company could name new CEO in the next few days, Re/code says...HP (HPQ) begins pushing Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 (MSFT), Business Insider reports...Google (GOOG) turns focus to 8-inch tablet market, DigiTimes reports.
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January 20, 2015
14:00 EDTCMCSAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
13:29 EDTIBMIBM technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock is trading close to its 52-week low and multi-year low at $150.50 ahead of earnings news. At the current price of $154.47 it would not take much in the form of negative news for that low to be tested. On a breakdown below $150, next support would be at $146.30, $141.18, and $135.23. If the news is not as negative as traders appear to be positioned for, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives: $159.45, $164.25, and $168.69.
12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
12:51 EDTTMToyota sees 2015 global sales dropping to about 10.15M units, Nikkei says
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
10:21 EDTTSLATesla slips, levels to watch
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09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:39 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IBM January weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, February is at 25, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
05:57 EDTTWTRTwitter acquires ZipDial, terms not disclosed
Twitter said in a blog entry that the company has agreed to acquire ZipDial a product partner based in Bangalore, India, "to make Twitter even more accessible to people around the world. Over the next several years, billions of people will come online for the first time in countries like Brazil, India and Indonesia. For many, their first online experience will be on a mobile device – but the cost of data may prevent them from experiencing the true power of the Internet. Twitter, in partnership with ZipDial, can make great content more accessible to everyone... This acquisition significantly increases our investment in India, one of the countries where we’re seeing great growth, and also brings us a new engineering office in Bangalore." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTTSLA, GOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOG, TSLAGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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