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December 18, 2014
16:06 EDTMSFTNetSuite names Fred Studer Chief Marketing Officer
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16:01 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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14:19 EDTAAPLMacmillan CEO says new deal struck with Amazon
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11:49 EDTMSFTOracle soars to 52-week high after Q2 results beat estimates
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11:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to sell MixRadio service to LINE, terms not disclosed
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11:08 EDTHLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR RSX HLF YPF ARCP MGM A MCD
10:07 EDTPGFrance's antitrust authority fines Colgate, Unilever, P&G, WSJ reports
France's Autorité de la Concurrence has fined consumer product companies including Unilever (UN, UL), Procter & Gamble (PG), Reckitt Benckister (RGBLY) and Colgate (CL) a total of EUR345.2M for anticompetitive practices between 2003-2006, The Wall Street Journal reports. L'Oreal (LRLCY), Gillette and Beiersdorf were fined EUR605.9M in total. Reference Link
09:35 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:09 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. issued new conferencing and meeting patent by USPTO
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09:01 EDTOSKU.S. Army orders Oshkosh FMTVs
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08:52 EDTXOMMarket under-appreciating cost curve adjustments by oil majors, says Cowen
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08:31 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $90 from $75 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS), citing better than expected handset demand at Apple (AAPL) and Samsung. The firm expects Skyworks' revenue and gross margins to continue rising significantly into 2015. Pacific Crest recommends buying Skyworks.
06:50 EDTMSFTGoogle to seek dismissal of Android antitrust lawsuit, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) will try to convince a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its practices related to its Android operating system violate antitrust laws, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs allege that Google forces handset makers to restrict competing apps such as Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine, Bing, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may be planning head-worn gaming device for 2015, DigiTimes reports
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December 17, 2014
16:36 EDTAAPLGT Advanced issues response to Apple's statement
GT Advanced (GTATQ) issued the following statement: Tom Gutierrez, president and CEO, stated, "The position that Apple (AAPL) has taken in response to the release of our October 8th declaration is in line with our expectations, as reflected in paragraph 52 of Dan Squiller's October 28 declaration in support of the Apple Settlement. Although we have different views on the matter, we believe we have settled our disputes with Apple and see no point in further addressing the circumstances that led to our Chapter 11 filing or our relationship with Apple. Our focus now is on moving the company forward through the bankruptcy process. We remain optimistic that the Bankruptcy Court will approve the Apple Settlement Agreement on November 25th because it is in the best interest of all parties."
16:00 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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11:38 EDTHLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:14 EDTNFLXNetflix rises after MKM downplays production risks, DISH deal announced
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are climbing after research firm MKM Partners recommended that investors buy shares of the online streaming service heading into the New Year. The shares could triple or quadruple over the next four to five years, the firm predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Some believe that Netflix's stepped up content production increases its risk, MKM analyst Rob Sanderson reported. However, Netflix's movie content purchase deals carry similar risk and the company's massive content portfolio insulates it from risk, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Sanderson disagrees with initial reviews of Netflix's "Marco Polo" series. The series is no "Games of Thrones," but the season of "Marco Polo" as a whole is better than the first few episodes, Sanderson believes. Netflix should benefit more than expected from the advent of 4K resolution and the company should announce partnerships with cable companies at a faster rate next year, the analyst indicated. He continues to identify the stock as his favorite large-cap name and estimates that it could triple or quadruple over the next four or five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Satellite broadcaster DISH (DISH) earlier today announced that it had become the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix app into its set-top box. The app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, DISH added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix gained 3.4% to $327.21.
10:50 EDTHLFHerbalife salesman calls admits company 'deception' in video, NY Post reports
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10:45 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife 'implosion' a likely 2015 event
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
10:45 EDTHLFAckman says Icahn 'stuck holder' of Herbalife due to board position
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10:44 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife about 7% position in fund
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
10:43 EDTHLFAckman says government 'closer' to intervening in Herbalife
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10:42 EDTHLFAckman says continues to believe Herbalife shares worth zero
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10:42 EDTMSFTDigital River spikes after renewing agreement with Microsoft
Digital River (DRIV) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to extend the terms of its distribution agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). WHAT'S NEW: Digital River this morning disclosed in a filing that it has agreed to extend the term of its Operations Digital Distribution Agreement with Microsoft to March 31, 2017. Additionally, Microsoft can extend the expiration date for up to four separate six month renewal terms, according to Digital River. Earlier this month, Digital River shares declined up to 24% after disclosing that the company granted Microsoft an extension to December 19 from December 1 as the deadline by which Microsoft was required to provide notice to the company of its decision as to whether it would choose to extend the expiration date of the agreement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Digital River also announced this morning that the Federal Trade Commission informed the company on December 5 that it granted early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period for the company's acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital for $26 per share in cash, or about $840M. The "go-shop" period expired on December 7, and Digital River did not receive a competing proposal. Digital River says the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. PRICE ACTION: Digital River shares are up $7.58, or 45%, to $24.44 in morning trading.
10:42 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife Q4 results will be worse than Q3
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10:41 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife business deteriorating
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10:19 EDTHLFHerbalife January and February volatility elevated, shares near 18-month low
Herbalife December call option implied volatility is at 54, January is at 71, February is at 86; compared to its 26-week average of 61 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
10:14 EDTMSFTHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
09:53 EDTNFLXDISH integrates Netflix into set-top box
DISH (DISH) today became the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix (NFLX) app into its set-top box. Available on DISH’s second-generation Hopper, the app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, including “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” from the same platform used to access their linear television channels. The Netflix app will rollout to DISH customers throughout the day. The Netflix app is currently available on all broadband-connected second-generation Hopper set-top boxes. In the coming months, DISH expects the app to rollout to Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Additionally, in the future, titles available on Netflix could be integrated into the search functionality across live, recorded and Video On Demand programs for both the Hopper as well as DISH’s forthcoming OTT service.
09:41 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Tech signs contract with Buffalo and Ford Erie Public Bridge Authority
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09:16 EDTMSFTDigital River renews pact with Microsoft
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09:00 EDTAAPLEU expanding 'sweetheart' tax probe, WSJ reports
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08:40 EDTNFLXNetflix shares should be bought into New Year, says MKM Partners
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06:44 EDTMSFTGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLX, AAPLOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
14:58 EDTAAPLApple slips lower after halt to online store sales in Russia
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14:55 EDTXOMExxon Mobil, peers win right to explore in Flemish Pass. Petro Global News says
Exxon Mobil (XOM) along with peers Suncor (SU) ConocoPhillips (COP) won the rights to explore a Canadian offshore block, Parcel 1, located in the Flemish Pass, says Petro Global News. The oil companies bid a record $559M for the rights with ExxonMobil getting a 40% interest in the parcel, while Suncor Energy and ConocoPhillips each receiving a 30% interest, added Petro Global News. Reference Link
14:54 EDTAAPLVirnetX says appeals court denies rehearing petition in Apple case
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple halts online sales in Russia over ruble, Bloomberg reports
Apple said that it its online store in Russia is "currently unavailable while we review pricing," according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed statement. The phone marker noted the "extreme" ruble fluctuations, the news agency added. Reference Link
13:11 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors rises after positive analyst mention, Apple Pay news
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13:08 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, CNBC reports
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13:00 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, Bloomberg reports
10:42 EDTAAPLVirnetX drops 4% after reportedly losing appeal in case with Apple
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10:42 EDTAAPLAppeals court rules decision in VirnetX suit with Apple stands, Bloomberg says
VirnetX (VHC) lost its bid to reinstate $368.2M damage award from Apple (AAPL), reported Bloomberg.
10:10 EDTAAPLSamsung in talks with LoopPay to launch Apple Pay rival in 2015, Re/code reports
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09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPL, NFLXActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTNFLXInternet sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Americas Internet sector to Attractive to Neutral based on more reasonable valuations, reduced expectations, and strong sector growth. As part of the sector change, the firm upgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Buy from Neutral, downgraded Shutterfly (SFLY) to Neutral from Buy, and lowered Priceline (PCLN) to Buy from Conviction Buy.
07:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:48 EDTAAPLMore companies adopting Apple Pay, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple, Samsung offer price cuts for tablet products, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's settlement with Apple approved by bankruptcy court, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:03 EDTHLFHerbalife insider trading case dismissed by SEC, NY Post reports
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
16:00 EDTNFLX, AAPLOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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12:15 EDTAAPLCirrus jumps after Barclays ups stock two notches citing Apple opportunity
Shares of Cirrus (CRUS) are rallying after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight in a note to investors today. The company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year, the firm stated. Cirrus develops audio components for smartphones. WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus will obtain $2.50-$3.50 for each of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S sold next year, up from about $2 for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis wrote. A new component made by Cirrus will enable smartphones to always respond to voice commands, even if the devices are turned off, the analyst reported. The new component can also enable Cirrus to obtain more revenue from Android phones, Curtis wrote. The company should obtain a significant amount of revenue from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 devices, the analyst contended. He hiked his 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.19 and increased his price target on Cirrus shares to $28 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading Cirrus rallied 19.4% to $22.50.
11:09 EDTMSFTSkype app to enable real-time voice translation, The Verge says
A new app from Microsoft's Skype enables voice calls in English or Spanish to be translated to the other language in real time, according to The Verge. The app will be available as a preview starting today, The Verge added. Reference Link
10:00 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:44 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $95 from $75 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) as the firm says that its checks indicate that the company is benefiting from strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and for Chinese smartphones. The firm thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts, including rapidly proliferating Internet of Things applications. JMP Securities reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:40 EDTAAPLCLSA technology analysts hold a luncheon meeting
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple checks show solid brand recognition in China, says Jefferies
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07:55 EDTXOMExxon Mobil upgraded at BMO Capital
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple could pay $450M if it loses e-book appeal, WSJ says
A report from yesterday explains that the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will begin considering Apple's appeal for a ruling that the company was engaged in illegal price-fixing over e-books, reports the Wall Street Journal. If Apple loses the appeal, the company could pay $450M, with most of it going to e-book customers, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:24 EDTXOMExxon Mobil upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
06:06 EDTMSFTFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
05:56 EDTSCSSSelect Comfort upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Select Comfort to Overweight with a $32 price target citing improving business trends and expectations for better margins in 2015.
05:55 EDTXOMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM XOM
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05:39 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays
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December 14, 2014
17:07 EDTXOMOPEC's Badri says group will withstand oil price fall, Reuters says
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December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTTStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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15:12 EDTXOMExxon Mobil heads for its 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2.1% to $87.26 at time of writing. That puts the stock very close to its 52-week low at $86.91, which is next support. Below that low support is at $86.28. Resistance is at $87.74.
12:22 EDTNFLXNetflix introduces Atlas telemetry platform
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:51 EDTNUSNu Skin sees FY15 EPS $3.80-$4.00, consensus $4.15
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08:43 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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08:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $57 from $53 at FBR Capital
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06:51 EDTXOMBrent crude oil fell to five year low, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. The stock closed yesterday up 27c to $47.17.
06:37 EDTAAPLApple online store begins accepting PayPal, Re/code reports
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06:33 EDTNFLXNetflix responds to FCC Commissioner's fast lanes allegations, TechCrunch says
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December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
17:40 EDTAAPLPriceline becomes first online travel agency to integrate Apple PayApple
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16:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to now accept bitcoin
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16:01 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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14:50 EDTAAPLApple to start selling new iPads in China this week
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13:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to reveal Windows 10 features at January 21 event, Re/code reports
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13:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
13:11 EDTAAPLApple February volatility elevated at 28
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10:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires HockeyApp, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTMSFT, AAPLCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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10:13 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:35 EDTHLFHerbalife says product claims have 'strict rules and guidelines'
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09:34 EDTHLFVideo entitled 'Harmful Promises' posted to Ackman's Herbalife website
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09:05 EDTAAPLTSMC reports November sales down 10.5% to $2.32B, DigiTimes reports
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08:53 EDTAAPL, MSFTBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch mass production rumored to start in January, AppleInsider says
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08:09 EDTAAPL, MSFTGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:50 EDTPGProcter & Gamble initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:26 EDTXOMPlatts to hold a forum
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06:35 EDTAAPLUnited's 23,000 flight attendants to get iPhone 6 Plus, Business Insider reports
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06:32 EDTAAPLGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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05:27 EDTXOMExxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco JV complete clean fuels project
Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company, or SAMREF, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil, has completed construction of major desulfurization facilities, including a new hydrotreater, that dramatically cuts sulfur levels in gasoline and diesel. The project is the largest investment in SAMREF’s history and will reduce the sulfur levels in gasoline and diesel by more than 98%, to 10 parts per million.
December 10, 2014
16:44 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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14:20 EDTAAPLUnited Continental providing 23,000 flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus
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10:24 EDTTSprint retreats after Oppenheimer cuts rating to Underperform amid price war
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 12 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:20 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs agreement with Albermarle County Service Authority
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed an agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes implementation and related professional services, support, and training.
09:12 EDTTRadioShack threatens bankruptcy if cell phone deals not reworked, NY Post says
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08:36 EDTAAPLApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
08:16 EDTTBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
08:04 EDTXOMExxon Mobil management to meet with UBS
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07:30 EDTTAT&T price target lowered to $36-$38 from $42-$44 at Wells Fargo
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06:38 EDTAAPLBose products to return to Apple stores, 9to5Mac reports
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06:32 EDTTAT&T shares have near-term downside risk to $30, says Citigroup
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06:28 EDTNUSCiti 'incrementally more positive' on Nu Skin after China trip
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06:22 EDTAAPLChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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05:51 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; CBST T
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05:15 EDTTAT&T rebrands Alltel in Georgia
AT&T has upgraded the former Alltel retail locations in Georgia and opened them under the AT&T brand. AT&T has also upgraded the former Alltel network in Georgia to combine the strength of Alltel's local coverage with AT&T's 4G LTE network. In early 2015, more than 100,000 former Alltel wireless customers in Georgia will begin using new devices that work on AT&T's network.
December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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11:48 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX TSLA
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11:29 EDTNFLXDiscovery CEO says international market 'steady, good' for company
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:32 EDTNFLXNetflix hits a fresh 6-month low, levels to watch
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10:28 EDTTVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:55 EDTXOMExxon Mobil to hold a webcast
Vice Presidents Colton and Cohen hold a webcast to launch ExxonMobil's 2015 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 on December 9 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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07:32 EDTTUBS to hold a conference
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06:48 EDTNFLXNetflix wants to be 'completely global' within five years, GigaOM reports
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that the company wants to be "completely global" and available everywhere in the world before 2020, GigaOM reports. CEO Reed Hastings has previously said that the company could eventually generate up to 80% of its revenue outside the U.S. Reference Link
06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:49 EDTNUSNu Skin to host investor day
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14:31 EDTNUSNu Skin December volatility elevated into investor day
Nu Skin December weekly call option implied volatility is at 84, December is at 56, January is at 50, March is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into company hosted investor day on December 12.
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:29 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2% to $342.44. At that price next support is at $340.05. Resistance is at $345.45.
10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:09 EDTXOMExxon Mobil management to meet with UBS
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07:53 EDTXOMClimate for Exxon E&P acquisition improved by falling prices, WSJ says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
16:56 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Neutral at UBS
Target $370.
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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11:23 EDTNFLX, AAPLOption volume leaders
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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07:43 EDTXOMLondon bankers see oil slump spurring energy industry consolidation, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
06:01 EDTTTechNet: Combined AT&T/DirecTV will increase broadband development
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December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; December 4, 2014
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12:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
11:57 EDTHLFStocks with call strike movement; CLF HLF
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10:08 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL ALTR P BIDU AMZN TSLA X NFLX TWTR WMT
08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
08:04 EDTPGProcter & Gamble divestiture plan positive, says Bernstein
After Procter & Gamble reiterated its plans to divest 90-100 brands that account for 10% of its sales, Bernstein thinks that the company can reduce its costs and drive efficiency by selling declining growth/low margin brands. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
06:20 EDTPGProcter & Gamble upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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