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October 23, 2014
16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B
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16:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results include 11c negative impact from restructuring
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 EPS 54c, consensus 49c
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly 45.5 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q1
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14:31 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft reports after Windows 10 arrives, Ballmer exits
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report its first quarter of fiscal year 2015 results after the market close on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 49c on revenue of $22.02B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-59c on revenue of $21.53B-$22.82B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q1 licensing revenue of $4.1B-$4.2B, Computing and Gaming revenue of $1.7B-$2B, Phone and Hardware revenue of $1.9B-$2.3B, D&C other revenue of $1.8B-$1.9B, Commercial segment 2 sectors revenue of $12B-$12.2B and Commercial other revenue of $2.2B-2.3B. Microsoft noted that it expects its Q1 unearned revenue to grow in-line with normal seasonality. LAST QUARTER: On July 22, Microsoft reported fourth quarter EPS of 55c, missing the consensus analyst forecast of 60c. It's revenue came in at $23.38B, topping the consensus estimate of $23B. Microsoft reported that its Q4 devices and consumer revenue grew 42% to $10B, commercial revenue rose 11% to $13.48B, that Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11% and that Server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%. The acquired Phone Hardware business contributed $1.99B to current year revenue, Microsoft added. NEWS: On August 1, Microsoft announced in a blog post that it had filed legal action against Samsung (SSNLF) in a U.S. District Court to enforce the companies' 2011 cross-licensing contract. Microsoft alleged Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement, claiming that in September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Nokia (NOK) devices and services business, Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract. On August 19, Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to step down immediately from the company's board. Ballmer wrote, "Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off... I hold more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds and love the mix of profits, investments and dividends returned in our stock. I expect to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future." In September, Microsoft agreed to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B. Microsoft said then that it expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The next day, Microsoft increased its dividend by 3c, or 11%, to 31c per share. At the end of last month, Microsoft unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The familiar Start menu is back, and apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do, the company reported. Terry Myerson, EVP of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft, said, "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead." STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Sector Perform, citing its progress in the cloud and lower risks from its Nokia deal. Pacific Crest placed a $54 price target on the stock. On the day after Steve Ballmer stepped down from Microsoft's board, FBR Capital said it viewed that development as a positive that left the company with a "clean sheet of paper." The firm believes the "Ballmer overhang" was removed and it kept an Outperform rating and $51 price target on Microsoft shares. On the day after the company's Windows 10 launch event, analyst at Cowen said they believed Microsoft struck the right balance of new features and traditional feel by returning to a Win7-style interface and bringing back the Start menu but retaining some of Win8's visual flare and touch features. Pricing was not mentioned at the company's event, but Cowen said it does not expect any significant changes and does not "for one moment believe" that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Win8 users on larger screens. The firm maintained its Market Perform rating on Microsoft. Most recently, Bernstein said it believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterated a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last report, Microsoft shares are fractionally higher. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is up 2.35% to $45.42 per share.
12:43 EDTSTXSeagate weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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11:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLNike CEO 'bullish' on partnership with Apple
Nike (NKE) CEO Mark Parker made comments in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Reference Link
09:19 EDTAAPLGT Advanced to wind down operations at Mesa facility
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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06:56 EDTAAPLSupply chain set to deliver 50M units of iPhone 6 in 2014, Digitimes says
Due to strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6, Pegatron and Foxconn will likely deliver close to 25M units each before the end of 2014, reports DigiTimes. The estimates do not includ eshipments of the iPhone 6 Plus. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the supply ratio of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Asia Pacific countries is about 55:45 currently. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAAPLApple may raise payments to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus production, DigiTimes says
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06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aims to ditch Nokia title from Lumia devices, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft killing Xbox Music free streaming feature
Effective December 1, Microsoft says that the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered. The company explains, "We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple to increase Apple-brand retail stores in China to 40, WSJ reports
Apple CEO Tim Cook told Sina.com that the company plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cook also says Apple will increase investment in the country by an unspecified amount. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:46 EDTSTXSeagate increases targeted annual dividend 26% to $2.16
Seagate Technology announced that its board of directors has approved a 26% increase in the company’s targeted regular cash dividend. The targeted annual dividend will increase from $1.72 to $2.16 per share and will continue to be paid quarterly. The first payment at the new quarterly rate of 54c per share is scheduled to be paid on November 25 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 11. The declaration and payment of any future quarterly dividends will continue to be at the discretion of the board of directors and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the board
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